Repair, Replace, or Rebuild Your Hydraulic Equipment?

Repair, Replace, or Rebuild Your Hydraulic Equipment?

When your hydraulic equipment fails, there is no time to waste when trying to get it back up and running. You have the option to either repair, replace, or rebuild your equipment- but which do you choose? It is becoming more and more popular to rebuild hydraulic equipment rather than purchasing new equipment or having existing equipment repaired. Let’s dive into the reasons behind what a rebuild is and why rebuilds are the more popular choice so when you’re faced with hydraulic equipment failure you can make an informed decision.

What is an Equipment Rebuild?

The definition of a rebuild can vary from shop to shop but typically an equipment rebuild is a piece of equipment that has been previously used and reconditioned for further use. Not only can expert rebuilders restore a piece of equipment to OEM specifications, but they can also exceed the quality of a brand-new machine. A rebuild is different than a repair because a repair’s primary focus is on fixing the individual parts involved in failure. It is also different from purchasing used equipment which usually has not been refurbished or reconditioned.

To properly rebuild equipment, it will be completely dissembled so that each piece can be thoroughly inspected. The parts should be evaluated for damage, wear, and effect on the overall longevity of the component. The replacement and reconditioning of parts are performed as needed, the component is then reassembled, and undergoes thorough quality and performance testing.

Rebuilding Hydraulic Equipment is Less Expensive

The overall popularity of rebuilding hydraulic equipment is due to the lower cost that comes with it. A rebuild typically costs about half the price of a new piece of equipment, and this typically includes hydraulic motors and pumps. While you think repairs might be initially cheaper, it will only be a matter of time before the equipment fails and more repairs will be needed.

In the long run, rebuilds typically end up being cheaper than repairs and are definitely less expensive than purchasing new replacement parts.

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Hydraulic Rebuilds are High Quality

Even though rebuilt equipment has been used previously, it represents exceptional value. When your equipment is rebuilt by an expert, it goes through a rigorous process that includes the replacement of seals and bearings, evaluation of individual parts for their remaining life expectancy, replacing those parts that are irreparably damaged, and restoring parts that can be refurbished.

The result that comes from this process is a hydraulic pump or hydraulic motor that is like new- and considerably better than new. It has the potential lifespan of 75% of a brand-new motor or pump, but at about half the price- and who doesn’t love that?!

Considerably Shorter Lead Times for Hydraulic Rebuilds

When choosing to rebuild your hydraulic equipment rather than purchasing new equipment is usually because time is of the essence. A certified rebuild typically involves a much shorter lead time because there is significant time that is spent waiting for replacement parts to possibly be manufactured THEN delivered. The longer you wait for those replacement parts, the longer your machine is down, which creates production cost issues and downtime for employees.

When all these hiccups are taken into consideration, rebuilds are often considered the most economical option. A rebuilt piece of equipment, such as a cylinder or motor, can be refurbished quickly, minimizing your downtime of equipment and staff involved.

Here at All Phase Hydraulics, we will offer you a solid hydraulic rebuild that provides your equipment with the quality and increased lifespan that you need at a price that you can afford. We pride ourselves in performing your rebuilds quickly so that your company can get back to business.

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What are Pneumatic Systems & Applications

What are Pneumatic Systems & Applications

Pneumatics is when air or gas pressure is being used as the driving force to move or power something. Essentially, pneumatics places compressed air to practical use by moving applications such as tools and machinery used in various industries like engineering, manufacturing, and construction, and others.

How Do Pneumatics Work?

By using clean and dry air, pneumatics is a simple and reliable way to make things move. Pneumatic systems use this compressed air to create mechanical motion and power applications to do work.

Pneumatics makes use of an air compressor to reduce the volume of the air in order to increase its pressure. This then will move through a filter into a pneumatic tubing, where it is controlled by valves before reaching an actuator which does the work at the end of the process. That could be a cylinder, or a device that performs a function, for example, lifting, moving, or gipping.

How Do I Choose a Pneumatic System?

Pneumatic Systems can be used as an alternative to electric actuators and motors by driving linear and rotary motion applications. Pneumatic Systems differ from Hydraulic Systems as they use smaller loads and produce less force. Also, since air is easy to compress, pneumatics can absorb excessive shock.

