We invest time and energy to build great relationships with our suppliers as well as our customers. Fluidlink Hydraulics is a British manufacturer of mobile hydraulic power packs and valve packs. It has worked closely with us for more than ten years – helping us to deliver the innovative custom hydraulics and high-tech solutions for which we’re known.
We work with Hydraulics Online to provide solutions that other companies wouldn’t be able to – Martin Belbin, Operations & Technical Manager, Fluidlink Hydraulics
As a quality British engineering business, Fluidlink Hydraulics invests heavily in its machinery, software, skills and technology and operates a 100% testing protocol. The vast majority of its customers use Fluidlink for the design, manufacture and build service it offers to OEM clients. However, its partnership with Hydraulics Online brings some more unusual and technically challenging custom hydraulics work its way.
Custom Hydraulics – Engineering Bespoke Solutions
Fluidlink Hydraulic’s Operations & Technical Manager, Martin Belbin, says: “Hydraulics Online are always different. We’ve manufactured a bespoke power pack for the hydraulic systems to lift a 400kg marble kitchen worktop. We’ve even manufactured a system to control the nose on Concorde. Because we have manufacturing capability here, we can be very flexible and make very small quantities and one-offs if required.”
The businesses have been working closely together since 2006 and Martin says the two companies complement each other well.
“The power packs we manufacture are only one component in a hydraulic solution. You also need cylinders, motors, hoses, and the control gear. Not only does Hydraulics Online have very good relationships with the distributors of these other components, they also have the product knowledge that goes along with them.”
“They can take our designs and say ‘if we put it with this component, it will work in that application’. It means we can work together to develop an optimal custom hydraulics solution. Hydraulics Online is completely independent, so we can choose the best components for the job and, most importantly, we can be very competitive on price.”
As well as developing a range of power packs for Hydraulics Online, it isn’t uncommon for the two businesses to take a brief from the end customer together in order to work closely on the design stages of a project.
“When a client has an unusual requirement, Hydraulics Online will do the initial problem-solving for them, then we can do the bespoke engineering side behind it. Combining the products and product knowledge of Hydraulics Online and integrating that with our bespoke solutions is the best of both worlds,” says Martin.
A Very Unusual Requirement
This teamwork paid dividends on a very usual job in early 2017. A client approached Hydraulics Online for a very particular set of requirements for operating an extruding machine. It needed to run a very large cylinder very slowly at the same time as a hydraulic motor was required to turn quickly. Martin says: “it was the two extremes of hydraulics in a single system”.
The client had a very specific set of requirements, so it was important that all three companies worked together so an appropriate solution could be offered.
Our relationship with Hydraulics Online means that we are able to be very competitive – Martin Belbin, Operations & Technical Manager, Fluidlink Hydraulics
Despite the complexity and unconventional specification, the close working relationship enabled Hydraulics Online and Fluidlink to design and propose a solution within two weeks, with just another four weeks required to manufacture, build and deliver it once approved.
The finished solution included both a 11Kw motor coupled with a large 18cc pump capable of producing a flow rate of 27L per minute at 200 bar pressure, and a 0.25Kw with a 0.166cc pump delivering a flow rate of 0.01L per minute under 200 bar of pressure, plus a 100L tank and a single power pack on a large frame that fit the client’s exact dimensions. This involved a bespoke distribution manifold and a bespoke control manifold built by Fluidlink Hydraulics, so that all aspects could be controlled, including setting the speed and torque on the motors.
Martin says: “We love working with Hydraulics Online. Their technical knowledge is excellent. They have all sorts of challenging enquiries which makes life very interesting. Because of our combined expertise, when we work with them, we know we are going to be able to push the boundaries a bit and think outside the box.”
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How can we help you?
It’s no secret that we love hydraulics. The vast range of applications that we’re always involved with means that no two days are the same, and there’s certainly never a dull moment knowing that we’re very much involved in “keeping the wheels turning” all over world. In fact, at times we’re making the wheels do more than just turn…
The hydraulic power packs pictured here were made to order for a new customer; a specialist leisure ride design and manufacturing company whose product range extends from monorails and roller coasters to water rides and lifts. See! Hydraulics are fun too!
