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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
May 18, 2015

How To Connect A Forced Air Heat Exchanger

A connection issue for forced air heat exchangers, which requires attention during initial installation, relates to whether it is single or double....More
May 11, 2015

How To Size A Hydraulic Oil Cooler

As a means of power transmission, hydraulics has many advantages. But overall efficiency is NOT one of them. A single-reduction gearbox has an....More
May 04, 2015

A Problem With Hydraulics At High Altitude

At 3000 ft, air only has 90% of its sea level density. So a fixed-speed cooling fan will move the same volume of air but at only 90% of the mass. And....More
Apr 27, 2015

Predictive Hydraulics Maintenance 101

In the appendix of Reliability-Centered Maintenance II, John Moubray lists 102 proactive maintenance techniques in six categories. And new predictive....More
Apr 20, 2015

A BIG Troubleshooting Secret: Principles Before Methods

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: "As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can....More
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