As the manufacturing industry continues to make advances, and with developments in seals like corrosion resistance, the conditions in which pneumatics systems can be used has continued to increase. Pneumatics are such a versatile way to power tools and machinery, which keep them an important technology in a number of industries.

When selecting a pneumatic system, consider what you require in terms of your operating sequence. They work in a linear and rotary motion and is a simple way to activate an output motion or apply a force. You also should consider the pressure and flow requirements for the best possible performance.

Flow and pressure are different and should be controlled separately. The regulation of pressure in compressed air systems does not accurately control the flow, which could lead to an increase in energy costs. Whereas pressure is a force applied across a given area, the flow is the actual volume of compressed air being moved in a given time. Greater pressure over a small area can be the same as lower pressure over a larger area. Flow control works by restricting the orifice through which air can flow- as it closes, less air can flow, at a given pressure, in a given time.

Maintaining pneumatics and pneumatic systems is generally a low cost, but care should be taken to monitor leaks and corrosion. Also, by applying a filtration system and monitoring the air supply will also ensure your equipment to perform how it should.

What are Pneumatic Systems

Pneumatic Applications

Pneumatics are prevalent in commercial vehicles, the energy sector, including oil and gas and power generation industries, and food and beverage, from blow molding bottles through to process automation and packaging. They are also used across the manufacturing industry to power factory automation systems and is typically seen in sectors like materials handling and packaging. Some other examples are:

Transportations: Air brakes for trains or busses, air engines, and compressed air-powered vehicles

Healthcare: Dental drills, vacuum pumps, and pressure regulators

Construction: Pneumatic jackhammers and nail guns

Home Systems: Heating and air conditioning control

Music: pipe organs, player pianos.

Understanding Pneumatics and Pneumatic Systems is an important part of pertaining businesses and sectors. If you are looking for pneumatics or hydraulics, All Phase is here to help you out! Our dedicated and well-trained staff will learn about your needs and application desires to help pick out the right equipment for you!

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Why Choose A Custom Hydraulic Cylinder?

Why Choose A Custom Hydraulic Cylinder

Custom Hydraulic Cylinders for Any Project!

Choosing the right hydraulic cylinder for your equipment is a common occurrence for many. It is extremely important to match your equipment with the most suitable cylinder. Even though some machinery can utilize standard or off-the-shelf equipment, others cannot. For equipment that cannot run efficiently with off-the-shelf options you will need to look into custom hydraulic cylinders

Custom Hydraulic Cylinders

The basic hydraulic cylinder consists of these parts:
• Barrel
• Bottom & bottom connection
• Head
• Piston and Piston Rod connection

With custom hydraulic cylinder manufacturing, the engineer and customer will work together to produce a version together with precise specification. The customization process allows you to change length, diameter and even materials. You can also alter the construction and/or design of the pistons, valves, and valve manifolds. Lastly, you can customize the port positions, mountings, and even integrate functions.

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Why Custom Hydraulic Cylinder?

Built With Your Requirements

With the customization process, you will receive a hydraulic cylinder that addresses your unique needs and concerns. The selected engineers will collaborate closely with your company to ensure the result will meet the explicit needs of your equipment and job. When you choose to customize your equipment rather than use standard products, you can install a product that is specific to your machinery. There will be no over or under-engineering resulting from a need to compromise. Your company can avoid many problems that can arise from trying to force a standard hydraulic cylinder to work in a custom-made machine.

Options to Consider

Most of the off-shelf cylinders available are the tie-rod cylinders. They tend to be bulkier, have limitations for the installation process and tend to require additional service and maintenance than custom hydraulic cylinders.

There are other options for additional lift or push capacity, even with larger rods. The customized designs of your choosing will be simple, efficient, and offer you the option to choose the type of return, which is also an essential choice in getting the ideal cylinder for the job.

Difference between standard and custom hydraulic cylinders

Cost

As you might expect, the costs that are associated with designing, fabricating, and producing a properly functioned custom hydraulic cylinder can be higher than your standard option. If the stock options are truly not what you are looking for, any upfront costs for a custom hydraulic cylinder would be a minimal cost compared to repairing any damage caused by faulty equipment.

