Fluid Power Journal

Proactive Maintenance 101: Define Your TOW!

The most important proactive maintenance exercise you can do for a piece of hydraulic equipment is to define its temperature operating window (TOW) and then …

Psst…Your Compressor Is Trying to Tell You Something

If you’ve ever been in your industrial plant during a shutdown, you probably noticed that your compressed air system was trying to send you a message. That …

A Planned Outage Spurs a Unique Approach for Turbine Maintenance

When power plant managers realized their scheduled window for a steam valve outage was challenging, engineers came up with a new tactic for servicing a dozen …

Begin at the End

I was recently at a conference addressing the issue of efficiency in fluid power systems, specifically in hydraulics.  The conference was focused on existing …

Hose Testing Methods for Optimal Performance

Predicting the life of a hose and determining the source of a failure can be difficult. Understanding how or when a failure occurs is time, temperature, and …

Storage of Pneumatic & Vacuum Components

The primary materials (excluding electronics) in industrial pneumatic and vacuum components subject to degradation under adverse conditions are the elastomers …

Take Your Hydraulic Systems Off Life Support

Contamination in hydraulic fluid is responsible for more than 80% of hydraulic system issues. The most cost-effective method of increasing the lifetime of …

Improving Wind Turbine Reliability

The Importance of Reducing Stress and Improving Uptime in a Difficult-to-Maintain System Given that maintenance for wind turbines involves the replacement of …

When to Replace a Pump

A frequent question in fluid power is “When should I replace my pump?” The answer is “It depends.” It depends on a multitude of factors, conditions, …

Pressure Effects on Seal Performance

Standard shaft seals or rotary shaft seals are typically found in low-speed or low-pressure environments. As the speed of the shaft increases, the maximum …

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