Preventive Maintenance for Hydraulic Systems – What It Requires & Why It’s Important

There are several good reasons to have a reliable system of preventive maintenance in place at your facility—costly emergency repairs, production downtime and worker safety to name a few. The goal of preventative maintenance is to help you identify component weaknesses before failure and loss of production.

Why Preventive Maintenance is Essential for Hydraulic Systems

The high pressures and temperatures associated with hydraulics make hose and fitting maintenance as well as selection critical. If done correctly, the risk of injury and/or excessive, costly downtime decreases significantly. In addition, there is a growing awareness regarding costs associated with cleaning up a hydraulic spill (EPA).

Benefits of Preventive Maintenance

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  1. Efficient production because equipment is in good operating condition at all times.
  2. Better use of in-shop maintenance personnel since there’s less emergency work and more scheduled work.
  3. Improved control of spare parts inventory, and reduced parts usage.
  4. Reduction of equipment downtime through scheduled inspections.
  5. Safety hazards are minimized.
  6. Increased life expectancy of equipment.
  7. Fewer capital outlays for purchasing new equipment prematurely.
  8. Reduced repair costs due to fewer breakdowns.
  9. Prevention of equipment deterioration from causes other than obsolescence.

An Effective Preventive Maintenance Program for Hydraulic Systems Should Consist of the Following Key Elements:

  • Maintaining a safe work environment.
  • Maintenance records.
  • Regularly scheduled inspections conducted when equipment is shut down and hoses are not pressurized.
  • Troubleshooting (identifying problems and solutions).
  • Proper hose and fitting selection.
  • Proper assembly, routing and installation.
  • Receiving updated maintenance and product training periodically


Ready to take the first steps towards creating a hydraulic preventive maintenance program in your facility?  Contact IRPG Hose Product Manager, Jason Stone today!



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