Each year in America, more than 500,000 gallons of hydraulic fluid are leaked or spilled. That mess requires more than 5.5 million work hours to clean up and repair the damage.
Properly tightening all the connectors, and doing it right the first time prevents the mess.
Hydraulic assemblies come with their own set of unique challenges. Tighten the connector too tightly and, it may distort and leak. If it doesn't leak immediately, once vibration hits it, it will leak later. Under torque a connector, the threads won't overlap, and fluid will leak. If you are lucky, the leak is immediate and you can find it.
Once that build leaves the factory and your product is in the field, vibration will cause that under-torqued or over-torqued connector to leak. How much more are you spending on warranty work in the field versus preventing it at the point of assembly? Many of our customers implemented our systems because the ROI is rapid.
Many designs have hydraulic lines that are run together. The leaking fluid lands on other surfaces, making it even harder to find the leak.
The cost of warranty work in the field skyrockets. That is why preventing hydraulic leaks before they start is the best quality and most cost-effective approach.
Some companies tighten connectors with a torque wrench. Then someone else checks it and marks the connector to show it has been checked. All this is done in an effort to ensure quality. Despite the checks, errors are made. Even worse, you are still paying someone to make the errors.
Wouldn't it make more sense to prevent errors from happening by catching them at their inception? Scroll down to see the video below that details more about our system and tools.
W. Edwards Deming said, "Quality can't be inspected into a product. It has to be built in." Sturtevant Richmont wireless error-proofing systems, allow you to build in quality, inspect it, and document it, all at once.