By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor It’s not enough for you to learn how to design or install hydraulic systems. Any fluid power professional worth their weight in hydraulic oil approaches their education holistically, even if this education occurs after your last exam in college. Engineers and designers absolutely must consider how to make it … [Read more...] about What are the most important hydraulic filtration terms you must understand?
The right lubricants can improve profitability, productivity and sustainability. Contributed by Blayne McKenzie, Strategic Technology Manager, Industrial Products, The Lubrizol Corp. Procurement decisions in almost any market you can imagine are driven primarily by one or more of the following three factors: profitability, productivity and … [Read more...] about Optimizing hydraulic operations with the use of energy-efficient hydraulic fluids
By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor Viton is actually a registered trademark of Chemours Company (previously of DuPont) and is a synthetic rubber used in seals. Viton is a family of fluoropolymer elastomers also identified as FKM, but the family offers various copolymers. Often green or brown, Viton finds itself used in various hydraulic … [Read more...] about When should you use Viton seals?
By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor Manufacturers make cellulose fibers from long chains of plant material processed into a pulp and then drawn out into strands. Glass media comes from a more complicated process of first drawing molten silica fibers and then combining them into a strand using a resin binder. The product of either process looks … [Read more...] about What is the difference between cellulose and glass filter media?
Contributed by Sam Kaye, CFPSD,CFPS, CFPMM, CFPMT, Application Manager, RHK Hydraulic Cylinder Services Inc. The maintenance department is the cornerstone of any company that relies on equipment to generate profit. As the name suggests, the main function of this group is to maintain equipment and prevent breakdowns. But when equipment failures … [Read more...] about Has contamination turned your maintenance department into the emergency repair department?
By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor Urethane (or polyurethane) seals are among the most versatile and durable materials used in fluid power sealing. Urethanes are cast into billets or molds to create the seals used in many of the hydraulic components you see every day, such as pump shaft seals, cylinder pistons and rod seals. The material … [Read more...] about What are the benefits of urethane seals?
Contributed by Danny Nghieu, EIT, Colonial Seal Elastomers are widely used due to their relatively high strength, low abrasion rate, and resistance to water, oils, and other chemicals. The mechanical properties of elastomers, namely their tensile strength and hardness, can change over time when the product is sitting in storage. The storage … [Read more...] about Effects of aging on elastomer seals
Contributed by Don Krause, Business Development, Ohio Fabricators Company Filtration has come a long way since the beginning of time. Believe it or not, filtration goes all the way back to ancient times. The Egyptians used to strain mash grapes through fabric and make grape juice and wine. Even the use of filters to purify water and make it … [Read more...] about A brief introduction to hydraulic system filter placement
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions announces the launch of IntelliStok in Canada and the United States. IntelliStok is a wireless vendor-managed inventory solution that eliminates the need to manually check and scan inventory, potentially saving thousands of dollars each year. Designed to work with Kanban-based rack and bin systems, the … [Read more...] about Trelleborg launches IntelliStok to make parts management easier and safer
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Aerospace launches the unique and revolutionary Turcon VL Seal II for hydraulic sealing of actuators in flight controls and landing gear, and seals in landing gear shock absorbers. Based on the groundbreaking and well-proven Turcon VL Seal, this new generation seal offers enhanced sealing efficiency, easier … [Read more...] about Trelleborg launches next-gen Turcon VL Seal II for hydraulic aircraft systems