HyPro PR+ Pump Retrofitted to Home-Built 44’ Yacht

Written by Andrew (Aussie) Bray

We’ve been communicating recently with a customer in Australia about his PR+ pump with a reservoir, and wanted to share how he has used our equipment in his home-built yacht.

This is a new autopilot installation, retrofitted to Starship, a 30-year-old 44’ aluminium cutter, which the owner (Andrew Aussie Bray, a name that may be familiar to older readers of Yachting World magazine) self-built in his front garden in Sydney. Subsequently, he circumnavigated with wife and children, visiting Scotland and then London and Southern UK in the early 1990’s.

Starship (a Max Riseley design) is unusual in having water ballast plus a fully retractable lead-ballasted keel, and a transom hung, un-balanced retracting rudder.

The rudder quadrant is cable steered but can be declutched from the rudder, keeping the wheel stationary when the rudder is being moved by a large servo-pendulum wind vane system.

In more recent years the pendulum has often been controlled by a tillerpilot allowing the yacht to follow a compass course. But, after wearing two of these out,  in 2018 Aussie decided to retrofit a hydraulic autopilot to control the rudder directly.


The installation comprises a compact Hydrive “bulls horn” hydraulic ram (primarily designed to steer large outboard motors) controlled by a Coursemaster 950 autopilot, and powered by a HyPro PR+1012RUM  pump.

This pump unit incorporates the reservoir and solenoid valve, so required just two hoses to complete the hydraulic circuit. This allowed for a simple installation in the relatively confined space available inside the yacht’s transom. The pump sits on rubber mounts on a bracket suspended from a shelf under the aft coaming of the cockpit.

You can find out more about the pump Aussie used for his yacht here.

© Andrew (Aussie) Bray

GDPR – What It Is & How We Use Your Data

Many of our customers are companies, and if you are one of these you are probably aware of the approaching deadline for GDPR. There is a lot of confusion surrounding GDPR, so we’ve highlighted the basics in this blog and briefly explained how it affects us as a company and might affect yours too. If you’re an individual who is an ‘end user’ customer of ours, this blog also explains how we treat your personal data, and how this complies with the new GDPR regulations.

What is it?

GDPR stands for the General Data Protection Regulations, this is a piece of EU legislation that will be coming into practice very soon. This piece of legislative text will be replacing the UK’s Data Protection act 1998, this new regulation will be aimed at businesses in regards to their use of the personal data of individuals.

Companies who are not compliant with these new terms of GDPR will be subject to penalties given out by the ICO.

The deadline to be compliant with these new regulations is 25th May 2018, this is when the regulations will start to be enforced, and penalties will begin to be handed out to non-compliant companies.

Why is it happening?

The regulation looks at modernising our existing data protection laws – the way that businesses use and handle data has changed a lot over the years, so therefore the legislation needs to reflect these changes.

One of the main aims of GDPR is to rectify the numerous methods companies have created to use, and sometimes abuse an individual’s personal data.

What is involved in becoming GDPR compliant?

The GDPR regulations are quite complex so it may be worth talking to a professional in this industry. However, some of the main actions you need to take in order to be compliant are:

  • Produce a data map of where your data is collected, stored and used.
  • Make sure all personal data you hold is as secure as possible.
  • Ensure you have adequate consent for the use of an individual’s data.

How does Hy-Pro use ‘personal data’ of customers who are individuals?

Here at Hy-Pro, we send order confirmations, statements and enquiry replies via email to our customers.  We also use this data to keep you informed using newsletters.  If you are currently on our news mailing list, you are able to unsubscribe at any time to stop us using your data to send you newsletters .  Our news mailing list is stored by and processed by MailChimp and we store your information in our accounts system on an internal server protected by the latest technology.  We don’t share your data with third parties or use it for anything else.

For Inland Revenue purposes, all of our customer data has to be stored for 7 years from your last transaction in our accounts system.   After this period, we intend to render personal data “beyond use” – ie remove email addresses, phone numbers and postal addresses.

The data we hold is limited to names, contact details and accounting records for the legitimate purposes of conducting our business and complying with the law.

If you have any questions or concerns over how we treat your data, you’re welcome to get in touch with us.

Understanding & Avoiding Hydraulic Failures Due To Contamination

Over 85% of all hydraulic system failures are caused by fluid contamination – Hydraulic fluid can be contaminated by a range of pollutants such as solids or liquids, and in fact the most common contaminant is water. If the hydraulic fluid in your system has been contaminated it can cause the hydraulics performance to decrease and result in increased component wear/damage – this can even continue after you fix the contamination if it was a long-standing issue.

