New Compact Linear Actuator From Hy-ProDrive

We are pleased to announce our latest addition to the Hy-ProDrive marine steering range – the new compact linear actuator!

This new compact unit is designed for smaller or lighter yachts with space restrictions and the lower thrust requirements.  Our new actuator at full extension, is only 890 mm.  That’s half a metre shorter than its bigger brother.  Giving 5000 N of thrust with its 1.5 litre pump and 50w motor, the new mini actuator is still powerful for its size but typically only draws 14 amps.  This is good news for the all-important batteries and brings down the cost of a course computer for the average yachtsman.  Depending on vessel weight, sail plan and rudder forces the new actuator is suitable for sailing yachts of up to 45 feet (15 m).

The mini actuator comes with all the advantages of its larger sibling.  All the elements (pump, cylinder and reservoir) of a hydraulic circuit come together in one compact unit.  Supplied with a quick release mounting and tiller bolt and integral relief valves, the unit is also rated to IP67, EMC to BS EN 60945 and Ignition protection to BS EN 28846.  This makes the new 200 mm stroke linear actuator a perfect and safe choice for autopilot steering in recreational craft.

For full details email or telephone +44 (0) 1626 863634 and select option 1 for sales.

For higher maximum operating thrust requirements (up to 6900N).  Please see our larger linear actuators which are available in 12v and 24v options with 1 or 2 litre pumps.


Hy-Pro’s Birmingham Distributor Have Moved

Our Birmingham distributor, Hydraulic Equipment Supermarkets, have moved to bigger and better premises.

Now operating from Unit 3, Cheston Road, Aston, Birmingham B7 5EA, the new branch is large enough to accommodate Hy-Pro control valves in addition to a wide range of related products.  With on-site trade counters and warehouses, complete valves, along with sectional valve components and spares are now available the same day from both the Birmingham and Gloucester branches. Both of these HES branches also have workshop facilities for servicing and the building up of Hy-Pro sectional valves.

The new Birmingham branch is centrally located with good access routes and car parking.  Trained support staff are on hand to help.

Our Sales Manager, Mr James Roberts, was pleased to support the opening of the branch last month whilst flying the flag for our British manufactured Hy-Pro valves.

Contact the new branch on 0121 327 2664 and see our website for our full range of Hy-Pro control valves.

Hy-ProDrive Distributors

We are now working hard to establish a chain of Hy-ProDrive distributors around the globe for our range of hydraulic drives for marine autopilots.  Our belief is that wherever in the world you are, skilled Hy-ProDrive distributors should never be very far away.  We have been dealing with businesses from South Africa to New Zealand over the years, establishing working relationships for the benefit of yachtsmen the world over.

Alongside this, we have been developing our website and creating a distributors’ page, complete with maps showing their locations.  We have been gradually adding new companies to the list.  This week we are proud to announce the addition of Vélasalan ehf in Reykjavik, Iceland and Amaltheia Marine in Athens.  Links from our website will lead to the appropriate pages on their sites where you can get local help in the local language. Telephone and email numbers will also be shown.

Vélasalan supply everything from boats and engines to life belts for both the commercial and leisure markets.  Amaltheia Marine also serves both of these markets, providing for all the  needs of vessels between 6 and 200 meters long.

Hy-ProDrive pumps, steering systems and actuators are the hydraulic pump of choice for autopilot manufacturers.  Our unique IP67 super quiet, low power reversing gear pumps are ideal for both leisure and commercial craft.  We manufacture these units here in the UK to the highest quality standards.

For a closer look, please visit our Marine Products Page and our Distributors’ Page