Changing lubricant brands: What you should know

You may be aware that it is not advisable to alternate lubricants indiscriminately, even in cases when the lubricant you are planning to switch to is in the same product class. This is even truer when it comes to industrial lubricants, as they are much tougher to change, with few exceptions. In fact, we would go so far as to say that (more…)

Unexpected drop in US crude causes oil prices to rise

Oil prices were up by two percent on Wednesday, September 21, following an unexpectedly large fall in US crude oil inventories, and an oil strike, which took place in Norway and had the potential to cut oil output in (more…)

New tool to gauge cleanliness of lubricants launched

Chevron and Noria Corporation recently released its new Isoclean calculator, which is the first tool to assess equipment life by using levels of lubricant cleanliness as a guide.

The Isoclean tool was created by (more…)

Six issues preventing excellence at machinery lubrication

There are a number of elementary errors in the machinery lubrication that can prevent you from reaching the top of your game. By avoiding these, and in many cases, doing the exact opposite, you can improve performance and run a very successful operation that is reliable, efficient and cost effective. (more…)

Shell’s exit of North Sea could generate $1bn

Royal Dutch Shell, known for its oil-based products like Shell Tellus S2 M 46 and Shell Gadus S2 V100 3, could be set to generate $1bn (£750 million) within the (more…)

Four hydraulic reliability checks you must make

Although most people do the basics of hydraulic maintenance, including changing filters on a regular basis, checking oil levels etc., many neglect to carry out a lot of other tasks that could stop the equipment from failing. However, there are several things that it is important to do when the system is working well, to prevent failure and costly equipment downtime. Here are some of the most important:

Inspect the filter bypass valve

Almost all hydraulic filter assemblies feature a bypass check valve. This is there to prevent damage from occurring should an element get plugged with contaminants. This valve opens whenever the pressure reaches the valve’s spring rating. If this valve was to fail, oil would bypass the element without having been filtered, and this could lead to the early failure of a number of downstream components.

A lot of the time, this valve can be taken out of the housing, so that it can be inspected for contamination or general wear or tear. However, so few people do this that it is a big cause of mechanical failure in hydraulic systems.

Check the condition of the hose

Another thing that often causes hydraulic system problems is leakage. It is therefore important that the hose is properly assembled, and regularly inspected so that any defects that could shut down operations, are detected and rectified as soon as possible.

If serious signs of wear, including blisters, rips and tears are found, the hose must be immediately replaced by a new one.

Inspect for correct clamping

It is important to use proper hydraulic pipe clamps, and not conduit clamps, which do not stand up well to the pressure changes and vibration of a hydraulic system very well. It is also vital that clamps are inspected to check for loose mounting bolts, on a regular basis.

If clamps are broken, they will need to be replaced, ensuring that they are correctly spaced at a distance of between 5-8 feet apart, and no more than 6 inches away from the pipe’s terminus.

Check the temperature

As hydraulic components wear out, bypassing increases and this leads to the generation of heat. This heat is not good for the system, wasting energy as it does, which is why it is important to use a heat detector or infrared camera to regularly check the temperature of your equipment.

Oil prices could hit $60 if a freeze is agreed

If the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Companies (OPEC) is able to pull off a freeze on oil output, crude prices could creep up to as much as $60 (£44.75).

There is real hope that (more…)

More common hydraulic mistakes and how to correct them

There are so many common hydraulic mistakes that are made on a regular basis, that we have put together another article, highlighting some of the most-common things you might be doing wrong when dealing with hydraulic equipment. Read on to avoid these common problems: (more…)

Putin speaks in favour of oil output freeze

Russian President Vladimir Putin has commented that an agreement to freeze oil output amongst the world’s biggest oil producers would be the correct call as far as the global oil market is concerned.

He also said that (more…)

Common mistakes made with hydraulic machinery

There are a number of errors that plants operating hydraulic machinery make time and time again, which means that many people in the industry must not be aware of the issues surrounding these simple mistakes, or how they can be corrected. With that in mind we have put together the following article of two of the most (more…)

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