The Unsung Hero: Manufacturing Maintenance Personnel + Four Things That Will Let Them Keep Their Plans Next Weekend

Sep 19, 2016 3:18:40 PM LEAVE A COMMENT

Let’s face it, your maintenance team works hard for you. They put in their eight hours per day, five days per week, and then they are on call the other 128 hours each week that they are not out on the shop floor making repairs. They climb in the machines, deal with all of the dirt and oil, the metal shavings, they go outside to fix the heating system when it is 5° below zero, and are on the roof patching it when it is well over 100° outside.  These guys put in the extra hours when the shop is closed to make sure the machines are up and running every day to keeping the parts flowing out, and the money flowing in. Anything management can do to make their lives easier is ALWAYS appreciated.  When you are looking at purchasing cylinders for your machines that your maintenance team will have to install and maintain, there are some features you need to make sure you get to make their lives easier.

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Two Steps to Fine Tune Your Oil Change Maintenance Schedule

Mar 31, 2016 8:00:00 AM LEAVE A COMMENT

As you crawl out from under your car after loosening and removing the oil drain plug, watching the black oil start to run out into the drain pan you think to yourself, I wonder how many people change the oil when it doesn’t need changing?   You inspect the oil drain plug, it has a magnet on it to attract metal in the oil, as you wipe it on a paper towel you don’t see anything unusual...

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Things You Never Knew Halloween Could Teach You About Hydraulic Cylinder Maintenance

Sep 30, 2015 10:30:00 AM LEAVE A COMMENT


It is Halloween night and the goblins are out begging for candy, I hear the door bell and head towards the door to see what is going to be greeting me this time.  After they leave I check my display outside where I have fake blood pumping down a fake corpse lying in a coffin.  The pump spatters a little because some of the fake blood evaporated. As I am adding more 'blood' to my pump I start thinking about work and how a hydraulic cylinder will act if not properly set up...

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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

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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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

New, Dirty Oil

May 13, 2013 4:00:39 AM LEAVE A COMMENT

If you’ve ever been drenched with hydraulic fluid during your career in control engineering; you may have remarked on the fact that it’s ‘dirty stuff’! Upon reflection, and when the shock died down, you knew that you were just reacting to a situation and really using the words incorrectly. However, when you look more deeply into the subject of fluids, in certain instances they really can be termed dirty.

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FILED UNDER: Maintenance, Innovation

Small Cylinders and Long Pipes

Apr 8, 2013 4:00:02 AM LEAVE A COMMENT

There was a time, almost a generation ago, when the HH range of cylinders used an array of (normally) four metallic rings as the piston seal. Their function was much along the lines of the ones used in a car engine to this day.

These rings were inert to more or less anything the world threw at them. Heat was an easy task, aggressive fluids no problem and the working surface was so hard that the tube was more likely to wear over time than the seals were to lose their size.

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Cushions, Gags and Chokes

Feb 26, 2013 9:49:56 AM LEAVE A COMMENT

It doesn’t matter where you come from, or what you call them, the arrangement of components, which hopefully bring a cylinder to a graceful stop at the end of its stroke is a useful bit of kit – provided it works right first time and every time!

Sheffer calls them cushions – but it’s surprising what names other people have developed for exactly the same thing. The range of names may well be cultural or more likely regional; whatever the reason, if somebody mentions a gag, or a choke, or any other word of a similar nature, it’s probably worth asking if they are talking about a cushion.

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FILED UNDER: Application, Maintenance