Hydraulics 101: Understanding Your System

Hydraulics 101: Understanding Your System

Hydraulic systems are easy to understand in concept but can be difficult to piece together properly. Even a slightly incorrect hydraulic component can lead to an inefficient system or worse, one that malfunctions completely. Thankfully, a thorough understanding of hydraulic systems can keep that from happening. Bernell Hydraulics is happy to provide a quick overview for you to keep the latter from occurring!

Hose Selection is Essential

One of the most essential components of a hydraulic system is the hoses within the system. When you are selecting the proper hose for your equipment, it is important to consider the factors such as pressure rating, MAOP, temperature rating, fitting type, and flexibility, among others. Using the wrong hydraulic hose can have detrimental effects on your system and should be avoided at all costs. A bit of research can go a long way in ensuring proper equipment operation.

Understand the Power of Force

Hydraulics give us the power to do things that wouldn’t be possible—or would be close to impossible—utilizing human power alone. Power in hydraulic systems is a good thing, but you need to understand the power of force in your system.

In hydraulic systems, the amount of power produced is the amount of hydraulic pressure within the cylinders effective area. Always keep in mind that cylinders with a lighter load will be the first to move, while cylinders with heavier loads will move slower. That being said, cylinders should have the same capacity to operate at the same level.

Know Your Required Cylinder Capacity

So, what’s the best way to ensure that your system continues running smoothly? Prepare by having the optimal cylinder capacity. This requires knowledge of the volume of oil required for a cylinder and can be calculated by multiplying the hydraulic working pressure by the cylinder effective working area.

Utilize a Gauge

When it comes to pressing or lifting with hydraulics, it is essential to use a gauge. This enables you to see what’s going on “inside” your system, which gives you the chance to make changes or slight adjustments before something becomes a full scale issue.

Trust the Experts at Bernell Hydraulics with All Your Hydraulic Equipment Needs

At Bernell Hydraulics, we know the ins and outs of hydraulic components. Our team of equipped and experienced technicians is well versed in hydraulic components, operation, maintenance, and repair. We understand the importance of keeping your hydraulic equipment up and running, which is why we offer a variety of hydraulic services to make that a possibility.

Not only do we provide full lines of high quality and affordable hydraulic components, we also offer maintenance, repair, and custom hydraulic system build services. If you need assistance with any step of your hydraulic system, contact us today at 800-326-7252. With 24/7 emergency repair services, whenever you need us, we’ll be there!

Posted on July 26, 2018
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