Hydraulic cylinders are used for various tasks that involve pulling, lifting, bending, or holding. With so many ways they can be used, comes a lot that can go wrong.
When it comes to setting up an optimal hydraulic system, your primary concern should always revolve around safety, both for yourself and others involved. When using hydraulic cylinders, it is advisable to limit usage to only 80% of the load and stroke ratings, as most loads are not lifted on their true centre, which introduces an external side load force and increases the risk of load instability.
For a cylinder to operate safely and efficiently, it necessitates to operate on a firm and level base. This implies that the cylinder's operation should be placed flat on the ground, i.e. stabilizer legs or outrigger on a crane. It's crucial to ensure that the surface beneath the cylinder is free from any debris. If you have any doubts about the stability of the surface, it's recommended to employ a base plate for added stability.
A pressure gauge is a vital component of any hydraulic system. Using a pressure gauge helps to monitor the force applied on the cylinder within the reasonable margin of safety. This is not only important for safety, but it is also necessary for maintaining the quality of your equipment.
Before using a hydraulic ram cylinder, it's crucial to inspect it for signs of damage. If any damage is detected, the cylinder may not function properly and should not be used. There are various reasons why a cylinder might not work correctly which could cause system failure that leads to safety hazards and injury.
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