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What are the most common causes of hydraulic system failure?

There are many reasons that could cause a hydraulic system to break down, many of which are preventable if carefully monitored. Here we take a look at some of...

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How Do Hydraulic Seals Work?

Seals are essential to fluid power engineering, as they prevent a fluid or gas from passing between the different components of a hydraulic cylinder. Dynamic (used when parts are in...

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What is a Hydraulic Ram and How Does It Work?

A hydraulic ram is a cylinder with a movable rod that can move a mass, or an obstruction as so required. In principle, a hydraulic ram works by an external...

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Seal Failure: Common Causes and Cures

In the world of machinery, repair and maintenance is a simple fact of life.  So, it should come as no surprise that when it comes to sealing products being used for...

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Trouble Shooting Common Cylinder Creep

Cylinder drift is a common problem that can occur with hydraulic systems of all types. This is something that FPE Seals Cylinder Parts Manager Tim Bone knows...

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What are hydraulic seals made of?

Hydraulic seals are non-metallic rings used in fluid power engineering, that prevent a fluid or gas from passing between different components of a cylinder, used in industrial applications. ...

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Why is it important to bleed the air from a hydraulic system?

Air that enters a hydraulic system can cause many problems that could subsequently lead to system failure. Here we discuss how you can spot and prevent these potential problems...

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How Are Hydraulic Seals Made?

Hydraulic and Pneumatic Seals for engineered machinery can be designed and manufactured in a variety of materials, shapes and sizes. Selecting the right material Most hydraulic seals are made from...

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What is a Rod Seal?

Rod Seals, also known as Gland Seals, Headbush or Neck Seals are an integral part of any hydraulic or pneumatic cylinder system. Essentially, they are designed to seal between...

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What Causes Hydraulics to Run Slow?

When it comes to a hydraulic system, a common complaint can be that it is operating slowly or less effectively than before. There are many reasons why this can...

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What is a Wiper Seal?

Wiper Seals, also known as Scraper Seals or Dust Seals are primarily designed to prevent contaminants from getting into a hydraulic system. This is usually achieved by the seal having...

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Why Are Hydraulic Cylinders Cushioned?

Cushioning, or soft start as it is sometimes referred to, is used to slow down a hydraulic cylinder, by reducing the speed of a piston at the end of its...

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Why Do Hydraulic Cylinders Fail?

Hydraulic cylinders come in all shapes and sizes and are used in a variety of applications. The reasons why a cylinder can fail will depend on their application but in...

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What is a Piston Seal?

Piston Seals essentially provide a seal between a piston and cylinder bore. The seal prevents leakage of hydraulic fluid or air, sealing dynamic pressure from one or both sides of...

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Why Is My Excavator So Slow?

Tim Bone, Cylinder Parts Manager, FPE Seals explains some of the reasons why an excavator can be operating slowly. “Modern day excavators come in many shapes and sizes, with most...

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The History of Hydraulics: Then to Now

Hydraulics is the technology and applied science, that uses fluid for power. The first hydraulic systems date back thousands of years, with irrigation and water clocks being used by ancient Greeks...

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What are Oil Seals?

Oil Seals, also known as fluid seals, grease seals, dirt seals, shaft seals, or lip seals, help to seal the gap between static and moving components in machinery and equipment....

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What is the difference between hydraulic and pneumatic applications?

Engineering and automation industries, generally rely on applications that are powered by either electric, hydraulic, or pneumatic systems. Hydraulic and pneumatic applications are very similar in that they...

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What are couplings used for?

The word “coupling” can be used to describe a range of different components in the field of engineering. There are mechanical couplings as found on drive shafts connecting two...

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What is the Difference Between Gaskets & Seals?

Choosing between a gasket and a seal can be confusing, as in many ways they essentially do the same thing. But there are some important differences to note, when...

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