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Hydraulics

Demand for higher efficiency, enhanced output, and tolerance of tough terrains make it increasingly more difficult to ensure machines perform at their peak. High-performance hydraulics with tight clearances, especially in the pump and valves, may be built for these conditions. Without adequate lubrication, these hydraulic components will fail, falling victim to excessive friction, heat, particle contamination and more.

 

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Managing fluid contamination levels is a key factor in hydraulic system reliability. Particle contamination in the oil is responsible for the majority of pump wear and along with varnish, accounts for the majority of hydraulic valve failures. Water, often considered the second most harmful contaminant, causes corrosion, cavitation erosion, lubricant degradation and significantly degrades the lubricant’s film strength leading to more mechanical wear. Those who are successful at controlling contamination follow a simple 3 step strategy. Step 1 involves establishing optimum cleanliness and dryness targets for the fluid (see Table below). Step 2 is to identify the necessary modifications to bring the fluid condition within targets and step 3 is to effectively measure contaminants to ensure compliance with the targets.

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Receive a downloadable plan for your specific make and model of equipment. Modification plans include simple addition of hardware such as quick connects, level gauges, breathers and sample ports to facilitate lubrication best practices.

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