Hydraulic cylinders can fail for a number of reasons, and one of the most common causes is contamination. Internal contamination, such as that from dirty filters, and external contamination (including dirt and rain) can both lead to costly breakdown problems. If you want to prolong the life of your cylinder, here are 2 tips on how to keep it more sanitary.
Replace the Filter at the Right Time
How do you determine when to change your filter? Do you change it after a set period of time? Do you change it based on your budget? Neither of these options are ideal, as they leave too much opportunity for the filter to become clogged and contaminate your cylinder. You need to change your filter when it's full of contaminants and not an hour later if you want to avoid those particles and debris overflowing. The best way to determine when the filter has reached maximum capacity is to use an indicator. Depending on your needs and budget, you can choose a visual indicator or an electric indicator. While visual indicators are usually cheaper, electric indicators are a better choice due to increased precision and the ability to halt the hydraulic system if the filter isn't changed to avoid contamination. Not only do these indicators save you money on repair costs, they also save you money by preventing you from replacing the filters more than you need to.
Assess Your Hoses Regularly
All hoses eventually disintegrate, leading hose debris to contaminate your hydraulic cylinder internally. That's why it's important to assess your hoses regularly, even if they're not showing signs of breaking down (and even when they're not in use). You need to catch the problem early if you want to save yourself time and stress down the line. You can schedule a repair service to examine hoses regularly, or you can designate the job to a member of your team. You'll need to look out for small leaks as well as big ones; small leaks can be found by tracing oil drips until you reach the tear. When the hoses need to be replaced, make sure the job is done by someone professionally trained. They'll be able to replace it in the most streamlined way, causing minimal disruption to your system and your production levels.
If your hydraulic cylinder has already failed or is not running to its usual ability, get in touch with a reputable hydraulic repairs service. They'll identify the cause of the problem, fix it, and prevent it from happening again.Share
1 August 2016
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