Multiplication and variation of force:
Multiply linear or rotary force from a fraction of an ounce to several hundred tons of output.
Easy, accurate control:
Start, stop, accelerate, decelerate, reverse or position large forces with great accuracy as well as analog (infinitely variable) and digital (on/off) control are possible. Instantly reversible motion — within less than half a revolution — can be achieved.
Multi-function control advantages:
A single hydraulic pump or air compressor can provide power and control for numerous machines or machine functions when combined with fluid power manifolds and valves.
High horsepower, low weight ratio: Pneumatic components are compact and lightweight as well as being small for the five horsepower hydraulic motor fits in the palm of your hand.
Low speed torque advantages:
Unlike electric motors, air or hydraulic motors can produce large amounts of torque (twisting force) while operating at low speeds. Some hydraulic and air motors can even maintain torque at zero speed without overheating.
Constant force or torque:
This is a unique fluid power attribute.
Safety in hazardous environments advantages: Use fluid power in mines, chemical plants, near explosives and in paint applications because it is inherently spark-free and can tolerate high temperatures.
Established standards and engineering:
Several industry leaders define fluid power industry design and performance standards for hydraulic and pneumatic products. These include the NFPA, the National Fluid Power Association; ANSI, the American National Standards Institute as well as the ISO, the International Organization for Standardization.