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Ensuring you use the correct fluid for your hydraulic system is crucial right from the start, but when it comes to mixing hydraulic oils, the sheer number of combinations of additives and agents available on the market can make even the best engineers scratch their heads in confusion.
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Hydraulic pressure is most often used to create, fabricate and produce items, from refining oil to building homes and even maintaining cars, but not all uses of hydraulics are productive; some hydraulic machinery is designed to break items like locks and metal frames. The emergency services are one of the biggest users of destructive hydraulic equipment including the Jaws of Life, which are used to cut and stretch mangled vehicles, and lock breaking devices used to gain access to buildings.
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Injuries are a relatively common occurrence for people working with hydraulics, especially those working in the maintenance and/or repair of hydraulic equipment. The most serious injury is a pressurised fluid injection, but accidents can also happen with moving parts when the stored energy in the system is not released before inspections and repairs are made. Unfortunately, it is not routine for tags and gauges to be used to denote places where energy is stored. The engineer must study the sc...
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Hydraulic lock, sometimes referred to as hydrolock, is a condition that affects all engines and motors that use fluids, and can even affect steam engines in some cases, where steam condenses and water remains inside the compression chamber. It mostly occurs on starting up, but can occur during operation as well, for instance when a car drives through a puddle and water enters the piston chambers, flooding the engine. When fluid enters the compression chamber (over the clearance volume) it rest...
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If you’re responsible for a hydraulic machine, or the owner of one, it’s crucial that you know what can put you into an unpleasant position when it comes to your maintenance budget spend. Running a hydraulic machine too hot can cause all manner of issues including internal damage to components.
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The most critical requisite of running any piece of reliable hydraulic equipment is to keep it clean. Unfortunately, extreme pressure systems provide a constant battleground to fight against potential system contamination by particles, dirt, dust and other matter that can all get into the works. Keeping fittings, pipes, valves, filters and any other components clean is an absolute must if you are looking to run your machine efficiently and with optimised output.
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When it comes to actuators, there are a few differences that you should know about if you’re in the engineering field. If you haven’t had a whole lot of experience, then here’s the lowdown.
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Most manufacturers are now faced with the task of doing the seemingly impossible – to reduce carbon footprint whilst increasing efficiency. Energy regulations from the government are bearing down on companies at the same time as they are needing to reduce expenses. Improving efficiency is something they are looking into.
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How well do you really know your hydraulic machine? Do you know what its operating pressure is when it’s running normally? How about its typical temperature? If you don’t know the answer of these two questions, then you don’t know your machine very well and you could be putting yourself into a vulnerable position.Recently, one of our clients discussed an issue they had with their machine. Although it’s the mobile hydraulic systems that we supply, our clients are involved ...
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Monitoring pressure and temperature in addition to lubricants and components are all important parts of maintaining any hydraulic system. If you don’t perform these then you are likely to get issues with failures.Unfortunately this is the type of information that can get lost amongst productivity numbers and data. It’s known as in-attentional blindness and it can happen regularly. Unfortunately it’s also the type of human behaviour that can cause fatal incidents.It’s some...
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