Hydraulic systems are invaluable across countless industries. The physics behind hydraulics is that you apply force at a specific point, which is then transmitted as energy to another point through an incompressible fluid, which is usually a type of oil or an equitable synthetic. Whether it’s construction companies utilizing hydraulics in their heavy machinery, or hairdressers pumping your chair up so that it is level with the mirror, hydraulics are being utilized all around you!
Here are some industries using hydraulics – some that fit common sense, some that you may never have thought of!
One of the largest users of hydraulics in the world is the automotive industry. Not only are hydraulics used to manufacture cars in factories around the world, but cars themselves utilize hydraulic pumps, hydraulic breaks and even hydraulic motors. Even automotive repair shops use hydraulics in their car lifts and other specialized equipment. The automotive industry is one of a few that uses hydraulics through the entire process of manufacturing, all the way through to the end product, and repairs.
Another big user of hydraulic machinery is the landscaping industry. Equipment such as skid steer loaders are often used to move gravel, dirt and mulch, and excavators can frequently be seen digging into the ground to level ground for patios and other lawn fixtures.
You will generally always see some type of hydraulic equipment on a construction site. There are backhoes, bulldozers, and excavators that all utilize hydraulic power to make massive jobs seem almost trivial. The small, flexible arms of the giant machines are powered by hydraulics to allow workers to complete tasks that would take weeks for workers alone to finish. Even smaller tools, like jackhammers, are an example of hydraulics.
Hydraulics is used throughout many different aspects of the entertainment industry. Often in concerts, musicians use hydraulic platforms to rise onto the stage, or on movie sets, hydraulics are used for special effects. Another aspect of the entertainment industry where hydraulic systems are utilized is in amusement parks. If you have ever rode a Ferris wheel or whirled around on the teacup ride, you have been on a ride powered by hydraulic power!
If you have ever taken an airplane, you have hydraulics to thank for that shortened ride. The aviation and aerospace industries use hydraulic machinery daily to transfer people from one location to another. Take-off and landing gear are examples of hydraulic equipment that is utilized.
Have you been to the gym ever? Chances are that one of the gym machines that you worked out on used hydraulic cylinders to increase resistance.
The great news is that whatever industry you work in, Bernell Hydraulics can be your greatest ally regarding hydraulic systems and equipment! We can build you custom systems, but also have 40 years of experience and the necessary industry knowledge to repair and maintain your current hydraulic system. It’s never too late to partner with Bernell Hydraulics for your hydraulic system needs! Call our office today at 800-326-7252 to speak to one of our professional and experienced team members.