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Every hydraulic system is made of several different hydraulic components that enable it to provide the right amount of force and power for your machinery or other application. Without the right high quality components, your system will either not work correctly, or it will require a significant amount of maintenance and work that will cost money and damage your bottom line. Obtaining the right components can help your system to work like the well-oiled machine that it is.
Hydraulic systems run on fluid, and the pumps are what supply the fluid to the rest of the system, creating pressure and transferring that into power. This pressure creates a significant amount of energy that can be transferred into several different applications. Some of the most common pumps include:
- Gear pumps
- Vane pumps
- Axial piston pump
- Radial piston pump
Valves control the route of the fluid through your system, giving you the ability to create power in exactly the right place with the flip of a switch. It’s one of the most sensitive parts of the system, and requires precision.
Whether you’re using a hydraulic cylinder or hydraulic motor, it needs to be running well in order to transfer power generated in the machine.
Since the fluid creates the power, you need to have the right fluid in your system. Finding the right fluid with the appropriate additives for your application is critical to getting maximum power.
Without good filters, metal particles, dirt, and other items build up and can cause contamination. Dirty or improperly maintained filters can result in blockage and eventual pump failure, so regular maintenance and check-ups are critical, as well as filter replacement.
Hoses are often used instead of pipes or steel tubes because they are strong enough to withstand the significant pressure and also flexible enough to allow for better configurations, easier maintenance, and better machine operation overall.
Seals, fittings, and connectors are also critical to proper operation of hydraulic systems. Although they might be small, they can have a significant impact on how effective the hydraulic system works, how much pressure it can withstand, and how long it will continue to work well for you. The weakest point of the hose system is often at the seals and fittings, so you need high quality to get the most out of your machinery.