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Mar 23, 2015

How To Size A Hydraulic Tank

The rules of thumb for reservoir size differ for open and closed circuits. For a conventional reservoir used in open circuits the general rule is a....More
Mar 16, 2015

How To Determine Hydraulic Pump Condition Using Volumetric Efficiency

In a condition-based maintenance environment, the decision to change-out the pump is usually based on remaining bearing life or deterioration in....More
Mar 09, 2015

Why Solenoid Coils on Hydraulic Valves Burn-Out

The high current draw of an open AC solenoid is known as inrush current. And the current draw when the solenoid is closed is called holding current....More
Mar 02, 2015

A Troubleshooting Lesson From The 'Coal Face'

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....More
Feb 23, 2015

Who Fixed YOUR Bicycle?

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....More
Feb 18, 2015

Eliminate Those Hydraulic Oil Leaks

Taking steps to prevent leaks not only drastically cuts oil costs and consumption, it’s an environmental imperative—one liter of leaked oil....More
Feb 16, 2015

How Efficient Are YOUR Hydraulic Machines?

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....More
Feb 09, 2015

Which Hydraulic Fluid Should You Use?

Most hydraulic systems will operate satisfactorily using a variety of fluids. These include engine oil, automatic transmission fluid and oil....More
Feb 02, 2015

How To Calculate Hydraulic Pump and Motor Efficiency

Despite recent advances in predictive maintenance technologies, the maintenance professional's ability to determine the remaining bearing life of a....More
Jan 26, 2015

How A Small Omission Can Result In A BIG Hydraulics Maintenance Disaster

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....More
Jan 19, 2015

How Little Leaks Keep Hydraulic Equipment Users Poor

It's now more important than ever to ensure that every dollar spent on operating and maintaining hydraulic equipment is a dollar well spent....More
Jan 12, 2015

Hydraulic Oil Contamination: How Its 'Cure' Can Be Worse Than The Disease

Given that removing contaminants from the oil to extend hydraulic component life is the primary objective of filtration, it is a paradox for filters....More
Jan 05, 2015

From The Go-To Guy Chronicles: Un-common Sense and The Spectator Mentality

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....More
Dec 15, 2014

The Importance of Making A List... And Checking It Twice

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....More
Dec 08, 2014

From the Guy-To-Guy's Creed: You Can't Break What's Already Broken

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....More
What's Hydraulics At Work?

Brendan Casey is a war-weary and battle-scarred veteran of the hydraulics industry.

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