The Biggest Challenge Hydraulics Users Face Today

big question markLast week an engineer from a major international offshore drilling company, whose name you would instantly recognize, came to see me about training.

And not the more commonly sought ‘how- it-works’ training, but rather the ‘how-to-stop-it-bleeding-money’ type of training. As you can imagine, this company has a LOT of hydraulic equipment working in harsh environments all over the world. And my colleague frankly admitted they aren’t on top of its preventative and proactive maintenance. The mind boggles.

When this sort of thing happens I get a warm glow inside. Because it validates what I’ve been banging on about all these … continue reading »

The Bitter-Sweet Nature of Proactive and Predictive Maintenance

money diceI recently purchase a used SUV. And the plan is to do some touring with the family. Starting with a trip across the Nullarbor Plain from the west to east coast of Australia. It’s a BIG trip. If you spend 12 hours a day in the car driving, you can cover the distance in four days.

But the Nullarbor is a desolate place. There’s not much out there. You’re real lucky if you see a kangaroo or emu between gas stations. And they’re hundreds of miles apart. It’s certainly not somewhere you want to breakdown (even more unacceptable for me, … continue reading »

How To Cool A Hot Hydraulic System

Not an ideal pump mounting positionWhat are you’re options when faced with a hydraulic system that is overheating? Assuming the system’s cooling circuit is working as it should, i.e. no faults, then my standard answer, and the only correct one, is there are only two possible options:

  1. reduce heat load on the system; or
  2. increase heat dissipation from the system.

Anything you can do to alleviate the problem will fall into one of the above two categories. For example, you can reduce the load (power draw) on the system. This should reduce internal leakage and therefore reduce the heat load on the system. You can … continue reading »