The Royal Shakespeare Company might be used to performances raising the roof, but it came to Hydraulics Online when it needed to be able to lift the stage…
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Stratford-upon-Avon theatres play host to more than one million visitors each year – all drawn by its breath-taking family Christmas shows, innovative productions and workshops and the finest theatre productions of Shakespeare’s plays in the world.
Nobody could beat Hydraulics Online on price. (Gill Leefe, Control Systems Engineer, RSC.)
When the Royal Shakespeare Company staged Wendy and Peter Pan in its Royal Shakespeare Theatre in 2013 and 2015, the whole team wanted to create a magical, beautiful experience for its family audiences.
Control Systems for Heavy Lifting
Gill Leefe is Control Systems Engineer at the RSC in Stratford and was responsible for the control of the hydraulic system. Gill says: “There are important safety considerations when using hydraulic equipment and we have to be very careful, but they can be very useful in the theatre. We do have our own mains power system for the hydraulics and we make use of them when there are big, heavy things to move.”
For the production of Wendy and Peter Pan, the hydraulics were used to move large pieces of set, to startling effect.
Gill explains: “While Wendy is looking for the lost boys, the stage begins to rise, revealing Tinkerbell underneath. In the space the elevated stage creates, another piece of set rises to reveal the hidey-hole where the Lost Boys live and eleven boys dancing on the set.”
The two separate controllers were linked together to a central control panel. With one actor strapped to one element of the moving set and more rising with the second moving element of the set, it was vital that the hydraulic systems were in perfect working order and fully safety tested.
“Sometimes I operated that show,” says Gill, “and from where I sat I could see the front row of kids. When the stage began to lift up they would jump out of their seats, wondering what was going on. Then I could see the expressions of wonder on their faces; they were really excited. It was an absolutely brilliant moment.”
The equipment was reused in 2016 at London’s Barbican theatre in the production of King Lear starring Antony Sher – following which it was returned to Stratford upon Avon for reconditioning. Gill needed to replace the Dual Driver Multi-Function Proportional Valve and a quick online search showed that Hydraulics Online could help.
“The team at Hydraulics Online were really efficient and friendly,” says Gill. “Sometimes we are not the easiest people to deal with because we can generate a lot of paperwork; taking on a new supplier can be a lengthy process for us, but Hydraulics Online worked very quickly and made it really easy for us.”
Hydraulics Online are very efficient and pleasant to deal with. (Gill Leefe, Control Systems Engineer, RSC.)
The pain of setting up a new supplier did prompt Gill to check with existing suppliers as to whether they could supply a suitable part. Gill explains: “I did call around looking for alternative quotes, but nobody could match Hydraulics Online on price.”
The part arrived in good time, ahead of the stated lead time, and Gill says she was very impressed with the service: “Hydraulics Online were very efficient and pleasant to deal with throughout and their price is the best. I will definitely be using Hydraulics Online again and would recommend them,” she comments.
The equipment is now ready to be used in the theatre to help to bring some future RSC magic to audiences.
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Bonfiglioli wheel-traction drives improve precision and efficiency in Huddig revolutionary Tigon Technology backhoe loaders.
Bonfiglioli has designed and developed a dedicated solution to the new full hybrid technology machine created and manufactured by Huddig, a leading backhoe loader manufacturer in Sweden.
Bologna, Italy, March 2, 2017- Bonfiglioli, a leader in the manufacture of gearboxes, gearmotors and drive systems, has announced the development of the 600 series wheel-traction drives – specifically designed for Tigon Technology backhoe loaders, manufactured by Huddig. Each of the special 4-wheel traction drives is capable of reaching an output torque of 40.000 Nm, and is driven by a liquid cooled 30kW electric motor. The independent control of each wheel improves the backhoe loader’s performance on slippery surfaces. The Bonfiglioli 610 drives also increase the precision of the machine, making maneouverability easier in tight spaces, e.g. in building sites located at city centres. And in line with Huddig’s requirements, the 4 drives are perfectly quiet.
