By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor If you're a regular reader of mine, you know how much I espouse the importance of filtration to keep your hydraulic system running reliably. Different machines require different filtration quality. Throwing a 3-micron filter with a 1000 beta ratio on your log splitter makes little sense. For those unfamiliar … [Read more...] about Can you use an automotive filter in your hydraulic application?
By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor If you've ever been (un)lucky enough to open up a 30-year-old hydraulic reservoir, you know how shockingly grimy they can be. I've seen 3 in. of sludge, filings and particles sedimentate enough to clog the suction filter. That hydraulic power unit had a return filter in addition to its clearly unhelpful … [Read more...] about The importance of hydraulic reservoir filtration systems
By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor Hydraulic systems play a critical role in various industries, powering heavy machinery and equipment with precision and efficiency. The performance and longevity of these systems heavily rely on the cleanliness and quality of the hydraulic fluid. Contamination in hydraulic fluid can cause significant damage … [Read more...] about Do special hydraulic fluids require special filters?
Contributed by Scott Christensen, Americas Purchasing Manager, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and their tier suppliers rely on sealing partners for a wide range of services and capabilities. An experienced and knowledgeable sealing supplier can provide everything from high-quality custom sealing solutions … [Read more...] about Why stocking standard products pays off for OEM and supplier relationships
Tiny particulates in lubricants that are invisible to the naked eye can have costly consequences in hydraulic systems. By Zach Sutton, Chevron Lubricants Industrial & Services Sector Specialist In the world of mechanical maintenance, machinery breakdowns are a reality. Mechanical wear occurs constantly, and moving parts erode in … [Read more...] about Mechanical wear: what you can’t see can hurt you
Hydraulic fluid cleanliness is crucial for hydraulic systems' reliable operation and longevity. However, while filtration is critical in keeping hydraulic fluid clean, it is not the only factor that impacts fluid cleanliness. This article will discuss some tips to ensure hydraulic fluid cleanliness aside from the obvious filtration … [Read more...] about How to ensure hydraulic fluid cleanliness outside of filtration
By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor Hydraulic oil contamination may cause significant damage to hydraulic systems and components, leading to reduced performance and productivity and increased maintenance and repair costs. Therefore, it's crucial that you identify the symptoms of hydraulic oil contamination to prevent further damage and ensure … [Read more...] about What are the least common symptoms of contamination?
Advanced seal designs that prevent wear, increase service life, and reduce friction can ensure uptime in pitch cylinders and brakes. Eric Bucci, Global Technical Manager, Energy and Oil & Gas, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Today’s wind turbines are highly technical precision machines, utilizing the latest digital and computer technology to … [Read more...] about Maximizing wind turbine efficiency through optimized hydraulic sealing
By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor Although pneumatic cylinders operate in many conditions, their capacity to withstand the pitfalls of those conditions often comes down to the chosen sealing technology. The performance and longevity of pneumatic cylinders depend on the quality of their seals. A seal's primary purpose is to contain the … [Read more...] about How do you select pneumatic cylinder seals?
During a press conference on March 15 at IFPE, Hallite showcased its three new seal offerings — the 683 low friction rod seal, 565 precision bearings, and the 777 piston seal. The three new products help spotlight Hallite's commitment to innovation, education, product testing in partnership with MSOE, and sustainability. "We recognize … [Read more...] about IFPE 2023 wrap-up: Hallite highlights sustainable, new sealing technologies