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Hydraulic Seal Failure and the Likely Causes

The seals surrounding your hydraulic machines are probably among the least of your worries. While relatively inexpensive in comparison to your total operating costs, a hydraulic seal failure could drastically impact your production and its associated costs.

Below are a few examples of hydraulic seal failure and their most common causes.

Hydraulic Seal Failure: Improper Installation

Most hydraulic seal manufacturers do not have the capabilities or industry expertise to design custom hydraulic seals to match a specific application. This means the chemical makeup and dimensions aren’t predetermined for your company’s exact operations; therefore requiring due-diligence from your staff to understand the equipment needs. If attached to a device that doesn’t meet the specific requirements, it could lead to any number of problems, including hydraulic seal failure.

As a global leader among hydraulic seal manufacturers, Grover Corp DOES provide hydraulic seal designs customized to fit your unique application requirements. It’s just one of the many reasons why so many choose Grover Corp over other hydraulic seal companies.

Hydraulic Seal Failure: Contamination

As we mentioned previously, most hydraulic seal manufacturers produce seals using a variety of measurements and chemical compositions rather than designing for a particular application. This can often cause hydraulic seal failure since the part is likely exposed to different elements over time that the hydraulic seal manufacturer didn’t take into account.

Hydraulic Seal Failure: Chemical Deterioration

Connecting a seal to a hydraulic system using chemical fluid may create fractures or extrusions to the material. A host of breakdowns can occur when the hydraulic seal is exposed to incompatible chemical compositions, such as oil additives or oxidation. To prevent hydraulic seal failure due to chemical wear, you should always request a spec sheet from the hydraulic seal manufacturer which outlines the chemical makeup.

Hydraulic Seal Failure: Heat corrosion

Hydraulic seal failure often occurs because of overexposure to extreme temperatures. Seals can easily crack and deform. If your machine uses an improper or incompatible material, the seal can physically melt over time when under punishing conditions. Always request a temperature resistance guide from your hydraulic seal manufacturer and compare this to your machine’s temperature output.

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