Why Air Leaks Can Cost a LOT More Than Oil Leaks

hydraulic oil leaksIn a previous blog post I discussed the true cost of hydraulic oil leaks. In the case of oil leaks, the expenses that need to be considered include:

Make-up fluid;
Contaminant ingress; and

But what about hydraulics’ fluid power cousin – pneumatics? One of the advantages pneumatics has over hydraulics is its clean-ness. Air leaks are much … Read more

How To Extend the Life of a Hydraulic Hose

hydraulic hoseHydraulic hose has a finite service life, which can be reduced by a number of factors. From a maintenance perspective, little or no attention is usually paid to the hoses on a hydraulic machine until a failure occurs. And hydraulic hose failures cost more than the replacement hose. Additional costs can include:

–Clean up, disposal and replacement of lost hydraulic … Read more

What To Do If a Hydraulic Filter ‘Crackles’

Filter used on a filter cartBased on my experience at least, electrostatic discharge in hydraulic systems is not a widespread problem. But for reasons I’ll explain in a moment, it may be on the increase. So it’s definitely something you need to be aware of.

As you probably remember from school science experiments, electrostatic charge is generated whenever there is friction between two bodies moving … Read more