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Arrest hydraulic fluid leaks! Detection made safer

Hydraulic fluid leak detection made safer with Hedland Inline Variable Flow Meters

HYDRAULIC fluid power is often used to perform operational movement of heavy equipment. Small leaks in most hydraulic equipment are difficult to avoid, and in some cases small leaks are acceptable if they can be controlled. However, if left undetected, these smaller leaks can become larger, which can cause outright machinery failure. Failure of hydraulic machinery can cause costly downtime and put machine operators’ safety at risk.

Because hydraulic fluid operates under high pressure, it is difficult to diagnose hydraulic circuit issues when the machinery is powered off. A common cause of operator injuries in hydraulic systems is operators physically investigating leaks while the system is operational because the fluid can be very hot and the lines are under pressure.

By installing Hedland flow meters to their equipment, operators get a clear, visible indication of hydraulic line health during operation, without the dangers of a person coming in close contact with operating machinery. A higher-than-usual flow reading may indicate a significant leak while a lower-than-usual flow reading may indicate a possible line blockage.

Hedland® products features over 18 000 inline variable area flow meters suitable for oil, phosphate esters, water, water-based liquids and compressed gases. Capable of operating in any position in high-temperature and corrosive applications, Hedland meters are easy to read and built for use in rugged environments.

Hydrasales, Cheryl Johnson advises: “Hedland Variable Area flow meters provide a quick, visual flow indication on an easy-to-read linear scale to confirm that flow systems are operating properly”.

Hedland Variable Area flow meters provide a quick, visual flow indication on an easy-to-read linear scale to confirm that flow systems are operating properly. The meters features include:

  • Enhanced Reliability. Feature an impressively readable design that makes these meters a suitable option to monitor a wide range of liquids, fluids and emulsions. 
  • Low Cost of Operation. Designed for easy installation and minimal maintenance over the course of the long life expectancy.
  • Durable Construction. Built to withstand demanding applications in fluid power, oil and gas, automotive, semiconductor, mining and discrete manufacturing. 

High Performance in Demanding Applications. The range of meters are suitable for many applications and products for oil, water and gas are available.

Low Cost of Operation. Meters are simple to install and operates and are rugged in its construction.

The applications of Hedland variable flow meters are varied and diverse. They can be used to measure the flow of different types of fluids, such as oil, water, air, and gases, in various industries and settings. Some examples of applications are:

  • Machine cooling and lubrication: Hedland meters can monitor the flow of coolants and lubricants in machines to ensure optimal performance and prevent overheating or wear and tear1.
  • Packaging: Hedland meters can measure the flow of liquids or gases used in packaging processes, such as filling, sealing, or labeling.
  • Semiconductor production: Hedland meters can control the flow of gases or liquids used in semiconductor fabrication, such as etching, deposition, or cleaning1.
  • High pressure and hose applications: Hedland meters can withstand high pressures and temperatures and can be installed in hoses or pipes to measure the flow of fluids or gases in hydraulic or pneumatic systems.
  • Automotive and aviation industry: Hedland meters can monitor the flow of fuels, oils, coolants, or air in vehicles or aircrafts to ensure proper functioning and safety.
  • Mining industry: Hedland meters can measure the flow of water, chemicals, or gases used in mining operations, such as drilling, blasting, or processing.

Hydrasales carry a comprehensive range of the product ex-stock and can assist with your inline Flowmeter sizing and liquid compatibility questions. 

Please email enquiries to harpo@hydrasale.co.za or visit our website at www.hydrasales .co.za for more information.

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