04 Mar 2024

Ride the wave of digital transformation: Hydraulics industry innovations

Manufacturing optimism 2024

The hydraulics industry, once characterised by its traditional and mechanical nature, is undergoing a profound transformation in the digital era. Marc Paro, CEO PARO Software, explains further.

Digital transformation is reshaping how hydraulic systems are designed, manufactured, operated, and maintained. These changes are not only enhancing efficiency but also opening up new possibilities for industries that rely on hydraulic technology. Let’s take a look at the various ways digital transformation is happening in the world of hydraulics.

Smart sensors and IoT integration

One of the key drivers of digital transformation in hydraulics is the integration of smart sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT). Sensors embedded within hydraulic components, such as pumps and valves, gather real-time data on pressure, temperature, flow rates, and more. This data can be transmitted to centralized control systems or cloud platforms, allowing operators to monitor and manage hydraulic systems remotely. Predictive maintenance becomes easier as these sensors can detect issues before they lead to costly failures.

Digital Twins

Digital twins are virtual replicas of physical hydraulic systems. They are created by combining real-time sensor data with sophisticated modelling and simulation software. With digital twins, engineers and operators can visualise the performance of hydraulic systems, simulate various scenarios, and optimize designs before implementation. This technology enables faster prototyping and minimizes the risk of costly errors.

Machine Learning and AI

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are enabling predictive maintenance, allowing hydraulic systems to anticipate and address issues before they become critical. By analysing data from sensors and historical performance, machine learning algorithms can detect anomalies, wear and tear patterns, and even potential failures. This proactive approach not only minimises downtime but also extends the lifespan of hydraulic equipment, ultimately reducing operational costs. Additionally, AI-driven optimization algorithms are improving the energy efficiency of hydraulic systems by dynamically adjusting parameters in real-time, ensuring that they operate at peak performance levels while minimizing energy consumption.

Hydraulic software and configuration software

In today’s fast-paced industrial landscape, companies are constantly seeking innovative ways to not only enhance their manufacturing processes, but strategically approaching all processes holistically with a focus on providing more value to their customers. One strategy gaining significant traction is the utilisation of software for product configuration. By implementing such software solutions, hydraulic companies can streamline and optimise their product configuration workflows, leading to improved efficiency, cost savings, and enhanced customer satisfaction.

Digital transformation in hydraulics is not about small tweaks in design or manufacturing, or even at jumping at the latest tech trend, it is a change in the way we view our business. With the emergence of new technologies and the opportunities they bring with them, true Digital Transformation is a way of looking holistically at the business and what it would take to provide more value to our customers. Only after that we can choose the right tech strategy.