There’s a growing realization that the type and formulation of hydraulic fluids can have a significant effect on machine efficiency, performance and overall life. But to date, fluid manufacturers have, for the most part, relied on traditional laboratory methods to develop new fluid chemistries. Now, in the project “Simulation, Rheology and … [Read more...] about A nanoscale view of hydraulic fluids
The 2016 NFPA Milwaukee Regional Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, September 27 at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, will feature two experts from the industry with experience and solid information regarding important challenges that fluid power users may encounter. “The Value of Leak Testing in Preventing Hydraulic Fluid Leaks” will be … [Read more...] about NFPA Milwaukee Regional Meeting talks to focus on contamination and fluid control
Oil sampling and analysis is a method of determining and tracking the health of your hydraulic fluid. A oil sample is taken and sent to a lab to discover ISO particle count, water saturation, additive content and viscosity. These qualities in normal range are imperative to a reliable hydraulic system, and sample testing is the best way to test for … [Read more...] about Where should I take my oil samples?
By Dave Marlowe, Owner/CEO, DMAR Technical Training and DMAR Business Centers USA In a previous article, I stated that the most important consideration in the selection of a hydraulic fluid was selecting an oil of the right viscosity. I also explained the difference between viscosity and viscosity index. Now we’ll share insights for the operator … [Read more...] about Why is it important to minimize overheating in your hydraulic system?
Poorly maintained equipment can leak more than fluids, it can leak money. Spectroline’s LeakTracker (LT-300) is a powerful, economical leak detection flashlight that’s suitable for all industrial fluid system applications. LeakTracker has a high-output UV LED that delivers superior fluorescent dye response, making industrial leaks easier to … [Read more...] about UV LED flashlight helps with industrial leak detection
What causes contamination? Particulate contaminants circulating in fluid power systems cause surface degradation through general mechanical wear (abrasion, erosion, and surface fatigue). Dan Zoller, Group Product Manager Filter Systems, Schroeder Industries, explained that this wear causes increasing numbers of particles to be formed, the result … [Read more...] about When should you flush a new or rebuilt hydraulic system?
A proactive maintenance protocol can reduce expensive equipment failures and the loss of production they cost. But finding little leaks before they turn into big problems is a time consuming, hands-on job. Not anymore. The Spectroline EagleEye UV/White Light LED Leak Detection Lamp Kit (EK-365) is the hands-free solution to locating leaks in … [Read more...] about Leak detection is going hands-free