Tigon Technology by Huddig, is a hybrid technology that combines diesel and electric power allowing energy generation and regeneration in a way that has never been possible before for construction machinery: the concept machine achieves significantly lower fuel consumption than a traditional backhoe loader. Based on this technology and equipped with Bonfiglioli 4-wheel traction drives, the new Huddig hybrid backhoe loader stands apart from other types of construction equipment without producing emissions.
Bonfiglioli has been designing and manufacturing drives for the construction and off-highway industry for more than 40 years. Already a leader in these markets, Bonfiglioli increased its offering in 2015 with the acquisition of O&K Antriebstechnik and now offers the widest range of final drives on the market, including the largest final drive ever made (up to 3000 kNm torque). Over 30 years ago, Bonfiglioli combined its competence in electric motors with expertise in final drives to begin producing electric and hybrid technology products for mobile equipment, and now offers a complete portfolio of electromobility solutions – find out more about the Bonfiglioli product range here.
We support businesses and customers all over the world, and now we can add the South Pole to our list…
As an ISO 9001 accredited company, we pride ourselves on delivering high quality hydraulic equipment and a service that is second-to-none – it’s the reason our customers place their trust in us, and keep coming back from all over the world!
Unlike some suppliers, we don’t expect you to know what you’re looking for… that’s what we’re here for; our experienced team can identify and select the best equipment for your application. Even if the product you’re after is seemingly discontinued or obsolete, or you’re working with an unrecognisable piece of equipment, we can usually work miracles and can still find a replacement or equivalent!
In some cases, we may even be to perform a hydraulic repair on your existing equipment as a cost-effective alternative. Our hydraulic repair service offers you an evaluation of your faulty unit and a full diagnosis of the potential repair work required. We will let you know which parts can be recovered and reused before we start the repairs.
Back to our new customer down in Antarctica…
When we say we trade the world over, we aren’t joking! A recent enquiry came from a new customer in Antarctica, who sent the team a photo of a hydraulic pump. Not knowing what they wanted and with the identification plate missing from the unit, the team were tasked with finding out what type of hydraulic pump it was. We never back away from a challenge!
Surely enough, the team identified the pump as a Denison P Series tandem pump and were able to quote on a seal kit to needed to undertake some important repairs on the pump; the pump came from a pristine environment into which the unit had been leaking – a repair was essential.
But sometimes a repair may just not be feasible, providing poor or unreliable performance at best. If this is what we find, we will always contact you to explain why and to quote for a brand new replacement pump.
There are a huge range of manufacturers from around the world, designing and making a variety of hydraulic pumps including: gear pumps, rotary vane pumps, fixed displacement / screw pumps, bent axis piston pumps, axial piston pumps, radial piston pumps. As well as offering pumps from all the major brands, we also offer direct equivalents to some of the more well-known hydraulic pump manufacturers… particularly useful if you’re up against tight deadlines, timescales or budgets.
Some of the popular hydraulic pump manufacturers and brands that we can supply, and in many cases offer direct equivalents to include: Adan hydraulic pumps, Atos, Bosch Rexroth, Breuninghaus hydraulic pumps, Bucher, Casappa hydraulic pumps, Commercial, Continental hydraulic pumps, Dowty hydraulic pump, Dynapower, Eaton, Eaton Vickers, Hamworthy, Hydromatik, Kawsaki, Linde, Parker hydraulic pumps, Permco, Poclain, Racine, RHL, Sauer Danfoss / Sauer Sundstrand hydraulic pumps, Salami hydraulic pumps, Tyrone, Uchida hydraulic pumps, Vickers and White hydraulic pumps.
If you want to find out more about hydraulic pumps, you can visit our main site here. You can also browse through our catalogue to see some of the hydraulic pumps and other components we have within our range. If you can’t find what you’re looking for then call us or complete our Stock Enquiry Form. Alternatively, you can contact us through our online chat in the bottom right-hand corner of our site.
