Machines break and malfunction all the time. We’ve all seen situations where the machine’s problem was so simple and detectable that an expensive assistance call to troubleshoot a loose phase wire or a clogged fuel filter could have easily been avoided.
However, inherent danger exists in any energy-transmitting system. Failures in fluid power systems are more prevalent than those in electrical systems and the common effects of hydraulic failures to people are lacerations, burns, fluid injection injuries and other serious injuries which occasionally result in death. Hydraulic failures can also result in a supported load falling, other property and equipment damage and environmental damage.
The best practice in any troubleshooting process is checking simple things, even when they aren't the most probable cause of the malfunction. Why? Because they are simple, and therefore easily and promptly doable. If you are an equipment owner it can save you money, and if you are a "troubleshooter" it can save you time.
To safely troubleshoot your hydraulic equipment, we suggest measuring the following 5 parameters:
When should you seek professional assistance? The maintenance and repair of equipment fitted with hydraulic systems is extremely hazardous to the personnel involved in the work and also to everyone in the vicinity of the equipment. Maintenance and repair personnel are required to carry out procedures that expose them to high levels of risk of injury or death due to inherent hydraulic system safety hazards. Many incidents of injury to people are a result of them working on hydraulic systems and not understanding the safety hazards associated with the work. If in any doubt, always err on the side of caution.
At Hydraulic Distributors our team are always happy to assist with servicing your hydraulic equipment. From complete in-house hydraulic system designs and controls to installation, hydraulic supplies to commercial hydraulics repairs, testing and maintenance. Click here to contact us.
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