The British Fluid Power Association publication ‘Fluid Power Engineer’s Data Book’ is a valuable source of information covering a wide range of technical topics related to hydraulic and pneumatic installation and maintenance. One critical theme covered is that of cleanliness control. This article outlines some of the key points covered within the book.

The Port of Tilbury is London’s major and greenest port and at each high tide the water level inside the impounding dock is raised to meet shipping and operational requirements. This is performed by four 57.5” vertical A/F Vickers Armstrong pumps installed in the late 1960’s and over the years they have served the dock extremely well. At any one time three pumps are used, pumping up to 6000lt/sec of abrasive seawater for two hours either side of each high tide.

Martin Kingsbury, membership director, the BFPA, outlines the association’s range of hydraulic hose courses, and explains how they can improve your ability to install and maintain hose efficiently in order to keep plant and machinery productive, reliable and safe.

A large raw water pumping station in Malaysia was suffering from severe vibration problems with the drivetrains on a number of large pumps, which resulted in regular failures and downtime.

Chris Hansford, managing director of Hansford Sensors, discusses the need for accurate data capture as part of a predictive maintenance plan in modern manufacturing and explains the different measurements that can be taken by vibration sensors to carry out condition monitoring in different applications.

The root causes of misalignment in fans are bent or incorrectly installed shafts and worn bearings. These result in vibration, noise and heat, which effectively wastes energy. Misaligned shafts also increase the load on motors, requiring increased power consumption from the motor to generate the additional turning effort required to rotate the shaft.

IP68 enclosures are able to protect against water ingress even when fully submerged, making them ideal for applications in extremely harsh environments. PWE reports.

Following on from last month’s look at the importance of hydraulic hose quality and how certified holders of the British Fluid Power Distributors Association’sApproved Hose Assemblies Mark scheme are dedicated to high standards in hose assembly, this article stresses the importance of avoiding the practice of hose re-ending at all costs.

For suppliers of hose assemblies, establishing a reliable reputation with customers/end users is critical in order to secure ongoing repeat business. Similarly, when dealing with a hose assembly supplier, customerswant to know they are sourcing high-quality hose, fittings and related equipment and services.

For suppliers of hose assemblies, establishing a reliable reputation with customers/end users is critical in order to secure ongoing repeat business. Similarly, when dealing with a hose assembly supplier, customerswant to know they are sourcing high-quality hose, fittings and related equipment and services.

A solutions App has been launched by NSK that works alongside the company’s Added Value Programme AIP to improve efficiency, reduce breakdowns and improve profitability for industrial users.

Electrical and hydraulic systems need regular check-ups in order to maintain peak operational performance. Paul Hickman, an expert in drive technology at Bosch Rexroth, says that all-too-often end -users neglect to give these vital pieces of equipment the TLC they deserve.

Ian Ritchie, managing director of Brammer, the UK’s leading distributor of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) products and services, looks at how a planned and proactive approach to managing all aspects of maintenance can deliver significant financial and operational benefits to companies across all manufacturing sectors.

Following on from surveying appropriate treatment for fluid injection injuries last month, the British Fluid Power Association (BFPA) outlines three main categories of this type of injury, and suggests a list of optimal guidelines for medical professionals to follow in the event of such an occurrence.

For a large petro-chemical company located in Antwerp, Belgium, the cost of replacing failed bearings on its cooling tower fans was becoming a serious issue. With 25 similar applications across just one site there was an urgent requirement to find a better solution which would improve reliability and reduce the maintenance costs. The answer was provided by Revolvo, with its SRB split roller bearing design, which greatly reduced the time and cost of the replacement operation.

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