The Importance of Servicing Your Hydraulic Machinery
Hydraulic machinery is a term that has been generally confined to water storage equipment and other water pressure machines.
The concept was advanced by Lord Armstrong and its application has been useful in the intermittent operations at docks, swing bridges, coal hoists, capstans, cranes, and raising passenger lifts.
Other forms of hydraulic machinery that are commonly used today include turbines and pumps. The hydraulics concept takes advantage of fluid behaviour in machinery to make work easier and lift or move heavy loads using a relatively smaller force.
Prior to the advent of hydraulics, many men were required to work for several days to complete a labour intensive project or task.
For instance, ploughing hundreds of acres of land would require many men working several hours a day to complete.
However, the same work can be completed in a few days by just a single tractor working a few hours a day. Technology is continuously changing the world of hydraulic machinery. Despite being one of the greatest inventions the world has ever seen, hydraulic machinery or equipment is bound to break down. That is why you need to take good care of it through regular maintenance.
You also need to use the most appropriate hydraulic oil to ensure your piece of equipment serves you in the best way it should.
Hydraulic oil plays a critical role in any hydraulic machinery, including the transfer of power from one part of the hydraulic system to another.
During the production process, extra additives may be used to enhance its performance under different circumstances, depending on the intended use.
For instance, anti-wear may be added to extend the life of your machinery or equipment and anti-foaming additives may be used to help in quicker air release whilst preventing instances of foaming resulting from detergents.
Similarly, an anti-oxidant may be added to extend oil use without having to change oil whilst minimising sludge build-up. Other manufacturers add anti-rust additives with a protective coating to help prevent rusting. All these are important properties that some types of hydraulic oil should have to perform their functions more effectively.
Meeting The Standards
Hydraulic products and accessories should meet the latest OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer’s) specifications.
This means you should scrutinise all parts and accessories before replacing them with worn out parts of your hydraulic machinery.
Maintaining high quality parts as specified by the manufacturer ensures that your machinery performs more efficiently and last longer before experiencing any hydraulic breakdown.
When your machinery breaks down, your projects become stalled. This can cause your business to lose money and customers to your business rivals who have no downtime. Always ensure your machinery is in the best shape so that you can maintain or grow your business through consistent service delivery.
Whether you own a tractor, forklift or any other hydraulic machinery, it is important to ensure it is serviced regularly and worn out parts replaced using genuine parts to extend the life of your hydraulic machinery.
You can consult your engineer or technician in London, Essex, Kent, or Heathrow to help you make the right decision.