Choosing Better Supplies

When it comes to creating a superior product, the quality of the supplies you are using is crucial to your success. I started thinking carefully about which supplies companies were using to create products a few years ago, and I learned a lot about the process. After evaluating a wide range of different businesses, I now consider myself an industrial equipment enthusiast, and I love to learn more about the process each and every day. This blog is all about creating a better product by working with the right suppliers, being careful with your processes, and avoiding manufacturing problems in the long haul.

4 Most Common Reasons Hydraulic Seals Fail


Hydraulic seals are typically made out of rubber and are used inside a wide variety of machines and equipment that are used in various industries. Hydraulic seals are very small pieces of equipment that often play an oversized role in helping various pieces of equipment and machines reach optional performance levels. Understanding why and how hydraulic seals fail will allow you to take preventative and proactive measures to keep your hydraulic seals in good condition.

Reason #1: Wear 

One of the most common reasons hydraulic seals fail is due to simple wear. The dynamic face or lip of the hydraulic seal is the side that is most exposed and most used. Over time, through normal wear, the seal may break down. Normal wear breakdowns can be accelerated by failing to keep the seal properly lubricated. Additionally, large loads can overwhelm a hydraulic seal over time as well. 

Reason #2: Hardening 

Hydraulic seals are designed to have some degree of flexibility. However, hydraulic seals can become hard over time. They generally harden when they are exposed to high temperatures or fluids that are really hot. When the seal does harden, it doesn't have the necessary elasticity to function as it should, which can ultimately cause the seal to fail. 

Reason #3: Cuts & Dents 

Hydraulic seals can easily be damaged over time. For the hydraulic seal to work properly, it can't be damaged in any way. A little cut or dent to the seal can render the seal ineffective. It can be really easy to damage a hydraulic seal if one is not careful. A seal can get dinged up by someone using the wrong tool to install the seal in the first place, or using the wrong tools while fixing parts around the hydraulic seal. The hydraulic seal can also get cut up by foreign particles present in the fluids that flow past the seal.  

Reason #4: Breaking  

Finally, your hydraulic seal can literally just break over time. It can develop long cracks and then break. This generally happens because too much pressure is being applied to the seal, or the seal was not high-quality in the first place. 

If your hydraulic seal fails, you are going to want to replace the seal as soon as possible. The sooner you replace the seal, the sooner you will be able to get your equipment working as it was designed to work.  


16 October 2019