Questions You Need to Ask About Fluid Filtration

Posted by Jennifer Yeadon on Thu, Aug. 09, 2018

The world of industrial fluid filtration can get a little...murky. Whether it's a lack of information or just simply not knowing, there are many concepts that may not be clear to someone just entering the industry. That's why we're here -- fluid filtration experts that can guide you through any issue you have. To shed some light and educate, here are some frequently asked questions and their answers. 

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Topics: hydraulic fluid, fluid filtration

When a Pump Fails, the Whole System Fails: Hydraulic Pump Reliability

Posted by Jim Harlan on Tue, Feb. 21, 2017

The Problem: Hydraulic Pump Failure 

Pumps are the heart of hydraulic systems. When the pump fails, the entire system is down until the pump is operational again. This poses a serious threat to any operation relying on hydraulic systems for productivity.

Recently, a hydraulic valve manufacturer was losing 25 pumps a year on their centralized hydraulic system at a cost of $2,440 each -- and that’s only the pump cost. When you account for maintenance resources, lost oil and lost production, each failure costs ~$25,320.

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Topics: hydraulic fluid, ISO 4406, breathers, case study, hydraulic pump

Vacuum Dehydrator Called On to Save Fishing Season

Posted 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.

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Topics: hydraulic fluid, contamination, vacuum dehydrator, case study, VUD

Conditioning New Oil

Posted 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.

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Topics: hydraulic fluid, contamination, new oil, contaminination, conditioning

Download the Contamination Tool Mobile App

Posted by Jim Harlan on Thu, Feb. 04, 2016

Have you downloaded our mobile app? It's an essential tool that allows you to calculate contamination levels even if you're away from your desk. All you need is your phone and this app!

The Hy-Pro Filtration Contamination Tool is now available for download on your iPhone or Android.

What can you do with Hy-Pro Contamination Tool mobile app?

With the mobile app, you'll be able to:

  1. Calculate the amount of contamination passing through system components annually by specifying current flow rate, daily hours of operation and ISO fluid cleanliness code.

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Topics: hydraulic fluid, contamination, fluid cleanliness, dirt, hydraulic filters, ISO Fluid Cleanliness Codes, maintenance

Filter Sizing: Calculating Clean Element Delta P

Posted by Jim Harlan on Wed, Nov. 19, 2014

Choosing the best filter element size and media for a specific application can be tricky. You want media that is tight enough to help you reach your target ISO code. However, if you choose a media that is too tight for your application, the element differential pressure (Delta P or ΔP) will rise too quickly and you will be replacing elements far too frequently.

To prevent these situations you should always calculate clean element Delta P whenever changing the filter media or manufacturer.

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Topics: hydraulic fluid, filter sizing, filter elements

Is Choosing a Sample Port Location Driving You Mad?

Posted by Jim Harlan on Mon, Jul. 07, 2014

The ideal sample port location depends on the purpose for drawing the sample. There are several reasons to draw samples from your hydraulic or lube systems. The main reason is to ensure that the fluid traveling through your system is not loaded with contamination that will damage your pumps, valves and other components.

Secondary reasons include identifying components that are beginning to wear before they fail (this allows you to be proactive about the component replacement or repair) and verifying filter element performance. Continue reading to learn where to take a sample from for each of these reasons. We’ve also included some general fluid sampling tips at the end of this blog.

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Topics: hydraulic fluid, fluid cleanliness, samples, reservoir, gearbox, contaminination

[Video] Water Contamination and Removal Methods

Posted by Scott Howard on Mon, Jun. 02, 2014

Do you know what the 3 different types of water contamination are? What about the 4 methods to remove water from your fluid? Watch our short video for a thorough explanation of each.

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Topics: hydraulic fluid, water, vacuum dehydrator, coalesce technology, headspace dryer, video, contaminination, filter elements

Phosphate Ester Acid Remediation

Posted by Scott Howard on Mon, Jan. 20, 2014

Phosphate ester hydraulic fluid has a tendency to become very acidic. As we’ve discussed previously, this acid can cause damage to seals throughout the system and lead to electrokinetic wear (and failure) in valves.

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Topics: hydraulic fluid, water, Phosphate Ester, EHC, contaminination, ICB, acid

Unmanaged Phosphate Ester: What Really Happens

Posted by Jim Harlan on Mon, Nov. 11, 2013

If you deal with phosphate ester (PE) based hydraulic and lubricating fluids, then you likely understand how important it is it to keep it under control. Millions of dollars and thousands of downtime hours are wasted each year by power plants, military and industrial users who need solutions to properly maintain PE fluids. If they're not managed, major damage can take place to your equipment and to your fluids. Let's take a look at what really happens when phosphate ester is out of control.

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Topics: hydraulic fluid, Phosphate Ester, EHC, acid

   

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