Walvoil confirms its attendance at Bauma 2022 in Munich. We have intercepted the Interpump Group guys at the Bauma Media Dialogue. What we publish is their recount.

How does Walvoil see Bauma 2022?

Various research and studies in the field point out that up to 40 % of the energy supplied to the hydraulic system of the operating machine is dissipated by the limited efficiency of the components and the pressure drops due to the metering and control of the movements. The problem is even more evident on electrified applications, where energy efficiency is synonymous with prolonged range and reduced battery capacity. Walvoil illustrates how to aim for increased efficiency of the hydraulic system and its components, with a possibility of reducing consumption by more than 20%.

WALVOIL AT BAUMA 2019

Walvoil pursues this goal by acting in 2 ways:

– by reducing consumption and energy dissipation with ALS (Adaptive Load Sensing) systems.

– by recovering energy, which would otherwise be wasted, through EPX (Meter out compensation) technology.

Energy efficiency is achieved through a system approach and strong electronic integration, aiming at the interconnection and coordination of specially designed components: pump, directional control valve, electronic control unit, and operator interface.

ALS solution

ALS is a synergistic set of components for the efficiency of mobile operating machines. The joint control of the hydraulic directional control valve and the pump makes it possible to cut down pressure drops due to the pressure margins of the metering system. At the same time, a series of logics are available to improve machine control, productivity, and driving comfort. Walvoil offers different ALS solutions to provide extreme versatility and adapt to the performance and system requirements of the machine. In fact, the ALS system can be used as an integral part of the hydraulic directional control valve or fitted to the variable displacement pump.

ALS Electronic Flow Sharing: This solution enables to use Pressure Control functions paired with Flow Sharing directional control valves of the DPX and EPX series. The system manages and conditions the Load Sensing signal of the circuit in order to reduce consumption and optimize control. Since the ALS system can be fitted directly to the directional control valve, its benefits can also be enjoyed combined with fixed displacement pumps. When using variable displacement pumps, the ALS system further expands its energy-saving and controllability capabilities by managing the electronic control of the pump itself. The system is managed by an electronic control unit and a specially developed software in the PHC STUDIO environment.

ALS Flow on Demand:

The special feature of this configuration is the combination of a normal electro-proportional Open Center directional control valve with the electronically controlled variable displacement pump equipped with ALS logic. The Variable displacement pump supplies the flow demand settled by the operator logic (dedicated software), accordingly with single or multiple operations. In this configuration the Flow on Demand Logic ensures better load metering and greater vehicle stability combined with a tangible reduction in fuel consumption. The system is managed by an electronic control unit and a specially developed software in the PHC STUDIO environment.

EPX technology

EPX Series directional control valves are a new range of electro-proportional valves designed to enable the management and recovery of hydraulic energy in mobile machines.

Recovery is achieved by a specially designed compensator acting in 2 ways:

by implementing an active-type recovery during simultaneous operations of multiple machine functions by providing passive-type recovery due to drag loads, i.e., by reusing inertial energy that is usually lost through fluid lamination to tank 

With the energy recovered through an EPX Series directional control valve it is possible to:

Charge a battery set through a hydraulic motor connected to an alternator+inverter/Make it available in the hydraulic system for reuse by machine functions/Store it in hydraulic accumulators. 

The EXP technology was the subject of a paper entitled ‘Viable Energy Recovery Strategies through advanced Directional Control Valve’ presented at the 13th International Fluid Power Conference (IFK) of Aachen in June 2022 and its evolution will be illustrated on the occasion of the 2022 IEEE Global Fluid Power Society PhD Symposium, to be held in Naples in October.

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ALS&EPX together

Two highly flexible technologies that can be combined and add up to their respective benefits.

Variety of configurations and strong electronic integration allow solutions to be adapted to a wide variety of circuit configurations. Different levels of complexity and performance can be achieved thanks to the modularity of the PHC STUDIO software. The studies conducted and the application of ALS to various types of vehicles demonstrate energy savings of up to 5%.Far broader is the potential for energy recovery of the EPX system, which is capable of lowering consumption and returning a share of energy, with overall energy savings of up to 20%, depending on the type of application.

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