Innovative motion control solutions since 1947

Choosing the Right Maintenance for Your Vacuum Pumps and Hydraulic Pumps

Both vacuum and hydraulic pumps see tons of applications in residences and within various industries. But, to keep them working optimally, they need to be cared for and serviced regularly. This helps catch kinks in the system quicker and find ways to keep the system working better, longer. Of course, many pumps are covered by warranties but they are only covered for a limited time. Beyond that time, it is your responsibility to get regular service for your pumps to keep them working optimally. Of course, you could do this yourself if you are certified and comfortable doing regular maintenance. But, what if you are not? How do you choose a reliable company to maintain and repair your pumps? Here are a few tips on choosing the right people for the job:

  • The Team: Every company has its own dedicated team of members who maintain and repair hydraulic and vacuum pumps. And this is great. But, make sure that somewhere in this team are also engineers, preferably mechanical engineers, whose job it would be to know the product inside out. Engineers are often more insightful of the problems a pump would have owing to their knowledge of the device.
  • Finding a Spare: An established inventory is important for any good service/repair company. Make sure the company you choose has a wide inventory of spare parts so they can get them to you at any time. This can be essential if your hydraulic pump or vacuum pump is being used for essential services like delivering water.
  • Quick Response: If you are choosing a repair/maintenance company, you want to be sure that they respond to their clients in a timely manner. Tardy response times are a flag for you to drop the company. You want to be able to get quick service, especially, again, if your pump is being used for something essential. Also, be sure they are good with timelines.

With these three tips, you are sure to find an appropriate company for the maintenance and repair of your vacuum pump or hydraulic pump. Remember, though, that references are important and try looking for services that were referred to you.

The Hydraulic Pump Decoded

With a name like ‘hydraulic’, it is kind of obvious that a hydraulic pump is somehow related to fluids. We can even deduce that it’s somehow used to pump fluids. But, what exactly does its role with fluids? What does it do? Well, here’s a short overview:

How it’s built?
So, we know from basic science that energy (or any substance, for that matter) has the tendency to flow from where there is a lot of it to where there is little. The pump, though, reverses this process by its mechanical action (therefore, mechanical energy). In a hydraulic pump, any mechanical energy is transferred to fluids. The energy generated by the pump is transferred to the fluid within the pump, therefore energizing the fluid to move from an area of low density to high density. Further in the chain of things, this energy held by the fluid is eventually transferred to other parts of the pump (or machine) completing the action. The amount of energy needed, and therefore produced, can be controlled with the use of hydraulic valves.

Types of Pumps

  1. Hydrostatic Pumps: In this type of pump, there is a fixed amount of fluid that is constantly used to generate energy. The amount of energy generated cannot be adjusted.
  2. Hydrodynamic Pumps: These pumps generally use hydraulic valves to allow the amount of energy produced to be adjusted, basically by adjusting the volume of fluid that is being displaced within the pump.

What Does It Do?
This is such a basic design that there can literally be thousands upon thousands of applications of the pump in residential as well as industrial settings. Here are just a few popular applications:

  • Water pumps: The most obvious application of this kind of pump would be to use it to pump water to buildings.
  • Construction: These pumps used in series can be used to build heavy machinery like an excavator.
  • Lifts: Not elevators, but small lifts like in your dump truck and such can be powered by hydraulics.

While these are only a few popular applications of hydraulic pumps, there are tons of applications of it in our day to day lives.