The performance and reliability of the hydraulic system was thoroughly reviewed in detail along with various failure mode scenarios. The resultant hydraulic design incorporated a number of unique and innovate solutions to meet the customers performance requirements. Redundant hydraulic components and sensors monitoring critical parameters ensure the reliability of the hydraulic system.
Critical parts of the hydraulic system were tested in our Auckland workshop before being shipped to site for installation. To help us meet the very tight delivery schedule, Hyspecs branches in Taupo and Christchurch assisted with the tube & hose installation, flushing and pressure testing.
Most of the hydraulic and electrical components we used were sourced from the USA or Europe. The custom designed manifold blocks were designed and manufactured by Hytech.
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