Availability

While there are many pros to custom designing your own hydraulic cylinder, one of the cons is time. If your equipment is in stand-still, a custom hydraulic cylinder needs time to be designed, prototyped, and manufactured before it can help your equipment get back up and running. If there is a stock hydraulic cylinder that happens to fit your equipment perfectly, you can be up and running in no time.

We hope this information was useful for you to help decide which route you should go for your hydraulic cylinder needs. The custom hydraulic cylinder has many pros including being built exactly to your specifications and having options for customization. While going the standard route is more cost effective, you might find that some of your needs are being met with the equipment, such as size, while some other needs are unmet like the pressure, rod material, etc.

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What is Maximum Hydraulic Pressure and Why is it Important?

What is Hydraulic Pressure and Why is it Important?

Hydraulic pressure provides one of the simplest and most powerful forms of producing considerable amounts of force within a confined space, using hydraulic fluid pressure to generate a force. Since the early inventions of low pressure and heavy hydraulic lifting jacks through to the latest state of the art high pressure hydraulic systems of today, hydraulic power has remained an extensively used and widely respected assistant to mankind’s drive for even greater power and knowledge.

The Hydraulic System

A hydraulic system uses compressed fluid to transfer force applied at one point to another point. The basic components that make up a hydraulic system are: Reservoir, Pump, Valves, Fluid, Motor, Hose, Filter, and Cylinder.

The hydraulic reservoir stores the non-pressurized hydraulic fluid, typically hydraulic oil which travels through a filter that collects its impurities.
The hydraulic pumps transfer the fluid from the reservoir to the hydraulic system. In which this transfer then raises the energy level of the fluid. The motor provides the power for the pump.

The high-pressure fluid acts upon the rod and piston within the hydraulic cylinder. Each stroke the cylinder converts the fluid power (pressure) into work (mechanical force). The reservoir oil level falls while the rod and piston extend.

Then when the rod and piston retract, the fluid returns to the reservoir. The reservoir has metal walls which cool the fluid by allowing the heat to escape. With the reduced pressure in the reservoir now it allows trapped or dissolved air to escape from the fluid. Remember if the cylinders must compress air bubbles, the efficiency of the system is reduced.

There are two types of valves, directional control valves and pressure relief valves. The Directional control valves manage the flow path of the fluid. The pressure relief valves protect the systems plumbing and components against occurring pressure overloads. They also limit the output force exerted by rotary motors and cylinders. These values will open whenever the pressure goes beyond the set value, allowing oil to flow back into its reservoir.

The fluid travels from one component to the next within a hydraulic system through a hydraulic hose.

Now that you understand what hydraulics are, you can explore how to control that hydraulic pressure and keep you and your machinery safe.

How to Control Hydraulic Pressure

To achieve hydraulic pressure control the hydraulic systems meter the flow of a fluid. The rule of thumb here is: 

Pressure= force to move the load
Flow= how fast the load moves

The actual fluid pressure involved here plays a crucial role in this ‘Multiplication of Force’ and in this context there are two features of hydraulic pressure which is important to remember:

1. Hydraulic pressure is measured as a force per unit of area e.g. Bar (Kg/cm2) or PSI (Pounds per square inch).

2. The Hydraulic pressure at any point within the fluid is the same in all directions provided of course that the fluid is static.

The accepted international standard for maximum working pressure in the high-pressure hydraulic tools industry is 700 Bar (10,000 PSI). The criteria for establishing the maximum output force of a hydraulic cylinder at 700 Bar pressure is the size of the effective area of the cylinder bore.

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Dangers of Overpressurization

Overpressurization can result in hose and seal failure, and mechanical failure of certain parts in pumps, motors, cylinders, and valves. Valve plate separation is often characterized by vibration or pulsation in the pressure line of the pump of motor combined with erratic machine movement as the cylinder barrel separates and re-couples to the valve plate. 

