Three Tips For Hydraulic System Care

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If you've recently taken on a management and service role overseeing hydraulic equipment, it can be a learning curve. The degree of that curve will widely depend on how much experience you have with hydraulics. For those who are really new to this, it's important to familiarize yourself with the basics. Here are a few tips that will help you to get the longest possible life from your hydraulic cylinders.

Test The Fluid Before You Change It

When you change your hydraulic fluid strictly based on the hours of operation, you could be throwing money away unnecessarily. This is especially true for larger cylinders, because you'll pay more for greater fluid volumes.

Instead of just automatically changing the fluid at operation milestones, have the fluid tested periodically and only change it when there are signs of deterioration in the fluid or the additives. That way, you're only spending the money when the fluid actually needs to be changed and you're reducing the excess wear on the cylinders caused by the frequent draining and refilling.

Know Your System's Optimal Operating Temperature

As hydraulic systems operate, they produce heat. That heat thins the hydraulic fluid. The hotter the system, the thinner the fluid. If it gets too thin, it can't adequately protect the components in the machine. That leaves you facing potential thermal damage, including burnt fluid, seized bearings and more. The goal is to know the ideal operating temperature for both the fluid in your hydraulic system and the machine itself. Keep the system temperature between those two temperatures so that you don't risk unnecessary wear.

The operating temperature of your machine is also a key factor in choosing the right hydraulic fluid, because you need a fluid that will hold up to the environment that you're working in. Make sure you're choosing the right hydraulic fluid every time you flush and change it, otherwise your cylinders may seize.

Always Prime And Lubricate The System Before Starting It

When you flush the hydraulic fluid and change the filter, you need to be sure that your system, including the cylinders, is fully primed. Otherwise, you risk damage that could shorten their lifespan. If the system isn't primed, it's going to be running dry until the fluid circulates a bit. While this may not lead to immediate failure, the wear it causes is likely to cause early failure of the system. Make sure you take time to lubricate and prime everything before you start it.

Contact a company, like HyVal Industries Inc,  for more help.

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