In order to prevent this problem from occurring in your hydraulic systems it is important to keep your system clean. The main areas you need to consider when trying to keep your system clean (or troubleshooting contamination issues) are:

  • Internally Generated. Debris can be caused by the internal parts of the system colliding – if parts are ill fitted, old or wearing this can cause issues.
  • Built-In. Contamination could already be there from dirty valves or oil.
  • Servicing, repairs and replacement of parts in the field can introduce foreign matter into the hydraulics.
  • Contamination entering through malfunctioning cylinder rod seals and reservoir breathers.
  • Hose Assembly. Rubber and metal particles introduced into the system from the assembly of hoses.
  • Restrictions on the pump inlet, like a suction strainer or suction hose that’s too small, an over speeding pump or oil that’s too hot or cold.
  • Leaking fittings, low oil level, incorrect (or lack of) tank baffles.

We recommend that all systems have an ISO 4406 cleanliness code of 19/14/11, to indicate particle levels:

19 = No more than 2500 to 5000 particles greater or equal to 4 microns.
14 = No more than 80 to 160 particles greater or equal to 6 microns.
11 = No more than 10 to 20 particles greater or equal to 14 microns.

Many people find it difficult to achieve or maintain the cleanliness or their oil.  If this is the case try asking these questions:

  • How clean is the oil from your supplier?
  • What is their cleanliness code?
  • Have you run new oil through a filtration cart before filling or topping up your Hydraulic system?

Along with stringent checks and maintenance, you could use contamination monitoring systems to examine the oil.  These can be an integral part of the system, jamsconstantly monitoring or performed manually as part of your maintenance program.  Hydraulic oil is expensive and the norm is to just replace it according to the instructions from the manufacturer.  A simple test could save you thousands each year in unnecessary replacement costs.   Consider Proactive maintenance instead of Preventative maintenance!

  • High pressure system filter of 10 microns or less following the pump outlet.
  • Low pressure return line filter of 10 micros just before the reservoir.
  • Reservoir desiccant top mount breathers.


Hydraulic systems can be incredibly efficient and powerful systems – keeping on top of fluid cleanliness is well worth the time and effort so put regular checks in place and go through the above points to help you get the most out of your equipment.

Hy-Pro Launching New Product at the Birmingham Fluid Power & Systems Expo

Hy-Pro is launching a brand new product this April at the Fluid Power and Systems exhibition at the NEC Arena, Birmingham from 10th April to 12th April 2018.

James and Peter, two members of our Application Engineering team, whom you may have read about in our blog post last week, will be at the show for the whole three days available to talk with you about hydraulic products, this industry and generally answer questions. Our stand is located in Hall 8 which is the Fluid Power and Systems Hall for these three days.

You can find our team at Stand AF1352 for the duration of the exhibition. They will be bringing a variety of different valves for you to see and learn about, as well as launching a brand new product! People attending this show will be the first to see this newest addition to our product line and find out about its application and strengths.

The exhibition has a whole list of superb exhibitors in the industry so you won’t get stuck for things to do, plus there are seminars and talks running throughout the day – these are not to be missed. The show is spread across three halls – Hall 8 is the Fluid Power and Systems, this is where we will be based, Hall 9 is the Plant and Asset Management and in Hall 10 you will find the smart technology section.

If you want to meet James and Peter at our stand and are eager to learn more about our products then it isn’t too late. Tickets are still available, all you have to do is register for the event online and you will receive an online e-badge. You can register for the show here.

We hope to see many new customers at the NEC, we can’t wait to unveil our new product for you all.

Applications Engineer James Retires After 46 Years with Hy-Pro & We Welcome Peter to the Role

We are very pleased to welcome Peter to our team but this comes with a sad goodbye to our long-standing employee James – Peter is taking on his role as Applications Engineer.

James was originally steered towards this industry back at school: “As a small child with a passion for all things mechanical (preferably with wheels) some crusty teacher looked at my 11 – Plus exam paper and declared “You shall be an Engineer boy!”. And off to Homelands Technical High School For Boys Torquay I went for 6 years…which suited me just fine. Machines, metal work, technical drawing, maths, sports (including swimming and diving). Brilliant! …we even had a car to take to bits and reassemble! So ending up working for a company that design, develop and manufacture products that go into all kinds of machinery and boats all over the world has been just great.”