It is extremely important to not set your hydraulic system’s pressure too high. The logic behind if you have higher pressure, the faster the machine will run is not true. To avoid mistakes that in turn can damage your hydraulic system and cause serve damage to yourself- refer to your manufactures guide or ask a professional.

If you have questions regarding any of your hydraulic systems, please contact us today! We’re ready to help any way we can.

When Should You opt For Custom Hydraulic Systems?

When Should You opt For Custom Hydraulic Systems?

The Benefits of Custom Hydraulics for Your Business

Hydraulic systems are always comprised of many pieces that all work together to make the system function. Many times, custom hydraulic applications can come in handy for your system and operations – but when should you opt for a custom hydraulic system rather than a conventional one? What is the difference and how can a custom system help and benefit your business? We want to hit all of this with you because we know that choosing the right hydraulic system can be hard. Ultimately, there are countless benefits to a custom hydraulic system – but you have to decide if it’s the right route for you and your business, so here are some of the top reasons why you should consider a custom system.

Design Configurations are Limitless

One of the most attractive parts of a custom hydraulic system is the unending options that you have for design configurations. With a custom system you can decide exactly how you want your system to be designed and run. Whether it’s a small or large system, you have complete control over it all and anything you can dream up – we can find a way to make reality.

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Always a Solution to Meet Your Need

Not only are the design and configuration options limitless, but we can almost ALWAYS find a solution to whatever your project catch is. There is comfort in the idea that with custom systems and applications, solutions can almost always be created to help your project or system run better, operates with efficiency, or completely change the way that your project functions.

Full-Service Design Build Solutions

Maybe you’re in more of a place where you have the idea you want to achieve but you aren’t exactly sure how to make it happen. We can help you design something that can help solve your problem from start to finish.

Ultimately, we realize that custom hydraulic systems aren’t for everyone or for every project– but they might be right for you – and we hope that as you explore your options, you’ll know which direction you should go. If you simply want to talk about what a custom hydraulic system or solution could look like for your specific project is, please contact us today! Our team is happy to help you with any questions you might have, and we are completely committed to being here for you every single step of the way when it comes to a custom hydraulic system.

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Tips for Yearly Hydraulic Cylinder Maintenance

Tips for Yearly Hydraulic Cylinder Maintenance

Keep Your Cylinders Running Well with Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance sometimes referred to as preventive maintenance is an important part of owning any sort of mechanical object or machine. Because each part plays an integral role in the function of the object, each piece needs to perform properly in order to ensure that everything works together seamlessly so that you don’t face any unexpected down time with your equipment. This goes especially if you own any hydraulic equipment that uses hydraulic cylinders. If you are checking your cylinders regularly you can stay ahead of any issues that might come up. Use these tips during your yearly hydraulic cylinder maintenance to make sure that you get the most out of your equipment.

Check hydraulic fluid for contaminants

Contaminants can find their way into your hydraulic cylinders and cause some serious damage if left unattended. Check your cylinders fluid for dirt, dust, or anything else that might harm your cylinder. While you’re doing this, be sure to check your filters to be sure that they are doing their job the right way! Checking the fluid is a great way to keep your cylinders going.

Assess the cylinder tube

Be sure to assess your cylinder’s tubes regularly to make sure that they are in good working order. At times, the wall of the cylinder is not thick enough or the pressure becomes too much to handle. Checking them often can make sure that you don’t miss anything before they become an issue that would cause your business to have unwanted down time.

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Examine seals, valves, and rods

Check your seals and valves often to see if there are any leaks or any disintegration that needs to be addressed. Leaks can be a serious issue when it comes to your cylinders. While checking the seals and valves, be sure to lubricate any areas that look like they need it. Another important thing to check is the cylinder rods. A rod needs to be completely straight and ready to go in order for the cylinder to function properly. If something happens and causes a bend, it can result in the failure of your equipment, so be sure to check them regularly.

Hydraulic cylinder maintenance is an important part of having hydraulics as a part of your operations. Keeping them monitored and checked can also save you a lot of money and down time if something does go wrong. If you’re looking for help with your hydraulics, we offer cylinder repair, custom cylinder manufacturing and other hydraulic services – contact us today, our representatives are happy to help in anyway that they can.

