Hydratron Featured Projects
Hydratron engineers have developed bespoke systems across a range of disciplines including Hydraulic, Pneumatic, Structural & PLC/PC engineering. The featured projects below detail a selection of the engineered systems we have developed.
We take great care to work closely with our clients at every stage of the development of their custom-designed system. These project write-ups offer an insight into the Hydratron design process and some of the engineering challenges that we have helped clients overcome.
Designed for a well known sealless pump manufacturer and is suitable for carrying out hydrostatic body shell testing of pump casings, bearing housings, coupling housings and casing plates.
The Hydratron 3 Station Sealless Pump Casing/Shroud Pressure Test Rig has been designed for a well known sealless pump manufacturer and is suitable for carrying out hydrostatic body shell testing of four items (pump casings, bearing housings, coupling housings and casing plates) simultaneously at pressures up to 285 bar using water (containing a surfactant) as the test medium. It is also configured such that individual items can also be tested.
A large aerospace manufacturer approached Hydratron with a requirement to design a pressure testing solution that could be used to test a wide range of stainless-steel aerospace components; used on various types of aircraft.
The tests that were required varied from component to component but the rig had to be able to carry out hydraulic testing with pressures to 1,250PSI, gas testing with pressures to 600 PSI and low pressure air testing to 100 PSI. Submerged gas testing was also required to allow the operator to visually identify gas leak locations on the components if there was a failure.
A global manufacturer operating in the food and drink industry approached Hydratron with a demanding requirement to take on the design and manufacture of a production type pressure cylinder burst test rig rated to a maximum working pressure of 1000 Bar.
The client needed to burst a rolling sample of their total production of pressure cylinders as part of the manufacturing standards they needed to adhere to. This translated to a maximum allowable test time (including loading and removing) of 6 minutes. The burst test machine needed to be simple to setup, reliable and robust enough to run continuously, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As part of the workflow, Full data logging of all test results needed to be recorded and exported directly to the client’s network.
A global valve manufacturer approached Hydratron with an enquiry to design and manufacture a relief valve test rig to increase their production capacity and improve current operations. A new rig was required to run pressure tests on their relief valves, including high volume gas ‘pop’ testing and lower pressure gas back-pressure testing.
The client had a wide range of valves to be tested, including ½” to 8” flanged valves and ½” to 2” screwed valves. The testing pressures required included 6,500psi Water, 6,500psi Gas (pop test) and 800psi Gas (back pressure).
A Global Manufacturer of Subsea electrical equipment approached Hydratron asking for help in developing a “showpiece” Multi-Station Test Facility that could conduct hyperbaric pressure testing on a range of subsea products, up to 20,000psi to simulate extreme subsea pressures.
It became evident that whilst the testing regime required was very highly specified, the aesthetics of the pressure testing unit was equally important to them since the system would be operated in full view of staff, customers and suppliers visiting their facility. The design also needed to take into account the transportation of the test unit to the USA and had to minimise cost through design.