Hydraulic oil is used in a vast majority of machinery. Though as much as we all try to prevent it, sometimes accidents occur. Resulting in an oil leak which can range from a small leak that isn’t hard to rectify, to a major leak or even a burst hose. The result of which can be a day or more downtime for the machine. Not only do you now have to try and organise the machine to be repaired, but you will also need to address how you will remove the oil from the surrounding area. This is where having a good waste management plan will drastically reduce the time taken. Getting you back to operating efficiently and smoothly.
One of the reasons that can cause a hydraulic ram to leak is that the hydraulic ram seal repair may just be old and worn out. This will happen naturally over time, and reduce the seals effectiveness, potentially to the point where the seal can become compromised. High quality and application specific seals are highly recommended for example seals to suit a dusty environment have different properties to seals to handle abrasive forestry applications.
Another reason for leaks or creeping of the hydraulics could be a result of internal damage caused to the seal, piston or any other internal workings or components. While there are many ways for internal damage to occur, one of the more common ways in hydraulic cylinders is for the piston nut to loosen or the piston wearings to be worn and the piston picks up on the inside of the barrell.. Having dirty hydraulic oil can cause damage with metal particles flowing throughout the cylinder or other components, resulting in damage or worn parts.
In order to identify if you have a hydraulic leak, the simplest way, is to clean down the ram thoroughly. Then have a close look in order to find signs of any abnormality. This isn’t just for obvious leaks, but also to spot damage or impacted areas, cracks or bends as these issues will often require further investigation to be completed. It is vital that your equipment is checked regularly as any slight deviation in the alignment can have serious effects.
While general maintenance is always the best way to prevent hydraulic leaks, and therefore reduce any time you need to set aside for hydraulic component maintenance. If you do require any work being done to your current hydraulic cylinders or if you are in need of a new cylinder, the friendly and professional team at Motus Hydraulics will be more than able to assist you in anyway you may require.