How To Avoid Cylinder Side Loading: 4 Ways to Compensate for Less Than Proper Cylinder Alignment

Apr 8, 2014 8:00:00 AM LEAVE A COMMENT

When installed with proper alignment, fluid power cylinders will provide the smooth trouble free performance for which they were intended.  Unfortunately, perfect alignment is extremely difficult, if not next to impossible to achieve. During cylinder operation, any misalignment can impose an eccentric force on the piston rod known as “side loading”.

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FILED UNDER: Troubleshooting, Sideloading

Just How Fast Can You Get a Cylinder to Move?

Mar 24, 2014 2:19:32 PM LEAVE A COMMENT

Well, if that isn't a loaded question. Over the years more people than you would expect have proposed this puzzle and while there may be no single answer to this complex query, there are many variables to consider in attempting to answer it -- so let's start there.

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FILED UNDER: Application, Innovation

Checks and a Flood: Issues With a New Installation Cylinder

Mar 10, 2014 3:30:36 PM LEAVE A COMMENT

You know that sinking feeling when you take the first bite of a much needed lunch, the phone rings and you answer to hear the words "We have a problem; it’s a new installation and the tube seals have blown!" With thoughts of catching a snack later in the day, you attend the scene of the crime...

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FILED UNDER: Seal Solutions, Troubleshooting, Maintenance, Failure Analysis

4 Things to Consider When Forced with Long Term Storage of Cylinders Outdoors

Jan 27, 2014 8:09:45 AM LEAVE A COMMENT

Any piece of equipment operates best when it is used regularly within normal guidelines.

Take for example a classic car; it ran perfectly when you put it away last fall, but something happened during the long winter.

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FILED UNDER: Troubleshooting, Maintenance

Multiple Mountings: Magic or Misery?

Nov 22, 2013 3:00:52 AM LEAVE A COMMENT

In our experience, the call for more than one mounting feature on a cylinder is by no means a rare event.

We won’t say that all mounts can be combined; as clearly there are some features which would just interfere with each other. For instance, a Front Head (FHF) and a Side Lug (SL) cannot coexist on the same end of a cylinder. What is possible, however, is to have an FHF (Head) mount combined with a Side Lug at the Cap; if that serves a useful design purpose for you.

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FILED UNDER: Troubleshooting, Application

A Handy Platform

Nov 4, 2013 3:00:49 AM LEAVE A COMMENT

Ever thought that you have had to go a long way around a design problem to mount a particular component? Here's a hint that might possibly be a ‘quick-fix’ and a help if you're finding yourself in a similar situation.

Sheffer fits tie rod supports to long stroke cylinders to stop the tie rods from twanging like an out of tune banjo - and the design feature does a wonderful job of achieving that aim.

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FILED UNDER: Troubleshooting, Maintenance

Hydraulic and Pneumatic Boosters: How Do They Work and What are They Good for?

Oct 21, 2013 4:00:00 AM LEAVE A COMMENT

Boosters or intensifiers are used to create a high pressure output from a low pressure input. Much like how an electrical transformer works by trading current for voltage, a hydraulic booster transforms a larger volume of low pressure fluid into a smaller volume at a higher pressure.

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FILED UNDER: Application

Avoiding The Growth of Bugs

Oct 14, 2013 4:00:44 AM LEAVE A COMMENT

Those engineers in the know; will be all too familiar with the possibility of bacterial growth within the relatively cozy environment of a hydraulic system. So these thoughts are probably only going to be of interest to the tiny minority of system designers and maintenance engineers who are dealing with a certain type of installation.

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FILED UNDER: Application

Our New Captivated Cushion Design Will Rock Your World, Here's Why:

Oct 7, 2013 3:45:00 AM LEAVE A COMMENT

You know that moment when you realize the solution you've been looking for all along is staring you straight in the face? That moment when you realize the answer to all the complications, anomalies and variables you've been dealing with is something so simple... yet so significant.

Well, that's really how we'd sum up the introduction of our new cushion adjusting screw design -- the cushion captivator.

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FILED UNDER: Innovation

Top 5 Reasons Your Cylinder Supplier Can Make You or Break You

Sep 23, 2013 4:00:02 AM LEAVE A COMMENT

When charged with the notorious "beating your head against a wall", and at the very least unpleasant, task of choosing a cylinder supplier -- one can quickly become disenchanted with all of the industry hype and mumbo jumbo.

From the mammoth sized companies, in which you can get lost and slip through the cracks, to the miniature sized companies that don't offer competitive quality or the same kinds of guarantees as the "big guys" -- the options seem pretty limited.

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FILED UNDER: Troubleshooting, Application, Maintenance