The Hitch Post http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/8418/feed Observations about fluid power and other technologies, technical writing, and unrelated topics en Got varnish? We have answers http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/got-varnish-we-have-answers <div class="node-body blog-body">Many of today's hydraulic systems contain insoluble contaminants, which are too small to be trapped by filters — and too small to be detected by particle counting. This varnish formation is a serious problem that degrades system operation. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hitch-post">The Hitch Post</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/got-varnish-we-have-answers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/got-varnish-we-have-answers#comments Hydraulic Filters Hydraulic Fluids The Hitch Post Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:19:00 +0000 26151 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Company proves it really does value its employees http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/company-proves-it-really-does-value-its-employees <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Are employees a company's most valuable resource? Here's one company that says yes, definitely, by putting its money where its mouth is.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hitch-post">The Hitch Post</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/company-proves-it-really-does-value-its-employees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/company-proves-it-really-does-value-its-employees#comments News The Hitch Post Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:19:00 +0000 25841 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Ever heard of ideal cushioning? http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/ever-heard-ideal-cushioning <div class="node-body blog-body">You shouldn't expect maximum cycle rates from your air cylinders if they aren't achieving ideal cushioning.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hitch-post">The Hitch Post</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/ever-heard-ideal-cushioning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/ever-heard-ideal-cushioning#comments The Hitch Post Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:40:00 +0000 25401 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com 2014-2015 Fluid Power Handbook & Directory now available http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/2014-2015-fluid-power-handbook-directory-now-available <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/hydraulicspneumatics.com/files/uploads/2013/12/FPHD1.png" style="width: 200px; height: 276px; float: right; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px;" />The 2014-2015 edition of the <strong><em>Fluid Power Handbook &amp; Directory</em></strong> is now available in print and in digial formats. You can order the print edition from our H&amp;P Bookstore, or read the digital edition for free by <strong><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/fluid-power-handbook#1" target="_blank">clicking here</a></strong>.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hitch-post">The Hitch Post</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/2014-2015-fluid-power-handbook-directory-now-available" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/2014-2015-fluid-power-handbook-directory-now-available#comments The Hitch Post Mon, 30 Dec 2013 17:40:00 +0000 24771 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com An air car? No way. A hybrid air car? Maybe. http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/air-car-no-way-hybrid-air-car-maybe <div class="node-body blog-body"><p> New hybrid technology for cars combines compressed air with a gasoline engine — sounds like it could be a winning combination.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hitch-post">The Hitch Post</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/air-car-no-way-hybrid-air-car-maybe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/air-car-no-way-hybrid-air-car-maybe#comments Air Compressors Other Industries The Hitch Post Sat, 14 Dec 2013 03:31:00 +0000 24721 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com How to troubleshoot hydraulics using an infrared heat detector http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-troubleshoot-hydraulics-using-infrared-heat-detector <div class="node-body blog-body"><p> You can use an infrared heat detecting gun to troubleshoot a hydraulic system.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hitch-post">The Hitch Post</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-troubleshoot-hydraulics-using-infrared-heat-detector" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-troubleshoot-hydraulics-using-infrared-heat-detector#comments Maintenance The Hitch Post Mon, 11 Nov 2013 01:29:00 +0000 24221 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 12: System Test for Flow-control Valves http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/think-first-then-troubleshoot-chapter-12-system-test-flow-control-valves <div class="node-body blog-body">Pressure-compensated flow control valves maintain a constant fluid flow through a variable orifice in the valve. The valve’s compensator spool will move toward an open or closed position in response to work-load changes.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hitch-post">The Hitch Post</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/think-first-then-troubleshoot-chapter-12-system-test-flow-control-valves" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/think-first-then-troubleshoot-chapter-12-system-test-flow-control-valves#comments Maintenance Hydraulic Valves The Hitch Post Fri, 04 Oct 2013 20:05:00 +0000 23801 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 11: Pressure-reducing Valves http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/think-first-then-troubleshoot-chapter-11-pressure-reducing-valves <div class="node-body blog-body">Pressure-reducing valves are normally open, 2-way valves that allow system pressure fluid to flow through them until a set pressure is reached downstream. They then shift to throttle flow into the branch.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hitch-post">The Hitch Post</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/think-first-then-troubleshoot-chapter-11-pressure-reducing-valves" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/think-first-then-troubleshoot-chapter-11-pressure-reducing-valves#comments Maintenance Hydraulic Valves The Hitch Post Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:05:00 +0000 23681 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 10: Sequence Valves http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/think-first-then-troubleshoot-chapter-10-sequence-valves <div class="node-body blog-body">Sequence valves control fluid flow to primary and secondary circuits and perform two functions. First, they program the order (sequence) in which certain actions take place. Second, they maintain a minimum predetermined pressure in a system’s primary line while preset events occur in the secondary circuit.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hitch-post">The Hitch Post</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/think-first-then-troubleshoot-chapter-10-sequence-valves" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/think-first-then-troubleshoot-chapter-10-sequence-valves#comments Maintenance Hydraulic Pumps & Motors The Hitch Post Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:05:00 +0000 23581 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Think First, Then Troubleshoot — Chapter 9: Relief Valves http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/think-first-then-troubleshoot-chapter-9-relief-valves <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>When a hydraulic system has problems, it is common practice to first look at the pump. The pump is arguably the heart of almost every hydraulic system and, as such, has traditionally been blamed for almost every operating problem. Obviously this cannot be true, but when preliminary troubleshooting analysis focuses on the pump, a series of steps can pinpoint the specific problem and lead to the cure.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hitch-post">The Hitch Post</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/think-first-then-troubleshoot-chapter-9-relief-valves" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/think-first-then-troubleshoot-chapter-9-relief-valves#comments Maintenance Hydraulic Pumps & Motors The Hitch Post Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:05:00 +0000 23281 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com