Five Tips for Hydraulic Maintenance

Five Tips for Hydraulic Maintenance

Hydraulic systems are an asset to a number of industries, creating affordable and efficient assistance for power needs. From farming to automobile manufacturing and even concrete pumping, hydraulic pressure uses liquid fluid power that is incompressible to generate force. Hydraulic systems are easy to control, simple, safe, and economical for the results. If you want to prolong the life of your system, follow these simple maintenance tips.

1. Know the components. Before you begin working on the system, check the schematics and operator’s manual. Whether you are checking the hydraulic shaft seals, changing the fluid, or tightening the couplings, you should ask questions from otherS who perform maintenance and can help you identify the components of the systems.

2. Verify safety mechanisms. After you familiarize yourself with the system components, be sure all power sources to the machine have been turned off. Don’t just follow the visual lock out signs or tags; always verify for yourself.

3. Check and release the pressure. Always consider that hydraulic pressure is present in the system before working on it. Pressure could remain in the loaded actuators, compressed air, accumulator, or springs under load. Always discharge any pressure before doing maintenance or repairs.

4. Keep all items covered. Hydraulic systems are very sensitive to dust or other contaminates. As soon as you remove any element from the system, cap or plug it immediately. Pay special attention to lines, hoses, ports, and other open areas.

5. Use the right fluids. Whenever you are changing the oil or any other fluid, always follow the manufacturing specifications. If you use a different product, you may increase the wear and tear on the system, and reduce efficiency or function. It can generate too much heat and destroy the seals and hoses.

Hydraulic systems are built to last even the most demanding of conditions but only when routine maintenance is conducted. If you are preparing to look at your system, follow these five tips to keep you safe and you unit functioning properly.