High pressure machines, high pressure environments.

High pressure machines, high pressure environments.

Some repairs are just too sensitive to try and fix on your own. This article explores the ins-and-outs of hydraulic systems, their maintenance and repair.

Hydraulics. Most people will hear this word and wonder exactly what it describes. But, chances are, you could be using a hydraulic system in your workplace right now! At its core, a hydraulic system transmits force applied at one point to another point. This is done with the use of an incompressible fluid, often an oil of some description. The force is then multiplied during the process, allowing for extra and pressure to be used on whatever you’d like.

Many large companies spend huge amounts of money every year on troubleshooting costs associated with their hydraulic systems. But the proper maintenance of these tools requires an understanding of the basics of prevention. There are two different kinds of maintenance required for systems such as these: preventive maintenance and corrective maintenance.

‘Preventive maintenance’ of a hydraulic system does what the name implies. It prevents breakdowns from occurring and, if followed to the letter, can eliminate most component failures. ‘Preventive maintenance’ is a daily discipline and instructions must be repeated in order to obtain positive results. Often times, detailed lists of ‘checks’ and cleaning instructions will be used in a workplace. Procedures that are properly written and understood by technicians will allow the expensive equipment to operate at its full potential and increase its life cycle as well. ‘Corrective maintenance’ is similar, but differs in that it requires the correction of improperly functioning parts.


An example of the potential size and scale of hydraulic systems.

An example of the potential size and scale of hydraulic systems.

The careful maintenance of a hydraulic system is the first line of defence against component failure. However, in the event of serious malfunction or breakdown, it is essential that proper repairs are made by reputable repair companies. A hydraulic component repair company, such as Hycon Hydraulic Systems, will routinely dismantle and assess the damage caused to the system. After a quote is provided to the client, parts are usually grinded, lapped, or reassembled so as to regain functionality. After rigorous testing, components are then re-sealed and packed.

Failures of hydraulic systems are never simply caused by ‘bad luck’. A company should always ensure that most failures can be analysed so that recurrence is prevented and the costs associated with repair are minimised.

For more information on repairs of this nature, please contact an established and knowledgeable component repair company.

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