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Posted on April 28, 2020

Considerations for Proper Hydraulic Component Selection

Proper Component Selection

Ensuring a leak-free hydraulic system begins with the design, which involves selection of the correct hydraulic fittings, hoses and other components for the application.  This could be a hose-end connection, hose or tube to port, a tube end or flange fitting. 

Posted on April 23, 2020

Understanding Lockout & Tagout Safety Procedures

Lockout and Tagout Safety Procedures 

LOTO, or lockout and tagout, is the most relied upon procedure for maintenance safety.  According to OSHA, "Lockout/tagout refers to specific practices and procedures to safeguard employees from the unexpected energization or startup of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities.

Posted on April 15, 2020

The Importance of Being Proactive With Corrective Maintenance

Corrective Maintenance
System components should be inspected during preventative maintenance to address any anticipated issue before failure occurs.  Ideally the need for corrective maintenance can be identified and addressed during PM or in preparation for a scheduled or planned shutdown.  Be sure any repair of components is performed properly.  If not, issues may arise that can cause even greater harm.

Posted on April 07, 2020

Do You Have an Effective Preventative Maintenance Plan?

Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance (PM) of a hydraulic system is a crucial function to maintaining the service life of equipment, reducing costs associated with unplanned equipment shutdown and the safety of personnel.

One the most important considerations in a PM plan is addressing stored hydraulic energy, such as a pressurized hydraulic reservoir.  Pressure must be released from the reservoir before replacing a fitting, hose or any other maintenance procedure.  

Posted on April 01, 2020

Keeping Safe Hydraulic System Maintenance Top of Mind

Hydraulic system maintenance is critical to the service life of equipment and the safety of personnel.  It is imperative that maintenance technicians comply with necessary safety precautions.  They must have the necessary training and continuing education on the specific equipment and know how to properly take samples, use the right test equipment and record data that can be used for ongoing preventative and corrective maintenance.