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  • 5 Common Ways Hydraulic Systems Get Contaminated

    Hydraulic Contamination

    In order to understand hydraulic system contamination, you have to go to the oil source. Even new oil straight from the shipping container is going to have contamination that is beyond the acceptable level that’s efficient for more hydraulic systems. It’s always a safe bet to consider oil to never be clean until you have filtered it. Contamination is a sly dog and the ways it can spoil seemingly clean oil is almost endless. Your system’s efficiency is on the line when it comes to contamination so be vigilant.

    1. New Fluid

    Most fluid and oil is ready for your system when it first arrives at location. It needs to be filtered and inspected before being introduced into your hydraulic system to prevent any traveling contaminants from infiltrating.

    2. Built-In

    Beware of contamination the gets introduced into a hydraulic system when assembling and testing new components. Whenever you add something new to a system keep in mind that it could be bringing its own foreign contaminants to the mix.

    3. Biological Growth

    Water is an integral element to just about all life on Earth and when it is ever present in the fluids coursing through your system there is always a chance that some biological growth can occur. Keep this in mind especially if you used fluid that contains high water amounts.

    4. Operational & Maintenance Related

    It’s important to consider the amount of contaminants that are involved with standard maintenance procedure. Pumps and motors can corrode over time and introduce contamination into your fluid slowly but can really cause severe damage if not monitored. Maintenance and efficiency should go hand in hand.

    5. Component Degradation & Replacement

    Overtime much of the rubber and elastomer components used in your system will start to degrade. When this degradation occurs there is a strong possibility of your fluid becoming contaminated with stray particles. Another contamination pivot point here is to make sure that when you are replacing a degraded/fault component that you thoroughly clean the conductor lines.

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