Hydraulic System Testing and Repair: It’s All About The Bench

Cylinder benchA cylinder bench is an essential tool for hydraulic system testing and repair – it enables a hydraulic repair facility like ours to test, repair, and maintain well-used and worn-out hydraulic equipment of all sizes, industries, and applications.

A cylinder repair bench is key for the disassembly, diagnosis, repair, lubrication and re-assembly of hydraulic cylinders. A good cylinder bench is the backbone of any cylinder repair project – it can unscrew and pull apart any nut, gland, or tube that would simply be impossible to do by hand.

Cylinder benches come in all length and sizes, depending on the type of hydraulic work a facility does. Ours happens to be a monster – THIRTY FEET long. It sports up to 65,000 lb/ft of torque, enough to handle even the largest jobs in our area. That gives us plenty of capability to deal with cylinders that experience an extreme amount of stress and abuse. And because hydraulic cylinders are designed to take shock loads that can often run into the millions of cycles, it’s absolutely critical to reassemble them precisely and torque them to the specified industry standards to maximize their performance and lifetime, considering the tough life most hydraulic systems have.

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When ordering a part takes too long

hydraulic custom partsThere is nothing more frustrating than having a critical hydraulic system you depend on fail. No, wait, there IS something more frustrating – not having the necessary parts available to repair your hydraulics.

Hydraulic system failure is a fact of life. Commercial and industrial hydraulics take an incredible beating every day. Eventually a hose will burst, a fitting will fail, or a cylinder will crack. And while we take great pride in our comprehensive parts inventory, occasionally circumstances beyond our control can impact parts availability.

Fortunately, there’s a convenient solution – we can simply make your part for you.

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Proper Maintenance Makes All the Difference

Hydraulic MaintenanceHydraulic equipment can be funny. It’s used in a wide variety of punishing applications and subjected to some of the most harsh conditions and work environments in the world and yet it can be, well, almost sensitive. In other words, it needs proper care, especially because of how badly it can be treated.

Having said that, it should come as no surprise that we see all kinds of used and abused hydraulic equipment come through our doors to be repaired. Often it’s brought in by a concerned customer who can’t understand why a particular piece of equipment failed after a relatively short time in service. Unfortunately, they’ve mistakenly believed that because hydraulic equipment can be a big, heavy, rugged piece of machinery, it doesn’t really require any special kind of attention. The result? Out-of-service equipment that ends up costing the company time, money, and even work opportunities. And just as often it turns out to be the same problems, over and over again:

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How Important is Clean Hydraulic Fluid?

iStock_000000185012_SmallHow important is clean hydraulic fluid? Very important. Of all the oil-lubricated systems in commercial and industrial facilities, hydraulic systems are, by far, the most sensitive to contamination.

Hydraulic systems are particularly susceptible to dirty fluid problems because of all the moving parts that are often operating in the dirtiest, harshest conditions. Hydraulic systems are typically subjected to hard use and feature very tight tolerances to help keep out the bad stuff. That means when dirt and debris from wear and tear get into the system, they can cause a lot of damage quickly. From pumps to valves, cylinders to motors, hydraulic system depend on clean oil to keep running smoothly and even the smallest particle or drop of water can cause big problems.

While there is an enormous variety of hydraulic systems designed for hundreds of different applications and industries, they all have some common features regarding the hydraulic fluid power system, such as the reservoir. A well-designed hydraulic reservoir enables contaminants to fall to the bottom of the tank or be removed by a filtration system that can be installed. But a poorly-designed reservoir can feature a too-small tank that can’t adequately handle the hydraulic fluid flow or return lines that are too close and have poor baffling, setting the system up for contamination problems and possible failure.

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