James started working for Hy-Pro in 1972 in the Machine Shop and Assembly areas and after a brief break away from Hy-Pro to pursue a role elsewhere in direct field sales in advertising, he came back to us in the role of Technical and Quality Manager. In 2014 James took up the position of Technical Sales Manager which has involved supporting our OEM customers, appointing and training our distributors, finding and growing the relationship with new clients.

James recalls “The real fun and privilege has been planning and showing off the Company and its products at various trade exhibitions including the METS Marine Trade Show in Amsterdam, the Fluid Power and Systems Show at the NEC and other events.”

When asked if he learnt anything in his time at Hy-Pro, James answered “Look for ways to commend people and help them grow. Listen and believe in them. When we are confronted by a seemingly unsurmountable problem, remember there is a solution, we just don’t know what it is yet.” For us and the custom solutions our team can build to suit many different applications, this is very apt advice.

Peter is now taking over James’ role and he too has experience in the Fluid Power industry as for just over 15 years he was dealing primarily with mobile applications, starting as a self-employed Agricultural service/repair engineer working on bespoke harvesting machinery and involved in the design of simple hydraulic systems.

Peter has previously collaborated with Hy-Pro when working with another company and when we asked why he wanted to work with us he commented: “HyPro have a remarkable reputation for their technical expertise and customer support which will be great to be a part of. Working with customers on their machinery, new and old.  It gives you great sense of achievement seeing it all come to life for the first time.”

Peter and James have been working closely to get up to date with everything Peter needs to know about Hy-Pro and the needs of the role, however, James did have a few things to say on the matter: “I never thought the day would come when I pass my role over to a left handed lager drinking vegetarian with slightly ginger hair and a French surname. (who incidentally got a bigger computer screen on day 2 than I’ve EVER had) Sacré bleu!”

Peter knows he has some big boots to fill, and we’re really going to miss James, but we know that with his experience he’s going to do a great job for us and our customers. Our Managing Director, Elaine, has added: “I’ll miss James’ wicked sense of humour, which has  kept me going for the last 30 plus years!”

It has been a phenomenal few years with James but it is now time for him to sail and travel his way through retirement. We really hope it treats him well! So we will leave you with one final message from James…

“Thank you for giving me meaningful, enjoyable, creative employment for all these years and I hope in return you have received the quality and quantity deserved. It’s been a pleasure. Thank you all for your understanding and support in the difficult times. To faintly echo the words of Dick Hammond, Hy-Pro’s founder ‘I hope I’ve made a difference’.”


Hy-Pro’s Valves Specifically Designed for Pumps, Winches and Hose Reels

Here at Hy-Pro we design and manufacture valves specifically for Pumps, Winches and Hose Reels. The valves provide the products with the same basic element of a control system, for the on/off, in/out, and/or float functions together with a speed control.

We use these valves in a multitude of our products, including: The HRV, V4-40, V5-60 and V3-100 sectional control valves. The HRV was actually designed to meet one customers needs, but turned out to be a universal product for all our customers. Similarly, many of our Hose Reel products have specifications to meet an individual customer’s needs, but the majority of the product stays the same for all customers. A specialist feature for example would be a special metering needle which prevents the pump from being run too fast.

Hy-Pro has provided valves to between 800 and 1000 Hose Reels and Winches over the past year, supplying our products to a dozen of the largest OEM and many other smaller companies.

Many customers benefit from our HRV because it has the smallest and most used valve, which means the product is very compact. Also, Hy-Pro have the ability to “marinise” our valves for the harsh environments they are exposed in the marine and the road transportation industry.

Designing valves such as the ones for these products is one of our specialities here at Hy-Pro, customising a basic valve to meet a customer’s requirement is ultimately what we’re good at. However, one thing we had never had to do before was fitting one of these valves into an extremely tight space, it’s lucky that we are always excited by a challenge. We designed a special combined inlet cover with the speed control built in to make the assembly even more compact. This solved this dilemma and the customer was very happy with this result.

Ultimately this new and more compact valve has proven very popular, and is now manufactured for use by Hy-Pro customers all over the world.

Hy-Pro’s Hydraulic Pumps for Ramlift Pro

While a lot of our pumps and valves find application in the marine industry, we create products for a vast range of other areas including the auto industry. RamLiftPro is a range of hydraulic pump devices designed for cars that are low to the ground, allowing the car to be raised so the front bumper does not scrape on speed bumps or sloped driveways. The driver can control this with a simple switch in their car, which raises the vehicle to a selected height.

