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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
Jul 13, 2014

How To Know WHEN To Change Your Hydraulic Filters

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....More
Jul 05, 2014

The #1 Hydraulic Troubleshooting Tool You Can't Do Without

After much trial and error, I've developed and patented a special troubleshooting paint. So now when a hydraulic problem arises, all you have to do....More
Jun 29, 2014

3 BIG Problems Caused By Hot-Running Hydraulics

Energy contamination, a.k.a. heat is THE biggest enemy of a hydraulic system. Bigger than particle and water contamination these days, due mainly to....More
Jun 22, 2014

How NOT To Make Your Hydraulic Repairer Or Supplier Rich

If you're a hydraulic machine owner, or responsible for the same, one sure-fire way of transferring a scary amount of dinero from your bank account....More
Jun 15, 2014

How To Prevent Hydraulic Failures Resulting From Ignorance Or Omission

A checklist is a tool that serves a very important function: to INFORM and REMIND. In so doing, mistakes or omissions resulting from ignorance and/or....More
Cracked hydraulic piston pump housing
Jun 08, 2014

Why Filters are Dangerous in Hydraulic Pump and Motor Drain Lines

A cracked pump or motor housing due to a restricted (or blocked) case-drain line is far more common than you might think. Of course, if you forget to....More
Suction strainers: friend or foe? (photo credit: Stauff Corp.)
Jun 01, 2014

The Truth About Hydraulic Suction Strainers

Given that particle contamination of hydraulic oil reduces the service life of hydraulic components, it would seem logical that a hydraulic system....More
May 18, 2014

2 Ways Air Gets Into Hydraulic Cylinders... And How It Then Destroys Them!

When a mixture of air and oil is compressed in a hydraulic cylinder it can ignite and burn, or even explode! This is known as 'dieseling' or the '....More
What's Hydraulics At Work?

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

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