Electromechanical

How VFD Technology on Hydraulic Power Units Helps Improve Performance | Case Study

How AC Variable Frequency Drives on Hydraulic Power Units Will Help Improve PerforamnceCombining electronic and hydraulic technologies, can add efficiency and functionality to machinery and processes that use hydraulic pressure to operate. The hydraulic power unit (HPU), a workhorse of industry, can demonstrate optimized performance through the use of variable frequency drive (VFD) technology.

Popular HPU applications

  • Metal forming presses
  • Stamping presses
  • Die casting machines
  • Rubber forming presses
  • Accumulator charging
  • Wood presses

 

Challenges

In many industrial processes involving an HPU, an unregulated motor running at maximum speed is probably wasting energy. Optimizing the motor speed to produce only the pressure and flow required, and reducing the motor speed during low flow demand or parts of the cycle requiring pressure to be held can achieve significant energy savings.

By using variable speed drive technology, instant savings can be realized. By automatically adapting the pump’s speed to match changes in demand,  variable speed drives are the perfect addition to many hydraulic systems.

Testing results

An example of energy saving tests run by Parker on a hydraulic press system clearly show that substantial savings on energy are possible using a variable speed drive to reduce motor speed during parts of the machine cycle with low flow demand. Plus, by over-speeding a pump at times of low pressure demand, a second pump could be eliminated.

The results in this case  were highly desirable in any manufacturing environment:

  • An average power need of just 34 HP (25kW) compared to 50 HP (38kW) using an unregulated pump, over the entire press cycle
  • Improved efficiency equates to less heat generated
  • Less audible noise produced

Packaged solutions

Few competing companies can claim the expertise in both hydraulics and electronic drives that Parker brings to the table. With many sizes and styles of pumps and HPUs, and VFDs ranging from fractional to 2000 HP, few applications are out of Parker's range. To save time and expense, multiple pre-configured VFD programs are available, covering applications like P (system pressure) control, Q (pump flow) control, and Hi/Lo control.

Find out more about Parker's experience and capabilities in variable frequency control for hydraulics by visiting our VFD for HPU web page.

 

Other articles on AC drives:

High-power AC Drives for Offshore Gas & Oil Applications

Macro Motion Control and Drive Solutions Meet Demands of Offshore

VFD Provides Energy Saving on Hydraulic Power Unit

VFD Slashes Wastewater Treatment Plant’s Energy Costs

VFD Cuts Costs on Factory Air Compressor

VFD Eliminates Bottleneck in Canning Plant

 

 

Categories
Recent Posts by Author

Seven Factors to Consider When Selecting Linear Mechanics for a Vacuum Environment

When people hear the word vacuum, most think about the machines used to clean your home. However, there’s an entirely different meaning in manufacturing that helps enhance how we live our daily lives....

A Quick Guide: How Servo Motors Work

The basic theory of operation for brushless servo motors revolves around the principles of magnetism where like poles repel and opposite poles attract. There are two magnetic sources found within a...

How to Specify Precision Linear Mechanics for a Cleanroom Environment

A cleanroom is an environment maintained to ensure minimal levels of environmental pollutants such as dust, airborne microbes, aerosol particles, and chemical vapors. It is critical for...
Comments

Comments for How VFD Technology on Hydraulic Power Units Helps Improve Performance | Case Study

Chad
Very well written article. Insightfull.

Please note that, in an effort to combat spam, comments with hyperlinks will not be published.

Leave a comment





Captcha