Mistakes You're Making With Hydraulic Cylinder Seals
In order for your hydraulic cylinders to do their job, the seals you use need to be intact and in good condition. However, they're very easy to overlook when working with a big hydraulic system; it's possible that the following mistakes are being made which can cause problems with the seals, cylinders, and the entire system.
Heat is Not Well-Controlled
The seals you're using are created to deal with the temperatures that often exist in hydraulic systems. However, heat-controlling measures can be a way for you to cut down on the number of times that you've got to stop production just to replace a few seals. Painting all exposed metal can lower heat, or you may opt to use electrical tape for wrapping metal tubes.
You should also make sure that the seals you've got are appropriate for the temperatures that are being observed on a daily basis in your particular system. You might need to switch brands.
Filters Aren't Changed Regularly
Inadequate filters can also cause seal issues, particularly if bits of metal or glass is becoming embedded in the seals themselves. Schedule filter cleanings and replace as needed.
New Fluids Aren't Being Monitored
When you use new fluids or additives in the system, as long as you're getting the desired results, you might not notice that the new products are destroying the seals. If you're noticing more leaks and you can't immediate determine what's happened, it's possible that infrequent monitoring of your seals after new liquids is the reason for the breakdown of your seals. Any time you add something new, ensure that someone watches the seals to see if they're swelling or otherwise becoming damaged.
Cylinders Aren't Being Cleaned
It's easy to think that because the hydraulic cylinders and seals are always exposed to the elements that they can stand up well against mud, snow, ice and other substances. However, it's always a good idea to schedule weekly or monthly cleanings. If buildup is not brushed or wiped off, cylinder components can have trouble working and corrosion is more likely to set in. The seals can also begin to deteriorate if they are not wiped clean regularly.
Talking with your workers and managers about avoiding the above errors can keep your seals and cylinders working. You might also want to talk with the manufacturers of your equipment to ensure that you're doing everything to properly maintain all parts of your hydraulic system.
For more information, you will want to contact a company such as HyVal Industries Inc.