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Timely Check Prevents Untimely Breakdown of Hydraulic and Pneumatic System

Maintaining Right, Machining Right Part V

Hydraulics Hose

Hydraulic hoses are pipes that are meant for transporting fluid from one component to another in a hydraulic system. The flexibility of hose enables components to be positioned in the most efficient or convenient places, because the hose has the ability to bend around corners through tight spaces or across long distances. When hoses are exposed to high external and internal temperatures concurrently, there will be a considerable reduction in hose service life leading to leakage and burst.

Hydraulics Hose Connectors

Hydraulic hose connectors join hoses to pumps, valves, cylinders and other components used throughout a hydraulic system. These secure connections help contain and direct the flow of hydraulic fluid to where it is needed while preventing leaks and safely maintaining pressure. If not fitted well, these connectors can lead to seepage through the thread and leakage of fluid from the hose.

Hydraulics Filter

Hydraulic systems commonly incorporate some sort of filtration in the system design. Hydraulic filters keep the hydraulic fluid free from contaminants, which can result by wear of the components, poor plumbing, etc. Failure of hydraulics filters can lead to failure of the power fluid, most of the time.


Pneumatic systems are similar to hydraulics in function. Hydraulic systems use liquid to power movement, while pneumatic systems work with compressed air or gas. Pneumatic tools’ failure is mostly seen due to dirt build-up and water-caused corrosion. In many cases, cleaning is a matter of wiping grime and moisture off the tool as needed.

However, most of these issues can be detected early with visual checking and Phillips Machine Tools India offers a comprehensive range of solutions for a timely check of your machinery.

Shardul Itkalkar

The sets of machine qualification instruments are available at various locations in India to support the customers. The qualification of machine condition can be assured by a specific protocol and quantification of parameters for machine condition analysis during a preventive check. It is always advisable to qualify the machines from the certified agency/ engineer. A record file of periodic check results should be maintained for every machine. The analysis of these records will provide wear pattern of the components and helps in predictive spare parts planning. The unpredictable machine breakdowns can be reduced considerably with this check as well as it helps to control the spare parts inventory cost.

The author Shardul Itkalkar heads the Engineered Products Division of Phillips Machine Tools India Private Limited. With more than two decades of industry experience, he advocates right maintenance for your machines. He can be reached at

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