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How To Minimize the Risk of Hydraulic Cylinder Contamination

How To Minimize the Risk of Hydraulic Cylinder Contamination

Keep Your Equipment Running Longer

In the world of hydraulics, a little bit of contamination can leave a business in a bad place. Contamination can cause hydraulic cylinder failure, putting an abrupt stop to any work that had been getting done and maybe even stopping your operations as a whole. There are many causes of hydraulic contamination, and even more reasons to do your best to prevent it from happening right away. Most hydraulic equipment owners understand the importance of keeping their hydraulic fluid clean and clear of debris to reduce the chances of premature failure of their equipment, yet hydraulic contamination still remains to be a big issue for many business owners. Read on to learn some of the ways that you can minimize the risk of hydraulic cylinder contamination and keep your equipment running longer and more efficiently.
First thing is first when it comes to minimizing the risk of hydraulic cylinder contamination it is important to identify all the different ways that your hydraulic cylinders can become contaminated. This will hopefully help you understand contamination as a whole and how each different contaminant can affect your system.

Hard Particles

Hard particles include metal, dust, & dirt that can cause some serious contamination when it comes to your machines. Some of them can be created during grinding, welding, or machining and others such as dust and dirt can just become an issue from a dirty environment (which cannot always be avoided) These hard particles can cause abrupt and serious damage to your machines because they are known to clump up within the oil. They also can cause cuts and destruction to seals which can be a serious issue.

Soft Particles

Soft particles can cause contamination by blocking passageways or clogging certain parts of your machine. These particles are most generally from seals that have broken down a little bit, composite bearings, or cloth fibers. This contamination is a little less common but still as serious as any other issue. When soft particles cause issues within a machine it generally ends in machine failure and a lot of unexpected down time for the business.

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Water

Water and hydraulics don’t mix well. Hydraulic cylinders are powered by a hydraulic fluid such as oil, and if you have ever tried to mix water and oil, you know that the two don’t mix well. Water can contaminate your hydraulic cylinder when your machine is in a humid environment or when parts are not fully dry after they have been taken for cleaning. These small things can cause big issues such as corrosion within your cylinders.

After understanding the different types of contamination that are most common, it’s important to be aware of contamination and where the source is so that you can do your best to prevent it. Within the assembly process, there are obviously processes that are necessary and the chances of contamination are higher, but there are certain ways to minimize the risk of contamination.

– Keep work and storage locations clean
– Parts, once cleaned should be kept in sealed containers to keep dust, dirt, and particles off before reassembly
– Be intentional with air filters and keeping your area climate controlled
– Invest in lint-free rags and other tools to keep your shop as particle free as possible

If you are only a hydraulic user, utilizing filters within your hydraulics will be one of the most important things that you can do to prevent hydraulic cylinder contamination. There are various filters that can and should be used to help minimize the risk of your hydraulics becoming contaminated. Filters help sift through the hydraulic fluid in your components and catch any debris that could cause an issue in the future. They are very important to use and utilize correctly.

All in all, hydraulic cylinder contamination isn’t something that can always be avoided – but there are ways to minimize the risk, and help your hydraulics run for longer through specific care & instructions. If you are interested in learning more about All Phase Hydraulics and how we manufacture and repair hydraulic components, please, contact us today! Our team is happy to help you in any way that we can.

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The History of Hydraulic Power

The History of Hydraulic Power

Back to The Basics of Hydraulic Power

People have been utilizing the power of fluids for practically as long as we have been around, it’s amazing to think about the history of hydraulic power – when you really stop and think about how someone came to the realization of what possibilities there are with the use of hydraulics, it’s amazing! Power generated through fluid began with water. Early applications of waterpower include the water wheel, water clocks, and aqueducts. Over the last century though, fluid power has made some drastic strides forward. In 1648 a physicist with the name of Blaise Pascal made some important discoveries within the world of fluid power. He realized that “any force applied to a confined fluid is transmitted uniformly in all directions throughout the fluid regardless of the shape of the container.” (https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/engineering/pascals-law) This realization was the beginning of making hydraulic power what it is today. Almost 100 years later, Daniel Bernoulli used the base of Pascals law to pressurize water within pumps and mills, followed years later by Joseph Bramah who patented the very first hydraulic press which truly revolutionized the way that fluid power and hydraulics would function forever. It didn’t take too long to realize that there had to be a better alternative to water within the hydraulics, which is when noncorrosive oil began to be used. Along with protecting the vessel better, oil is denser and has the ability to lift and handle much more weight. Not only that, but oil also doesn’t evaporate like water does, and is able to more easily maintain temperature as needed.

