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Bauma 2016

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Bauma is the largest construction equipment fair in the world.  It takes place at the Munich Messe every three years.  Over half a million people visited the fair in 2016.  It is no surprise that accommodation rates in the city skyrocket during the week long fair.  There were over 3,400 exhibitors from 58 countries this […]

Tank Implosion in Canada

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We take atmospheric pressure for granted. It is unbelievable just how powerful a force it can generate over a large enough area. A recent incident in Canada led to a tank implosion when the tank flare line was plugged due to contamination. The following pdf describes the incident:  Tank Implosion. The YouTube clip below also […]

Air in Hydraulic Systems can be Deadly

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Air in hydraulic systems can have very serious consequences.  Drill rig masts and mast raise cylinders have been destroyed due to the fact that a mast raise cylinder was partially filled with air.  Loads have being dropped due to failure of winch motors because of air being entrained into the hydraulic system. A dropped mast […]

Costly Repairs due to Faulty Switch

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Recently I came across a medium sized offshore HPU on a ship that was badly damaged through overheating. Apparently the oil temperature reached temperatures of over 150 degrees Celsius. The seals in many hydraulic components are typically not suitable for temperatures much greater than 80 degrees Celsius. The ship owner had to replace the main […]

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