Queensland Hydraulics provides hydraulic maintenance for any hydraulic breakdowns or repairs needed. We possess the right machinery, tools, people and knowledge to repair and apply maintenance to any hydraulic cylinder and our attention to detail is what sets us apart from the others.
What is Hydraulic Maintenance?
Hydraulic maintenance is the process of preserving the condition and looking after your hydraulic cylinders through a careful and precise routine. By consistently putting your hydraulic systems through maintenance, you will become familiar with your machine and its components, which results in potential problems being easier to identify.
Your hydraulic systems and machines work by multiple hydraulic components working together, which means that if a single component in the system gets damaged, it can also comprise and damage other components and even the whole system. Because of this, it is highly recommended that you consistently get your systems regularly checked so you can identify and prevent and long-term damages to your systems.
What are the 5 Basic Components of a Hydraulic System?
The 5 basic components of a hydraulic system that are fundamentally responsible for the performance of the machine:
1: Reservoir Oil Tank – The reservoir oil tank is important as it holds the hydraulic oil for the machine which prevents the oil from potential contamination which is vital for the overall hydraulic system to perform to standard.
2: Piping – The piping is the least sophisticated component of the whole machine, it is the structure that is responsible for carrying the fluids from end to end.
3: Hydraulic Pump – almost every hydraulic system on the planet consists of a pump for a key reason; the pump is the heart of the system. The pump essentially exerts energy from the engine/power sauce to force the fluid around the system and create a hydraulic flow and pressure.
4: Power Sauce – In order to power and function the mechanical parts of the hydraulic system, a power source must be present, which is normally in the form of a motor.
5: Hydraulic Actuator – The actuator is a complex part of the hydraulic system which converts the hydraulic fluids into power to pump and action the machine.
How do you Maintain a Hydraulic System in Queensland?
Hydraulic maintenance is a knowledge-based skill that is easy to obtain, however, the conditions of Queensland are often hot and harsh. To perform ideal hydraulic maintenance over your hydraulic systems, you will want to check your system for contaminants, consistently change your fluids and system filter once every 50 hours (of use) and view the oil and temperature every time before using the machine.
Hydraulic System Maintenance Checklist
- Completing an FEA (Finite Element Analysis) and engineering calculations to identify a cylinder’s stress points and confirm its suitability and sustainability to the tasks it is undertaking
- Measuring the surface finish on all cylinder barrels and piston rods
- Measuring all seal grooves to ensure they comply to the Manufacturer’s tolerances
- Gauging and measuring chrome thickness to check that it achieves a minimum 25 microns or meets customer specification
- Via Micrometers, we measure the diameter of rods and bush glands accurately to ensure working tolerances meet industry standards
- Paint stripping, rustproofing and finishing with two epoxy coats on all cylinders
- Abrading by hand (rather than sandblasting, which has the potential to damage components of the cylinder)
- We aim for a 4:1 in our own designed cylinders, so before pressure testing we calculate the safety factor on all repairs
- Providing a test certificates on all of our repairs
Our hydraulic maintenance is thorough and unrivaled!
Queensland Hydraulic System Inspection
Consistent and regular hydraulic maintenance inspections are often neglected as they are time-consuming and thorough to perform. However, it is vital that your hydraulic systems and consistently checked and maintained, as in most instances the hydraulic systems are not viewed for an extended period of time or viewed when the hydraulic systems start to produce poor results. At this stage, it is extremely difficult to prevent a major issue or repair from taking place, and it will cost the company.