“This has been one of the best experiences we have ever had trying to find parts for our farming operation. Ian was extremely helpful with our purchase across the pond… a new experience for these old farmers.
Thanks to everyone for the fast and quality service.”
Some lovely feedback we received from Beefmaster cattle breeders in Tennessee, USA after they took delivery of a KYB hydraulic gear pump!
For more case studies and testimonials click here. Visit our catalogue to see some of the hydraulic components we have within our range. If you can’t find what you’re looking for then call us or complete our Stock Enquiry Form.
If you’re searching for Parker valves, look no further – Parker have a wide range of hydraulic valves for a variety of mobile and industrial applications… And we distribute worldwide.
Parker Hannifin are one of the world’s most prominent hydraulic manufacturers of motion and control technologies; Parker valves are used in hydraulic, pneumatic, instrumentation, refrigeration and aerospace applications, and they come in a range of types and configurations. They can be manual, motor actuated or solenoid air operated and electrically actuated and mounting configurations can be sub-based, in-line or manifold.
The range of Parker valves comprises:
Parker Hydraulic Cartridge valves: Hydraulic load and motor control valves, hydraulic logic element valves, hydraulic solenoid coils and valve drivers, hydraulic line bodies, manifolds and cavities, hydraulic manual valves, hydraulic solenoid valves and hydraulic slip-in cartridge valves.
Parker Hydraulic Check Valves: These Parker valves are unidirectional flow devices used primarily in hydraulic systems to eliminate potential damage caused by fluid back pressure. There are one- and two-stage poppets available, with pilot ratios of 1 : 5 and 1 : 40 to suit different operating conditions.
Parker Hydraulic Directional Control Valves: Parker offers the industry’s largest selection of hydraulic directional control valves for markets including: machine tools,
power generation, metal forming, compacting and baling, materials testing, ground support and primary metals processing. Parker provides solenoid controlled as well as manually operated valves controlled by levers, cams, air or oil pilot. These Parker valves are some of industry’s most adaptable, with a large number of coil termination options available. The range includes: hydraulic pilot operated directional control valves, hydraulic solenoid operated directional control valves, hydraulic CAM operated directional control valves, hydraulic Exectrol directional control valves and hydraulic Lo-Torque directional control valves.
Parker Hydraulic Flow Control Valves: Parker’s hydraulic flow control valves are known throughout the industry for their performance and reliability. Parker valves are used in a range of applications such as conveyors, food processing machines and material handling equipment… ensuring velocity by guaranteeing consistent flow regardless of load. Flow control valves come in a variety of materials including stainless steel, brass and carbon steel.
Parker Hydraulic Mobile valves: Parker manufactures hydraulic mobile valves for virtually every mobile equipment application, from simple on/off functions to precise motion control. These include bankable control valves, motion control valves, remote controllers, directional valves and manifold mounted directional and proportional valves.
Parker Hydraulic Needle Valves: Parker offers hydraulic needle valves for speed controls on hydraulic and pneumatic systems where a reverse flow check is not needed. They provide excellent control and a reliable shutoff in a very small envelope. A two-step needle allows fine adjustment at low flow by using the first three turns of the adjusting knob. The next three turns open the valve to full flow, and also provide standard throttling adjustments.
Parker Hydraulic Pressure Control Valves: These Parker valves include pressure control valves, pressure reducing valves and pressure relief valves.
Parker Hydraulic Proportional Valves: Parker proportional valves employ powerful voice-coil valve technology, which allows higher flows from smaller valves. These Parker valves offer extremely high response up to 300 Hz, and are offered with or without on-board control electronics.
Parker Hydraulic Seat Valves: Parker offers a complete line of hydraulic seat valves designed for directional control functions. They enable individual hydraulic solutions for nominal flow up due to a large variety of poppets, springs and covers, including shuttle valves, stroke limiters, solenoid valves and position control.
