Your machine is running great, keeping your production line rolling smooth. However, simple things that can be prevented can easily shut things down and cost you valuable time and money. One of these items that you need to maintain are hydraulic seals. Here are a few reasons why seals fail.
Integrity of the Seal
One of the reasons high pressure hydraulic shaft seals fall apart is that they get hard. This usually occurs when they are subjected to hot temperatures for an extended period of time. They also will become brittle if you miss lubricating them or replacing them when they get old.
Bumps and Bruises
You need to take care when you install these seals into a shaft or machine. If you hurry the job and they seat wrong, the other pieces of the machine can scratch and scrape at the seal damaging the integrity of it. Eventually it will cause it to fall apart. Be sure that you order the correct seal for the job and have all the materials that you will need to put it in. Take your time when you do the work so that you know it will last the life of the seal and have plenty of lubricant to keep it moving.
Keeping Things Clean
When you do install the piece, ensure the area is clean of dirt and debris that will damage it. Also, you will want to keep it away from any fluids that might eat away at it or might get it dirty before installation. If you have to put a seal into a machine where it might come into contact with a substance that could damage it, research which one you want to use. There may be one made of materials that will stay together in that particular condition.