The basic principles behind hydraulics may be simple, but the equipment is anything but. With so many different components and specs it can be difficult to keep track of them all. Don’t be alarmed because you are not alone. Here are five common mistakes that most managers are making with their hydraulic equipment:
Most maintenance managers change the oil in their hydraulic system when a specific number of hours has passed by without taking into account the other variables that come into play. There are only two conditions that necessitate the changing of hydraulic oil – depletion of additive package or the depletion of the base oil. With the high price of oil, you’re throwing money away by making this common mistake.
Do you continue to operate your car engine if it’s running too hot? Probably not! So why operate your hydraulic equipment when it gets too hot? This is a surefire way to destroy components and lead to extremely costly repairs.
Similar to hydraulic oil, hydraulic filters should not be changed on a set schedule. If you change your hydraulic filters after a specific period of time it’s either too late or too early. Change them too late and you’re risking costly repair, and change them too early and you’re wasting money. The solution? Change the filters only when their dirt-holding capacity depletes and before the bypass valve opens up.
Another common mistake that people make is thinking that any filter is a good filter. If you are putting a filter at the pump inlet and drain lines from the motors and piston pumps, you should stop. These do more harm than good and can actually damage the components you think they are protecting.
The fact of the matter is that hydraulic equipment is not simple. The concepts behind the equipment might be, but hydraulic machinery is very technical and you’ll need a strong knowledge base to properly manage them. If you aren’t up to date on the latest hydraulic maintenance practices and technology, you are throwing money down the drain. If you don’t have time to focus on getting an education in hydraulics, you should trust the pros at Bernell Hydraulics to help.
Your hydraulic equipment is an essential part of your business and you need it running smoothly to avoid costly delays in production. If you are struggling to effectively manage your hydraulic machinery, contact Bernell Hydraulics today! We offer a variety of hydraulic services throughout the Inland Empire area of Southern California and would love to put that expertise to work for you!