How to dispose the desiccant material when it is saturated?
Episode 16 of the STAUFF Miniseries "Is Your Hydraulic System Breathing Properly?"
The STAUFF desiccant breathers show when the adsorption capacity of the desiccant has been exhausted and the standard mixture of silica gel and molecular sieve has to be replaced. Where does the used material go? The answer is short and easy:
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How can I protect the hydraulic oil against premature wear?
Did you know that are things you can do to extend the service life of the hydraulic fluid before it even goes into the hydraulic system?
- Clean oil starts with proper storage and handling. To avoid contaminating the oil before use, fresh oil should always be stored in a protected area and only be topped up from clean containers that are used exclusively for this purpose.
- How does the oil get into the reservoir? Unscrew the breather and pour the oil from the canister into the reservoir? It is not quite that simple. Always use a filter to fill in the oil. Standard commercial hydraulic liquids often do not have the required purity class when they are supplied. If the fluid is filled into the system without filtration, premature wear is inevitable. For filling the hydraulic reservoirs, the STAUFF hydraulic accessories range offers tank filler breathers made of metal and plastic.
- Ensure that your system is clean! Even new systems can be contaminated and should be cleaned before first use. Avoid any dirt, water, coolant, metal particles or granulate in the area of the reservoir cover and the filter before opening it.
- Never mix different oils together, but always top up with the same oil that is already being used in the system.
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