1. Explain the basics of “hydraulics” and what are some examples where that technology would be used in a manufacturing setting?
2. From an energy efficiency perspective, what are some of the limitations of conventional hydraulic systems?
3. What are some of the new developments on the market to help improve the energy efficiency of hydraulic systems?
4. Explain the basics of how this technology (variable speed hydraulics) works? How is it different than conventional hydraulics?
5. Why is this type of technology more energy efficient compared to conventional hydraulics?
6. Are there specific types of applications where variable speed hydraulics would be ideal to consider? (looking at cycle time, load, retrofits, etc.)
7. Are there any other benefits to using this type of technology? (noise reduction)
8. If I was a manufacturer interested in using this technology, what key advice or considerations would I need to know about?
Monte Swinford is a Regional Factory Automation Manager at Bosch Rexroth Corporation. He is a professional engineer, a certified fluid power engineer and a certified motion control engineer. Swinford has worked at Bosch Rexroth for over 15 years in the area of electric motion and control, where he helps customers develop new competitive advantages. Prior to joining Rexroth, Swinford worked with the same technologies for nearly 20 years.
Peter Rochford is a principle application engineer at Bosch Rexroth, where he has worked in the machine tool branch for over 17 years. He provides application support to Rexroth’s OEMs and integrators for the company’s CNC and drive products. Rochford also has experience in providing technical support for CNC products prior to his time at Bosch Rexroth.
He is a former marketing strategist, national political operative, and lobbyist.
Todd has published five books, writes a business + lifestyle column, is a distance runner, and lives in Chicago with his wife Stephanie + family.