Hydraulic systems & components


Reducing energy costs by 68%

1st Quarter 2019 Hydraulic systems & components

In a first for South Africa, Tectra Automation and Hytec collaborated to aid a motor vehicle OEM reduce energy costs at its Port Elizabeth engine plant. This was achieved with the installation of a Sytronix variable speed pump drive which has subsequently achieved an energy saving of 68% on the machine for which it was installed.

To reduce energy consumption, Sytronix, which monitors the hydraulic pressure and adjusts the motor running speed so only the required pressure at any given time is delivered, was installed at the plant’s block machining line. This was the first of its kind for the OEM and for the Hytec Group.

Sytronix, a Bosch Rexroth product, is a smart interplay of hydraulics and electronics to generate hydraulic power on demand. It maintains the ideal motor speed without using more motor power than is absolutely necessary, leading to energy efficiency and cost-cutting. Additionally, Sytronix reduces the noise levels from 72 dB(a) to 62 dB(a), almost half of that experienced on conventional power units. As the unit is a combination of a hydraulic component and a drive and control component, both Hytec’s and Tectra Automation’s specialties were required for installation and commissioning.

“Now that the absolute effectiveness of Sytronix as an energy-saving drive has been established in South Africa, we are pleased to be able to boast our prowess in assisting our customers to reduce energy usage,” concludes technical sales representative, Adriaan Botes. Tectra Automation’s standard after-sales and service applies, and all componentry is warrantied for one year.

For more information contact Wiets Pretorius, Tectra Automation, +27 11 971 9400, wiets.pretorius@tectra.co.za, www.hytecgroup.co.za



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