What Is A Hydraulic Power Pack ?

      Firstly, before we go any further it is important to understand about hydraulic machinery, how it is used, and its purpose. Hydraulic machinery is typically seen in the form of both tools and machines, which use the power of liquid fluids to operate. A prime example of a hydraulic machine is an excavator, which is extremely large and heavy and therefore works better with hydraulic machinery and cylinders.
The fluid is dispersed into machinery via a system of tubes and hoses and is typically directed by control valves. A hydraulic power pack will be used to provide hydraulic power to another machine through one of these control valves. This post will explain a little further about hydraulic power packs.


How to Identify a Hydraulic Power Pack ?

      Most hydraulic machinery will have a built-in hydraulic power supply, however, a hydraulic power pack is a completely separate and stand-alone piece of equipment. There also happens to be a wide variety of hydraulic power packs, whereby some are large units, which remain stationary while being used, whereas others are portable and can be strapped to your body and carried around. All hydraulic power packs will have a hydraulic reservoir, which is where the hydraulic liquid is kept. You should also find a series of valves which allow you to regulate the flow and pressure of hydraulic fluid to another machine. The power pack also contains a number of supply lines, which allow it to be easily connected to the valve of another machine, as well as pump, which is powered by a separate motor.


How Do They Function ?

      Hydraulic power packs are very easy to operate, although you generally have a number of valve connections to choose from. This in turn means that a power pack has the ability to be connected to a control valve or indeed any other valve, which is used to power a machine. The power pack then provides the other machine with hydraulic power, thus allowing it to work. The use of hydraulic power packs and hydraulic machines has become increasingly popular over the years, as you have the ability to transfer a huge amount of power through a system of tiny tubes and hoses. Due to the type of machinery used in hydraulics the fluid usually needs to be resistant to fire and often this is an edible oil or simply water. Many power packs also make use of petroleum oil as a fluid, but this will have certain additives placed in it to ensure it is fire-resistant.


Maintenance of Hydraulic Power Packs

      Due to the type of work they undertake, hydraulic power packs require a lot of regular maintenance. However, just as with most things, if you correctly maintain and take care of a hydraulic power pack it will last for many, many years. This regular maintenance also ensures that you can safely operate the power pack. You should regularly check a hydraulic power pack for any cracks or dents, as this may allow the fluids to leak. You should also check that the hydraulic reservoir hasn’t become corroded or is suffering from rust, and of course the fluid itself needs to be changed on a regular basis.
Today’s featured writer, Shruti Vaghe, is a freelance blogger who often writes for Industrial & Marine Winch Hire, leading suppliers of various hydraulic equipment and services. She likes to blog and often shares her thoughts and views on how a website should look. In her free time, she likes to indulge in travelling and adventure sports. You can follow her on Twitter @ShrutiVaghe.