Hydraulic leaks can be a real drain on productivity. In addition to impacts on operating costs, hydraulic leaks can lead to several safety issues, including high pressure injection hazards, mechanical hazards, fire hazards and slips, and can contribute to a number of environmental issues.
Common causes of leaks include:
- High pressures
- Extreme temperatures
- Loosened fittings as a result of vibration
- Seal swell, shrinkage or wear
The chart below is used to estimate the cost of leakage as analyzed by drops per second.
Oil Lost from Leakage:
|Leakage||Loss in One Day (Gallons)||Loss in One Month (Gallons)||Loss in One Year (Gallons)|
|One drop in 10 seconds||0.1||3.4||40|
|One drop in 5 seconds||0.2||6.8||81|
|One drop per second||1.1||33.8||405|
|Three drops per second||3.4||101.3||1,215|
|Drops break into stream||24.0||720.0||8,640|