Within a hydraulic system, one of two processes is usually at work. Either there’s a high flow of low pressure moving through the application or high pressure combined with a low flow. Hydraulic power is the results of both flow and pressure, so the two are manipulated to get a consistent power output. Many industries stick to low pressures and high flows because high-pressure hydraulics generally require a lot of maintenance.
Wear and Tear of Small Parts
Consider the small components used to achieve the desired amount of force and torque, such as high pressure hydraulic shaft seals. As those components are exposed to high pressures, rapid wear and tear is always a possibility. It’s also possible that minor mistakes in construction or installation can lead to damage within the hydraulic system. Naturally, higher operating pressures also carry distinct advantages, especially when it comes to project completion efficiency.
Increased Need for Maintenance and Repair
Some of the disadvantages to using high pressure, in addition to heavy wear and tear include the need for a powerful heat exchanger, increased variations in fluid volume, and high noise levels during operation. Some of the best ways to adjust and cope with these drawbacks include ongoing maintenance and consistent repairs.
Troubleshooting Common Hydraulic Problems
This maintenance begins with understanding and recognizing problems within the hydraulic system. Some of the most common hydraulic system problems are due to the following mistakes:
- Changing the oil unnecessarily or using an inappropriate type of oil
- Waiting too long to change the filters
- Running the hydraulic system after it becomes too hot
- Inadequately lubricating the equipment
- Using hydraulic systems without the right training
The use of any equipment requires some education. When it comes to hydraulics, the right amount of training and experience improves the safety of everyone in the area.
Protect the Efficiency and Safety of Operations
The proper care of hydraulic equipment is necessary for optimal efficiency. It prevents unnecessary damages within the system and ensures the safe operation of hydraulics. Maintenance should be a priority in any industry operations, and it is especially important when operating hydraulic systems.