Hydraulics That Don't Work And What You Can Do About It

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Hydraulics That Don't Work And What You Can Do About It

15 November 2018
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog

Hydraulic systems in your factory are key to getting a lot of work done. However, they may not be doing enough of the work to make a big difference. When your hydraulic systems are outdated, worn out, not functioning properly, and/or they simply do not work, your factory is no longer working at optimum level. When that happens, efficiency and production levels drop, and you begin losing money because the systems cannot keep up with daily operations. Clearly, your hydraulic system is in need of either hydraulic repair services or an overhaul using hydraulic system engineering services. Here is what you should do next.

​Hire a Hydraulic Systems Engineer

A hydraulic systems engineer is really a mechanical engineer, except that he/she specializes in hydraulic systems design. Hire this type of engineering specialist, and then have him/her come look at the hydraulics system in your plant to diagnose the problem. He/she will take pictures, check pressures, check the ages of the system components, and check for outdatedness and design flaws. He/she will provide you with a full report on what is wrong and what should be replaced. If the system is so old that the engineer feels it should be completely replaced and that repairing it would be a waste of time and money, then the engineer can take the next step for you by designing an entirely new system.

​Redesign the Hydraulics System

Now that you have hired the engineer, the engineer takes the notes and pictures of your system back to his/her workspace. There, he/she uses CAD to draw up the current system on the computer and then redesign the system entirely. After a new design has been created, the engineer sends you the details of the design and the plan, and what the new system will be capable of doing. Most of the time, you can even request that the engineer find a way to make the new system a certain percentage faster and/or more efficient. Once the new system is constructed and installed, the improved speed and/or efficiency will help your plant catch up on all that it is behind on.

Repairing the Hydraulics Instead

Of course, if there is still a chance to repair the hydraulics, you could. It may be just a band aid at the moment, but it could help. If the engineer says you could "patch" the problem for now, you will need to call in a hydraulics repair technician.