Safety Precautions for Hydraulic Cylinders
Hydraulic cylinders have a broad spectrum of use-case scenarios. When you combine their efforts with high-quality accessories, they are effectively the swiss-army knife of the hydraulics world. Regardless of the task, you can be sure that the hydraulic cylinder has you covered. However, although the hydraulic cylinder is the be-all-end-all for getting things done, it certainly comes with a variety of safety risks. Therefore, before you start impressing your boss with your newfound skill, it’s essential to touch up on the appropriate safety precautions so you can keep yourself, and everyone else, out of harm’s way.
The 80-20 Rule
The primary tenant of using high-capacity machinery is to protect yourself and anyone else within proximity. While hydraulic cylinders are capable of massive loads, we advise you never to push the manufacturer’s load limit past 80%. By leaving a margin of safety, you will be able to ensure the safety of everyone involved without compromising on efficiency or effectiveness.
Use a Saddle
Saddles are a vital piece of equipment when dealing with high-capacity hydraulic machinery. Not only do they provide a great deal of safety, but they also help maintain the quality and longevity of the cylinder; therefore it’s a win-win situation. When used correctly, this lack of damage derives because a saddle prevents the plunger threads from taking damage or becoming deformed like a mushroom.
Before you begin working, it’s paramount that you provide a solid foundation and base for the hydraulic cylinder. Place the bottom of the cylinder flat on the ground and make sure the surface is clear of anything that might obstruct its balance.
You are only human, and so you are prone to making mistakes. Therefore, whenever possible, you must utilise technology such as pressure gauges to help you monitor the situation at hand. Using a pressure gauge, you will also know the limits you can push your machinery within a reasonable margin of safety. This margin is not only important for safety, but it is also necessary for maintaining the quality of your equipment.
Regardless of the type of machinery you use, you should always check the condition of the equipment before usage. There are a variety of reasons why a cylinder might not work correctly, and while most reasons are harmless, some are capable of seriously injuring you or those around you.
We all know that safety is essential, but many seldom take the necessary precautions to care for themselves. Through basic awareness and meaningful action, you will be able to ensure your safety as well as the quality of your equipment. There is absolutely no reason not to take these precautions seriously, so save this article “Safety Precautions for Hydraulic Cylinders”, and make sure to implement what you have learned.
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