Parker Hydraulic Sequence Valves: Parker’s sequence valves are used to control the sequence of operation of two or more hydraulic actuators. The sequence valve pressure is set higher than the first actuator operation pressure. Once the first actuator has completed its cycle, the sequence valve opens, allowing the second actuator to move. Parker’s line of pilot-operated sequence valves include a series of internally piloted, externally drained valves and a series of externally piloted, internally vented valves.
Parker Hydraulic Spool Valves: Parker’s sequence valves are used to control the sequence of operation of two or more hydraulic actuators. The sequence valve pressure is set higher than the first actuator operation pressure. Once the first actuator has completed its cycle, the sequence valve opens, allowing the second actuator to move. Parker’s line of pilot-operated sequence valves include a series of internally piloted, externally drained valves and a series of externally piloted, internally vented valves.
Parker is only one of many brands that we supply; have a look at some of the hydraulic valves that we regularly supply by hopping over to our catalogue. If you’d like to make an enquiry or are simply looking for more information, then call us to speak to one of our friendly technical team or you can enquire online.
In the meantime, we’ll just leave this here; it’s just one of dozens of testimonials we have that you can see:
Thank you for your email and receipt for the hydraulic valve we ordered. I was very pleased with the prompt service received… very efficient and helpful in identifying the correct part we needed. We will most definitely use your company again.
With our competitive access to a vast range of hydraulic equipment manufacturers and over 75 years’ technical experience behind us, it’s hardly surprising that our customer base covers such a vast range of industries and applications all over the world…
In fact if you named a market or country, we’re confident that we’ll be able to tell you about a customer or project that we’ve been involved with. We do, however, seem to attract a great deal of custom from marine, ship management and offshore services companies. Take, for example, the case of this overseas company looking for Parker pumps for one of their vessels…
The company, whose vessels are used in offshore operations for one of the largest oil producers in the world, first contacted Hydraulic Online when they needed a number of Parker pumps – Denison T6C Series vane pumps – for one of their vessels.
Denison Hydraulics is part of the Parker Hannifin group, and as such a leading industrial manufacturer who provides highly engineered hydraulic fluid power systems and hydraulic equipment that can be found in a multitude of applications ranging from: mobile equipment used in the construction, demolition, agricultural, mining and utilities industries to machinery found in industrial manufacturing and marine equipment for commercial and military ships alike.
Denison vane pumps remain operational at pressures exceeding 4,500 pounds per square inch, differ in size from 0.35 cubic inches to 16 cubic inches, and in displacement from 1 to 250 gallons per minute. These Parker pumps, considered to be some of the toughest components in the industry, are often recognised by their distinctive double-lip design, where the vane is in contact with the cam ring at two points as opposed to one, which is the single-lip design. This double-lip design decreases the vulnerability to contamination when compared to single-lip pumps.
You can find more information on the full range of Commercial Hydraulics Parker pumps by clicking here.
Anyway, back to our customer… we quoted for the T6 Parker Pumps (and some Veljan vane pumps as well), apparently beating off competition from another overseas supplier local to our customer. And the rest is history…
But it doesn’t stop there… the customer was so impressed with our service, that they immediately asked us to quote for a replacement double servo pump that to be used on the bow thruster system on another one of their vessels. Thrusters are mounted to the bow of the vessel to make docking easier; they enable the ship to turn to port or starboard side, without having to use the main propulsion mechanism which involves some forward motion for turning.
As is often the case, the customer sent in a photo (shown here) and asked our technical team to identify their existing pump (Commercial Hydraulics P31 series, Parker pumps) and quote for a replacement unit… which we did. The customer received their replacement pumps within a week of placing their order and quickly had the vessel back servicing oil rigs in the North Sea!
Our customers really are our best advocates, and we have plenty more case studies and testimonials, if you would like to take a look… Maybe your story might feature in our growing library one day too?
