Hydraulics At Work http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/26271/feed Brendan Casey is a war-weary and battle-scarred veteran of the hydraulics industry. en The Importance of Making A List... And Checking It Twice http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/importance-making-list-and-checking-it-twice <div class="node-body blog-body">In a recent accident investigation I was involved in, a man was riding unrestrained on the forks of a forklift. While at height, the forks dropped several inches without warning, causing the man standing on the forks to lose his footing and fall to floor. He was seriously injured. The operator was not operating any controls when the forks lost height.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hydraulics-work">Hydraulics At Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/importance-making-list-and-checking-it-twice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/importance-making-list-and-checking-it-twice#comments Hydraulics At Work Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:36:00 +0000 29931 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com From the Guy-To-Guy's Creed: You Can't Break What's Already Broken http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/guy-guys-creed-you-cant-break-whats-already-broken <div class="node-body blog-body">Queensland is a huge and relatively sparsely populated state. A broken down grader is stuck in the middle of nowhere. Nearest town 200 miles away. And they get one delivery a week. On a Friday. And today's Saturday. This is just the sort of mission you want your #1 Go-To-Guy on...</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hydraulics-work">Hydraulics At Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/guy-guys-creed-you-cant-break-whats-already-broken" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/guy-guys-creed-you-cant-break-whats-already-broken#comments Hydraulics At Work Tue, 09 Dec 2014 01:28:00 +0000 29881 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com A Simple Way To Avoid 'Infant Mortality' Of Hydraulic Components http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/simple-way-avoid-infant-mortality-hydraulic-components <div class="node-body blog-body">A new client, a hydraulic repairer, consulted me about the failure of one of their piston pump rebuilds. The pump was not installed by them, but when the failed unit came back for inspection, it was obvious the drive coupling had been hammered onto the pump's shaft.... </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hydraulics-work">Hydraulics At Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/simple-way-avoid-infant-mortality-hydraulic-components" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/simple-way-avoid-infant-mortality-hydraulic-components#comments Hydraulics At Work Mon, 01 Dec 2014 21:37:00 +0000 29861 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com The RIGHT Way To Do Offline Filtration On Hydraulic Systems http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/right-way-do-offline-filtration-hydraulic-systems <div class="node-body blog-body">Water or particulate contamination doesn't normally necessitate a hydraulic oil change. These contaminants can be filtered out. But offline filtration is not a cure for all the ailments that can afflict the oil either...</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hydraulics-work">Hydraulics At Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/right-way-do-offline-filtration-hydraulic-systems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/right-way-do-offline-filtration-hydraulic-systems#comments Hydraulics At Work Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:45:00 +0000 29851 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com How to Avoid Hydraulic Accumulator Failure http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-avoid-hydraulic-accumulator-failure <div class="node-body blog-body">There are a couple of things which should be checked when a bladder or diaphragm accumulator fails. The first is compression ratio. If the bladder or diaphragm is subject to excessive deformation when the accumulator is pressurized to maximum system pressure, the life expectancy of the bladder or diaphragm is greatly reduced...</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hydraulics-work">Hydraulics At Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-avoid-hydraulic-accumulator-failure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-avoid-hydraulic-accumulator-failure#comments Hydraulics At Work Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:31:00 +0000 29821 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Hydraulic Equipment Reliability: Who's Responsible? http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/hydraulic-equipment-reliability-whos-responsible <div class="node-body blog-body">In many respects the conflict between machine maker and machine owner is a classic duality - similar to that which exits between labor and capital: The owners of labor (workers) want more pay, better conditions, few working hours, etc. While the owners of capital (businesses) want the exact opposite - or at least their interests are best served by the exact opposite of what their workers want. Similarly, a machine owner wants a machine that is cheap to buy, is maintenance free, highly reliable and cheap to fix when it does breakdown. But just like the owners of capital, the machine makers' interests are best served by the exact opposite of what the machine owners want...</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hydraulics-work">Hydraulics At Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/hydraulic-equipment-reliability-whos-responsible" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/hydraulic-equipment-reliability-whos-responsible#comments Hydraulics At Work Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:44:00 +0000 29561 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com The Difference Between A Quick Fix And A Band-Aid Solution http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/difference-between-quick-fix-and-band-aid-solution <div class="node-body blog-body">Last week I had a conversation with an old client who's been having a long-running battle with the manufacturer of a hydraulic machine he bought 3-years ago. The machine has never performed to either my client's satisfaction or the manufacturer's advertised specifications...</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hydraulics-work">Hydraulics At Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/difference-between-quick-fix-and-band-aid-solution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/difference-between-quick-fix-and-band-aid-solution#comments Hydraulics At Work Mon, 03 Nov 2014 21:45:00 +0000 29501 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Hydraulic Conductor Face Off: Hose vs Tube http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/hydraulic-conductor-face-hose-vs-tube <div class="node-body blog-body">What do lifting chains, bladder-type accumulators and hydraulic hoses all have in common? Well, they typically have only one mode of failure - and that's catastrophic. One minute they're working as they should and the next thing you know, they've gone to hell...