EPDM rubber is a synthetic polymer used in fluid power applications to seal static applications, such as pump housing seals or cylinder barrel end seals. Although rarely used as a dynamic seal for hydraulic applications, EPDM has benefits making it perfect for various applications. EPDM stands for ethylene propylene diene monomer and offers a … [Read more...] about When are EPDM seals appropriate in hydraulic systems?
By Corey Holloway • Sales Manager, anyseals North America The painful reality is that supply chain challenges are the new normal. Unfortunately, current world conditions have resulted in unavoidable shortages and unforeseen delays in the global availability of all manner of supplies, and there is no clear solution in view. Nevertheless, … [Read more...] about Four tips to manage a sealing product shortage
NBR is an acronym for nitrile butadiene rubber but goes by many other names, such as nitrile or buna. NBR is a synthetic rubber compound made from acrylonitrile and butadiene. Buna is renowned for its natural resistance to oils, fuels, water and many other chemicals. You may use NBR for most hydraulic applications, especially those within the … [Read more...] about When should you use NBR for fluid power seals?
By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants, as far as the hydraulics industry is concerned, are fluids offering a reduced impact on the environment. EAL fluids are especially a concern for machinery operating on or around waterways, where the disastrous impact of potentially hazardous and toxic oil is most severe. … [Read more...] about What are environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) in hydraulics?
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has always focused on pushing the capabilities of sealing technology for hydraulics, with a focus on enhancing performance while making fluid power applications more sustainable. Lubrication Management not only extends seal life, minimizing scrap, but it also significantly reduces friction, lowering the energy … [Read more...] about Lubrication management and counter surface technology increase hydraulic sustainability, says Trelleborg
By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor Aeration is the introduction of air bubbles within a liquid by passing through or across open air. Aeration most often occurs in hydraulic systems when oil returns to the tank above the oil level in the reservoir, entraining bubbles as it splashes into the tank. The primary worry with aeration is the … [Read more...] about How does aeration affect hydraulic systems?
Understanding standards, materials, applications and fluid compatibility is critical to distributors working with hydraulic and pneumatic seals. Contributed by Ryan Webster, Vice President Sales & Marketing, anyseals Inc. Distributors and maintenance and repair companies that support the mobile machinery industry face strong demand. It stems, … [Read more...] about A primer on fluid power seals in construction machinery
Being the fluid power professional you are, you know that Teflon is used for more than making pans slippery. However, you may not know that Teflon is a registered trademark of DuPont, discovered accidentally many decades ago and associated with non-stock coatings. PTFE is an acronym for polytetrafluoroethylene, which is also a fluorocarbon. DuPont … [Read more...] about When should you use PTFE seals?
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