Not Getting the Clean Results You Want?

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“How hose manufacturers could be thwarting your efforts”

A few months ago we received a complaint from a customer that the ¾” & 1” suction/return lines that they were assembling were not getting as clean as their other hoses. “We have been using your product and it usually works great!” they told us, “But these are the only sizes that don’t pass our gravimetric cleanliness tests.” After trouble shooting a little bit over the phone we then asked him if he knew where the hoses were manufactured. He named the site and we instantly realized what the issue was.

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Why Did You Pay so Much for that Pump Repair?

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Many of today’s sophisticated construction and oilfield hydraulic systems utilize servo controlled Piston style hydraulic pumps.  These servo’s are mounted on the pump and use an electric signal to port servo or pilot pressure to stroke the pump to a desired position in order to obtain optimum flow and pressure.  These valves are extremely dirt sensitive and when contaminated will cause a perfectly normal pump to perform as if it is no longer capable of producing optimum flow or pressure.  As the problem may appear to be a general pump failure and not a specific servo problem the complete pump will often be sent in for repair.

When the repair facility evaluates the pump they are bound to rebuild it to function at factory new specs up to their stated warranty period which may be 12 months depending on the shop. Therefore the repair shop will replace or rebuild any components which may possibly fail during the warranty period; not just the offending servo.

So a pump which failed due to a contaminated servo valve which may cost between $500.00 and $1,200.00 to replace new could cost upwards of $5,000.00 to rebuild. Obviously this is just the tip of the iceberg as downtime can be a much greater expense than the repair.

Rubber and metal particles from a seemingly innocuous “NEW” hose assembly can foul a servo immediately and put a piece of equipment on the maintenance board for a week to 10 days unnecessarily.  New hose assemblies are contaminated and must be cleaned properly in order to protect expensive downstream components.

~Contributed by Mark Raumaker, Outside Sales Manager (South-Central USA), Ultra Clean Technologies Corp.

 

 

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Photo Credit: apexhydraulics.com.uk

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 Tech Upgrades Clean Seal Capsules

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What’s in a capsule? When you look at our Clean Seal Capsules, what do you see?

There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes to make a product look and feel this good. When we first introduced the Clean Seal Capsules, they were a clear capsule with our logo and a small tear-strip. It was a great first-try and our customers loved it! But they also made some excellent suggestions.

One of the most common suggestions we received was to add a color. The Clear capsules just weren’t visible enough from a distance. So we chose a nice, cerulean blue.

The second suggestion was a wider tear strip, or “pull tab.” The wider tear strip added strength and kept the tear strip in tact when pulling upward for removal.

The last improvement we made was to lengthen the slits on either side of the tear-strip so that the pull-tab would be more easily accessible to grab. Mechanics in the field that wear gloves have no difficulty in grabbing the longer tear strip for removing the Clean Seal Capsule. Continue reading