Why You Should Clean “New” Hydraulic Hoses

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dog cleanes dirty dishesA Common Kitchen Tip Applies to Hydraulics

When I was still very young my mother used to take me shopping with her. Whenever she bought dishes, she would bring them home and wash them before putting them away. That seemed kind of silly to me at the time because, after all, they were brand new! But when I asked her why she did that she said, “You never know where those dishes have been!”

As usual, she was right. From manufacturing to shipping to display on the store shelves, those dishes had plenty of opportunities to collect dust and germs. The same principle, funnily enough, applies to the Fluid Power Industry. Continue reading

How the Contamination Control Breathers Work

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The Ultra Clean Contamination Control Breathers are the perfect replacements for existing breather caps or air vents on fluid holding tanks, gearboxes, or reservoirs.

how a breather works: air intake

As this diagram (left) shows, when contaminated air enters the top of the breather, it passes through a self cleaning solid particle filter. The filter traps solid particles greater than 2 microns and keeps them from entering the breather and depositing on critical surfaces. The filtered air then passes through a bed of silica gel that adsorbs moisture in the air. During this step, up to 95% of the water vapor in the air is filtered out. Finally, the filtered air passes through an additional 2 micron filter in the bottom of the breather to ensure that no harmful particles will enter the tank or reservoir. This three-stage filtration design ensures that equipment gets clean, dry air!


The diagram on the right shows air being expelled from the reservoir through the desiccant breather. As the contaminated air travels this reverse path, expelled water vapors are adsorbed by the silica gel. how a breather works: Exhaust Air

During the exhaust air-flow process, the silica gel indicates the presence of excessive moisture inside the reservoir as the gold gel turns to a dark green from the bottom of the breather rather than from the top.

An unique feature of the Ultra Clean Contamination Control Breathers is the layer of carbon impregnated foam located on the bottom of most of our breather models. This carbon pad adsorbs small amounts of oil vapor exhaled from the tank and protects the silica gel from minor oil mist contamination.

As the exhausted air passes back through the self cleaning 2-micron filter located in the top cap of the breather, any particles that were trapped as air entered the system are no back flushed from the filter.


gold silica gel turns green when it has fully adsorbed moistureAs the color indicating silica gel adsorbs moisture it changes from gold to dark green. When the silica gel has adsorbed to full capacity (up to 40% of its original weight!), the gel will turn dark green. This color change is easily seen and serves as a visual indication that it is time to remove and replace the disposable breather.

Take a look at our Contamination Control Breathers here!

Small Things Can Have Big Consequences

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How a tablespoon of dirt can cost mines millions of dollars!

It isn’t easy working in the Mining Industry.

Mines are the backbone of the economy, providing raw materials to meet every day needs of consumers and businesses. But they also have to contend with a tough economy, environmental and regulatory requirements, workplace safety, and skyrocketing costs. In addition to this, reports indicate that mining companies are also facing labor shortages! Continue reading

Ultra Clean Technologies Exceeds Average Satisfaction Rating in Recent Industry Survey

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In a recent Member Survey for Endorsed Suppliers distributed today by the Industrial Distributor Co-Op (IDCO), Ultra Clean Technologies posted an admirable 4.11 satisfaction average out of a perfect score of 5.

“Ultra Clean Technologies enjoys a great reputation among the IDCO membership,” commented Ginger Williams, IDCO President. “I’ve never heard a bad thing about them. They are an excellent supplier who always support the membership, attends the tradeshows, and is a quality partner. I am not at all surprised by their excellent rating.”

The report surveyed IDCO Distributor Members on supplier performance in the following categories:

–  Pricing

– Rebates

–  Product Quality

–  Discounted Payment Terms

–  Freight Policy

–  Ease of Doing Business

–  Customer Service

–  Rep Visits

The survey used a sliding scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best. The overall average for all Endorsed Suppliers was 3.78. The report was based on supplier’s performance for the year 2013.

“We are very pleased by the IDCO survey results,” said Derek Davis, Ultra Clean Technologies’ Marketing Manager. “We strive to provide quality service and products to our distributors and are grateful to have confirmation that we’re doing something right. We thank the IDCO organization for providing us with this type of feedback and look forward to continually developing our partnership with them.”

 About IDCO:

The IDCO organization is an Industrial Distributor Co-op comprised of Distributor Members who are non-public entities. They provide services such as lowered costs, access to a wide range of product lines, networking, and training opportunities for companies engaged in the distribution of hose and coupling products.  More information can be found at www.idco.coop

About Ultra Clean Technologies:

Ultra Clean Technologies Corporation is a privately owned and operated manufacturing company. Founded more than 15 years ago, the company has produced innovative solutions for cleaning and sealing hoses, tubes, and pipes in the Fluid Power market and other industries. As the market leader for contamination control solutions, Ultra Clean Technologies has rapidly expanded their global distribution points in the United States, Canada, Europe, China, and Brazil. Ultra Clean Technologies was recently awarded the Industrial Sector Award for “Inspiration, Innovation, Involvement, and Integrity” by the BACC.  For more information, please contact Ultra Clean Technologies Corp.’s Marketing Communications at 800-791-9111, email at [email protected], or website at www.ultracleantech.com