Trelleborg App Now Probably the Most Extensive Free Converter on the Market

Now exceeding one million downloads, the converter offers engineers and professionals a simple way to switch between a wide range of engineering units, currencies and other useful dimensions.

Trelleborg Converter AppFollowing the recent update to include currencies, a glucose conversion and shoe and clothing size converters, the Trelleborg Converter App is now probably the most extensive free converter available in the AppStore and Google Play.

Wolfgang Heinrich, Senior Project Manager Digital Services for Trelleborg Sealing Solutions says “Taking into consideration user feedback, we added history logs of previous conversions and a favorites list for quick access, personalization options and percentages. The iPhone version also includes copy/paste functionality and a calculator.”

Change log:

  • Redesign. New user interface for iPhone and Android version
  • History log of last conversions on dimensions and unit level
  • Easy to favorite dimensions and units. Create favorite lists for even faster conversions
  • Full screen view for unit conversion on demand. Glucose conversion
  • New currencies
  • Personalization options: switch between dark and light theme and/or Grid View or List View on dimensions screen Percentage calculator in 2 directions (percentage of value, value of percentage)
  • Pace calculator (iPhone version, will follow later for Android)
  • Calculator [+ – × ÷]. Calculator can also be accessed while converting units. After calculation, the user can jump back to the unit conversion screen and the calculated value will be added as a new value for unit conversion (iPhone version currently, will follow later in Android)
  • Fuel consumption conversion (iPhone version currently, will follow later for Android)
  • Vacuum conversion
  • Search option on dimension and unit level

The app is available free-of-charge in English and German by searching for ‘Trelleborg’ in the AppStore or Google Play, or click here to find out more about Trelleborg Sealing Solution services.

Working Together to Meet the Challenge of Rapid Gas Decompression

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is supplying advanced elastomer materials to enhance the performance of Proserv’s subsea downhole and pipeline sampling tools, providing a solution to rapid gas decompression.

Trelleborg Proserv Subsea EquipmentOne of the leading global players in the supply of seals and bearings for the offshore oil and gas market, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, has supplied its XploR™ grade elastomer seals for initial testing. This is to help address the low temperature / high-pressure sealing performance of Proserv’s subsea equipment and the issue of sour gas chemical compatibility

The seals are to be used in an expanded range of Proserv’s downhole and pipeline sampling tools, which are being upgraded and developed, including the Prolight, Procorro and Profisc product lines.

Combating extreme conditions
Daniel Grainger, Key Account Manager at the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions oil and gas marketing office in Aberdeen, explains how industry leaders are turning to the sealing specialists in increasing numbers in a bid to combat extreme conditions.

He says: “Seal damage and observed gas leaks caused by rapid gas decompression in elastomeric seals are extremely costly with significant safety and environmental implications for oilfield operators and equipment suppliers.

Consistent and robst solutions
“We are proud to be Proserv’s partner for sealing technology. The partnership between the two companies is a meeting of like-minded players in the oil and gas industry, both striving for excellence and pushing the barriers of harsh environments.”

David Bird, a senior engineer at Proserv, says: “Consistent and robust sealing solutions are a fundamental requirement in the design and development of every Proserv sampling system.

Trelleborg’s expertise
“Proserv’s oil and gas division is now actively harnessing Trelleborg’s expertise in the development of projects that are tailored toward expanding our sample cylinder product range into more hostile service environments.”

The ‘Dinosaur’ Returns, Again and Again

This interview with Professor Josef Kurfess from Ulm University in Germany outlines why hydraulic systems still have an important part to play in the industrial world of today and tomorrow.

Professor Josef KurfessOver the past 40 years, hydraulic systems have been continually deemed a dying technology – if not pronounced dead altogether. And these views don’t seem all that farfetched in light of the on-going energy efficiency debate and the apparent cure-all: electric drive systems. Perhaps the “dinosaurs of drive technology” are truly at an end. Yet they keep coming back and are more sustainable than ever – all thanks to consistent, systematic thinking.

