Hydraulic pumps are found in numerous industries, from manufacturing parts to drilling for oil. They provide the necessary pressure for a machine to operate on a continual basis. However, these complex parts don’t last forever. They can break down under tough conditions. You may simply want an upgrade at some point.
Take a moment to contemplate the considerations surrounding your next hydraulic-pump purchase. The perfect, feature combination ensures that your productivity will remain steady.
Ask yourself about the pump’s application at your business. It might move items at a slow and steady pace. In contrast, the pump might deal with constant shocks from more volatile applications, such as recycling or shredding.
Your application will dictate these parameters, including:
- Cooling capacity
- Efficiency curves
- Horsepower ranges
In essence, there’s no hydraulic pump that’s a “one size fits all” design. Each application must be matched to specifications that will keep the machine moving at an efficient speed. Improper specifications lead to pump breakdowns and slow production.
Indoors or Outdoors?
It’s fair to say that indoor uses of hydraulic pumps are much easier to control. Your facility is probably climate controlled, especially when you manufacture or assemble products. Choose your pump with care when considering either indoor or outdoor locations.
The pressure will vary considerably when you have an outdoor application. High and low pressure impact these components, such as:
Expansion and contraction are serious concerns in the hydraulic world, so be honest about every application for the part. If it might be used in both applications, err on the side of caution with a strong housing and specifications designed for extreme temperatures.
Daily or Infrequent Use?
Use your pump on an infrequent basis, and you don’t need a very robust setup. Most companies, however, don’t invest in hydraulics unless they’re used on a regular basis. Will the pump be used every day? If the answer is typically yes, you need precise flow control to keep the pump running as smoothly as possible. Special motors might be installed for extreme applications, such as freezing weather. A pump that’s only used on occasion won’t need many features for its longevity.
The pump’s housing is a critical factor to consider. Material thickness depends on the application. Constant shock requires a thick housing. You save money, on the other hand, by purchasing a thin-housing design for calmer applications.
Don’t forget that the fluid running through the pump has its own acidity or alkalinity values. The fluid’s chemical makeup must complement the housing’s design or the pump breaks down at incredible speed.
Power and Fluid Details
You may not know that hydraulic pumps can be powered by alternative sources, such as pneumatic or pressurized-oil selections. Consider your power source before purchasing a pump.
For most businesses, electrical sources are limited to these types, such as:
- 115-230 volts, 60 Hertz at 1-phase
- 230-460 volts, 60 Hertz at 3-phase
Your chosen fluid also has a pressure range. Be sure to match this range to the pump’s specifications. A motion-control expert can help you pinpoint the power that works for your needs before the pump arrives at your facility.
Standard Monitoring Resources
Congratulations on a pump purchase that meets your industry’s demands. However, you must keep an eye on it. This task isn’t literal, but observation is critical to the pump’s performance.
Adding a pump monitor to your setup is a smart solution. You receive updates on the setup as you’re logged into your smartphone. There are no surprises with this information constantly flowing through a Bluetooth connection.
Upgrading Your System
Currently, there are enhanced monitoring systems that give you incredible details about the pump’s operations. Advanced sensors offer these features, including:
- Real-time temperatures
- Pressure notifications
- Current levels
If you were ever unsure about a pump’s operations either indoors or at a remote location, these cloud-based sensors give you peace of mind.