</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hydraulics-work">Hydraulics At Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/hydraulic-conductor-face-hose-vs-tube" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/hydraulic-conductor-face-hose-vs-tube#comments Hydraulics At Work Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:21:00 +0000 29481 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Who DO you trust with YOUR hydraulic machine? http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/who-do-you-trust-your-hydraulic-machine <div class="node-body blog-body">"I'm an owner/operator of a small concrete pumping business. We have 12 years experience operating concrete pumps but limited knowledge of hydraulics. I have no faith in the manufacturer's dealer. They don't give away any information and I'm not happy with the work they do. Plus, they're 6 hours away..."</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hydraulics-work">Hydraulics At Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/who-do-you-trust-your-hydraulic-machine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/who-do-you-trust-your-hydraulic-machine#comments Hydraulics At Work Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:18:00 +0000 29441 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Is YOUR Hydraulic Machine A 'Leaker'? http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/your-hydraulic-machine-leaker <div class="node-body blog-body">According to an article by hose manufacturer Gates, it is estimated that 370 million liters of oil leak from hydraulic equipment each year. This is a staggering statistic. And even more so when you consider the same article states that as little as one liter of oil can pollute up to one million liters of water. With this in mind, here's a 'what if?' scenario for you: what if the environmentalists smartened up and lobbied governments to pass a law requiring all hydraulic equipment users to account for and document all deliveries and disposals of hydraulic oil?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hydraulics-work">Hydraulics At Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/your-hydraulic-machine-leaker" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/your-hydraulic-machine-leaker#comments Hydraulics At Work Tue, 14 Oct 2014 03:10:00 +0000 29411 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com How to Heat Hydraulic Oil - Without 'Cracking' It http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-heat-hydraulic-oil-without-cracking-it <div class="node-body blog-body">A recent client was carrying out major service work on an industrial hydraulic power unit. While cleaning out the hydraulic tank his technicians discovered lumps of a black, tar-like substance on the bottom of the tank. And I was asked to identify the cause....</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hydraulics-work">Hydraulics At Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-heat-hydraulic-oil-without-cracking-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-heat-hydraulic-oil-without-cracking-it#comments Hydraulics At Work Mon, 06 Oct 2014 22:45:00 +0000 28971 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com The Key to Understanding - And Troubleshooting - Hydraulic Cylinder Drift http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/key-understanding-and-troubleshooting-hydraulic-cylinder-drift <div class="node-body blog-body">A simulation video which explains what happens when the piston-seal on a double-acting hydraulic cylinder leaks, and it becomes a displacement cylinder.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hydraulics-work">Hydraulics At Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/key-understanding-and-troubleshooting-hydraulic-cylinder-drift" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/key-understanding-and-troubleshooting-hydraulic-cylinder-drift#comments Hydraulics At Work Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:10:00 +0000 28881 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com The Pressure-Flow Conundrum And What It Means For Hydraulic Machine Reliability http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/pressure-flow-conundrum-and-what-it-means-hydraulic-machine-reliability <div class="node-body blog-body">Higher pressures mean higher force and torque is available from smaller components. And because the components are smaller in displacement, higher speeds are possible from smaller flows. Smaller flows mean pipework, valving and even the tank can be made smaller. So the power density of individual components and the system as a whole increases with pressure. But there are a number of disadvantages with higher operating pressures. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hydraulics-work">Hydraulics At Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/pressure-flow-conundrum-and-what-it-means-hydraulic-machine-reliability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/pressure-flow-conundrum-and-what-it-means-hydraulic-machine-reliability#comments Hydraulics At Work Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:50:00 +0000 28871 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com The Hydraulic Fluid's Best Friend? http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/hydraulic-fluids-best-friend <div class="node-body blog-body">Regardless of whether the hydraulic fluid you use is a synthetic, high VI, ashless, zinc-free, multigrade or monograde -- or any other of the many options available today, to do its job well, the hydraulic fluid needs help from its friends. The first of these, and possibly the hydraulic fluid's BEST friend, is the reservoir or tank. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hydraulics-work">Hydraulics At Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/hydraulic-fluids-best-friend" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/hydraulic-fluids-best-friend#comments Hydraulics At Work Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:57:00 +0000 28841 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com How To Eliminate Hydraulic Problems: Engineer Them Out http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-eliminate-hydraulic-problems-engineer-them-out <div class="node-body blog-body">It's always a good idea to engineer out potential problems if you can. If you don't use an oil to water heat exchanger, cooling water can never contaminate the oil. If you don't install pump intake isolation valves, the pump will never be started with the valve closed. And if you don't paint the inside of hydraulic tanks, the paint can never come off.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hydraulics-work">Hydraulics At Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-eliminate-hydraulic-problems-engineer-them-out" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-eliminate-hydraulic-problems-engineer-them-out#comments Hydraulics At Work Mon, 08 Sep 2014 22:19:00 +0000 28691 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com