Introduction: Overheating in Hydraulic Systems (Actuators) by Firgelli Auto

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Reduce the risk in overheating by investing in an Electronic Actuator System:
Overheating is one of the most occurring problems in hydraulic actuator systems, people who frequently operate with hydraulic systems will know how much overheating can affect the performance, safety and overall the costs. By upgrading to electronic automation technology the risk of overheating is dropped greatly and therefore does not become a problem.

Why Hydraulic systems Overheat:
Overheating is usually cause my an insufficient system, a lack of cooling let’s say in a hydraulic system will cause overheating as a lot of movement will cause a lot of friction, in an electronic system the overall amount of movement is much less therefore cooling is not that much of a concern making it cheaper to maintain. Overheating can cause a drop in the amount of power outputted seen as it’s converted into heat. When the hydraulic automation system heats over 180°F or 82°C the fluid may degrade faster compared to before causing the seals to be compromised. This can cause most compounds for the seals to damage if this temperate is reached.

Trouble finding the inefficiency:
Finding the root to the problem which is causing your system to be inefficient can be a long troubleshooting process, and this process itself could affect various aspects of your operation. You will probably need to ask yourself the following questions before you start troubleshooting the problem:
• How long will the system be unavailable to operate while finding the problem and ultimately how much money will this cost me?
• When the system brakes, how much will it cost to repair and replace the system then maintain it?
• Are spare parts available for usage when the system breaks down or do I need to order more?
• If hydraulic fluid for the actuators needs to be changed, what implications will this cause me? (Taxes and environmental impacts for example)
• Will how my hydraulic system operates need to be changed to fix ad maintain the problem?
• Will an electronic system be more efficient and cheaper overall?

Investing in Electronic Actuator Technology:
When using Electronic Actuators, overheating is rarely a problem when used within its capabilities whereas in a hydraulic system, the risk of overheating is always drastically higher compared to electronic actuators even with the use of cooling. And even if the slim chance that your electronic actuator does overheat; seen as the system is much less complex that a hydraulic system replacing/fixing the fault in the system is simple, almost effortless. So investing in electronic actuators could save you money in real terms and overall increase the performance of your system. In terms of replacing cost, replacing the electronic actuator compared to replacing the whole hydraulic system will cost less.
With electronic actuators needed only power to create force, hydraulic actuators need fluid to create force; with the increased amount of movement friction is formed; causing heat and therefore causing heat to build up. Although this may not be an immediate problem, electrical systems are overall more efficient providing the better performance.
Upgrade you’re System, Upgrade to Electrical Actuators:
Less downtime with less advanced systems
Increase overall profits with cheaper maintenance, repair and replacement costs as a result of hydraulic overheating.
No environmental fees or wasting time on maintenance repairs
Overall much cheaper to real terms.

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