Tidyco discusses the importance of hydraulic filtration
From left to right; Scott Shipley, David McLean and Declan Dykes of the Tidyco Hydraulics Division
Derby-based Tidyco, a supplier of hydraulic and pneumatics to the rail industry for over 40 years; here talks to David McLean regarding the importance of hydraulic filtration.

Hi David. Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Certainly. My name is David McLean and I am Manager for Tidyco’s Hydraulics Division. I have spent a vast amount of my career advising large OEMs on hydraulics engineering best practices. My teachings discussed the importance of hydraulic filtration in great depth.

I have been working at Tidyco for just over two years and thoroughly enjoy my job. Tidyco is a forward thinking company, offering many different products and service provisions. My day-to-day job predominantly involves designing and providing hydraulic solutions to a wide variety of customers and industries.

What role does filtration play within the overall realms of hydraulics?

When considering that between 85/90% of hydraulic system failure is due to contamination, it becomes abundantly apparent how important hydraulic filtration is with regards to reducing critical downtime.

Downtime not only has a dramatic impact upon productivity but is also detrimental to the bottom line. It is therefore, prudent for businesses to understand the importance of filtration as well as regular maintenance.

If businesses have any questions regarding the true cost of downtime, I have access to a state-of-the-art downtime cost calculator, the findings may shock you into truly understanding the value of preventative planned maintenance procedures.

Effective servicing will remove impurities so as to make equipment and machinery far more efficient whilst reducing the risk of complete failure.

What other considerations are there regarding filtration?

The human eye cannot see anything smaller than 40 microns. Most hydraulic fluid contaminants are 25 or less, therefore if the fluid looks dirty to the human eye; I would suggest requesting a maintenance call-out as a matter of urgency.

How does Tidyco address filtration?

Tidyco is very much a solutions based business whereby preventative planned maintenance is offered throughout all Divisions. Interestingly, PPM is just as important in HVAC as it is pneumatics and hydraulics.

PPM has very much become a business critical consideration for FMs and on-site managers alike. Tidyco advises senior decision makers to ensure PPM forms part of overall corporate strategies.

Hydraulic filtration is a crucial element regarding overall Tidyco service provisions.

Tidyco offers an asset management system which helps to automate scheduled servicing whilst documenting every piece of equipment within a commercial property. Additional to asset management is a sophisticated frequency generator which regulates when to take fluid samples.

When considering planned maintenance for hydraulics equipment, simultaneously thinking about HVAC servicing would be incredibly wise.

Always innovating and developing new products, 2017 witnessed Tidyco introducing a mobile filtration unit to market, capable of transferring 49 LPM.

About the author

Barry Aldridge MCIM

Head of Marketing at Tidyco Limited and member of the Board of Directors for Midlands Rail Forum.