Hydraulics is the art of using contained fluid to translate a small push into a big one. Through dissipating the force provided by a smaller ‘push’ cylinder through a pipe and reservoir network, trapped kinetic energy is transferred through oil or water to a larger one. Continue reading “What Can Hydraulics Be Used For?”
Every hydraulic hose relies on a coupling to connect it to other hydraulic machinery. A coupling is any crafted piece of material that provides a secure and tight connection from one hydraulic component to another. Couplings can also be referred to as connectors. However, not all hydraulic couplings are the same. What type of coupling you’ll use depends on the connection size, pressure intensity, heat generation, and intended use of your hydraulics.
Here’s our quick guide to the three major groups of hydraulic couplings. Continue reading “The 3 Main Types Of Hydraulic Couplings You Should Be Aware Of”
If you run any kind of hydraulic system, the machinery will probably come with a hydraulic inline flow indicator attached. These simple devices measure the flow of hydraulic fluid through a chamber via a turbine or depressed piston, giving an analogue or digital readout in UK gallons per minute (UK GPM) alongside a standard centigrade temperature measurement. Litres per minute (LPM) is used on European devices. Continue reading “How To Tell If Your Hydraulic Inline Flow Indicator Needs Replacing”
Hydraulic systems are incredibly useful for industrial, construction, and agricultural work. However, like any other machinery, they bring risks with their use. Working with or on a hydraulic system can be dangerous, particularly if you are inexperienced or are unaware of what could go wrong. Continue reading “Extreme Hydraulic Pressures? Try Extreme Health & Safety!”
The estimated lifespan of your typical hydraulic hose is around ten years. This may vary depending on the material used in construction, the intensity of use, where it’s used, and the stress it’s placed under. However, all hydraulic hoses run the risk of developing leaks, surface wear, and open splits given enough time. Any hydraulic system used outside or regularly exposed to the elements is at particular risk of critical failure. Continue reading “4 Simple Steps To Fix A Broken Hydraulic Hose”
Hydraulics is the art of using Creating motion and force by compressing a dense fluid within a confined space. Modern hydraulic systems transfer kinetic energy through a liquid from a smaller trigger (or master) cylinder to another larger, moving cylinder, following the principles discovered by French mathematician Blaise Pascal in the 18th Century. Pascal’s Principle allows for a small but intense trigger force to translate into a heavy lift or push via a process called fluid transfer. Continue reading “A Quick Guide To Understanding Hydraulics”
If you follow this blog, you’ll have noticed us regularly discussing Festo. We’ve made no secret of the fact that we are ardent supporters. Festo offers the best choice, affordability, quality, and lightning-fast delivery times for pneumatic part requirements. Let’s take a closer look at what makes Festo stand out from the competition. Continue reading “Why We Prefer Festo Pneumatic Parts”
Pneumatic silencers are also known as ‘mufflers’ and ‘pneumatic exhausts’. They reduce the noise of compressed air. However, there is a lot of confusion within the industry regarding the necessity of pneumatic silencers, what they do, and what to look for when making an investment. Continue reading “What Is A Pneumatic Silencer & Should You Invest?”
There are three well-known types of hydraulic motor: gear, vane, and piston. This trio has many colourful varieties and subtypes. As such, ‘every build’ will be a little different. However, there are some commonly used parts. Getting these wrong, or failing to maintain them, can lead to hydraulic system failure. Here’s a guide to the three most common parts, and why they matter. Continue reading “3 Most Common Hydraulic Components You Need For Every Build”
Keeping a hydraulic system running smoothly requires high levels of accurate diagnostics. Whether for preventative maintenance or reducing downtime in a crisis, speed and precision are crucial. Many people wonder whether investing in a digital hydraulic tester is worth it. Based on our feedback, here are the pros, the cons, and the overall verdict.