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.”
How can we help you?
Hydraulic systems can be found everywhere, from: food production lines and material handling to credit card manufacturing, waste management and recycling, transport and logistics, and those fairground rides that you love – or hate – the list goes on and on…
Add to that the fact that our customers come from all four corners of the world, all walks of life and industry, and with ideas and requirements great and small, there’s just never a dull moment here – that’s why we love what we do and as an ISO 9001 accredited company are passionate about doing it well. Every time.
We don’t simply “sell” hydraulic systems – we can’t, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Instead we make it our business to understand your business… your needs, your priorities and constraints, and then work with you to develop the hydraulic systems solution that’s right for you. And with the technical team’s 60 years combined experience in hydraulic systems design, we can assure you that no idea is too big or too small – or too crazy! We’ve dealt with some of the toughest hydraulic systems design challenges, but we’re yet to be outdone!
Mark has been a star getting the kit together for a relatively crazy idea I have for an accessory which could have commercial applications beyond us… I’m a relative hydraulic ignoramus and he explained the options brilliantly to me.
It doesn’t matter if your idea isn’t nailed down yet; all we really need is for you to be able to define your end goal. What is it that you want to move, raise, lower, shift, compress, turn, (you get the idea)… how quickly and how often? The team can then show you the best way to get there and we’ll support you all the way through to final production and beyond.
Here are some hydraulic systems we “prepared earlier”…
A UK steel works contacted Hydraulics Online asking us to provide a complete, new hydraulic system capable of moving a 7000kg tool slide in a controlled and timed “stop-start” movement, and also to lift and lock the associated mandrils as required in a continuous cycle.
Hydraulics Online designed a complete bespoke hydraulic system proposing improvements to the customer’s original design and incorporating proportional valve control of the 100 litre/minute and 80 litre / minute pumps that were fitted to the power pack. The complete system was manufactured, installed and commissioned without a hitch!
Moving on from steel to plastic… our engineers were called to the site of a high quality credit, debit and store card manufacturer to fault-find a critical piece of hydraulic equipment and provide a timely solution to production problems. An off-line compatible high pressure (700 bar) hydraulic system was sourced and installed enabling the customer to meet production targets within agreed deadlines and service levels… thus avoiding severe third-party penalties!
There’s more! Our technical team were tasked by a power transmission equipment manufacturer and wholesaler to provide a complete hydraulic system and hydraulic cylinder for a tipping hopper application.
Hydraulics Online specified, designed and supplied a complete hydraulic system including hydraulic power pack and hydraulic actuator. Hydraulic cylinders and mounts were made according to the customer’s specification and the whole package was delivered within budget and time constraints… because we don’t make promises that we can’t keep.
One of our most famous hydraulic systems customers, that we can tell you about anyway, has to be Concorde…
The team were asked if we could help with a project involving Concorde G-AXDN, on display at the Imperial War Museum, to make her the first Concorde in the UK to have a fully functioning droop nose and visor. And the rest, as they say, is history. You can read all about this exciting project here.
I am extremely pleased to have met such a good team who have supported Concorde and Heritage Concorde so well… you deserve a medal! I was amazed; you reeled off figures and technical data that were way above my understanding, but explained things very well. You don’t just shift boxes; you know your business inside and out. A very big “thank you” from the whole team – I hope we can continue the great work.
If you’re happy that your hydraulic systems design is already sorted, then maybe we can help by supplying the equipment and components that are needed to bring it to life. We have access to an extensive range of hydraulic manufacturers from around the world, and can often offer high quality, direct equivalents to big name brands; useful if you need to make your budget stretch that little bit further or have somewhat challenging deadlines to meet!
Whether you’re starting with a blank sheet of paper or you are trying to improve an existing hydraulic system design, we understand that you’ll need performance efficiency and availability of components to make it work. Our award-winning team here at Hydraulics Online have over 80 years combined experience in hydraulic system design and supplying components, so there’s no need to worry. Your brand is in safe hands.
“Hydraulics Online… fast, friendly and competitive but we value them most because they are innovative and can find answers to the really tough hydraulic design problems.”
Our hydraulic engineers will help you through the entire process of your hydraulic system design, from outlining costing through to the final production of your hydraulic system. As an ISO 9001 accredited company, we believe that you should only get the best service and hydraulic equipment for your hydraulic system – and it could save you money in the process. As most of our popular hydraulic components are directly interchangeable with other lesser-known manufacturers, the possibilities are endless.
