I love a good hydraulic circuit; one well organized, well laid out, with current symbology and with consistent symbol geometry. ISO offers their worldwide standard, 1219, in the drawing and application of hydraulic symbols for a machine schematic. Currently in the 1219:2012 iteration, there have been many updates to the code throughout the years, especially with the integration of electronics into hydraulics.
Why all machine manufacturers do not adhere to these drawing standards is beyond me. I suppose I’m a bit of a stickler, but there is nothing worse than a high school level drawing on a brand-new, million-dollar machine. I’m exaggerating, as I also suppose zombies and fish are worse than poor drawings. That’s right, I don’t like fish; the smell of fish is how you know when other food has gone bad.
But I digress. Also, don’t get me wrong, because I’m not concerned with schematics drawn on scrap paper to explain a concept, or with drawings done by non-professionals to show someone what they’re looking for. I am concerned with actual professionals, like engineers and draftspersons, whose only job is to design hydraulic systems or create the drawings for those hydraulic systems.
Here are some problems I have with the drawing of hydraulic schematics:
For the most part, symbols look enough the same even when creatively drawn, so that anyone familiar with reading them can understand what’s going on. So as much as I love a good new schematic, I love reading old drawings to see how they used to do it, and even if I disagree with their technique, I’d rather being reading a terrible hydraulic schematic than eating a good fish.