Use Quality Hydraulic Components and Reap the Benefits
Not all hydraulic components are created equal. And as with most other machines that are made up of various assembled parts, the quality of these components directly influences how the machine operates.
This is apparent even if you don’t have a keen eye toward hydraulic components. There are various options for a singular type of component, and the price range for similar parts can widely vary. And although it isn’t always true that more expensive items are of higher quality, price can often be an indication of better materials and capabilities of a given component.
So why spend the extra money? Why not just buy a cheaper option? In short, because high quality hydraulic components can keep your operation running more smoothly.
A quality product is made of quality materials. And if something is stronger and well-constructed, it’s going to last longer. Hydraulic components with a long lifespan can have many benefits no matter what industry you are in.
Higher quality hydraulic components might have a larger upfront cost, but this is balanced out as time goes on. Replacing an item altogether compounds the cost, often making it larger than the original price of the higher quality item. It might seem like you’re saving money by going with a less expensive option, but a shorter lifespan can bring the need to replace it much sooner which negates your saved capital.
A longer lifespan also means you don’t need to stop production for repairs. Constantly tending to a machine because the components fail can cost money in both increased labor and loss of production.
High quality hydraulic components will always benefit from preventative maintenance, but they will usually need less attention. This allows your workers to focus on the task at hand instead of tending to a misfiring machine.
So in the time you would be repairing or swapping out a cheaper part, your employees can be productive and focusing on their work.
Aside from down time leading to a loss of production, machines simply run better with quality components. And if your machines are running smoothly, your processes are running smoothly.
For instance, the quality of your hydraulic oil can have a large impact on how your systems operate. The ability of your hydraulic oil to maintain a consistent temperature can also maintain the quality of oil. Fluctuations in temperature can create moisture in your system through the formation of condensation. This can, in turn, lead to hydraulic oil contaminated with moisture. High temperatures can also create oxidation which leads to varnish build-up culminating in the eventual development of sludge.
This is only one example, but the idea extends to all hydraulic components: Quality materials bring positive results.
Constantly replacing items or performing maintenance leads to more waste. We’ve discussed the loss of labor hours and investment capital for the materials. These are their own types of waste and should always be kept to a minimum.
However, there is also the physical waste that low quality materials create. This can manifest differently depending on your industry. Perhaps you’re throwing out products that fail to meet your quality standards because a machine isn’t performing correctly. Or perhaps you’re discarding the parts themselves as you replace them.
No matter what the case, you want to keep all forms of waste to a minimum.
Better Work Environment
It’s always a good idea to do everything you can within reason to keep your employees happy. People tend to be a lot more productive when they enjoy the work they are doing. And one way to keep your employees happy is to provide them with machinery and tools that operate smoothly.
It can be quite frustrating to have to work with equipment that is either frequently broken, or simply not running optimally. On the other hand, providing employees with the tools they need to complete their work is a sign that you care about them and how they feel while on the job.
High quality hydraulic components not only keep your machines running smooth, they keep your employees happy.
Visit Air & Hydraulic Equipment, Inc for Quality Hydraulic Components?
Finding high quality hydraulic components can be as easy as finding a reputable retailer. Air & Hydraulic, Inc. sources hydraulic components from the country’s top manufacturers. Many components for many industries are available directly from our website.
And if you run into a situation where you need some help outside of component sourcing, we can help with that, too. Repair services are available to help with all of your hydraulic and pneumatic needs.