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    • 19 Apr 2019

    Hydraulics 101: Follow These Basics to Maximize System Performance – Part 2

    Last week, we started looking at the key components in a hydraulic system – including the hydraulic reservoir, the pump, and the electric motor – and outlined some basic fundamentals that operators must know to keep the system at peak performance. This week, we continue this discussion by looking at the valves, the actuator, and the hydraulic fluid. The valves There are several valves in a hydraulic...
    • 12 Apr 2019

    Air Compression vs. Refrigeration Compression: What You Need to Know

    Recently, we’ve received a lot of questions in the field asking about key differences between maintaining equipment used for general air compression and equipment used for refrigeration compression. While on the surface it may seem like there aren’t many differences between these two applications, the truth is that there are some key considerations that do impact what operators need to do to maximize equipment...
    • 5 Apr 2019

    Hydraulics 101: Follow These Basics to Maximize System Performance – Part 1

    Most of the time we forget that hydraulic systems are very simple. No matter where they operate – on a space shuttle or the power steering unit of a car – a hydraulic system is nothing more than a fluid under pressure, flowing and doing work. That said, there are a few components in most hydraulic systems that aid in fluid control and productivity, and there are some basic fundamentals that every operator...
    • 29 Mar 2019

    Engine Productivity Basics Continued: Cylinders

    This week’s tip will focus on another component critical to proper engine performance and productivity – the cylinder. While not terribly fancy, this component allows the development of engine power. Follow these tips to properly lubricate this component and help enhance the performance of your engine. Cylinder basics The cylinder is a central component for the internal combustion engine, or for that...
    • 22 Mar 2019

    Revisiting these tips to convert to Fire-Resistant Lubes

    Nobody wants accidents or fires. As the world continues to industrialize, however, with industries like aviation, manufacturing, and metal processing continuing to drive economic growth, the risk of industrial fires rises in tandem - but yet remains under the radar of most operators. In fact, the potential risk of fire is always present - so many common industrial applications exist that may result in a hydraulic...
    • 15 Mar 2019

    The Productivity Secrets Behind an Engine Block

    We’ve recently covered a range of key gas and diesel engine components in our Tip of the Week section. This week, we’ll cover one of the less “heralded” parts of an engine – the engine block. If you were to ask, “Isn’t an engine block just a hunk of metal?”, I wouldn’t fault you. The short answer is “yes,” but to the trained eye, an engine block is much...
    • 8 Mar 2019

    Productivity Tip: Everything You Need to Know About Pistons

    Many people say they know what a piston does, but how many of them understand the many different types of pistons, their functionality, and how to keep them operating at peak productivity? Fret not, this week’s tip answers all these questions and more to help engine and compressor operators maximize the performance of their machines. What is a piston? A piston in a compressor, pump, or internal combustion...
    • 1 Mar 2019

    Safety Tip: Grounding Drums When Dispensing Lubricants

    Recently, we received a question from one of our Latin American customers asking if there is any standard or requirement for the grounding of drums while dispensing lubricants. And, while there is no requirement to ground lubricant drums, there are some basic standards that operators can follow to help safely dispense lubricants. General grounding standards In the U.S., both the National Fire Protection Association...