Whatever type of hydraulic machinery you have, you must look after it correctly to ensure safe working conditions and so that the machinery itself is efficient and in full working order. Often the hoses are the weak spots and these require daily inspection before use. Modern hydraulic hose fittings have been developed to cope with the demands of the work that the machine is intended to do. The hose fittings are essential to the machinery as they have a major influence in the function, efficiency and safety of the All Lifting systems.
The hoses themselves are manufactured from a number of materials, but rubber and synthetics are common. They will also have some reinforcing to protect the integrity of the hose and also the seal. Due to the pressures within, it is vital that the seal remains intact. Hydraulic hoses will also be able to expand and often they will have a steel crimped piece at the end so that they can withstand the various pressures during use. Many hoses will fail at either end so by fitting the steel ends, it allows enough strength but also movement to prevent failure. This is one reason it is so important to use the correct hydraulic hoses for each part of the machine and fitting the wrong sort could be catastrophic. Similarly, it is vital that hoses are fitted correctly and are checked to ensure that they are fixed so as to prevent failure.
There are so many different types of machines that make use of hydraulics and they all need to be properly serviced and operated. As with any machinery, those working with or near it can be in danger of accident. Any part of the hydraulics that is not in good working order has the potential for breaking down or at worst, causing an accident where workers are killed or injured. There have been reports in the press where a crane worker was killed because his crane had not been properly maintained.
Whatever type of machinery you have, it is so important that those operating it are properly trained and are familiar with the basic parts. They should perform a visual inspection every day before use so that they can be confident that the machine is in proper working order. Notes should be made regarding any irregular wear or of parts that are damaged so that they can be replaced. Any spots or puddles of fluid under the machine should be noted and action taken to find the source as a loss of hydraulic pressure can result in poor performance or breakdown.
Hydraulic fluid should be replaced according to the machinery’s manufacturer instructions and this will need to be done regularly. The hydraulic fluid will degrade over time and will be unable to do its job if it is not replaced on a regular basis and the equipment could be irreparably damaged.
The type of testing required depends upon the type of machine or piece of equipment and there are a variety of tests that need to be done. Make sure that you use experienced engineers to check and work on your hydraulic machinery, so that it is not only certified as being safe to use but also to ensure that it is able to work at its optimum capacity.