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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
Aug 10, 2015

How To Flush A Hydraulic System Effectively

The objective of flushing a hydraulic system is to eliminate sludge, varnish, debris and contaminated or degraded fluid from conductor walls and....More
Aug 03, 2015

YOUR Hydraulics Education: Upfront Now OR At The Repair Shop Later?

A couple of questions I received from readers in the last week got me thinking about how people divide into two groups when it comes to information:....More
Jul 27, 2015

2 Reasons NOT To Be Cheap When Buying Hydraulic Filters

Having the right filters in the right places is essential to the success of the contamination control effort. But it can be easily compromised by....More
Jul 20, 2015

Hydraulic Oil Cleanliness And Contamination Control: Not All Machines Are Equal

Hydraulic oil cleanliness is no longer THE most critical preventative maintenance issue. There are two reasons for this: the first is the word has....More
Jul 13, 2015

Why You Don't Want Your Hydraulics Wet And Warm

Micro biological or microbial contamination is basically the growth and colonization of bacteria in the oil. And as is the case with all organisms,....More
Jul 06, 2015

The ULTIMATE Troubleshooting Tool?

Wouldn't it be great to have an 'X-Ray' of the hydraulic system when you're trying to find or eliminate a problem? But unlike doctors, we don't have....More
Jun 29, 2015

Hydraulics Know-How: Just-In-Case versus Just-In-Time1

A 'just in time' approach to learning (or learning more) about hydraulics is great in theory but doesn't work very well in practice. Because for just....More
Jun 22, 2015

One Simple Way To Remove Water From Hydraulic Oil

If you've worked with hydraulic equipment for any length of time, it's likely that you've come across a hydraulic system with cloudy oil. Oil becomes....More
Jun 15, 2015

Why You Should KNOW Your Hydraulic Oil's 'A.N.'

A hydraulic oil's oxidative condition is determined by an absolute measure of its total acid concentration. When oxygen combines with hydrocarbon....More
Jun 08, 2015

The Biggest Challenge Hydraulics Users Face Today

A lot of hydraulic equipment users - large and small - are in the same boat. But most are either unwilling or unable to recognize that when it comes....More
Jun 01, 2015

The Bitter-Sweet Nature of Proactive Maintenance

The ideal outcome from any maintenance inspection or proactive maintenance task is to find nothing wrong. But on the other hand, the discovery of a....More
May 25, 2015

How To Cool A Hot Hydraulic System

What are your options when faced with a hydraulic system that is overheating? Assuming the system's cooling circuit is working as it should, i.e. no....More
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