Water makes a comeback : Page 4 of 4

  • large and costly central accumulator systems. As a result, water hydraulics could move into applications now reserved for smaller systems.

Of the remaining work, however, the most important may be the reduction of system costs.

Still, some manufacturers report that customers are finding economic advantages in water hydraulics, despite the high initial costs. A German carmaker, after performing a cost analysis, reportedly selected water hydraulics over oil and pneumatics because of the lower overall costs. When considering operational costs, the carmaker said, water hydraulics can be a bargain.

Based on such appraisals, water hydraulics manufacturers are quite optimistic that they can recapture their former prominence.

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