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Intelligent Lubrication Solutions™

Intelligent Lubrication Solutions™

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Why the Type of Hydraulic Fluid You Use Matters

Posted by Jeff Muellenbach on Mar 22, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Though we all know you shouldn’t put unleaded gasoline in a diesel engine, if a vehicle says it performs best on premium unleaded gasoline, it’s not uncommon to see drivers saving a few bucks by using regular unleaded. After all, how much a difference could it make, right?

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Topics: Hydraulic Fluids

4 Questions to Ask Before Switching Hydraulic Fluids

Posted by Matt Mohelnitzky on Feb 9, 2016 8:30:00 AM

How do you know when it’s time to change the hydraulic fluid in your machines? Do you treat it like your car engine and swap the oil every 3,000 miles—or hours in this instance? Or do you simply go from a time standpoint (e.g., annual)? Based on the importance of hydraulic equipment to your operation, the best way to get the most out of your oil and make sure it’s ready to dump and recharge, is by taking a sample and sending it to a lab for a thorough analysis.

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Topics: Hydraulic Fluids

Hydraulic Systems Hack! Preventative Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Matt Mohelnitzky on Dec 15, 2015 6:55:19 PM

Plain and simple: there’s a lot that goes into a preventative maintenance program for hydraulic systems. While it’s a discipline that’s very basic and uncomplicated when you boil it down, there are many tests that need to be performed and plenty of steps where something can be done incorrectly, so it’s critical to the health of your machine that all are done regularly and properly. In order to do this, it’s important that both the system and hydraulic fluid are taken care of, as your fluid and systems are completely interdependent. 

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Topics: Hydraulic Fluids

Hydraulic Systems: Selecting the Right Fluid

Posted by Matt Mohelnitzky on Oct 13, 2015 8:30:00 AM

There are many different types of hydraulic equipment and machinery in use today, covering a wide variety of industries and applications. From construction to steel mills, and just about everything in-between, hydraulics enable operators to perform significant tasks (e.g., lifting heavy loads, compacting materials, metal stamping, etc.) with minimal mechanical linkage, making them ideal for high-powered jobs that would normally place a lot of stress on mechanical components. Because hydraulic fluid is nearly incompressible, it is able to transmit large amounts of power instantaneously using Pascal’s law, but given this extreme pressure, it’s important that your hydraulic fluids are a perfect match for your machinery and operating conditions.

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Topics: Hydraulic Fluids

7 Best Practices for Converting Your System to Eco-Friendly Hydraulic Fluids

Posted by Matt Mohelnitzky on Sep 17, 2015 8:30:00 AM

While there’s plenty of information available today about how to choose the right environmentally friendly hydraulic fluid for your machines, there isn’t much information available about the process of switching your systems over to eco-friendly hydraulic fluids. There’s always the potential for a catastrophic failure if the transition isn’t done correctly, and before you transition from mineral-based to bio-based hydraulic fluids, it’s imperative that your plant and maintenance managers know how to evaluate your lubrication system’s operating, design, and maintenance characteristics in order to identify and remedy incompatibility issues that may result in problems like severe foaming, leaking seals, plugged filters, increased operating temperatures, and higher-than-normal wear on certain components (such as the hydraulic pump).

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Topics: Hydraulic Fluids, Biodegradable Fluids

Eco-Friendly Hydraulic Fluids: Let Us Help You Make You a Smart Swap

Posted by Matt Mohelnitzky on Sep 15, 2015 12:47:00 PM

In nearly every industry today, businesses are trying to figure out how they can reduce their environmental footprint. In fact, many industries have actually launched green initiatives and created regulations that force companies to be more responsible with their environmental practices. And while manufacturers certainly aren’t strangers to these heightened environmental standards, one environmentally friendly practice that’s often overlooked is using environmentally friendly hydraulic fluids in their hydraulic systems and machinery.

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Topics: Hydraulic Fluids, Biodegradable Fluids