Archive for July, 2015

The Worst Thing You Can Do to Your Solenoid Valves

Learn why testing solenoid valves can be worse than letting them ride in some cases. Testing your valves periodically is a good thing, right? Not always. In some cases, testing could actually ruin your solenoid valves, making your preventative maintenance have the exact opposite of its intended effect. Here’s what you need to know to…

Posted on July 28, 2015

Digital vs Analogue Gauges

Learn why the advent of digital gauges hasn’t killed the old technology When it comes to hydraulic maintenance and troubleshooting, digital gauges offer many benefits. But does this mean you can swear off analogue gauges entirely? Probably not! This brief comparison of digital vs analogue gauges will tell you why. Benefits of Digital Gauges The…

Posted on July 26, 2015

What’s Wrong with Micron Ratings for Hydraulic Filters?

To understand filter efficiency, rely on the Beta ratio, not the micron rating. The purpose of a hydraulic filter is to keep contaminants like dirt and metal shavings from circulating inside a hydraulic system and causing damage. Depending on the sensitivity of your equipment and the level of performance and efficiency you require, you may…

Posted on July 24, 2015

3 Simple Tests to Identify a Bad Pump On-Site

Try these 60-second tests before dismantling your hydraulic machine. When a hydraulic machine lacks power, often the first assumption people make is that the pump has a problem. Then, the typical procedure is to unmount the hydraulic pump and take it into a shop such as Bernell Hydraulics for troubleshooting with advanced testing gear. While…

Posted on July 22, 2015