Hydraulics form the core technology behind many industrial companies and many of the applications we see in our daily lives. Whether it’s at home or at work, whether it’s in mobile or stationary applications: Life as we know it wouldn’t be possible without hydraulic systems. Sluices wouldn’t open or close properly, construction vehicles wouldn’t function correctly, cable cars wouldn’t run, and most machines would no longer manufacture things. In the same vein, no theater stage would rotate, no harvesting machine would work quickly and precisely, and trucks couldn’t unload their goods. Personal and professional life would become a lot less convenient.

Many developments spell optimization

That said, there have been many attempts over the past 40 years to replace hydraulic systems with other technologies. That’s because, apart from their undisputed advantages, hydraulic systems and applications were considered coarse, clumsy, and only really of any use in rough industrial settings. They were also deemed inefficient energy hogs prone to leakages. In recent years, the energy debate has ferociously challenged hydraulic systems, and more and more electric solutions have tried to take on the leading role. Some have even predicted that hydraulic systems would share the same fate as the dinosaurs.

But the dinosaurs are coming back. A multitude of innovations, developments, and enhancements are seeing hydraulic systems and applications improve considerably – and sustainably. There’s no end in sight. Is there evidence of this? Our university of applied sciences has established an endowed chair for oil hydraulics and our competence center for hydraulics now has 17 member companies – clear indications of a renaissance. That’s because one thing is certain: hydraulic systems are strong, robust, and they work more reliably than most comparable technologies. And little by little, they are regaining ground lost in the battle. The reasons for this are quite clear.

Hydraulic systems and applications are becoming more intelligent

Hydraulic SketchThanks to new ways of thinking and development approaches that focus on systems, hydraulic technology is becoming more efficient, versatile, and precise. By integrating high-performance electronics and control software, hydraulic systems are constantly becoming more “intelligent.” All the while, the software also ensures that increasingly complex systems are becoming easier to operate. And that’s not all – the focus on systemic factors is reaching out into more and more areas.

The limits to how far we can stretch the mechanical production of control blocks are being eradicated, but when we do reach the limit, software can help us go further – for example, when balancing oscillations at specific operating points. Control valves are becoming even more precise and faster. Oils and fluids are also advancing further. It’s quite conceivable to develop fluid sensors that detect wear, and report when a part should be exchanged.

Seals are becoming more application-specific and being developed in line with their intended use. They will reconcile the two opposing objectives of minimizing friction while maximizing sealing performance. This is giving rise to trendsetting sealing systems that can be connected or switched off, such as the Turcon® Roto L system developed by Trelleborg Sealing Solutions. Such developments are paving the way for systems that we are already seeing in use, like a tire pressure system that allows for variable tire pressure and which can be adjusted while the system is running.

Hydraulics 4.0 – autonomous systems are feasible

Hydraulic systems will gradually become even more intelligent. They will be self-monitoring by using high performance sensors, and maintenance will not be carried out during downtime, but dynamically. Depending on the state and load of the hydraulic system, reports will be displayed indicating required maintenance or when to change components or fluids. All of this will be accompanied by the highest possible energy efficiency and even greater overall efficiency. And this isn’t even taking Industry 4.0 into account. Quite conceivably, completely autonomous systems will exist in the future. These will monitor and service themselves – more like Hydraulics 4.0. All of this bolsters the undisputed advantages of hydraulic drives: No other drive system is as powerful and as robust. The “dinosaurs of drive technology” might just outlive everything else.

Competence through cooperation

Hydraulic CylinderThe Kompetenzzentrum Hydraulik is a privately funded center of excellence for hydraulics at Ulm University of Applied Sciences. It was established to promote the qualification of young talent as hydraulics specialists. The center, sponsored by the chamber of commerce and industry in Ulm (IHK Ulm), will receive over one million euros from its sponsoring companies, including Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, over the next five years. Each of these companies will also delegate a representative to sit on the advisory board to define core tuition and work activities.

Trelleborg’s Role

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is contributing sealing and bearing technology information to the course on ‘Hydraulic Fluids and Seals’. Practical examples and visits to the companies, including the testing facilities at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, complement theoretical work.

Lectures available online
The hydraulic courses are proving popular and interest in the lectures, which are available online as webinars, is growing steadily.