Prolong the Life of Your Hydraulic System with Routine Inspections

Obviously for the optimal use of your cost for hydraulic systems, you want them to last as long as possible. Help catch problems early on before they turn into catastrophic failures with daily routine inspections. We recommend that operators should inspect all parts at both the beginning and end of every shift, documenting the status and submitted for review by a supervisor.

Your company can work out how detailed you want the reports, but each report should be uniform in what the operators are looking for. Here’s the parts we recommend you check daily:

Hose assemblies: Check hoses for fitting slippage, any exposed reinforcement, stiff or cracked hose, corroded fittings, leaks, kinked or twisted hose, soft or degraded cover. Any of these appearances could mean the need for immediate replacement before something more disastrous happens.

Hard lines: Inspect for signs of fatigue or cracking as well as leaks in the length of the tubing or at the connection points.

Cylinders/actuators: Comment on any scoring, pitting, or accumulated hydraulic fluid that shows up. Anytime there is suspicion of metal particles in the system, it’s important to report it so that the oil can be drained and the system flushed clean.

Filters: Many filters will have an indicator, so that makes this step very easy. Any filters that are clogged or have gone into bypass mode bust be replaced immediately.

Sumps: Take a sample from the bottom of the tank to see if there is any water or moisture, which can cause serious damage because of its reaction with other contaminants. This should be reported right away so that it can be purged.

Odors: Strong or unpleasant odors are never good. Some heat-related odors may mean that your system is operating at an unsafe temperature or that fluids are leaking onto hot surfaces.

Leaks: Check the entire system for leaks, as anywhere that the fluid can get out, contaminants can enter. Leaks are also cost-worthy as you must pay for the leaking fluid as well as time and staffing to continue to clean it up.

In the unfortunate event that it is time to replace some of the damaged or worn-out parts of your system, Depatie Fluid Power Company is ready to step with affordable solutions with a quick turnaround to get your equipment fully functional and back to work in no time.