In 1897 the first hydraulic excavator was built by the Kilgore Machine Company making a breakthrough with the use of hydraulics. It wasn’t till many years later that hydraulic machines started to really dominate the construction industry by being used to do a wide variety of things such as lifting, digging, pushing, and pulling – decreasing the amount of manpower necessary to do these tasks. These hydraulic machines had many advantages and still some disadvantages as well, they were much more powerful and seemed to last much longer, but they also required more expensive upkeep and repair.
As time went on, hydraulics started to really evolve, and began to be used in much more than just large machines such as bulldozers and cranes. People began to see the value of hydraulics for many different applications, even small ones such as car jacks, scissor lifts, pumps, and more! It didn’t take long to see that hydraulics were a sustainable idea that reached far and wide in the world of manufacturing, construction, repair and so much more! Hydraulic power is highly valued for its force and ability to be controlled accurately.

history of hydraulic power

Over the last 100+ years, the world of hydraulics has been constantly changing, updating, and increasing in productivity. Systems are improving and new opportunities to use hydraulics are forming. Hydraulics are used in so many applications that you might not even realize, things from big equipment, to small machinery, home solutions and more.

If you are interested in learning more about your hydraulics or maybe you have some hydraulics or hydraulic components that you need looked at, please contact us today. Our team is more than happy to help you with whatever your hydraulic needs might be.

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Things to Check if your Hydraulic System Isn’t Working

Things to Check if your Hydraulic System Isn’t Working

Save Time and Money by Gathering All the Information Possible on your Down Equipment

It can be challenging to own hydraulic equipment sometimes, especially when your company relies on them very much to keep business rolling. When your system stops working as it should, we would encourage you to do some evaluating of your machinery before you have an experienced mechanic come in for repairs. Please note – hiring an experienced mechanic is always going to be a smart decision when it comes to your equipment, but try to get the most information possible so that your mechanic can evaluate the machinery and equipment in the best and most efficient way. Saving you time and money!

Gather Information on The Issue

First thing is first when it comes to your Hydraulic System. If things are not running smoothly like normal, do your best to gather the most amount of information possible to explain the issue. This requires you to pay attention closely, we would even encourage you to take notes if you are able! Is your equipment operation slow or is your machine completely un-functioning? Is there a lot of noise or vibrations happening? Do your best to gather the most amount of information on what exactly is happening with your equipment as you try and use it. It might be that your equipment isn’t functioning at all and that you really aren’t able to gather too much information. The next step is going to be trying to put together some finer details about the overall issues. For example, if you are experiencing a large increase in vibration or noise when you are operating your equipment – when is it happening? Is it only when you are in a certain gear? Or is it 100% of the time. When did the issues start, and when was the last time you had your equipment or machine maintenanced? All of these details are good things to help you begin the troubleshooting process as you think about the various issues that could be happening within your hydraulic systems.

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Rule Out Common Issues

The next step would be to rule out any common issues or problems that might be preventing your hydraulic systems from working to the best of their ability. These problems could be anything from overheating hydraulic fluid, to improper hydraulic fluid levels, to even a hydraulic leak or dirty/clogged filters. These common problems can be the cause of a lot of hydraulic system drama in your company, so take the time to check them out first if you are able. Now let’s take a look at some other issues that might be the root of your hydraulic system issues.

Other Possible Issues

Too Thick or Too Cold of Hydraulic Fluid

Having too thick or too cold of hydraulic fluid can cause various issues within your systems including slow operation and unpredictable operations. Another culprit could be air in your system. These things can really take a toll on your system if not addressed properly. So be sure to let your mechanic know if you suspect any of these problems with your hydraulic system.

