New Website, Same Great Company

After months of hard work and dedication, we are pleased to announce the launch of Supreme Integrated Technology’s newly redesigned website! You can check it out by visiting www.supremeintegratedtechnology.com. The website was redesigned with the user in mind, with increased content quality to allow simple navigation, and ultimately provide for an improved user friendly experience.

Among the new features our site provides is an entirely new Products page, which allows users to search for specific product types and categories, with our valued partners that provide those particular capabilities being identified. As we continue to update our Products page, each world-class vendor will have their own landing page, to provide you with more in depth information about their capabilities and some company information. Keep an eye out for this new feature as it is implemented within the upcoming weeks.

We continue to grow in numerous industries, including but not limited to marine & offshore, military, jacking systems and LNG, and our hope is to provide our users with the information they seek in an easy, timely manner.

We are a 100% employee-owned company and we are proud of who we are and what we do. Whether you’re looking for a quote, exploring our automation, fluid power or electrical capabilities or just searching for the latest industry trends and company news, you can find it all on Supreme Integrated Technology’s newly redesigned website.

Supreme Integrated Technology, Inc. is a subsidiary of Employee Owned Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Harahan, Louisiana, and is a 100% employee owned company. For other information about SIT and our family of employee owned companies, please visit www.supremeintegratedtechnology.com.

Efficiency through Integrated Design Methods

When we think of efficiency, pertaining to hydraulics, we commonly refer to the percentage of power loss in individual components within a system that dictates our required input power and cooling requirements. However, efficiency isn’t just about power loss through an individual component or system. It’s about using each component within the system to its greatest potential to drive out size and cost.

Take for example the historical approach to valve, actuator, and Hydraulic Power Unit (HPU) integration and supply. The path of least resistance is to allow the valve supplier to specify, procure, and integrate the actuators with the valves as a mated set. A separate supplier might then take the pressure requirements of the components provided to them by the end user or Engineering Procurement & Construction (EPC) firm, and design the HPU around that criteria.

Would the system perform with this degree of separation between the actuator and the HPU integrator? Sure it would, but does it maximize efficiency? Not at all. Valve torque is a fixed value at a given differential pressure (DP). And, the flow provided by the system dictates the cycle time.

From this basic information the entire system can be developed and optimized. The actuators are the system efficiency drivers. When separating the driver from the operator (in this case the HPU) efficiency is lost due to a lack of information in the design/supply chain which causes oversizing, sacrifices efficiency, and increases cost. The ability to capture and understand the impact of torque, pressure, and flow, as it relates to performance and efficiency, is a game changer in system design.

By treating the actuators, or motors in other examples, as an integrated part of the hydraulic system, true efficiency can be achieved. The benefits of a well-engineered and properly integrated system, include:

  • Actuator and motor size reductions by 25-50%
  • HPU footprint reductions by 20-40%
  • Reduction in energy consumption
  • Weight reductions from 20-35%
  • Installation time reductions
  • Overall system cost reductions by 20-35%

Additionally, component consolidation can be achieved through high pressure logic manifolds, simplified maintenance and tooling, decreased system pressure drops, and further reductions in installation and operator/maintainer training schedules and costs.

To sum it up, efficiency is not just about the percentage of power loss in individual components within a system. Its understanding how the components work together to perform the required tasks in the most efficient way possible, increasing performance and driving out costs.

Chris Sarro | Offshore / Subsea Systems Development Supreme Integrated Technology, Inc.