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Gestion des fluides et échantillonnage d’huile

La gestion des fluides fait référence aux bons traitement, stockage et surveillance des fluides utilisés dans votre équipement. Ces fluides peuvent comprendre l’huile de moteur, le liquide de refroidissement, l’huile pour engrenages et l’huile hydraulique. Une bonne gestion des fluides passe par quelques éléments essentiels.

Pour éviter tout dommage potentiel de l’équipement, il est essentiel d’étiqueter correctement les bidons des fluides en indiquant le type et la qualité. Stocker les fluides dans des récipients adaptés peut éviter les fuites et améliorer la sécurité globale. Maintenir un environnement propre et contrôlé pendant la manipulation peut empêcher la contamination et éviter d’endommager l’équipement.

Monitoring

The performance and longevity of any Tigercat or TCi machine depends heavily on following regular service and maintenance intervals, and using good quality fluids and components. Preventative maintenance programs should be tailored to the specific needs of the equipment.

Regular monitoring should include checking fluid levels to make sure they are within the proper ranges, inspecting and cleaning drain plugs during fluid changes, and checking seals for leaks. Filters should be inspected and changed as per the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Proper lubrication

Proper lubrication plays a crucial role in extending component life and increasing efficiency. Lubricants absorb and displace heat that may be generated during operation, preventing overheating. Using the proper lubricants will create a protective film on moving components, thereby preventing premature wear and extending component lifespan.

Without lubricants to flush them away, contaminants like dirt and metal particles accumulate, leading to increased wear and possible damage. When friction between components is reduced, components operate more efficiently, reducing strain and saving fuel

Which fluids to use

The viscosity of a fluid refers to its thickness, or resistance to flow. Low viscosity fluid is thin and flows easily while high viscosity is thick and does not flow as well. Viscosity is essential because it directly impacts the lubricating film thickness. Always use the correct viscosity as specified by the operator’s manual.

The correct viscosity allows fluid to form the critical barrier between the moving parts. If the viscosity is too low, the fluid will not provide sufficient lubrication and metal-to metal contact could occur. This will lead to premature failure.

A fluid with a viscosity that is too high could be too thick to flow through lubrication passages and may cause excessive heat. In cold conditions, start-up could be difficult, and the risk of seizing components is increased.

Always refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines when selecting lubricants such as gear oil. Operating conditions such as temperature must be taken into consideration. Always look for gear oils that state that they meet or exceed the necessary API or OEM specifications. Be cautious of language like “may be recommended,” as this does not guarantee compliance with the equipment’s requirements.

Importance of oil sampling

An additional check that should be done periodically is oil sampling. Oil sampling can be an invaluable tool for detecting potential issues and monitoring the overall condition of the internal parts of critical components thus reducing machine downtime.

The benefits of oil sampling

TFA

Tigercat Fluid Analysis (TFA) offers a wide range of hydraulic, gear and fuel tests. This program uses the most modern technology available to analyze fluid samples. Most test results are available within 24 hours after receipt of the sample and are supplied in an easy-to-understand report, which calls for specific action and makes detailed recommendations. The report can be mailed, faxed, emailed, or viewed online. The

TFA program provides Tigercat machine owners access to an advanced fluid analysis program for all major machine components including engines, hydraulic circuits, axles, final drives, and gearboxes.

Tigercat Fluid Analysis kits are available from your Tigercat dealer parts department. If required, arrangements can also be made with your Tigercat dealer to supply and perform all the required follow-up fluid samples. (The TFA program is only available in North America.)