Even before becoming part of the Parker Group, Commercial Hydraulics was thought of as one of the world’s biggest names in gear pump manufacturing. And now with the Parker name behind them, Commercial Hydraulics continue to lead the way – their gear pump series regularly referred to as the industry standard against which others are measured.
A Parker gear pump is still made to the same demanding standards set by Commercial Hydraulics – the only difference being that the old Commercial product codes are now preceded by “PG” (for Parker Group).
The Parker gear pump / motor range comprises:
- P30, M30, PGP30, PGM30, P31, M31, PGP031, PGM031;
- P50, M50, PGP050, PGM050, P51, M51, PGP051, PGM051;
- P75, PGP075, PGM075, P76, PGP076, PGM076.
Designed for high-torque applications, the P30, P31, P50, P51, P75, P76 Parker gear pump series offer a wide variety of drive shafts, with unique pressure-balanced thrust plates contributing to optimal performance. Manufactured with hi-tensile grey iron, such a Parker gear pump can be supplied in single and multiple section configurations, with a choice of (relief) valve options.
- P315, PGP315, PGM315;
- P330, PGP330, PGM330;
- P350, PGP350, PGM350;
- P365, PGP365, PGM365.
The PGP / PGM 300 Parker gear pump series delivers superior reliability and performance in even the most demanding of heavy-duty hydraulic applications. The three-piece cast iron construction with large area, low-friction bushings means that this Parker gear pump series provides strength, high efficiency, and long life in severe operating environments. The design includes an advanced thrust plate and seal configuration, which optimizes performance even in high temperature and low viscosity conditions.
Here at Hydraulics Online, we know that time and money are precious commodities, and that in a “real time” world that never sleeps, you can often find yourself needing something “yesterday” … with a budget under pressure to stretch ever further. Again. That’s why we also offer a range of completely interchangeable, direct equivalents to the Commercial Parker gear pump range. Built and tested here in the UK, you can be assured of a quality product that can more often than not be dispatched within 24 hours.
Our experienced technical sales team are a lovely bunch and will be more than happy to advise you on Commercial / Parker gear pumps if you are looking for more help and technical guidance… Or even a miracle!
And in the meantime we’ll close with this unsolicited “thank you” from a new customer, received after they took delivery of their Parker P76 gear pump. They have since ordered another to hold as a spare:
I write to thank you for your assistance in delivering a replacement Parker tandem pump for our vessel “Adeline”. The pump was installed on the main engine reduction gearbox this morning and has been successfully tested in all operating modes. Your help was much appreciated, good weekend to you and your team.
Technical Director – Worldwide ship management services company.
Parker Hannifin offer a huge range of hydraulic products for both mobile and industrial applications…
Usually considered to be the world’s leading manufacturer of motion and control technologies, the Parker Hannifin hydraulic product range includes: accumulators, cartridge valves, controls, filters, pumps and motors, systems, valves, cylinders, hose and accessories:
As an ISO 9001 accredited company, we are resolutely committed to quality and continuous improvement – that extends to only ever supplying top quality hydraulic equipment and components. We simply won’t put our name to anything less. Ever.
We are proud to export Parker Hannifin hydraulics globally…
It’s genuinely hard to think of an industry, market or corner of the world where we haven’t been involved to date – You name it, we’ll have done it! Our competitive pricing and deliveries are backed by over 75 years’ combined technical experience, or in the words of a customer:
… you don’t just shift boxes, you know your business inside out.
As a quick example of a Parker Hannifin enquiry that we’ve handled in the past, a UK-based ship maintenance and services company, contacted our technical team about a Parker Hannifin Commercial Hydraulics P365 Series pump. After quoting on the unit we also provided a quote on a “direct equivalent” with a lower cost and quicker lead time.
The equivalent P365 pump is a quality, British product which offers identical features and performance to the original Commercial Hydraulics pump. The customer ordered the direct equivalent and took delivery sooner than later – with leftover cash to spare!
We like a challenge…
You guys really helped me out last time I was stuck (was how an email from a returning customer began recently, and it continued)… I apologise for the lack of available details.
