For years we’ve served the greater Boston area with professional hydraulic preventative maintenance and repair services. Today’s blog post is our way of giving back by sharing our professional knowledge with you to help ensure your business continues uninterrupted and unthreatened by hydraulic cylinder failure. With that said, if they ever do we can immediately respond to provide you with cylinder repair service.
Here are things you must do to protect your hydraulic systems:
1. Keep Hydraulic Seals Intact and Leak-Proof
In order for the cylinder to function optimally, a steady supply of pressurized liquid inside the cylinder is essential. Seals must remain intact to keep the link between the cylinder and the moving rod leak-proof. If the seals are damaged, fluid will leak and will result to diminished force.
Taking extra care to the hydraulic seals will avoid seal leakage issues. Regular visual inspection must be done to check for any signs of wear. When placing hydraulic seals do it with caution in order to ascertain they don't get damaged before installation. Handle seal replacements with care. Incorrect setup will undermine the seal integrity and will lead to leakage over time.
2. Keep Fluid From Being Contaminated
In addition to maintaining a sufficient supply of hydraulic fluid, clean fluid is essential to keep the system's top performance. Old or contaminated fluid will cause damage to the mechanical systems of your heavy equipment.
One common type of hydraulic fluid contamination is moisture. To prevent moisture contamination, use airtight barrels when storing fluid reserves to protect it from solar exposure and temperature variations. This avoids breathing, a phenomenon wherein the water permeates the barrels when they expand and contract. Make sure to only open fluid container in a clean area, flush out the hydraulic system properly prior to adding a new fluid. Doing these measures will prevent fluid contamination, and the potential issues associated with a contaminated hydraulic fluid.
3. Maintain Your Rods – Keep Them Straight
A bent rod can result to eventually result to cylinder failure. The rod can be bent when load weight is moving greater than the force produced by the pressurized fluid within the cylinder.
Bent rods will cause scrapes against the cylinder's inner walls, making it more prone to corrosion. Rod seals may also be susceptible to damage due to bent rods.
In order to accurately test the straightness of the hydraulic rods, a dial gauge is used. A rod that goes beyond the admissible straightness standard should be fixed using a press or replacement might be necessary to maintain the hydraulic cylinder's integrity.
The condition of your hydraulic cylinders set in your heavy equipment can greatly affect their performance. Thus, it is important to prevent cylinder failure at all costs. Being proactive is the key in preventing cylinder issues by taking note of the aforementioned tips.