The world of high pressure hydraulics is constantly in motion, and the demand for results-oriented customer-specific solutions has increased strongly over the past few years. Netherlands-based Holmatro says it has now has broad experience and a series of important references in the field of “customised” solutions in the world of heavy lifting and movement. The company is now marketing this customised capability under the brand Industrial Solutions.“With Industrial Solutions we demonstrate that we go further than just developing and manufacturing standard hydraulic equipment”, says Niels Rombouts, Holmatro Industrial Equipment Director. “the demand for customer-specific solutions has increased enormously over the years. We now have a complete team of engineers and experts, dedicated to finding the right solution for various different challenges together with the customer.”Whether it be the computer-controlled synchronised positioning of heavy loads, the horizontal movement of industrial objects and installations of exceptional sizes in limited surroundings or the larger vertical movements of heavy loads with accurate control, the company claims that “nothing is impossible for the Holmatro Industrial Solutions team. Co-operation with the customer, ease of use and safety are recurring starting points for the development of these ‘customised’ solutions.“All Holmatro products are developed, manufactured and thoroughly tested in-house. Resulting in real Dutch quality and reliability. The products have a life span that extends for years, which can moreover be extended by a comprehensive service program.” Examples of Holmatro activity in mining include the regular stretching of Caterpillar tracks on large bucketwheel miners in German lignite operations, in order to maintain the speed and efficiency of mining. This stretching requires the use of cylinders in combination with a Holmatro Vari hydraulic pump. In this particular case, a 500V version was fitted with a custom-made protective frame that includes valves and a filter. The special frame is necessary due to the rough working conditions.