If you want to keep your fluid power system working efficiently and smoothly, you need to conduct proper cylinder maintenance. This should encompass the entire operating system and hydraulic cylinder parts. Here are five tips to ensure you are headed in the right direction with your action plan.
1. Work to keep your oil clean. A lot of hydraulic failures happen because of contaminated oil. It is crucial that you filter your oil. The dirt particles can get trapped inside the cylinder, so it’s important you have clean oil going into the cylinder. With high-efficiency filters, you can help improve the quality of your oil, provided the filter is changed regularly. Pay attention to the pressure gauge or indicator to help you know when the time is right.
2. Conduct regular cylinder inspection. Consistency look at the condition of the cylinder rod for the pitting, uneven wear, and corrosion. The presence of corrosion could mean there is excessive moisture within the housing or the fluid itself. If the moisture is in the fluid, then you could have more serious problems with the system. You will have accelerated seal wear with rod corrosion, and friction will damage the rod wiper and seal. Uneven wear might indicate there is a misalignment problem. Before repairing significant damage, determine the underlying cause to prevent a similar problem down the road.
3. Keep your cylinders rotated. If you cannot afford to shut down your system, it might be best to have a spare set of cylinder to rotate into service. This helps keep the cylinders fresh and minimizes particle contamination from extreme operating patterns. It is easier to remove a cylinder for complete cleaning and inspection. During this time, it is best to replace all the seals on the cylinder, since it an affordable but preventative damage measure.
Hydraulic systems improve the efficiency of many industries, but only when they are fully operational. Doing regular maintenance on your system will help prolong its life and keep you in business.