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Oct 27, 2014

Hydraulic Conductor Face Off: Hose vs Tube

What do lifting chains, bladder-type accumulators and hydraulic hoses all have in common? Well, they typically have only one mode of failure - and....More
Oct 20, 2014

Who DO you trust with YOUR hydraulic machine?

"I'm an owner/operator of a small concrete pumping business. We have 12 years experience operating concrete pumps but limited knowledge of hydraulics....More
Oct 13, 2014

Is YOUR Hydraulic Machine A 'Leaker'?

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....More
Oct 06, 2014

How to Heat Hydraulic Oil - Without 'Cracking' It

A recent client was carrying out major service work on an industrial hydraulic power unit. While cleaning out the hydraulic tank his technicians....More
Sep 29, 2014

The Key to Understanding - And Troubleshooting - Hydraulic Cylinder Drift

A simulation video which explains what happens when the piston-seal on a double-acting hydraulic cylinder leaks, and it becomes a displacement....More
Sep 22, 2014

The Pressure-Flow Conundrum And What It Means For Hydraulic Machine Reliability

Higher pressures mean higher force and torque is available from smaller components. And because the components are smaller in displacement, higher....More
Sep 15, 2014

The Hydraulic Fluid's Best Friend?

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....More
Sep 08, 2014

How To Eliminate Hydraulic Problems: Engineer Them Out

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....More
Sep 02, 2014

The Inherent Value Of Hydraulic Circuit Diagrams

In the hydraulics world, the ability to read a schematic diagram and the ability to troubleshoot effectively are often considered to go together, '....More
Aug 24, 2014

The 'Holy Grail' of All Hydraulics Skills?

The increasing complexity of today's hydraulic equipment means there's a lot to know about proactive maintenance if optimum reliability is to be....More
Aug 17, 2014

BAD: Designed-In Inefficiency - If You Want To Minimize Life-Of-Machine Ownership Costs

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....More
Aug 11, 2014

One Simple Way to Reduce Hydraulic Equipment Operating Costs

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....More
Aug 03, 2014

Climate Change And What It Means For YOUR Hydraulic Equipment

The apparent trend towards wider extremes in temperature has implications for anyone who designs, operates or services hydraulic equipment: the real....More
Jul 27, 2014

How To Monitor A Hydraulic Machine’s ‘Vital Signs'

What is your hydraulic machine's normal operating pressure? And normal operating temperature? Can you answer these two basic questions about the '....More
Jul 21, 2014

5 Things You Must Tell Your Hydraulic Equipment Supplier (OR 5 questions to ask your customer if you're a hydraulic designer!)

When sourcing a piece of hydraulic equipment, there are five things about the environment the machine will operate in, that you should always....More
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Brendan Casey is a war-weary and battle-scarred veteran of the hydraulics industry.

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