Hydraulics At Work http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/26271/feed en A Troubleshooting Lesson From The 'Coal Face' http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/troubleshooting-lesson-coal-face <div class="node-body blog-body">When faced with a problem there's a natural tendency to assume a serious or complex fault is the cause. But the statistical reality is the opposite is more likely to be true. </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/troubleshooting-lesson-coal-face" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/troubleshooting-lesson-coal-face#comments Hydraulics At Work Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:45:00 +0000 31151 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Who Fixed YOUR Bicycle? http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/who-fixed-your-bicycle <div class="node-body blog-body">We live in a throw away society these days. Made possible by the rise and rise of cheap manufacturing, mainly out of China. When I was a kid, a kid's bike was relatively expensive. If it broke you weren't getting a new one in a hurry. So you either walked or figured out how to fix it. In other words, you had an incentive to become a bike mechanic. Not so these days; kid's bikes are as cheap as chips. And this of course skews the economics of repair versus replacement.</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-fixed-your-bicycle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/who-fixed-your-bicycle#comments Hydraulics At Work Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:45:00 +0000 31141 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Eliminate Those Hydraulic Oil Leaks http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/eliminate-those-hydraulic-oil-leaks <div class="node-body blog-body">Taking steps to prevent leaks not only drastically cuts oil costs and consumption, it’s an environmental imperative—one liter of leaked oil potentially pollutes up to one million liters of water.</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/eliminate-those-hydraulic-oil-leaks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/eliminate-those-hydraulic-oil-leaks#comments Hydraulics Hydraulics At Work Wed, 18 Feb 2015 20:59:00 +0000 31101 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com How Efficient Are YOUR Hydraulic Machines? http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-efficient-are-your-hydraulic-machines <div class="node-body blog-body">There's no escaping the fact that industry is a huge consumer of energy. If peak oil and global warming are real issues -- and there's a growing body of evidence to suggest they are, then I predict energy management will become a major issue for industry over the next decade and beyond. And a large part of this burden will fall on machine designers.</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-efficient-are-your-hydraulic-machines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-efficient-are-your-hydraulic-machines#comments Hydraulics At Work Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:40:00 +0000 30881 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Which Hydraulic Fluid Should You Use? http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/which-hydraulic-fluid-should-you-use <div class="node-body blog-body">Most hydraulic systems will operate satisfactorily using a variety of fluids. These include engine oil, automatic transmission fluid and oil formulated specifically for the hydraulic compartment. But which type of fluid is best for a particular application? While it is not possible to make one, definitive recommendation that covers all types of hydraulic equipment in all applications, the following are some of the factors that need to be considered when selecting (or changing) a hydraulic fluid.</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/which-hydraulic-fluid-should-you-use" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/which-hydraulic-fluid-should-you-use#comments Hydraulics At Work Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:37:00 +0000 30841 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com How To Calculate Hydraulic Pump and Motor Efficiency http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-calculate-hydraulic-pump-and-motor-efficiency <div class="node-body blog-body">Despite recent advances in predictive maintenance technologies, the maintenance professional's ability to determine the remaining bearing life of a pump or motor, with a high degree of accuracy, remains elusive.</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-calculate-hydraulic-pump-and-motor-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-calculate-hydraulic-pump-and-motor-efficiency#comments Hydraulics At Work Tue, 03 Feb 2015 01:07:00 +0000 30601 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com How A Small Omission Can Result In A BIG Hydraulics Maintenance Disaster http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-small-omission-can-result-big-hydraulics-maintenance-disaster <div class="node-body blog-body">It was crystal clear to me the hydraulic pumps had failed as a result of inadequate lubrication. Further, this lubrication failure was a result of improper commissioning. In short, the pump housings hadn't been bled of air and therefore, were not completely full of oil prior to start-up. The worst thing about this from my point of view was, the pumps had been installed by one of our technicians -- who should have known 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-small-omission-can-result-big-hydraulics-maintenance-disaster" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-small-omission-can-result-big-hydraulics-maintenance-disaster#comments Hydraulics At Work Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:41:00 +0000 30481 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com How Little Leaks Keep Hydraulic Equipment Users Poor http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-little-leaks-keep-hydraulic-equipment-users-poor <div class="node-body blog-body">It's now more important than ever to ensure that every dollar spent on operating and maintaining hydraulic equipment is a dollar well spent. Furthermore, it's imperative that the hydraulic equipment you design, repair or maintain does not LEAK money.</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-little-leaks-keep-hydraulic-equipment-users-poor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-little-leaks-keep-hydraulic-equipment-users-poor#comments Hydraulics At Work Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:27:00 +0000 30281 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Hydraulic Oil Contamination: How Its 'Cure' Can Be Worse Than The Disease http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/hydraulic-oil-contamination-how-its-cure-can-be-worse-disease <div class="node-body blog-body">Given that removing contaminants from the oil to extend hydraulic component life is the primary objective of filtration, it is a paradox for filters to be located where they reduce the service life of components they were installed to protect. So when considering the possible locations for filters in a hydraulic system, the overarching principle should be: first, do no harm.</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-oil-contamination-how-its-cure-can-be-worse-disease" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/hydraulic-oil-contamination-how-its-cure-can-be-worse-disease#comments Hydraulics At Work Tue, 13 Jan 2015 00:34:00 +0000 30091 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com From The Go-To Guy Chronicles: Un-common Sense and The Spectator Mentality http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/go-guy-chronicles-un-common-sense-and-spectator-mentality <div class="node-body blog-body">Last week I had cause to study a machine's technical manual. I'm not sure whether it was lack of care in the original authorship or in the translation from Japanese to English, but the text was riddled with errors, omissions and ambiguities. The information it contained was so confusing I had to read each section several times to make any sense out of it. Thank goodness for standardized schematic symbols!</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/go-guy-chronicles-un-common-sense-and-spectator-mentality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/go-guy-chronicles-un-common-sense-and-spectator-mentality#comments Hydraulics At Work Mon, 05 Jan 2015 21:35:00 +0000 30041 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com 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