Hydrostatic transmission plays a crucial role in its end-use sector as it exists on time of connection between a hydraulic pump and hydraulic motors. As modern equipment require precision in power transmission, usual mechanical transmission systems fails to cater to these demands. These requirements have, therefore, boosted the demand for hydrostatic transmission having fluid coupling. Furthermore, hydrostatic transmission showcases flexibility that enables it to become an attractive preference for various application sectors such as construction, agriculture, and mining that rely on heavy duty machinery for widespread applications.
The implementation of hydrostatic transmission within such machinery helps meet the requirements such as precise movements and high torque at low speed. The growing power transmission requirements in material handling systems and off road vehicles have propelled the growth of the market significantly.
Bolstering Hydrostatic Transmission Deployment to Trigger Demand
The effectiveness of hydrostatic transmission in modern machinery and equipment has largely fostered demand growth. New machines are implementing hydrostatic transmission on a large scale.
Volvo’s new hydrostatic sweeper was recently introduced and is equipped with fully automatic transmission provided by Allison Transmission. The effective automated transmission provides improved productivity, greater driver comfort, and lower cost of ownership. With the implementation of Allison transmission along with a hydrostatic transmission, the sweeper’s working mode and transport mode can be coordinated ideally.
John Deere’s new crawler loaders— 655K and 755K are equipped with next-gen engine technology. These crawler loaders are equipped with hydrostatic transmissions that provides customers with infinite speed control, live power turns, power management, dynamic braking, and counter rotation while staying in gear. The hydrostatic transmission control options provide operators with the ability to choose between numerous transmission control settings. Moreover, the on-board hydraulic and hydrostatic pressure sensors enable easy and quick pressure reading in both hydraulic and hydrostatic systems.
A manufacturer of telescopic handlers, Merlo S.p.A, recently launched a 115-foot-lift-height telehandler for the US market. Apart from its widespread features including new safety system, newly developed tilt cab, and more, the telehandler also features an effective hydrostatic transmission. The EcoPowerDrive hydrostatic transmission helps in minimizing fuel consumption and offers an optional ACVTronic transmission.
Development Remains a Key to Profitability for Providers
On the backdrop of the rising demand for hydrostatic transmission, noteworthy developments are being carried out with an aim to grab profitable avenues. From revolutionizing designs to improving capabilities, the market has observed numerous progressions.
SAI, a leading developer of hydraulic motor and related products recently developed an off-highway hydrostatic transmission. It unveiled the new variable displacement technology which aids in revolutionizing the design of hydrostatic transmission systems, optimizing weight, performance, noise, and overall efficiency. The technology is capable of enabling complete control of the motor torque and speed. This breakthrough technology’s benefit has been proven in various applications including drilling machinery, mobile vehicles, marine, and industrial applications.
A leading competitor in the hydrostatic transmission market, Parker Hannifin Corp. has also carried out a notable development. Most hydraulic fluids are witnessed to be mere repacked mineral oils having contaminants that lessen the lubricity of oils, unstable chemistries that result in phase separation and high amount of sulfur which accelerates corrosion. With such transmission fluids, the market observed downtime, hassle, and uncertainty. In an attempt to bridge the market gap, Parker Hannifin’s Pump Motor Division introduced an engineered oil, molecularly homogenized transmission fluid having longest life, highest initial lubricity, and highest cleanliness standard.
Will Continuously Variable Transmission Take over Hydrostatic Transmission?
Amidst the increasing application of hydrostatic transmission, the industry has observed certain developments pertaining to continuously variable transmission. These developments could pose a threat to the overall hydrostatic transmission.
For instance, ZF, a German manufacturer recently expanded its array of products for forestry machinery. The new cPower CVT (continuously variable transmission) for forwarders was also being introduced. cPower’s CVT technology offers that provides high-level productivity with low consumption of fuel. This has resulted in better fuel savings of up to 35 percent. The use of continuously variable transmission aids in increasing productivity by up to 25 percent in comparison with the conventionally used hydrostatic transmission. Such a development could be a restraining factor for the hydrostatic transmission market.
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