The Difference between Mobile Hydraulics and Industrial Hydraulics

Blog | January 15th, 2021

Hydraulic systems normally utilise incompressible liquid in moving energy and performing work. The liquid found on these systems is often pumped to different hydraulic motors and hydraulic cylinders. As it moves around, the liquid tends to become pressurised and subsequently transmit force.

Pieces of equipment and vehicles maximise hydraulic systems to ensure that their required load requirements are met. They also utilise these systems so they can acquire high power density. Wind turbines, in particular, use hydraulics for pitch and brake control. Hatches and cranes, which are commonly used in construction projects, also have hydraulic systems.

Variations in Hydraulic Systems

While hydraulic systems are generally intended to process fluid and transmit force, they still come in different types. Industrial hydraulic systems can work at any given condition. Mobile hydraulics, alternatively, are limited by their design and performance.

The differences between mobile hydraulics and industrial hydraulics can be plenty. However, these differences can be beneficial for one of these types and vice versa. 

  • Cost Differences: Since they do not have limitation to their overall space and budget, industrial hydraulics are designed to have the best specifications out there. Dimensional limitations over the industrial hydraulics are lifted. Mass is also not restricted when designing these hydraulic systems. On paper, these advantages can easily outperform their mobile counterparts. But in reality, some types of mobile hydraulics can actually be more preferred by manufacturers, especially if they have to produce thousands of equipment and machinery every day.
  • Mass Consequences: The smaller form factor of mobile hydraulics may look cheaper than industrial hydraulics, but it can truly increase their overall cost. Reducing the size of components tend to be more expensive since intricate parts must be designed optimally. Fortunately, throwing in materials made from steel can lower the cost significantly. 
  • Power Density: One element that makes mobile hydraulics greater than industrial hydraulics is the overall power density. As hydraulic systems become more compact, they tend to become more robust, allowing them to work optimally under hazardous environments. They can also be sealed more effectively against water and dust ingress. While industrial hydraulic systems can operate effectively, mobile systems can run more competently due to their size.
  • System Controls: The controls of both industrial and mobile hydraulics are practically not the same since they are made from different components, circuits, and logic. Industrial hydraulic systems utilise custom integrated manifold circuits and stacked valvesMobile hydraulic systems, alternatively, utilise load sensing to measure downstream pressure that is close to the actuator. The purpose of this common control tactic is to compare load pressure and flow-induced pressure drop, which can be very useful in providing more efficient operation for certain applications.

To know more about the differences between mobile hydraulics and industrial hydraulics, then feel free to contact us at Mobile Hydraulic Specialties. We are dedicated to the sales, service, design and installation of mobile and industrial systems, components, and accessories for both hydraulic and pneumatic applications. Additionally, we are a fully authorised distributor for the expanding range of products from Parker Hannifin, which include hydraulic, pneumatic, filtration, connectors, and controls products.

Mobile Hydraulic Specialties Pty Ltd

Factory 89, 38-40 Popes Road
Keysborough, Victoria, 3173

Phone: (03) 9798-6511

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Mobile Hydraulic Specialties Pty Ltd

Phone: (03) 9798-6511
Address: Factory 89, 38-40 Popes Road, Keysborough, Victoria, 3173