Hytech is pleased to welcome Wendy Roberts to the team. Wendy expands the design capabilities of Hytech joining senior design engineer Steven Zhou. Wendy is a CAD manifold design engineer.
Wendy has been designing manifolds for 19 years since graduating from Coventry University in the UK with a bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. Wendy worked for a UK based family business Integrated Hydraulics, for 15 years (this business was bought out by Eaton). She then moved on to Hydraforce (UK) for four years before joining Hytech in April this year.
Wendy has extensive experience designing predominantly manifolds but she also has experience in designing cartridge valves.
Wendy’s designs have been used in high performance cars, marine applications, mobile equipment, construction machinery, agricultural equipment and more.
Hydraulic manifolds reduce the amount of hydraulic hosing, leaks and space required in hydraulic systems. Hyspecs engineers work with the customer to determine what they require their Hydraulic system to do. Often hydraulic systems evolve as the business grows rather than by planning, meaning they are not always efficient. Such systems need to be replaced by a complete integrated hydraulic circuit. The new circuit is then turned into a 3D model by Wendy or Steven at Hytech and then manufactured by the Hytech team into a steel or aluminium hydraulic manifold. The beauty of the manifold is the compact design, easier fault finding and less expensive hydraulic hosing. The improved efficiency from a complete planned design results in increased production and less down time for the customer.
Hytech strive for continual improvement. Joey Lin, assistant design engineer, CNC setter and operator says “we have all been reviewing the CNC production of the hydraulic manifolds. We have been looking at the features of each of our CNC machines, looking for ways to cut production time, increase quality and reduce scrap metal. As a result the team has been multi-tasking where possible, looking at jobs that use similar settings on the machines to reduce setting times.”
With new designs, a thorough test of the first block to ensure everything works correctly, once satisfied the remaining blocks are manufactured. The team shares their findings to get the best processes in place and improvement in production at Hytech. As a result production is up, scrap metal is down and customers are happy. Paul Harmse production manager – appointed in January 2015 has also been reviewing processes and production and is proud of his amazing team’s increased performance and design capabilities with resulting reduced lead time for customers.
If you have a messy hydraulic system prone to leaks a hydraulic manifold is definitely worth consideration.
Speak to your Hyspecs hydraulic engineer, Freephone: 0800 497 700. Or if you already have a circuit design speak to Paul Harmse at Hytech, phone: 09 921 2221. Visit: www.hytech.co.nz