Preventative maintenance is key to keeping your hydraulic machinery up and running. No one wants down time on a jobsite, so maintenance is a hot topic throughout the hydraulic industry. You likely check the oil level, replacing it when it gets low, as well as regularly change the filters, but is that enough?
Are you doing enough to keep your hydraulic equipment working smoothly?
When preventative maintenance comes to mind, many people only consider the oil levels and filters, but there is so much more to maintenance than that. On top of regular preventative maintenance, reliability checks should be conducted when the system is running normally. These checks are crucial to prevent hydraulic equipment failure and residual downtime.
If you’re looking to improve the care of your valuable hydraulic machinery, here are five reliability checks to add into your regular preventative maintenance routine.
Leakage is one of the biggest issues that you can face with your hydraulic equipment. When your equipment fails, the hoses are generally one of the first areas that you look. By inspecting these hoses regularly for leakage or deterioration, you can replace them and circumvent unnecessary downtime.
If possible, it is not ideal for hose length to exceed four to six feet in length. The longer a hose, the more likely that it will rub against other hoses, a catwalk or beam, which can lead to premature failure. However, a hose should not be too short, since it still needs to be able to absorb shock spikes.
It is best to use the proper hydraulic pipe clamps with your equipment. In addition, clamps need to be properly spaced. The rule of thumb is that clamps should be spaced about five to eight feet apart and within 6 inches of where the pipe ends. These clamps need to be regularly inspected for loose bolts.
As hydraulic equipment components wear, the internal clearances will change, which can lead to increased bypassing. When bypassing occurs, heat is generated, which will waste energy. By making regular outlet and inlet oil temperature checks, you can get an overall indication of your heat exchanger’s efficiency.
It is important to check the pressure regularly. This can give you an indication on the condition of a few components within the system. You can learn about the accumulators and different pressure control valves in your hydraulic system by determining if the pressure drops more than 200 psi, which can indicate a problem.
At Bernell Hydraulics, we know the importance of preventative maintenance and reliability checks. We are committed to keeping your hydraulic equipment and machinery up and running smoothly. Our technicians offer preventative maintenance tasks like fluid monitoring and testing, equipment calibration and other reliability checks.
Don’t wait until you face hydraulic equipment failure, call Bernell Hydraulics at 800-326-7252 today!