The email came from a worldwide marine engineering and underwater services provider, the email itself having been written by the Ship Superintendent of a vessel that was “struggling as one of her Linear Cable Engines has developed a serious problem and is now out of action.” Challenge accepted!
Our technical team have a reputation for consistently providing practical, trusted advice and solutions backed up by an ability to deliver – supplying both well-known and niche products – even against the most challenging of timescales and budgets. In this particular case, within 24 hours our team had worked with the small amount of information available to identify and quote the equipment required – a Denison Hydraulics electrohydraulic stroker (S23-12413-0, EHS 5A* with deadband) to suit a Denison Gold Cup pump, type P14P. Another happy customer!
Our catalogue showcases a range of the hydraulic products that we regularly supply all over the world. It is only a small sample, however – we couldn’t possibly include everything that we do.
If you’d like to get in touch, you can enquire online, send our team an email via: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us to talk things through – whether that’s on Parker Hannifin hydraulics or something seemingly obscure, obsolete – or even “impossible”!
Parker are one of the most prominent players in the hydraulics industry, offering motion and control technologies and systems for a range of applications in the commercial, mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. Parker’s range includes: hydraulic accumulators, hydraulic cartridge valves, hydraulic controls, hydraulic filters, hydraulic pumps and motors, hydraulic systems, hydraulic valves, hydraulic cylinders, hose and accessories.
With operating pressures up to 420 Bar (5000 psi) and speeds up to 3000 rpm, the heavy-duty Parker PV series axial piston pump (PVplus, pictured) has a robust design that provides circuit reliability for the most demanding of industrial applications. It is available in displacements from 16-360cc for operating pressure up to 420 Bar.
Other features and benefits of Parker PV series axial piston pumps (PVplus pumps) include:
- Compact, service-friendly design with flexible mounting interface;
- Quiet operation;
- High operating efficiency for lower power consumption and reduced heat generation;
- Simple hydraulic controls with “no-leak” adjustments;
- High self-priming speed capabilities;
- Modular compensators with fast response;
- FEM optimized housing and pre-compression chamber resulting in low output, pulsation and less noise to insulate.
With quality in-demand products, lead times can sometimes become protracted creating a challenge for end users and original equipment manufacturers alike. But here at Hydraulics Online we like a challenge…
As an example, a company specialising in the design and manufacture of heat exchangers contacted our technical team requiring 5 Parker PV Series axial piston pumps on a quick delivery time. They had already contacted a number of other hydraulic suppliers, only to be consistently told that delivery times would be 8-10 weeks. We tried harder…
Our technical sales team have a wealth of knowledge between them, over 75 years to be precise, and don’t like to be beaten. And they weren’t. We were able to quote the 5 Parker axial piston pumps that the customer needed on a much reduced 5 week lead time. And, as an ISO 9001 accredited company we consistently deliver against our promises and do what we say we’re going to do. The result? Another very happy customer who took delivery of his Parker PVplus pumps in just over half the time that he had originally been led to believe would be possible.
We export to over 150 countries worldwide – technology and extensive carrier networks actually make the world a very small place – and in addition to Parker PV series axial piston pumps, we supply a huge range of other hydraulic pumps including: gear pumps, rotary vane pumps, fixed displacement pumps / screw pumps, bent axis piston pumps, axial piston pumps and radial piston pumps. If you’re up against particularly tight deadlines or budgets, we can often offer quality, direct equivalents to well-known hydraulic brands, then there’s our hydraulic repair service offering an alternative cost-effective solution for you.
If you’re not sure on what sort of hydraulic pump you need, our experienced technical team can help determine the one that will be best suited to your application. As we’ve shown, we’re always up for a challenge and can usually work miracles with seemingly obsolete hydraulic pumps too! Our catalogue showcases some of the hydraulic pumps, and other products, that we regularly supply – but it really is just a sample, so if you can’t find what you’re looking for then we’re confident that we’ll still be able to help.