Smart Hydraulic Cylinder Optimizes Hydroelectric Dam Gate Control

SMart Hydraulic Cylinder Optimizes Hydro Dam Gate Control - Hydro electric dam - Parker Hannifin In power generation, hydraulic cylinders are used in hydroelectric-dam settings for gate actuation and governor control. Standard positioning technologies rely on magnetostrictive sensors, variable resistance sensors (string pots) and laser gauges. These all have limitations, including short strokes, dead zones, calibration needs, water ingression, temperature range restrictions, interference from contaminants, annoying electrical noise and time-consuming removal and repair.


These problems all add inefficiencies to dam operation, which increases operational cost.

Now, however, a new “smart” cylinder from Parker called IntellinderTM can eliminate these problems and streamline operations.

More efficient operation

Designed for hydro-electric gate actuation and governor control, Intellinder integrates a highly engineered sensor into the hydraulic cylinder. Advantages include:

  • installation is virtually plug-and-play
  • steel and stainless construction available as NFPA tie rod or round line design
  • exterior mount, non-pressurized, non-contacting sensor that is easy to replace
  • extreme operating temperature rating (-40 to 220f)
  • universal across a wide range of cylinder bore and rod diameters, with stroke lengths up to 20 feet
  • sensor remains impervious to electronic noise
  • CAN communication to signal conditioning electronics allow long cable runs
  • up to eight Intellinder cylinders can be connected to a single bus, offering reduced installation and commissioning costs

Clear, Accurate and Reliable

Smart Hydraullic Cylinder Optimizes Hydroelectric Gate Control - Intellinder Hydraulic Cylinder Parker HannifinThe Intellinder sensor signals absolute positioning, rather than position relative to the starting location and end point of the rod. Position-identifying bar codes are marked on the rod so its position is communicated continually and directly to the controller. Position report occurs at power-on and does not require calibration. The sensor even enables monitoring in double-rodded cylinder applications, allowing customer utilization of both rod ends. True redundancy is achieved by simply adding multiple, non-contacting reader sensors to the cylinder.  

The Intellinder absolute position sensor is designed to sustain performance in harsh environments, including hydroelectric plant and dam environments, where applications expose the cylinder to vibration, dust, gravel, corrosives, chemicals, axial load and side load. Long cable runs up to 300 feet from the farthest cylinder to the output module can be obtained. Intellinder feedback devices can be networked together, just like networking computers together over a single cable. Analog output modules are protected to IP67 and do not need to be mounted in enclosures (if required, an additional 100 feet of cabling can be used from the analog module to the host controller).

For more information on Intellinder, contact Parker Hannifin’s Industrial Cylinder Division.


Attending Power-Gen International?

To learn more about how Parker’s products can help you connect to the digital plant, stop by booth #2208 at this year’s Power-Gen International at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, December 13-15. Take a break from walking the aisles, and join us for informative presentations in our booth on key solutions for today’s power plants and power generation environments or speak to one of our booth representatives at anytime during the show. 


Smart Hydraulic Cylinder Optimizes Hydroelectric Dam Gate control - Bruce BeschArticle contributed by Bruce Besch, Industrial Cylinder Division, Parker Hannifin






Smart Cylinders Reduce Operational Costs

Hydraulic Power Units Control All Functions of Hydro-electric Turbine 

Innovative New Fluid Purifier Saves Time, Money in Hydroelectric Plants

Essential Factors for Selecting Hydraulic Cylinders for Tough Operating Environments in Aluminium Processing

Hydraulic Technologies and Key Markets

New Wiper for Hydraulic Cylinders with Integrated Dirt Shield

Clean Hydraulic Fluids Are the Key to Top Performance



Recent Posts by Author

Hydraulic Pump and Motor Combination Packs Power on Rayco Stump Cutter

Following new, more stringent Tier IV diesel engine emissions regulations, Rayco, an environmental equipment designer for the tree care and landscape industries, took the opportunity to develop a more...

Sprayer Steers Clear of the Ordinary

Traditionally, agricultural sprayer machines were custom-built on a four-wheel chassis. These custom-built units were heavy, expensive and not easily adapted to other farm applications. Sprayers...

Power Shift Power Take-Off (PTO) Troubleshooting

Parker Chelsea’s Power Take-Off (PTO) is designed and built to meet the demands of the mobile equipment industry. The Chelsea PTO is intended to provide a long service life, both on-highway...

Have a question about Parker products or services? We can help: Contact Us!

Comments for Smart Hydraulic Cylinder Optimizes Hydroelectric Dam Gate Control

electric gate
I am proud of your site, & interested. Our gate openers are available in electric or optional solar power. The solar power is advantageous when there is an expensive cost in power connection.
Hydraulic Cylinders
A Hydraulic cylinder is also called a linear hydraulic motor, which is a mechanical actuator that is used to give a unidirectional force through a unidirectional stroke.

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

Leave a comment