As with any other machinery, hydraulic equipment should undergo regular maintenance and repairs to ensure it is running as efficiently and safely as possible. Putting in a little bit of effort to regularly inspect and maintain hydraulic equipment is the best way to prevent major breakdowns and costly damage later on.
What is Hydraulic Systems Maintenance & why is it important?
Hydraulic systems maintenance involves inspecting, monitoring and upkeeping key components of the equipment. It should be done regularly to ensure the equipment is safe to operate.
Hydraulic equipment that hasn’t been looked after properly won’t be as efficient as well maintained equipment, meaning a potential loss in productivity. Not to mention equipment that isn’t maintained is more at risk of large-scale breakdowns and costly repairs.
Checklist for hydraulic systems maintenance
Performing regular maintenance doesn’t have to be hard, but it should be thorough. Many operators simply check for leaks and assume the equipment is fine if they don’t find any.
However, regular maintenance should involve much more than that. The checklist below outlines some of the most important things you should do to ensure effective maintenance of your hydraulic equipment.
Check fluid levels
The level of hydraulic fluid should be checked regularly, and topped up if required. Always use high quality filtered oil that is recommended by the manufacturer. Sub-quality fluid or fluid with the wrong specifications may have a detrimental effect on the system, causing it to be less effective.
You should also check your system for leaks, and get these repaired as soon as possible. Inspect all pipes, pipe joints and hoses for any leaks, or frays that may develop into a leak. Put off repairing small leaks and they could develop into a bigger issue.
Keep the hydraulic fluid healthy
The health of hydraulic fluid is one of the most important steps in hydraulic systems maintenance. For a system to run effectively, the fluid should be at an optimal pressure and temperature, and it should be clean. Any contamination in the fluid could increase wear and tear on the system parts.
Regular oil analysis will help ensure the smooth operation of a hydraulic system, and will also help you combat any potential issues before they get too big. Use quality instrumentation to obtain reliable indications that can help you keep your fluid in good condition.
Monitor the filtration
Effective filtration is essential in any hydraulic system because contamination could have serious consequences on the overall health of the system. Air or solid particle contaminants will increase wear and tear on system components, reducing their efficiency and longevity.
It’s important to replace your filters regularly as with age they will become less effective. Always use filters recommended by the manufacturer as these will be the best fit for your hydraulic system.
Need assistance with maintaining your hydraulic systems?
Why not get in touch with us at Hydraulic Solutions and Sales? We have decades of industry experience maintaining, repairing and troubleshooting hydraulic systems and system parts. We help keep hydraulic equipment in top working shape Australia wide.