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Nov 24, 2015

How To Avoid 'Dieseling' In Hydraulic Cylinders

I was recently engaged by a client to conduct failure analysis on a large (and expensive) hydraulic cylinder off an excavator. This hydraulic....More
Nov 16, 2015

Why High Pressure Means High Maintenance

The power density of individual components and the system as a whole increases with pressure. But there are a number of disadvantages with higher....More
Nov 09, 2015

6 Ways Your Hydraulic Components Wear Out

From the moment they're installed and commissioned, hydraulic components start to wear out. There are 6 ways it happens....More
Nov 02, 2015

The Pitfalls Of A "Not MY Problem" Mentality

Is a "not my problem" mentality damaging your hydraulic equipment and hurting your bottom line? Consider this very frank and revealing admission I....More
Oct 26, 2015

2 Important Facts About Pump Intake Isolation Valves

The issue of intake line isolation valves is one where people tend to get blinkers on. By that I mean, like suction strainers, they wrongly believe....More
Oct 19, 2015

How To Tie Up A Supertanker... With Teflon Tape

The best thing you can do with tapered-thread connections is get rid of 'em. Engineer them out. The reality is however, in legacy hydraulic systems,....More
Oct 12, 2015

One Thing You MUST Do BEFORE You Change Your Hydraulic Oil

When switching brand and/or type of hydraulic oil you can never completely drain ALL of the original oil out of the hydraulic system; and therefore....More
Oct 05, 2015

When Hydraulic Motor Case-Drains Are Optional—Unless You Want Reliability!

As you're hopefully well aware, an unrestricted case-drain line is essential on a piston-type hydraulic motor, whether it's axial, radial or bent-....More
Sep 28, 2015

Horses For Courses: When NOT To Use A Hydraulic Solution

Our current systems are very reliable but somewhat complex both electrically and mechanically, making them on occasion difficult to maintain. In your....More
Sep 21, 2015

Hydraulic Equipment Operating Costs: The Go-To-Guy vs The Bean Counter

In a previous blog post I discussed how being engaged and caring about what you're doing often has a cost associated with it. The odd sleepless night....More
Sep 14, 2015

Hydraulic Control Response: How Fast Is 'Fast'?

At a seminar I attended on CAN-bus control systems (CAN is a protocol for the transmission and processing of control and sensor information over a '....More
Sep 08, 2015

Why Plumbers Are Paid More Than Hydraulic Technicians

Once upon a time, a hydraulics technician was called in to fix a problem with a giant corporation's hydraulic system. Engineers had been working....More
Aug 31, 2015

Contamination Control: Are You A Victim Or A Volunteer?

Contamination control is not a silver bullet for hydraulic equipment reliability. These days, best-practice contamination control is more like an....More
Aug 25, 2015

Hydraulics 101: The Importance Of The Unimportant Detail

Details matter in hydraulics. A lot. Take a deceptively simple task like topping off the hydraulic tank. There's one right way to do it, and 101 ways....More
Aug 16, 2015

How To Configure Hydraulic Conductors For Noise Reduction

Although long lengths of hose can reduce structure borne noise, hose is actually an efficient radiator in the frequency range where most of the....More
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Brendan Casey is a war-weary and battle-scarred veteran of the hydraulics industry.

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