Hydraulics At Work http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/26271/feed Brendan Casey is a war-weary and battle-scarred veteran of the hydraulics industry. en 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 The Inherent Value Of Hydraulic Circuit Diagrams http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/inherent-value-hydraulic-circuit-diagrams <div class="node-body blog-body">In the hydraulics world, the ability to read a schematic diagram and the ability to troubleshoot effectively are often considered to go together, 'hand in glove'. But this is not the case. The ability to read a hydraulic schematic is merely an indication of a certain level of system knowledge--and not a measure of troubleshooting expertise. Furthermore, this means a hydraulic diagram, in whatever its form, is nothing more than a troubleshooting aid.</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/inherent-value-hydraulic-circuit-diagrams" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/inherent-value-hydraulic-circuit-diagrams#comments Hydraulics At Work Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:20:00 +0000 28431 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com The 'Holy Grail' of All Hydraulics Skills? http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/holy-grail-all-hydraulics-skills <div class="node-body blog-body">The increasing complexity of today's hydraulic equipment means there's a lot to know about proactive maintenance if optimum reliability is to be achieved. And it's my observation that this increasingly specialized knowledge is grossly undervalued in the marketplace. But despite my loud and regular protests to the contrary, the 'Holy Grail' of all hydraulics skills is and always has been: troubleshooting.</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/holy-grail-all-hydraulics-skills" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/holy-grail-all-hydraulics-skills#comments Hydraulics At Work Sun, 24 Aug 2014 22:48:00 +0000 28421 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com