Whether you’re looking to design and set up a new, bespoke hydraulic system from scratch or purchase an off-the-shelf model, it’s worth considering the ‘working backwards’ approach to proactive maintenance. By creating a plan that highlights critical areas of strain on the machinery, strenuous and wearing tasks, and sources of abrasion and corrosion ahead of time, you can match protective measures and preventative repairs to your system’s needs.
Pilot devices offer an extremely precise way of manually controlling a hydraulic pump and are often chosen instead of computer control kits or automated solutions. Like many components, however, malfunctions may occur, so being able to spot the warning signs early can enable you to take prompt action to prevent serious problems.
Even with proactive maintenance and high-quality repairs, all long-running hydraulic pumps need replacing or upgrading at some point. Metal fatigue, random breakdowns, new technological advances, or sudden changes to your system, activities, or loop can all mean that you’ll suddenly find yourself in the market for a new hydraulic pump. Continue reading “What Should I Look for in a Replacement Hydraulic Pump?”
If you work with complex hydraulics or monitor their performance, scheduling regular, careful valve maintenance checks is crucial. Why? Hydraulics rely on a variable one-way fluid loop to work – much like a one-way traffic system. Without fully working directional control valves, there’s nothing to ensure pressurised liquid keeps moving, returning, and pressuring as it should.
Choosing a new pump for your hydraulic system can be confusing, with many options from which to choose, including; pump size, flow rate, hose inlet and outlet sizes. Selecting the wrong pump could lead to a poorly performing hydraulic system, premature wear of components, and endless hours to carry out repairs and upgrades while the system is out of action. So, when choosing a hydraulic pump, what are the main considerations?
A slow running or underperforming pump is a frustrating problem as it prevents the hydraulic system from operating at capacity or with sufficient power. Identifying the cause can causes extensive system downtime, as there are various reasons why a hydraulic pump may operate sluggishly.
Every professionally-designed hydraulic system in use today started life as either a CAD digital or paper schematic – a technical drawing. A hydraulic technical drawing is a visual roadmap of the system layout, detailing hydraulic flow, inputs, outputs, and moving parts, alongside any motors or electromechanical components.
Modular valves are found in almost every hydraulic system in use today. Like all hydraulic valves, they make sure the fluid inside the circuit flows the right way. Controlling the direction, rate, and strength of the flow of hydraulic fluid around the machine’s circuit is critical to preventing overloading, under-pressured lines and lifts, and fluid retention. Modular valves help prevent these issues, along with limiting damaging backflow and reducing the risk of O-ring seal breakage.
If you have spare hydraulic cylinders that you need to store, it’s important that they remain in optimum condition and don’t deteriorate over time. Failing to prepare the cylinders correctly for storage, or storing them in inappropriate conditions, can be an expensive mistake; they may not function properly later and will probably need to be replaced.
If your business relies on hydraulic systems, you’ll understand that time is of the essence. Unforeseen and sudden equipment failures cause significant disruption to production lines. At the same time, leaks from hydraulic hoses are both time-consuming to remedy, and dangerous, due to the sudden release of hot liquids.