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To lead, we find new ways.


Rodney Trail, Industry Sector Manager
Sytronix Product Champion
Bosch Rexroth in Canada

“The looks on the customers’ faces always start to light up at this point when we show them how quiet the Sytronix is,” said Rodney Trail, with a hint of laughter in his voice. Along with being the Sytronix product expert, Trail is the pulp and paper industry specialist for Bosch Rexroth in Canada and he has taken on the task of marketing this innovative variable-speed pump drive solution in Canada.

According to Trail, this is easy for him because Sytronix pump drives are not only more than 10 dB(A) quieter than most conventional hydraulic power units; they also reduce energy consumption by up to 70 percent. The reason: They always produce only the amount of hydraulic energy that is really needed. Energy efficiency is a big issue in Canada.

“Our first Sytronix project was John Lewis,” Trail said. John Lewis produces 26 million ice cream sticks daily for all the major brands. And while you wouldn’t think a wooden ice cream stick maker needs high-performance hydraulics, the volumes John Lewis produces calls for some heavy-duty materials movement.

The solution designed by Rodney Trail and his colleagues and installed in Canada automates a lift device that raises the plant’s feedstock -- the tree trunks -- and moves them into the peeling mill. Energy savings with Sytronix: 70 percent. “And that’s not all - the associates are excited because it’s now much quieter,” Trail said

Using their success at John Lewis, he was already able to convince customers in heavy steel, tire factories, and wood and paper processing plants to use the quiet, energy-efficient Sytronix. The latest coup: Together with a Canadian university, Bosch Rexroth has developed a hybrid hydraulic power unit for a mobile metal lathe machine in the oil industry in Canada.

“Oil production often takes place in remote areas, where electricity is scarce. With Sytronix, the lathe machines are so energy efficient that the oil companies can refurbish the pipes on the spot,” Trail said. For Rodney Trail and Bosch Rexroth, Sytronix sets the stage for new ways to serve their customer’s needs -- and it makes him excited:

“It’s a lot of fun because Sytronix meets the demands of our time exactly. I’ve worked with hydraulics for more than 30 years and this is the most exciting innovation that I’ve experienced in all these years.”