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Servo Valve Failure: A Video Case Study

By Dustin Flynn on Wed, Jul. 10, 2019

Servo valves are a tiny but essential component of manufacturing processes. However, as you will see in the video case study below, servo valves can fall victim to failure due to excessive fluid contamination. Watch the video below to see how a tire plant in the south diagnosed and dealt with a servo valve problem that would have resulted in thousands of dollars of damage. 

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Topics: contamination case study servo valves
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What to Look for in a Dissolved Metal Analysis

By Jennifer Yeadon on Thu, Mar. 08, 2018

Oil can be high maintenance. It’s not something you just dump in your system and forget about. You have to monitor it, manage it and oversee it. Just letting oil cycle through your system without routinely testing it is a sure ticket to equipment damage.

Topics: contamination oil analysis metal analysis
3 min read

Breathers: An Essential Part of Total System Cleanliness

By Dustin Flynn on Wed, Feb. 21, 2018

Controlling the contaminant flow of your hydraulic, lubricant or fuel reservoirs is one of the simplest goals in achieving Total Systems Cleanliness.

Topics: contamination total systems cleanliness breathers
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4 Ways Outside Contaminants Enter Your System

By Scott Howard on Thu, Feb. 15, 2018

As an equipment owner or manager, the last thing that you want to find in your system is contamination. After all, that means downtime, which ultimately costs you time and money. Contamination always somehow sneaks its way into our systems, which may leave you asking, how does it get in there and what are we supposed to do about it?

Topics: contamination oil analysis breathers
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Parsing Filter Media and Filter Element Types

By Dustin Flynn on Thu, Feb. 01, 2018

In the fascinating and fundamental field that is industrial fluid filtration, there exist many types of filter elements and many different types of media. In this article, we will briefly cover filter elements and the most common types of media they're made up of. The medias featured below include: cellulose, glass, wire mesh and water removal, coalesce and resin.

Topics: contamination filtration filter elements
2 min read

Why You Should Include Oil Analysis in Your Preventative Maintenance Program

By Dustin Flynn on Thu, Jan. 04, 2018

Accessing a System that is Currently in Place

Preventative maintenance is a program put in place in most manufacturing or production industries to ensure quality scheduled maintenance is provided. Maintenance professionals implement these routine inspections before, during and after the operation of machinery. Parts of this routine can include areas that can only be inspected by touch, not sight, to determine what is happening under the surface. 

Oil analysis can be added to this routine maintenance to give a fuller picture of whats happening inside machinery and equipment. By including oil analysis in a preventative maintenance program, maintenance professionals are provided with detailed inside information that could prevent issues in the future, like unexpected downtime.

Topics: contamination maintenance oil analysis fluid filtration
1 min read

Hy-Pro's DFE Rated Filter Element vs. Brand X Filter Element

By Jim Harlan on Wed, Jun. 07, 2017

The Problem: Too Much Filter-Related Downtime

A paper machine was experiencing excessive downtime as maintenance personnel was frequently servicing a Brand X filter element installed on the lube system. The element would reach terminal ∆P and require replacement every 8.5 days on average.

Topics: contamination DFE filter comparison
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[Video] Your Lab Reports Are Probably Wrong -- Here's How To Save Them

By Scott Howard on Tue, Aug. 16, 2016

When looking at a lab report, it is assumed the information on the report is accurate. A certified lab will not usually make an error in the report, but if so, it is obvious and easily fixed. Ever hear the saying "By the time the lab gets the report the error has already been made"? For the most part, this is true. Where people are led off course is believing the particle count on the lab report is the gospel. This is natural, but unfortunately not always the case with a bottle sample unless you already employ the techniques listed in the video below.
Topics: contamination ISO 16889 ISO 4406 samples video lab
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Vacuum Dehydrator Called On to Save Fishing Season

By Jim Harlan on Fri, Apr. 15, 2016

One of our V1S vacuum dehydrators was recently put to the test in a marine application with hydraulic oil contaminated by more than 2500 ppm of water. Did it sink or swim? Find out below.

The Problem: Failed Hydraulics Seal and Lost Productivity

When a seal fails on a net hauler hydraulics system out at sea, the costs and lost profits stack up quickly. In this instance, salt water began entering the hydraulic fluid on a 245 ft (75 m) purse seine through a seal leak, rendering the net hauler out of commission.

Faced with frequent fluid exchanges at a cost of $9,300 plus disposal, or worse, substantially larger lost profits from downtime for replacement of the seal, the vessel owner was in desperate need for a solution to allow him to continue operating without fear of malfunctioning equipment.

Topics: hydraulic fluid contamination vacuum dehydrator case study VUD
2 min read

Conditioning New Oil

By Jim Harlan on Fri, Feb. 19, 2016

Subpar fluid handling practices and inadequate filtration are the leading cause of system reliability issues today. Contaminated hydraulic fluids foul valves and other components causing them to eventually fail and bring your production process to a screeching halt.

This also happens when contamination within lube oils damages the system components the fluid is meant to protect. Your hydraulic fluids and lube oils are the lifeblood of your systems, and on a larger scale your entire operation, so they should be cared for as a precious resource from reception to disposal. One of the best ways to reduce contamination in your system is to prevent it from ever entering it in the first place so let’s discuss the best practices for receiving and storing new fluids.

Topics: hydraulic fluid contamination new oil contaminination conditioning

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