The Most Common Hydraulic Equipment Mistakes

Posted on April 21st, 2014 by

Mistakes happen in every industry and in every shop, no matter what you do for a living. When it comes to maintaining a complex hydraulic system, the opportunities for error only increase.

The best advice for avoiding irritating equipment mistakes is to learn what you may be doing wrong and to turn to more experienced individuals with knowledge on how to avoid the biggest hydraulic equipment mistakes.

Avoid these seven common mistakes

Changing the oil at the wrong time – Changing hydraulic oil hinges on the degradation of the oil and the depletion of additives — not necessarily the hours of …
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Proper Gasket Removal and Replacement

Posted on April 16th, 2014 by

Aliphatic hydrocarbons, oil, steam, inert gases, as well as salt, fresh and gray water are just among some of things that can affect a ship’s gaskets.

Gaskets, or flat, yielding sheets made from compressed fibers, have one primary purpose — to create a tight seal between two imperfect and stationary faces or flanges of an engine.

When properly installed, gaskets deform and tightly fill the space between two pieces of machinery to prevent fluids from leaking. This design also prevents corrosion from developing on both sides of the machinery. When improperly installed or worn out, gaskets fail and liquid …
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Understanding Stern Tube Arrangement on Ships

Posted on April 14th, 2014 by

What propels a ship forward and allows it to boldly navigate through beam seas and calm waters?

The answer is a ship’s thrust, which is generated in the propeller. This device is attached to the crankshaft and emanates from the main engine. Between the main engine and the propeller runs a critically important piece of equipment called the stern tube.

Without a stern tube, generating thrust is not possible. The bearing arrangement and sealing of the stern tube can make a big difference in a ship’s ability to control the propeller and keep water from leaking into the ship.

A …
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