When work is occurring on the floor or on site, at varying levels of difficulty, and relies on several different types of machinery to get done, it’s important be confident that the equipment your employees are using is functioning optimally. It’s difficult to know however whether your tools are enabling the work to be completed efficiently or hindering it, without fully understanding their components, or how they work.
Nobody wants to be managing a productivity set back on the factory floor as a result of faulty equipment.
Hydraulics systems drive business
Hydraulics systems are used to control everything from car brakes, garbage trucks, and cranes to elevators and garage jacks, allowing these applications to utilize great amounts of power by means of a small, and compact motor. To give some insight into the hydraulic systems, mechanisms, and forces that enable various machine systems to do their work however, we must first look at two fundamental components of these systems; hydraulic accumulators and adapters. The former is an energy storage device, a pressure storage reservoir in which a non-compressible hydraulic fluid is held under pressure applied by an external source, which can be a spring, a raised weight, or compressed gas (the most common type).
The accumulator enables a hydraulic system to cope with extremes of demand, and to respond more quickly to temporary demands, or to smooth out the delivery of fluid from piston pumps – protecting the system’s other components (predominantly pipes). There may also be more than one accumulator within a system. Theoretically hydraulic accumulators should be long lasting, however to dodge a hydraulic accumulator failure, ensure compression ratio is being monitored and that the system is operating at a safe temperature. If using a gas accumulator, also see that the gas pre-charge pressure is correct.
Hydraulic adapters are components that can be fastened to pneumatic applications, enabling them to withstand greater amounts of pressure. They can be used to optimize a variety of processes and prevent issues from arising. The best adapters are reliable and leak-free, providing long-term sealing. Different adapters are made to suit specific hydraulic systems as well, such as those that allow bleeding systems to function without cracking hydraulic connections, those used for specific machines or tools like heavy duty hoses, or for high vibration shock situations.
Hydraulics’ and pneumatics’ important roles
Irrespective of the industry your organization services, be it forestry, freight transportation, trucking, mining, construction or even agriculture – hydraulics and pneumatics govern the function and operation of workplace equipment. When this equipment requires maintenance, it would serve you to trust an expert in fluid power to asses the problem, make repairs, and offer solutions.
Some companies like Pneutech-Rousseau work with an engineering team that can even custom design a system for your specific application if you’re looking to make alterations. Visit www.pneutechrousseau.com to see the full bevvy of hydraulic and pneumatic services from distribution, training, to service and repair.
To prevent unwanted delays, it’s important to educate yourself and your organization on the systems (like hydraulic and pneumatic systems) that are used for workplace activities daily, this can then spark a conversation about how they can be improved to enhance functionality, and productivity in the workplace.