As applications become more sophisticated and widespread, the need for highly sensitive diagnostic equipment to measure and analyze the performance of hydraulic filter systems is increasing. Schroeder Industries provides:
- Diagnostic Products known for their diversity, capability and precision.
- Fluid Conditioning Products are hydraulic oil filter systems for removing contaminants and water from various types of hydraulic fluids.
Today’s hydraulic filter systems have seen a shift from reactionary to preventative maintenance. At the forefront of this switch is total system contamination management. In the past fluid power systems were equipped with hydraulic filter system filtration, which cleaned the system during commissioning and then had the task of maintaining system fluid cleanliness at a constant level, e.g. by using commissioning filters and initial brief maintenance intervals followed by changing over to hydraulic filter system filtration. This approach frequently no longer suffices due to the growing demands made of today’s hydraulic systems (extended maintenance intervals and mounting cost pressure). Pre-commissioning flushing is performed in large systems in the hydraulics industry to quickly bring the contamination down to an acceptable level.
However, in small, mass-produced hydraulic systems this is not always possible. That is why hydraulic filter system contamination management begins with the manufacturing of individual components and extends throughout the entire process up to and including the finished component. Ideally, the design and development departments are integrated in this process so that component design facilitates the washing of components in a cost-efficient manner. Suppliers also have to be involved in contamination management when the manufacturing process involves a large portion of sourced components. By introducing contamination management to minimize particulate concentration in all areas, beginning with manufacturing and extending to the operation of the entire system, system malfunction and failure caused by particulate contamination can be prevented. As a result, costs savings are achieved. Cutting the costs of machining tools, improving the utilization of test stations, and optimizing the use of washing machines and hydraulic filter systems can help do this.
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