Ways to Improve Hydraulic System Reliability

Blog | February 21st, 2020

Regardless of the reason that you depend on a hydraulic system, you want it to work reliably each time that you need it. This drive technology delivers fluids to various types of equipment, such as excavators, industrial presses, cranes, vehicles, lifts and more. If sudden malfunctions occurred, the items that help power your hydraulics cannot operate smoothly and correctly. This can lead to expensive repairs and a production shutdown in severe cases. Luckily, when you know the following ways to improve your system’s reliability, you can avoid many unpleasant and even costly issues.

1. Your hydraulic system will work more reliably when you keep it free of contaminants. In fact, approximately 75% of the breakdowns with these systems happen due to foreign particles or substances being in the hydraulic fluid. Filtering the fluid is the best way to be certain that it is not contaminated with unwanted substances. Also, you must flush the lines periodically and replace the hydraulic fluid to ensure that the fluid stays clean.

2. Maintain your hydraulic system at the correct temperature. While contaminants are number one for causing malfunctions in this type of system, allowing your hydraulics to overheat comes in a close second. If the temperature climbs beyond 60-degrees C, it decreases the lifespan of the hydraulic fluid. With each 15-degree increase of this temperature level, the life of the hydraulic fluid is cut in half. As a result, drastic temperature hikes that degrade the fluid rapidly lead to malfunctions and even shutdowns that can lower your productivity if relevant.

3. Moisture is an enemy of hydraulic components. Moisture not only sets up the perfect environment for oxidation, but it also can cause your hydraulic parts to corrode or become damaged in other ways. When your hydraulics are connected to indoor equipment, the main cause of moisture is high humidity in the ambient air, so monitor humidity levels to prevent moisture issues in this case. For outdoor equipment with hydraulics, monitor it closely to catch moisture issues. Also, desiccant breathers remove moisture before it enters into the hydraulic fluid.

4. Perform preventative maintenance routinely to improve the reliability of your hydraulic system. Performing this type of maintenance should include the breathing caps, reservoirs, heat exchangers, oil level switches and other parts of the system. Also, be certain to address issues, if you find any, quickly.

5. Run tests on your system periodically to catch potential problems early.

6. Always invest in quality hydraulic components when repairs or replacement are necessary.

Keep these ways to improve hydraulic system reliability in mind to maintain and care for your system, and you will reduce major issues from occurring. You also will extend the lifespan of your system by taking these actions.

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