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Most Recent Blog Posts
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....
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....
Dec 01, 2014
A Simple Way To Avoid 'Infant Mortality' Of Hydraulic Components
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....
Nov 24, 2014
The RIGHT Way To Do Offline Filtration On Hydraulic Systems
Water or particulate contamination doesn't normally necessitate a hydraulic oil change. These contaminants can be filtered out. But offline....
Nov 17, 2014
How to Avoid Hydraulic Accumulator Failure
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....
Nov 10, 2014
Hydraulic Equipment Reliability: Who's Responsible?
In many respects the conflict between machine maker and machine owner is a classic duality - similar to that which exits between labor and capital:....
Nov 03, 2014
The Difference Between A Quick Fix And A Band-Aid Solution
Last week I had a conversation with an old client who's been having a long-running battle with the manufacturer of a hydraulic machine he bought 3-....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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Brendan Casey is a war-weary and battle-scarred veteran of the hydraulics industry.
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