To bring this to life a little bit, following a search on the internet, a shredding and data disposal company contacted Hydraulics Online asking us to design and supply an efficient hydraulic system to run a mobile compactor and crusher.
Hydraulics Online proposed a hydraulic system using Italgroup radial piston motors. The vehicle was delivered to Hydraulics Online’s premises and our hydraulic engineer installed the PTO driven power source and hydraulic control valves. A second vehicle has since been fitted out to the same specification.
Another example of our work, after being approached by a leading producer of concrete products to civil engineering, construction and agricultural sectors, Hydraulics Online were tasked with replicating an existing, ageing hydraulic system that was no longer available.
The Hydraulics Online design team worked with absolutely minimal information and proposed a much more modern and efficient hydraulic system. This enabled the customer to order and install multiple sets of hydraulic equipment with major cost savings being realised in the process.
Finally, a leading manufacturer of concrete products requested Hydraulics Online to design a complete hydraulic system that would meet the customer’s exact requirements.
A full hydraulic system was designed and supplied comprising single-acting, telescopic lift cylinders and complete power pack. It was successfully installed and commissioned and is now in use in daily production.
As a trusted supplier, we have extensive competitive access to many popular and niche hydraulic manufacturers… you can find out more about them by clicking here.
Don’t just take our word for it… visit our testimonials page here. To find out more about the kinds of products we provide, visit our website. And don’t worry if you’re not sure on what sort of hydraulic component you need; our experienced team can help determine the one that will be best suited to your application. You can email email@example.com or you can speak to one of our friendly team members: +44 (0)845 644 3640.
If it’s hydraulic, then in the words of our customers we “know our stuff”. But knowledge isn’t enough, and right from the outset, we have always believed in consistently delivering first class customer service too – hence our investment to achieve ISO 9001 Quality Management accreditation through the British Standards Institution.
Over the years, the feedback from our growing customer base has always been that we are doing things right, doing things well… Doing what we say we are going to do. We regularly receive “thank you” notes and emails from our customers, who want to recognise our commitment to customer service. This email, received today, needs no further introduction…
I needed to repair a Chiltern Concept 2000 bath system for a wheelchair user… The bath was generally in very good order, although the hydraulic lifting mechanism had developed a fault that would occasionally leave the user stranded in the bath or part way out.
On close examination I found that the hydraulic lift system was based on a Smiths Industries hydraulics company power pack and ram, but there were no obvious signs of hydraulic oil leakage. I discovered that the original company had gone into liquidation and the new company, Chiltern Invadex, were unable to support this bath. The situation was made yet more complicated as the hydraulic components were no longer available as replacement parts. The only option seemed to be to install a new bath and hydraulic lift at considerable cost.
In a desperate attempt to save costs and quickly restore the bath to working order, I contacted Hydraulics Online. Mark Tonks, the Managing Director could not have been more helpful. He suggested returning the power pack and ram to their works in Alsager, Cheshire, where they would test all components.
I am delighted to say that they discovered the faulty component, replaced it and shipped the items back to me in West London. After reinstalling the hydraulic lift mechanism the wheelchair user now has a fully functional hydraulic bath. It has now been operating perfectly for the last 3 weeks.
The service provided by Hydraulics Online was exceptional.
Your one-stop hydraulic resource…
Thanks to our seemingly unrivalled access to a vast range of hydraulic manufacturers from around the world, and our innovative approach to hydraulic problem solving, Hydraulics Online are THE hydraulic supplier that a rapidly increasing number of customers turn to for all their equipment and systems design needs.
Large and small alike, our customers frequently rationalise their existing hydraulic supplier base, knowing that the team here can be relied upon to deliver trusted advice and solutions… backed up by reliable deliveries of equipment from both well-known and niche manufacturers. Hydraulic equipment that, in the nicest possible sense, they can then just “fit and forget”.
Not only that, but our team are fast gaining a reputation for loving a challenge. Straight forward and easy can be boring, right? We like to be kept on our toes. We are regularly tasked with sourcing seemingly obsolete or discontinued components and haven’t been beaten yet. Often working to the tightest of budgets and delivering “yesterday”, if an original product isn’t available, or lead times are unworkable, we can offer a direct equivalent or re-manufactured unit.
