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 …

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 …

Inspecting Your Hydraulic Cylinder

Hydraulic Cylinders are often doing hard work in environments where people often can’t. This can cause additional wear and tear on the hydraulic cylinder, it’s mounts, components, and seals. Maintaining hydraulic cylinders to prevent failure, can also increase the longevity of the hydraulic cylinder and improve safety. An inspection and maintenance schedule should be followed …

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, …

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: To extend the cylinder, the largest sleeve or tube moves first, then the next largest, down to the smallest sleeve or plunger. When retracting the cylinder, the smallest …

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 …