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 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 BAD: Designed-In Inefficiency - If You Want To Minimize Life-Of-Machine Ownership Costs http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/bad-designed-inefficiency-if-you-want-minimize-life-machine-ownership-costs <div class="node-body blog-body">In a previous blog post, I talked about the importance of reliability and how it affects life-of-machine ownership cost (LOMOC). But to minimize LOMOC, having a reliable machine is not enough. A highly efficient, reliable machine is required. So this begs the question: how efficient are your hydraulic machines?</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/bad-designed-inefficiency-if-you-want-minimize-life-machine-ownership-costs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/bad-designed-inefficiency-if-you-want-minimize-life-machine-ownership-costs#comments Hydraulics At Work Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:02:00 +0000 28371 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com One Simple Way to Reduce Hydraulic Equipment Operating Costs http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/one-simple-way-reduce-hydraulic-equipment-operating-costs <div class="node-body blog-body">In the current trend of increasing energy costs, which appears to be underpinned by big-picture issues such as peak oil and carbon emission reduction, there is a growing awareness of the need to make hydraulic systems more efficient. There are three obvious ways of doing this, plus one other that is not often considered.</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/one-simple-way-reduce-hydraulic-equipment-operating-costs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/one-simple-way-reduce-hydraulic-equipment-operating-costs#comments Hydraulics At Work Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:07:00 +0000 28011 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Climate Change And What It Means For YOUR Hydraulic Equipment http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/climate-change-and-what-it-means-your-hydraulic-equipment <div class="node-body blog-body">The apparent trend towards wider extremes in temperature has implications for anyone who designs, operates or services hydraulic equipment: the real possibility of machines having to operate at much lower cold-start temperatures and/or much higher maximum ambient temperatures, than the long-term average. This means more hydraulic machines may find themselves operating in temperature extremes for which they are not equipped. And this has negative implications for machine reliability. </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/climate-change-and-what-it-means-your-hydraulic-equipment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/climate-change-and-what-it-means-your-hydraulic-equipment#comments Hydraulics At Work Sun, 03 Aug 2014 22:20:00 +0000 27961 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com How To Monitor A Hydraulic Machine’s ‘Vital Signs' http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-monitor-hydraulic-machine-s-vital-signs <div class="node-body blog-body">What is your hydraulic machine's normal operating pressure? And normal operating temperature? Can you answer these two basic questions about the 'vital signs' of the hydraulic equipment you maintain, repair or operate? If not, I strongly recommend you make the effort to get to know your hydraulic equipment better.</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-monitor-hydraulic-machine-s-vital-signs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-monitor-hydraulic-machine-s-vital-signs#comments Hydraulics At Work Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:47:00 +0000 27931 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com 5 Things You Must Tell Your Hydraulic Equipment Supplier (OR 5 questions to ask your customer if you're a hydraulic designer!) http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/5-things-you-must-tell-your-hydraulic-equipment-supplier-or-5-questions-ask-your-customer-if-yo <div class="node-body blog-body">When sourcing a piece of hydraulic equipment, there are five things about the environment the machine will operate in, that you should always disclose to the equipment supplier or designer--even if they don't ask. Especially if they don't ask!</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/5-things-you-must-tell-your-hydraulic-equipment-supplier-or-5-questions-ask-your-customer-if-yo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/5-things-you-must-tell-your-hydraulic-equipment-supplier-or-5-questions-ask-your-customer-if-yo#comments Hydraulics At Work Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:48:00 +0000 27911 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com How To Know WHEN To Change Your Hydraulic Filters http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-know-when-change-your-hydraulic-filters <div class="node-body blog-body">If you're changing your hydraulic filters on hours in service, you're either changing them too early or too late. If you change them early - before all their dirt holding capacity is used up, you're wasting money on unnecessary filter changes. If you change them late - after the filter has gone on bypass, the increase in particles in the oil quietly reduces the service life of every component in the hydraulic system--costing a lot more in the long run. </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-know-when-change-your-hydraulic-filters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-know-when-change-your-hydraulic-filters#comments Hydraulics At Work Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:31:00 +0000 27821 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com