A large hydraulic pressing customer had major issues with pump failures in the hydraulic power packs of their press tools. The pumps only lasted 18 months before failing. Each breakdown cost £10k in repairs, downtime and loss of production. The customer was running five similar machines, losing them a lot of money.
Filtration Ltd took samples of the 32cst hydraulic oil from a chosen machine. After analysis in our laboratory we determined an ISO code of 19/16/14, high above the recommended ISO code for this type of machinery. This would have a serious effect on the service life on any components the fluid sees.
Under analysis the fluid showed both bright metal (new wear) and black oxidised (old wear remaining in the system) metal particles. This confirmed the theory that the current pressure line filter was not enough to remove the wear contamination occurring in the system.
We fitted an off-line filter unit to improve the cleanliness, which showed a temporary improvement. Further sampling of the oil revealed contamination was being introduced into the system through clamping and ram operations. This dirty fluid was then being sucked up and passed through the pump causing unnecessary wear in a continuous multi-pass cycle.
We installed an upgraded tank top breather along with a new filter housing combined with a good quality 5-micron element on the return line to the tank. The oil achieved an ISO code of 15/14/12. Further oil analyses every three months showed that the system was clean and stable.
The service life of the pump has now improved to an average of four years and all five of the company’s similar machines have been fitted with the same filtration upgrade. Filtration Ltd saved the customer a lot of money in repairs and downtime.
The Atlas 2000 K Loader is capable of loading all types of aircraft at any airhead worldwide. This unique scissor lift is in daily use with Air Forces and humanitarian agencies around the world – loading aircraft in some of the most challenging environments.
Working closely with the engineers at AMSS, Filtration Ltd were asked to look at a unique filtration problem with the lifts. When the Atlas is in its transport position there is no space for a conventional air filter housing. We had to find a filter housing that took the space limitations and environmental conditions into account.
We recommended the Donaldson PowerCore housing using UltraWeb media, as the compact design could fit in every lift position. The UltraWeb media would protect the Cummings engine, enabling this equipment to cope even in extreme desert conditions.
As well as transport equipment, Filtration Ltd will find the right filter for your machine: industrial filters, marine filters, oil filters, fuel filters, air filters, hydraulic filters and filters for construction.
A large Plant Hire Transport and Waste Management company based in Gloucestershire was running a busy, non-stop operation. They wanted an efficient supply of filtration products for all their equipment in their transport workshop and plant and equipment workshop.
The first step for Filtration Ltd was to identify all their equipment. We catalogued each machine make, model, plant number and stock room location for their engineers to use as a reference.
With the aid of our custom-built software – and the machine quantity, annual hours of operation and service interval data gathered from the customer – we generated the recommended stock holding.
Filtration Ltd then took over the customer’s storerooms, designing and building shelf space for filtration products. We placed the stock and labelled it with the storeroom location to aid fast and accurate picking. The filter stock is monitored, with seasonal trends accounted for.
This service is in operation with many of our customers throughout the UK. With the challenges all businesses face when operating equipment, Filtration Ltd offers solutions tailored to each customer’s requirements. We make sure that you have the correct filtration product to hand when you need it.