We like to say that…
If it’s hydraulic we can design it, supply it, solve it or repair it!
That includes: hydraulic pumps, motors, power packs and units, cylinders and rams, valves, filters and filtration systems, accumulators, and coolers and accessories for any kind of application in any kind of market – even ATEX rated equipment .
As an ISO 9001 accredited business, we don’t just “sell” hydraulics however… unless that’s all you want us to do. We aim to make it our business to understand your business, so that we can be certain we can give you the best advice possible and recommend products that really are “fit for purpose”.
Technical advice and assistance was first class and we would not hesitate in contacting you in the future to satisfy our requirements.
So even if you’re not sure what product you’re looking for… Let us take the pressure!
It goes without saying that we love all things hydraulic. And, keen as we are to spread the joy and understanding of hydraulic engineering, and believing that prevention is always better than cure we have produced what we hope you will agree is a useful reference section.
We add to this on a regular basis but, if you click on the links here you can find:
- an introduction to hydraulics and some of the hydraulic components that make up a hydraulic system
- information on Pascal’s Law;
- a brief biography on Joseph Bramah, best known for having invented the hydraulic press and who along with William George Armstrong, can be considered one of the two fathers of hydraulic engineering.
- a ”Jargon Buster” and Hydraulic Symbols Chart to help you get your bearings;
- an overview of the ATEX Directive and Regulations .
And finally, based firmly on the belief that prevention is better than cure we have some hints, tips and trouble-shooting guidance for you.
We have never tried, or even thought about trying, to measure the scale of our product offering – the number is, however, unquestionably huge! Our online catalogue showcases a very small selection of the products that we supply – we couldn’t possibly squeeze everything that we do in here!
That is spot on. Thanks for all your help, its great knowing we have someone like you supporting us on these types of vehicles.
This was the feedback emailed in earlier today from a happy customer; a leading designer and manufacturer of customised specialist vehicles and exhibition units used in: film and TV production, music festivals, live sports events and promotional roadshows.
At Hydraulics Online we don’t believe in just taking orders, unless that’s all our customers genuinely want and need us to do. Instead we make it our business to understand your business… asking the “right” questions about your application… often leading to a more robust, efficient, safer and cost-effective design in the process.
So, whether you are looking for a relatively standard 12vDC mini hydraulic power pack, or a completely bespoke unit, then you have come to the right place. If a “relatively standard”, but still customisable, hydraulic power pack is what you’re looking for then as an authorised distributor for UK-based Fluidlink Hydraulics we offer a comprehensive industry-standard hydraulic power pack range, including the former Smiths Industries power packs. Widely used in industrial and mobile applications, the Fluidlink hydraulic power pack range is available in AC and DC and with three different versions of body and tank to choose from a hydraulic power pack can be readily customised to meet your own specific requirements.In this particular case case our customer will be taking delivery of a number of 12vDC mini hydraulic power packs complete with start switches.
Click here to hop over to our catalogue and view our range of standard, mini and micro Fluidlink hydraulic power packs. If you can’t find what you’re looking for then call us or go to our Contact page to enquire online
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. If you can’t find what you’re looking for then call us or go to our Contact page to enquire online.
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…
It’s no secret that we love hydraulics, and the absolute vast array of applications and projects that we are involved with every day. Take our hydraulic power pack design services – one week we’re designing the system to make the first UK Concorde “droop nose” work again and the next we’re working on a project to make mud bricks in Africa…
A new customer approached the technical team with a proposed design for a machine to make mud bricks to aid the construction of huts and basic housing in Africa; the whole project was being funded by a local charity/welfare group. The purpose of the machine was to compress the mud in large, brick-shaped moulds before the bricks were then baked and used to build the huts.
Drawing on their extensive technical knowledge, our technical team suggested some modifications to the customer’s original suggestions and then went on to build a hydraulic power pack design that would meet the system requirements exactly.
The picture above shows the complete machine and the hydraulic power pack in situ and below we have a “thank you” from the customer:
“Thanks for all your support and your prompt replies to my queries and for providing the best hydraulic power pack design and equipment… unlike the substandard components from China used by others. Our client is very happy with the overall performance of the equipment.”
So whether you’re working on Concorde or just working with mud you can rely on Hydraulics Online to design it, supply it, solve it or repair it!
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.