Sep 16, 2015

Intensive Procedure Helps Ensure Hydraulic-Hose Cleanliness

A contaminant with a 60-micron diameter— the size of the smallest grain of pollen— can cause extensive damage to a hydraulic system. That is why the International Organization for Standardization only allows a mere 5-15 microns of dust in a hydraulic hose interior. IBT Industrial Solutions, manufacturer of customized....More
Nov 24, 2015

How To Avoid 'Dieseling' In Hydraulic Cylinders

I was recently engaged by a client to conduct failure analysis on a large (and expensive) hydraulic cylinder off an excavator. This hydraulic cylinder had been changed-out due to leaking rod seals after achieving only half of its expected service life. Inspection revealed that apart from the rod seals, which had failed as a result of '....More
Nov 19, 2015

Batteries for Wireless Sensors Deserve Some Thought

Wireless sensors are no longer a novelty, but they haven't found widespread use in most fluid-power applications, either. Most wireless sensors are used primarily for applications where they are difficult to access. Another big advantage of wireless devices is potentially higher reliability, because wired connectors cannot corrode, break....More

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