Martin CuthbertMartin Cuthbert studied mechanical engineering at Sheffield, specialising in flow measurement in his final year. In 1997, after graduating with a master’s degree in engineering, he joined Webtec and started out in R&D as a product engineer working on a team developing the next generation of turbine flow meters and test stand data-acquisition systems. By the late 1990s he had moved into a customer-facing role. In 2006, he was appointed managing director. He travels regularly, visiting customers worldwide giving training on using hydraulic test equipment. He sits on the Advisory Committee for the National Fluid Power Centre in Worksop, UK.
Real time monitoring of hydraulic flow for predictive maintenance of manned and autonomous mobile machinery.
Monitoring temperature and pressure in a hydraulic system is relatively simple. However, many performance losses may still not be evident. Pumps and actuator performance can best be determined by monitoring their input or output flow. Until now there hasn’t been a simple fit-and-forget solution to monitoring hydraulic flow in the extreme environments seen by manned mobile & autonomous vehicles used in the earthmoving, mining, municipal vehicles, and handling industries. Webtec’s J1939 CAN compatible CTA flow monitor has been designed to address this need and can be connected to an in-cab HMI and/or connected to an IoT portal and monitored remotely.