In this instance, the Hydraulics Online team were approached for technical support on a new roller coaster design project. The bespoke mini hydraulic power packs (3 of 20) here are to be powered by 0.55kW, 240vAC single phase cap start – cap run motors, complete with additional pressure-line switch operating between 20-200 bar. The design also called for double-acting cylinders (25mm bore, 16mm rod, 250mm stroke) which are also pictured here.
Whether you are looking for a relatively standard 240v hydraulic power pack, want to improve the performance of your existing system or are looking for a bespoke (240v) hydraulic power pack as part of a larger hydraulic systems design project then look no further. We can help.
You can click through to our hydraulic power pack gallery to see examples of our work to date or hop over to our catalogue and view our range of standard, mini and micro Fluidlink hydraulic power packs.
Supporting customers’ new product development activities and delivering tender-winning solutions is all in a day’s work for the technical team here at Hydraulics Online. Our philosophy is one of not just “taking orders”, unless that’s all that our customers want and need us to do. Instead, we make it our business to understand your business… only then can we be sure that we are supplying you with hydraulic equipment that really is “fit for purpose”. Unfortunately, not everyone shares this way of thinking.
A global specialist vehicle converter, contacted the technical team recently looking for support having been let down by their existing supplier. They had previously taken delivery of a hydraulic power pack that had been incorrectly specified and was simply not suitable for their application; their successful tender for a major new contract was at stake.
Having asked the “right” questions and gathered as much information as they could about the application and its operating parameters, the technical team proposed an alternative system and suggested some additional improvements and safety features that could be made to the design.
Within the week the customer received their hydraulic power pack and additional equipment, and shortly afterwards began to put it through its paces as the prototype platform lift of a commercial vehicle. It worked a treat. The customer then placed an additional order to to enable them to implement our earlier recommendations for additional systems improvements… and we are delighted to say that they won the tender!
So whether you are looking for a relatively standard hydraulic power pack, or a bespoke unit as part of a larger hydraulic systems design project then you’ve come to the right place. You can find out more about the different types of hydraulic power unit here or…
Click here to hop over to our catalogue and view our range of standard, mini and micro hydraulic power packs. If you can’t find the hydraulic power pack that you’re looking for then complete our stock enquiry form, or for more technical advice and hydraulic power pack quotations then please contact one of our team
It’s a small world at Hydraulics Online – whether delivering our products to customers locally or to customers abroad, we can take the pressure!
We recently had an enquiry from an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in New Zealand; the company were looking for a hydraulic power pack manufacturer in the UK… to provide a quality, British product. The team at Hydraulics Online have a wealth of experience in building and supplying hydraulic power packs, so we knew exactly what design and specification would work best in the customer’s application (a single-acting, 12v DC hydraulic power pack with flow control) and were able to quote instantly. The customer requested a trial power pack, which we proceeded to build and ship the same day.
After being put through a period of very rigorous testing over a number of weeks, the power pack had more than proved itself… delivering the performance that our OEM was looking for as a key component within his product. As far as an OEM is concerned, having peace of mind and being able to “fit and forget” hydraulic components is clearly vital.
We’re delighted to say that a further ten hydraulic power packs were shipped to New Zealand last week, the first of many given that our hydraulic equipment is now an integral part of this OEM’s core product design… Proof that here at Hydraulics Online, we really do understand the importance of increasing the value of an OEM’s brand and product range. Every project we work on is scrutinized to ensure a successful design and ongoing cost-effective manufacturing, using components that truly are “fit for purpose”.
“We approached Hydraulics Online 18 months ago for assistance in the design and supply of bespoke hydraulic control systems. As a result of their vast technical knowledge and wide product range available, we were able to develop a system which was both competitively priced and completely tailored to suit our application.
Since our initial projects with Hydraulics Online, we have worked together to develop further systems to complement our product range, further heightening our position in the market place. They have also been a valuable technical partner assisting our engineering personnel on site with issues faced in the field. Overall, a valuable tool for any business.” – An appraisal from another satisfied OEM customer.