Solving Pain Points in the Hydraulics Market

by on July 6, 2016 1 Comment

DumpTruck_Blog_061516Promoting productivity, efficiency and safety are key in any operation, but they take on new challenges when it comes to hydraulic equipment systems. Using the right hydraulic oils is essential to meeting those goals. The right hydraulic lubricant can offset losses that can be caused by less effective products. Let’s look closely at what might add up to a significant additional annual investment, if you’re not using the correct products.

Hydraulic System Pain Points

Friction loss is a factor in any hydraulic system, and while it can’t be avoided it can be mitigated. Based on customer feedback, hydraulic systems that are not using premium lubricants can lose as much as 20% of their operating efficiency, putting added stress on components and causing higher levels of wear.

If you’re experiencing bursting hydraulic system hoses far more frequently than you would deem acceptable — which should be not at all — it could be related to the type of lubricant you’re using. Less effective hydraulic oils can oxidize rapidly, cause the oil viscosity to increase, run hotter, develop more pressure, and erode and corrode hoses, leading to breakage.

Bursting hydraulic hoses are a costly maintenance item and a cause of unscheduled equipment downtime. In addition, when a hose breaks, the high pressure and high temperature nature of hydraulic systems also can pose a health and safety risk by causing skin damage and injury to anyone nearby.

Many hydraulic systems also are required to operate in environmentally sensitive areas where leaks or spills of hydraulic fluids may result in contamination of the soil or waterways. Conventional hydraulic oils are formulated with metal-containing performance additives, which can harm the environment in the event of leaks.

While vegetable-based hydraulic oils generally meet environmental protection requirements, they may not address performance needs or provide effective lubrication because they can oxidize faster. There’s also the potential for filter plugging in cold temperatures with these oils (think about what can happen when cooking oil is poured down the drain).

Benefits of Premium Synthetic Hydraulic Lubricants

Premium, synthetic hydraulic oils, such as Clarity® Synthetic Hydraulic Oils AW, however, are designed for environmental protection. They are not considered readily biodegradable, but are formulated with synthetic base stocks and ashless additives. Just as importantly, and maybe more so, they also provide excellent oxidation stability and maximum wear protection, and help avoid rust and corrosion that leads to costly maintenance and repairs.

Choosing the best oils for hydraulic systems begins with confirming that the fluid meets original equipment manufacturer (OEM) requirements. Once those choices are determined, however, keep in mind that all hydraulic lubricants are not equally up to the task of protecting equipment, and operating efficiently and safely.

Only premium hydraulic lubricants can help ensure you realize the benefits of long-term value and lower operating and maintenance costs.

CLICK HERE to learn more about how to make the best choice in premium hydraulic lubricants.

 

 

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With over 35 years in the oil and gas industry, Dan Holdmeyer has worked for Chevron the past 14 years, serving in a variety of capacities with the company in addition to his current post as Industrial and Coolants Brand Manager where he works as a lubrication engineer that supports Chevron Delo and other related lubricants brands. He plays an integral role in supporting and managing a variety of programs related to off-highway and on-highway lubrication needs. Dan also works as Chevron’s Training Specialist for their Global Lubricants division since joining the company. Prior to joining Chevron, Dan worked as a Field Engineer at Mobil Oil Corporation for 20 years (1979-99) after graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.

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