Choosing the right engine oil for your car is well-known to be a confusing business, with a seemingly endless array of oil types, viscosities, and ingredients to consider.
Hydraulic systems combine physics with technology. Finding the perfect blend results in machinery that is powerful and efficient. The basic mechanics underpinning a hydraulic system are easy to understand, but creating an optimised result requires experience. Here’s a quick overview:
Any modern hydraulic system more complicated than a simple push-and-return piston relies on hydraulic hoses to work. Hoses are made up of a rubber interior and exterior with a flexible metal framework, allowing for the transfer of hydraulic fluid (oil) from one point to another in the loop.
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.
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?”
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.
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.