Proper maintenance of your drill rig equipment and systems is essential for maintaining their performance and maximizing useful life. This includes the hydraulic systems used in the rig. Regular maintenance can not only prevent breakdowns, but it can also cut down costs associated with hydraulic system failures; not to mention the many hours lost during downtime waiting for the system to be repaired.
The most important aspect of proactive maintenance is having a clear understanding of the operating conditions of the system. Because of the fact that every rig has different circumstance and variables, there are no hard and fast rules which should be followed. However, there can be no doubt that frequent and proper maintenance of the system will increase the lifespan of your equipment.
Here are some top tips by experts that should help you keep your hydraulic equipment operating at its absolute best:
Check the hydraulic oil:
If the hydraulic pump is the heart of the system, the oil is the blood. Failing to ensure a clean and sufficient oil supply can result in catastrophic issues with the engine. The flow of clean oil throughout the system keeps it running smoothly by keeping the pump lubricated and ensuring the transmission of power. Contaminated oil can damage the entire system by causing leaks which, in turn, cause the system to overheat.
Flush the system and check the filters:
The system should be regularly flushed to remove any impurities or debris within. The filters need to be replaced regularly to prevent build up and accumulation of deposits which can result in rust formation and restricted flow of the hydraulic oil.
It’s recommended to drain the entire system periodically for efficient clean-up. It will also allow any impurities that are suspended within the system to flush out.
Identify and fix the leaks:
Any leaks in the hydraulic system can create health and fire hazards. They need to be identified and repaired immediately. The cost of fixing the leaks professionally can be quite high, but compared to the long term cost of a leakage, it is negligible. The most common reason for leaks is a kinked or sharply bent hose.
A word of caution: Do not attempt to locate the leaks without proper equipment and using your bare hands. Make sure you are aware of how each component works. Also, be cautious of the hot parts of the system to avoid burns and other mishaps.
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Contact Instruments is a premier drill rig equipment and oilfield instrumentation products manufacturer and provider. We aim to provide the best quality equipment for the drilling needs of our customers. All our products are manufactured and assembled at our state-of-the-art production facility located in Leduc, Alberta. We specialize in weight indicator systems, Tong Line Pull Indicating Systems, Electronic Gauges, and Trash Pump Parts.