In the world of hydraulic machinery there is a mortal enemy lurking at seemingly every turn; contamination! It comes as no surprise that by minimizing the contamination levels in your machine’s hydraulic systems, you can maximize the life and up time of your hydraulic equipment. Your economic savings will be realized in longer more trouble free equipment life as well.
There are five main sources of contamination elements you need to protect your equipment from:
- Contaminated new hydraulic fluid: New fluid has an average ISO Cleanliness code of 17/16/14 to 20/18/16. This is higher than most machine manufactures recommend fot their equipment. Also, new fluid is oftentimes impure due to improper handling and/or storage procedures.
- Built-in contamination: Manufacturing contamination in reservoirs, pumps, valves and hoses not flushed after assembly, shop rags, lint, welding and grinding debris. Spare components stored with open ports or filled with dirty oil. Pumps and valves tested and stored with mineral oil for use on machines that run on water glycol is like built in varnish.
- Ingested contamination: Comes in through breather caps that are not filters, worn seals on hydraulic cylinders, and missing or un-sealed inspection/access plates on the reservoir.
- Internally generated contamination: Is the product of abrasive wear, pump cavitation wear, fatigue wear or spalling, erosion, adhesive wear or loss of oil film and corrosion.
- Other contamination problems: Usually comes in the form of liquid contaminates that are not compatible with the parent fluid, such as mineral oil in a water-based lubricant and water in a mineral based lubricant. Condensation inside the reservoir and leaking heat exchangers are the most common culprits for water contamination. Hard water from a leaking heat exchanger can harm water glycol.
Your equipment needs a widespread contamination control practice in place. One of the most effective ways to ensure a clean long life to your hydraulic fluids is by strategic placement of filtration systems throughout your hydraulic system. This is where Tiocco comes in. With our proven unique approach of installing the Tiocco Filtration System in the hydraulic reservoir we offer the most comprehensive filtration solutions available to the hydraulics industries, Tiocco is your one stop shop for all your hydraulic filtration requirements.
Tiocco recommends that fluid be inspected and tested after each invasive repair or maintenance procedure is performed which exposes the hydraulic system to the outside environment. Procedures such as hose, valve or other component replacement expose the hydraulic system to the outside. Adding fluids is another critical time for fluid testing.
Consult a Tiocco professional today at (888) 628-2024 to determine the best testing procedure for your valuable equipment.