Insufficient Oil, Incorrect Fluid, or Contamination

A common issue that seems to arise is with an excessive amount of noise or vibration with your equipment or machine. This could be a result of an insufficient amount of oil or even contamination. Be sure to check that your machine has enough oil and that the oil is not showing signs of air within the fluid. It’s possible that there are other issues causing noise and vibrations such as internal issues with bearings or couplings that might not be secured properly.

Fluid Leak

A fluid leak although maybe minor initially can cause big problems for your machinery if not addressed. Leaking fluid can also lead to many other issues with contamination and damaging parts. A fluid leak is likely due to worn out seals, damaged lines, or bad connections – so be sure to take a look at each of them before deciding how to move forward.

When dealing with the complexity that comes with hydraulic machinery and systems, there is often many different possibilities of things that could have caused the problem you are seeing come to fruition. Consulting with a experienced hydraulics mechanic or machinist is almost always the best decision for your equipment. If you have any questions regarding repairs or replacements for your hydraulics, please contact us today. We are happy to help in any way that we can.

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How To Avoid Hydraulic Fluid Contamination

How To Avoid Hydraulic Fluid Contamination

Hydraulic fluid contamination can create some major problems for your operation and machinery! It’s important to keep all of your machines and equipment running as smoothly as possible to avoid any unnecessary repair costs as well as to keep your machines running as long as possible. Hydraulic fluid contamination is one of the most common reasons for hydraulic systems to fail or lose effectiveness although you might not always realize it. Contamination can cause a multitude of problems for your equipment and machinery including leaks, sticky parts, corrosion and more. It’s obvious that machine and equipment owners are going to want to avoid hydraulic fluid contamination at all costs right, but how? What are some of the preventive measures you can take to keep your machinery and equipment running as smoothly as possible all while avoiding hydraulic fluid contamination?
First off, lets discuss what are the various contaminations that are most likely when it comes to your equipment’s hydraulic fluid. When you think about contaminants, its easy to jump to the thought of dirt, dust, flakes of metal, or other things that fly around in the use of machinery and equipment, and those things definitely will cause trouble if they get in your hydraulic fluid, but another lesser known contaminant is actually water! When water gets mixed in with your hydraulic fluid, the results can be devastating to your operation. Water can result in the corrosion of your equipment and hydraulics. Although contamination is sometimes unavoidable, let’s explore the different ways that you can protect your equipment from both particle contamination as well as fluid and water contamination.

How To Avoid Hydraulic Fluid Contamination

Proper Fluid Care and Storage

Proper fluid care and storage is going to be one of the biggest ways that you can avoid hydraulic fluid contamination when it comes to your equipment and machinery. This ranges everything from proper storing containers, proper handling, as well as selecting the correct fluid for your particular equipment. All hydraulic fluids should be kept in completely sealed containers until they are ready to be used and any container of hydraulic fluid should be meticulously cared for – be sure to research your specific hydraulic fluid to make sure that you know exactly what measures should be taken when it comes to storage and handling. Certain hydraulic fluids need to be stored in a completely dry area because they will absorb moisture in a humid environment, other fluids are more sensitive to temperature changes and should be handled accordingly. Avoiding contamination in your equipment’s hydraulic fluid begins from the time you buy it, till you dispose of the empty container.

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Routine and Preventive Maintenance

Routine Maintenance is an important and simple way that you can avoid hydraulic fluid contamination. Some contamination is due to build up of residue or simply the overuse of fluid way past the point of when it should have been serviced. Set a schedule for your hydraulic equipment and machinery so that you remember to get it serviced by a professional routinely. This will make it easier to catch any build up or residue before it becomes a bigger issue involved more down time, and seriously affected equipment! To read more about the different benefits that you can experience through preventive maintenance, click here.

Although sometimes hydraulic fluid contamination is inevitable, there are certainly preventive measures that can be taken to protect your hydraulic equipment. We hope that this blog was useful as you think about how you can better care for your hydraulic machinery. If you are looking to have your hydraulic equipment serviced, please contact us today. We would love to talk to you about how we might be able to help.

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