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Hydraulic Cylinder Repair Removes Contamination

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Our hydraulic systems are far more advanced than their predecessors. The level of productivity and efficiency is at a far higher level now, due to some improvements in the hydraulic system. The one downside to these improvements is that there are very fine parts within the system that can suffer great damage if the hydraulic fluid is contaminated with foreign particles. Between the moving parts of the hydraulic system, there are very tight spaces where the parts will pass by each other uninterrupted.

However, if even microscopic particles get between those spaces, they could cause bad scrapes that will make that gap even wider. Many repairmen will conduct hydraulic cylinder repair only when there is a very bad leak in the system, but it is recommended that the repairs be done much sooner. When the hydraulic cylinder is fully extended, we can see the cylinder and the seals that keep dirt and other contaminants out. Normally, we should not be seeing any fluid on the extended part of the cylinder at all. However, there may occasionally be some small drips of fluid on that side of the cylinder. A hydraulic cylinder repair should be done as soon as any leak is visible at all. It may not cause that big of an alarm for a loss of fluid, but that is not the main worry. We should do the repair as soon as possible because we need to stop the small particles from entering the hole in the seals into the hydraulic system.

This is how contamination happens. The symptoms of contamination are certain performance losses that the operator experiences with the system. Some say that the first sign of contamination is a loss of power, but the operation will still run smoothly. Others observe that the operation will be very sudden and will move in quick, rough motions. However the problem presents itself, one figure says that contamination will slow productivity by about 20% before hydraulic cylinder repair is undertaken. This is a very alarming figure. If we want to see the productivity of our crews increase, we need to get the repairs taken care of at the soonest possible time, so that we can avoid high costs in repairs. When the system is very new, it is important to drain the entire cycle and clean every part inside.

During the manufacturing process, much of the metal tubing and other parts may have small metal splinters that came with them. If these small contaminants have gotten into the system, it could cause horrible wear on the brand new parts. Even if there aren't any, it would be safest to do the hydraulic cylinder repair anyway. You can never be too safe when it comes to avoiding high costs in parts replacements. The smallest contaminants are the most dangerous on a hydraulic system, but slightly larger pieces are, too. Since the spaces within the operation of the hydraulic cylinder are very small, larger contaminants will not be able to fit. But, as they attempt to pass through, the friction made from the space being blocked will break the contaminants into smaller pieces which will infiltrate the entire system.

When the hydraulic cylinder repair is being conducted, it is important to work in an extremely clean environment with no dust, soot, or any particles that could worsen the contamination. Each part should be disassembled and cleaned only with brand new hydraulic fluid, which will ensure that the part becomes free of any contamination. One must be very careful as they reassemble the parts to keep the internal systems perfectly clean. Once the hydraulic cylinder repair is complete, you should see the power and productivity of the hydraulic system restored.



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