8 min read
By Todd Lewis
As you've probably experienced, there are quite a few things that can go wrong with a pneumatic cylinder. Knowing the signs to look out for, what they can be pointing to, and finally, how to perform proper pneumatic system maintenance, are the best ways to keep your cylinders in working order.
However, even with this knowledge, sometimes air cylinder repair is still necessary. Check out this easy guide on pneumatic cylinder repair and maintenance to learn about the signs and causes of cylinder problems and the fundamentals of their maintenance and repair.
There are a number of problems that can occur in a pneumatic system so we've listed some common signs to look out for that indicate your cylinder will need repairing.
Below are some of the most common causes of air cylinder failure:
If your pneumatic cylinder is failing, the most likely culprit is side loading. When pressure is applied laterally to the axis it can cause a number of problems that will ultimately result in failure including uneven or accelerated piston rod and bearing wear, seal failure, and cylinder tube scoring, among others.
Sideloading usually occurs because the pneumatic cylinder has been installed incorrectly into the system in which it operates. Once sideloading does happen, repairs should be made quickly to ensure more damage does not occur.
If you want to avoid any problems with your pneumatic cylinder, be sure to maintain proper lubrication at all times. The seals within the cylinder require thorough and constant lubrication or else they will dry out and fail.
Another factor that could lead to pneumatic cylinder failure is contamination. Contaminants can restrict free movement within the cylinder by blocking the operating parts. This will not only reduce the overall functionality of the cylinder but also potentially lead to total system failure.
Contaminants like particulate matter, oil, water, and others, are often easily introduced into the pneumatic cylinder, either through the operating environment or the pneumatic air supply, and always with catastrophic results.
Any system with more than one pneumatic cylinder requires perfect synchronization of each component in order to work effectively. In order to maintain the synchronization of a complex system like this, there are a number of practices and methods in place that require careful monitoring and management.
In the event that the pneumatic cylinders fall out of synchronization, the machine will stop functioning properly and most likely the entire system will fail. If this does occur, immediate pneumatic cylinder repair should be made.
Cylinder failure is inevitable when you're operating it outside of the intended, optimal performance range. Exceeding these limits means the cylinder is exposed to excessive loads that stress the internal components of the cylinder. This leads to poor performance and almost always a premature failure. Preventative checks and maintenance can help you operate within the correct parameters and avoid this issue.
Knowing the basics of pneumatic cylinder repair will save your team downtime and cut costs. Below are some points regarding pneumatic cylinder maintenance and repair to keep in mind:
There's never a guarantee that your pneumatic cylinder won't fail— they can't last forever. However, there are a few simple steps you can take to avoid failure. When done consistently and properly, these steps can save you downtime and money:
With time, as pneumatic cylinders become more advanced and efficient, they also become more complex— and so do the problems that can occur. It's difficult to always know how to maintain pneumatic systems, not to mention repair them, to keep them at their highest operational efficiency level.
This guide will help you identify problems and teach you to do the essential, basic pneumatic cylinder maintenance required to keep your system working. But sometimes, repairs are best left to the professionals. At Cylinders, Inc., we offer an extensive range of repair services for your pneumatic cylinders. We'll get to the root of the problem, complete the repairs and replace the necessary parts, and then test your cylinder to make sure it will work at maximum efficiency and productivity.
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