The Importance of Hydraulic Fluid Viscosity

So, you’ve selected the right hydraulic cylinder that meets your needs. You have the power and performance needed to withstand rigorous daily demands. To ensure your hydraulic system continues performing optimally, fluid viscosity should be a top priority for hydraulic system efficiency and performance. While hydraulic cylinder maintenance is not exactly exciting, it also ensures …

How to Troubleshoot Hydraulic Cylinder Drift

High-performance and ruggedness are associated with desirable traits in a hydraulic cylinder. Meeting the industrial demands and rigors of mobile equipment work requires a performance-built, reliable hydraulic cylinder. When a hydraulic cylinder exhibits a problem, it is often due to hydraulic drift. Hydraulic drift is can result from internal leaks in piston seals, valves, or …

Published: September 30, 2020 Last Updated: June 2, 2021 How To Series ,

Avoiding Hydraulic Fluid Contamination

With 75% to 80% of hydraulic system failures stemming from fluid contamination, the importance of avoiding hydraulic fluid contamination cannot be overstated. Keeping your hydraulic fluids contaminant-free can mean consistent, optimal system performance and lessens the chances of downtime due to hydraulic system replacement or repair. Major Hydraulic Fluid Contamination Forms Air Contamination. Commonly presented …

When to Replace Your Hydraulic Cylinder

The eternal question. . . replace or repair? Given enough time, money, and knowledge, any mechanical device can be repaired. Realistically, the time will come when it is no longer feasible to repair and the only practical option is replacing your hydraulic cylinder. Recognizing when to replace a hydraulic cylinder can be one of the …

Inspecting Your Hydraulic Cylinder

Hydraulic Cylinders are used in challenging environments that cause additional wear and tear on the cylinder and components. Following a regular inspection and maintenance schedule can improve hydraulic cylinder performance, prevent cylinder failure and decrease unplanned downtime. Tips for Identifying Issues with Hydraulic Cylinders Any piece of equipment or machinery brought down for inspection, maintenance, …

Published: May 9, 2017 Last Updated: October 13, 2021 How To Series ,

Global Shield – Breathing Life Into Aging Cylinders

Global concerns about hazardous “coating difference” material is on the rise.  Manufacturers are searching for an affordable, alternative, corrosion-resistant technology that exceeds the performance of Engineered Hard Chrome (EHC) or Nitride (Ni) while matching or exceeding alternative high performance coatings. Parker Hannifin Corporation’s Global Shield coating is a highly engineered proprietary technology that has the …

Navigating Your Hydraulic Cylinder Components

If you’ve been working with Hydraulics for any length of time, you’re probably familiar with all of the components involved and what their purpose is. However, if you’ve never had the experience of tearing one down, you may be missing out on how complex the engineering in these components has become to ensure precision, reliability, …

Repacking your Hydraulic Cylinder

Repacking your hydraulic cylinder doesn’t have to be a mystery. It can become a part of your standard annual preventative maintenance routine. Correct preventative maintenance will ensure you get the most life out of your hydraulic cylinders. It’s always best to ensure you have the correct parts on hand before you begin the break down …

Published: August 22, 2016 Last Updated: June 2, 2021 How To Series ,

Hydraulic Fluid Contamination: Prevention & Resolution

Did you know that 70 to 80% of all hydraulic system failures are directly related to hydraulic fluid contamination? Hydraulic fluid contamination can be caused by a variety of issues; all of which can not only contribute to poor performance, and unnecessary wear, but can also cost thousands of dollars in downtime if not addressed …

Published: August 1, 2016 Last Updated: January 19, 2021 How To Series ,

Dump Truck Rollover Causes and Prevention

Dump trucks are used in a variety of industries and for many purposes. Dump trucks carry loose material such as soil, rock, or road salt. Some dump trucks are capable of carrying payloads up to 26 tons. With a capacity for high payloads, rollovers are a major consideration for dump trucks. Drivers should always obey …

Published: February 28, 2016 Last Updated: June 2, 2021 Industries, How To Series, Waste ,

What Causes a Dump Truck to Miss and Slam?

Standard Operation for a Telescopic Cylinder To explain what causes miss and slam during telescopic cylinder function, let’s first review the standard operation for a telescopic cylinder. Telescopic hydraulic cylinders feature a series of steel tubes, called stages, that are nested inside each other. Most standard telescopic cylinders feature anywhere from 2 to 5 stages. This design …

Published: February 25, 2016 Last Updated: August 31, 2021 Industries, Telescopic Cylinders, Truck Equipment, Waste ,

Top 4 Causes of Hydraulic Cylinder Failure

Listed below are the top 4 causes of cylinder failure. A proper equipment inspection, regular training, and a preventative maintenance plan can all decrease the chances of these common cylinder failures. 1. Sideloading Sideloading is the most common cause of wear and cylinder failure. A common result of sideloading is cylinder misalignment, which creates an …

Preventive Maintenance for Your Hydraulic Cylinders

To protect your hydraulic cylinders for long life, it is essential to incorporate preventative maintenance in your regular protocol.  Following strict maintenance, the calendar not only ensures safety for operators but also prevents premature hydraulic cylinder failure. Cylinder Contamination Since most hydraulic cylinder failures are a direct result of contamination, maintaining the cleanliness of the …

Published: February 12, 2016 Last Updated: June 2, 2021 How To Series ,