Here at Hy-Pro we designed and supply the PR+20 12 RX/X 2.0 L/min hydraulic reversing pump with integral relief valves for this product. RamLiftPro were already using a similar product but came to us to see if this idea could be improved on, and we’ve now been working with RamLiftPro since 2010.

For the application of this product we recommended the use of relief valves, these limit the output and protect the electrical and hydraulic systems. The whole product uses small hydraulic cylinders built into the cars suspension which raise the height of the car. When these cylinders reach the end of their stroke they can reach a high pressure and stall the pump. The relief valves help produce a much smoother operation and there is no need for current limitation or specific fuses.

The PR+ pump was solely designed using the Solidworks 3d Modelling Software – this is a piece of CAD software that reduces design errors and has lifelike visualisation, which was perfect for this application.

This design process was not completely simple, fitting two relief valve cartridges into one PR+ pump was going to be a challenge. For the design to work well and be effective we wanted to keep this pump as compact as possible for the vehicles. We found the perfect solution by using cartridges from elsewhere in our range, which did exactly what we needed but made a very economic use of the space available.

This product is perfect for people who love the look and lifestyle a sports car gives you but want the flexibility to drive down roads with speed-bumps, and not have to worry about scraping bumpers on sloped driveways. To get hold of this product or for a little bit more information on the product as a whole go to www.ramliftpro.com and you can see our PR+ pumps here: https://www.hypro.co.uk/products/hydraulic-pumps-and-steering/reversing-pumps/

The Hypro Guide to Caring for Your Hydraulic Steering System

The marine industry has developed at a great speed over recent years with some fantastic marine systems and machinery being created. We have almost become ignorant to their upkeep and their general maintenance and sometimes assume that they will simply work forever. Even though your hydraulic steering system is designed to give many years of trouble free service, at the end of the day it is a piece of machinery and machinery can go wrong! At Hy-Pro we have put together some top tips that can help prolong the life of your hydraulic steering system and keep it functioning to its optimum. Continue reading The Hypro Guide to Caring for Your Hydraulic Steering System

Key Advantages of Using Hy-Pro’s Hydraulic Control Valves

Hy-Pro have been designing and manufacturing hydraulic control valves for fifty plus years after recognising the need for arobust, compact and economic solution for use across varied industry sectors…agriculture, forestry, marine, vehicle recovery trucks etc. Control valves form and essential part of a fluid power hydraulic system.

An hydraulic system is a method of transmitting power by pushing hydraulic fluid, generally mineral oil, round a circuit. The complete system comprises of a prime mover to drive the pump generating the flow. This could be an electric motor, petrol or diesel engine, air motor or a hand pump. A tank, filters, pipework and control valves completer the circuit along with the actuators which convert the power into either rotary or linear motion.

The advantages of fluid power transmission are –

  • Power density – large amounts of power can be produced from comparatively small actuators.
  • Safety in hazardous environments – hydraulic systems have a no electric shock risk, minimum heat build-up and are pollution free.
  • Instant reversing – because hydraulic fluid is incompressible actuators respond instantly to input command
  • Simple, rugged, serviceable – most components can be stripped, repaired and rebuilt quickly and easily.
  • Long distance transmission – hydraulic hoses can go round tight corners and run long distances without affecting the control.
  • Efficient – a well-designed system can have an total efficiency of over 92%. We are very conscious of the importance of this and ensure our valve designs are as efficient as possible.

Continue reading Key Advantages of Using Hy-Pro’s Hydraulic Control Valves


For those of you unfamiliar with the term BSI it is the “the business standards company that helps organisations make excellence a habit”, established to develop “a new generation of standards” by helping manufacturing organisations to “improve their performance, reduce their risk and help them be more sustainable.”  To this day there are 1200 BSI committees operating to achieve just that. At Hypro, our very own Quality Manager Rob Daniels has joined BSI Committee QS/001/02 Quality Management System Standards.

The scope of QS/001/02 Quality Management System Standards is as follows:

“Under the direction of QS/1, is responsible for the UK input into the revision and development of quality management standards and guidelines, including drafting, comment resolution and nominating delegates to international meetings.” This process ensures that proposed new standards or updated standards are discussed and reviewed in detail to ensure the standards are as concise, clear and easy to follow as possible in which an international delegation make final amendments.  Continue reading BSI – HYPRO QUALITY MANAGER ROB DANIELS JOINS BSI COMMITTEE