With a wide range of applications, hydraulic tools and systems are used in large and small industrial settings, including production, construction of new facilities and infrastructure such as bridges.
Manufacturing, the aerospace industry, power generation, robotics, and construction use hydraulic equipment. Since it is an efficient and cost-effective way to create repetitive movement, hydraulic system-based equipment is ideally suited. The function of a hydraulic system may be different depending on the application. However, all hydraulic systems work through similar basic principles that involve using a fluid that is pumped into a pressure chamber and the force on a plate area in the chamber drives a piston that is designed to perform a particular task.
It is important to check your hydraulic equipment frequently to ensure a minor issue doesn’t result in failure of equipment to operate. The notion that annual checkups is enough for your tools may not be true in this case as hydraulic equipment cannot run indefinitely. Periodic and regular servicing is important for hydraulic tools. The following are major reasons why you should regularly service your hydraulic tools.
Keep Hydraulic Equipment Operating Efficiently
Similar to a car, hydraulic equipment will not perform efficiently if it is not well maintained. In particular routine maintenance includes checking levels of hydraulic fluid, replacing oil, replacing filters and running other diagnostic tests to ensure hydraulic components are working as required.
Avoid Costly Fixes Down the Road
Routine maintenance is generally inexpensive and easily performed. This maintenance ensures that the moving parts in the hydraulic equipment are well lubricated and that impurities are removed from the hydraulic oil. Failure to perform routine maintenance can lead to wear and eventual breakdown of the equipment that will be very expensive to fix or may even lead to the need for replacement.
There is an additional cost due to breakdown of equipment and this is the cost of down time where the equipment is out of commission, staff still have to be paid and product is not being manufactured . This cost can be way higher even than the cost of fixing equipment that is not serviced adequately.
In short, routine maintenance pays for itself and ultimately will lead to cost savings. It is also best practice from an industrial perspective and for ISO-certified companies shows a company’s commitment to preventative maintenance.
Hydraulic Maintenance, Service and Repair
Whether you are into mining, manufacturing or construction, your tools work hard, under punishing conditions. Today in a competitive marketplace, you need to get the longest lifespan from your equipment. Therefore, you need frequent maintenance or servicing to ensure your hydraulic cylinders, pumps, jacks and hydraulic systems are operating at 100% and have the longest life possible. Here are some tips for efficient hydraulic maintenance.
- Only use modern, fully-equipped, specialized hydraulic repair centers nationwide.
- Engage in ongoing investment in the latest equipment ensuring efficient repairs.
- Centers with fully qualified and experienced hydraulic repair technicians and fitters should be your preference.
- Such centres should have stringent quality assurance processes and adherence to industry standards.
Hydraulic repair services should cover all hydraulic components and systems and extends to hydraulic cylinders, piston pumps, vane pumps, gear pumps, valves, and service of hydraulic power packs and lubrication systems.
There may be times when the only way to get a job done would be to use a hydraulic tool that you do not have. Specialist hydraulic tools can be expensive to purchase and this expense may not be justified for a once-off job or project. Fortunately, there are companies like ATC (Advanced Technical Concepts) that offer hydraulic tools for hire, thereby saving you the cost of purchasing equipment while allowing you to get the job done. The main reasons to hire hydraulic tools rather than purchase include:
- Forgo the up front investment.
- Decrease long-term expenses of maintenance and replacement of components.
- Avoid the cost and inconvenience of having to store equipment and consumables.
- Enjoy the convenience of being able to get the equipment when it is needed.
- Assurance of well maintained and serviced equipment.
- Ability to perform difficult jobs by using hydraulic equipment.
Hydraulic tensioners are specially designed to offer maximum performance stud and bolt tensioning for any application. Hydraulic tensioners are tools that are used in applying force to maintain tension in bolts, chains, belts and similar equipment. They also provide the advantage of being able to apply an accurate pre-set load.
The mechanics behind the usage of this type of industrial tool is quite straightforward. The user will take the tool and place it into position. The tool has bridge, piston, and a puller, which all need to be placed properly. Once the tool is placed properly, all other parts will be hydraulically pressured, which is what causes the stretching observed in the bolt. After the stretching is achieved, the user will be able to turn the nut by hand, which allows the extension of the bolt.
Advantages of Using Hydraulic Tensioners
- Accurate and Repeatable Stud Loading
- Increased Stud Life
- Uniform Stud Loading
- Time and Labor Saving
- Ease of Use and Safety
A hydraulic pump is a tool used for transferring liquid into a type of hydraulic system. Different uses require different types of hydraulic pumps. These tools come in a range of operating capacities. Hydraulic pumps could be Hand pumps, Air operated pumps, Electric operated pumps. Hydraulic pumps can be used in variety of industries including: construction, transportation, oil & gas, power generation, and more.
Hydraulic Torque Tools
A hydraulic torque wrench is classified as a power tool designed to exert torque on a fastener to ensure proper loosening or tightening of a connection through the use of hydraulics. A torque wrench can be applied in conjunction with an impact socket or to the nut either directly.
Hydraulic torque wrenches operate by applying a controlled and predetermined amount of torque to a properly lubricated fastener. George A. Sturdevant invented the hydraulic torque wrench in Houston, Texas. The idea of a hydraulic powered torque wrench was first introduced sometime in the early 1960s in a primitive form, and several key advancements have been made by manufacturers since that time. This provided major developments in the technology and usability of the tools far beyond the original model tool.
Hydraulic pullers are tools designed for bearing removal from heavy and bigger equipment. Bearing removal can often be a frustrating, difficult, and labor intensive task so, the pullers are designed to help simplify the removal and extend the bearing life of tools.