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Hydraulic Cylinders Break — Repair Can Save Money & Increase Production

June 20, 2014

Cost savings and increased productivity are crucial for any company. Developing and adhering to a maintenance and hydraulic cylinder repair program for your hydraulic cylinders when they breakdown or wear out, instead of buying new, provides both – increased production and decreased costs.

This one thing accounts for 80% of hydraulic cylinder failures

Maximizing the life of a hydraulic cylinder begins with a dedicated approach to maintenance. The biggest culprit in cylinder failure is fluid contamination. This single item accounts for close to 80% of all hydraulic cylinder failures. Not having an established regular fluid inspection schedule and cleanliness targets can result in high levels of micron particles that will eventually score the cylinder rod, cylinder bores and lead to seal failure.

Fluid inspection frequency factors

Depending on your industry, system, usage, and maintenance standards, hydraulic fluid should be checked a minimum of once per quarter and sent out to a lab for an ISO cleanliness test. The fluid will be graded on 6 levels ranging from 2 up to 50 microns. The results of the test will determine whether the fluid needs to be changed or filtered to get back within specifications. Servo value systems, because of the close tolerances and precise nature of the equipment, will require special attention and very high cleanliness standards.

Regular checking of connections, boots & mounts means fewer problems

Periodic inspections of the cylinders to ensure that pivot points are greased, rod end connections are tight and not working loose from their mounts and checking that rod boots are in good condition can prevent potential problems.

Established inspection systems can extend hydraulic cylinder life

There are numerous other reasons cylinders fail, preventing any of them depends on systematic inspections and detailed procedures of what and how to inspect. Cylinders can break because of inappropriate application for the specific task or an improper mounting, which can create extra stress and cause failure. Of course there is always the potential of a random event, like a piece of construction equipment or manufacturing material falling on an exposed cylinder rod causing a nick or other defect on the surface. Regular inspections can help you catch small things before they turn into big things and cause partial or complete premature failure of your hydraulic cylinder.

Repair or Replace? That is the question.

Parts break. Machines wear out. Same goes for even the highest quality Yates’ cylinders and applying the most stringent maintenance standards. Eventually a cylinder is going to fail or simply wear out under normal use. Choosing hydraulic cylinder repair as your first option could save 10s of thousands on a single cylinder.

Knowing what caused premature cylinder failure can save even more

Repairing a cylinder instead of buying a new one not only saves money, it can mean faster turn around times, and in many cases help you identify the cause of the failure and make the necessary corrections that will eliminate the problem in the future.

Do you sell or repair hydraulic cylinders? Then why stock them?

In the past, companies stocked a spare cylinder or two as back up to assure continuity of production; however, in today’s economy that’s just too expensive for most companies. The lean solution is using specialized hydraulic cylinder repair facilities like Yates Industries. We have a 24-hour/ 7 Day a week emergency hydraulic cylinder repair service and we have a huge warehouse with a complete selection of parts and materials so we can do almost any cylinder repair in a quarter of the time (or less) than it takes to machine a whole new replacement.

How fast can you repair my broken cylinder? How fast do you need it?

We can often repair and ship a cylinder within a day or two of receiving the product needing repair. The length of time will depend on the size and condition of the unit, but if your cylinder fails on a Sunday we could very well get you back up and running by Tuesday. We have a small business customer focus with big business capability.

Ready to save 50 grand?

Repairing a failed cylinder can save a company 40–50% of the cost of a new unit. This is huge, considering that new hydraulic cylinders can cost upwards of $100,000 for certain applications.

A large portion of the savings comes about as a direct result of using many of the existing parts in the repair process; it does not compromise the quality of the cylinder but can actually enhance the life of the unit.

Inside and out, top to bottom inspection before we do the repair

Each cylinder receives a thorough inspection at the start of the repair process to determine the overall condition of the unit. During this phase, Yates technicians check to see if there has been any stress placed on the unit from excessive side loads, improper mounting, fluid contamination or a defective seal. All welds are also dye tested for stress cracks.

Our hydraulic cylinder repair process can give you a “better than new” cylinder

This procedure enables our technicians to determine the possible cause of the failure and make the necessary corrections in the repair process to restore the unit to a better than new condition. This is also a time when a determination can be made to assure that the cylinder is the proper fit for the application. In comparison, buying a new cylinder will not address the specific technical or design or other flaws that led to the failure.

Replace, bore, hone and re-chrome. Repaired cylinders back to OEM specs.

During the hydraulic cylinder repair process, defective parts are replaced. The cylinder body is bored and honed if necessary – rods straightened, OD re-chromed, end caps reworked and seals replaced or upgraded if possible. One of the advantages of repairing a cylinder is if a rod has to be machined and re-chromed we will increase the layer of chrome from 1/1000th of an inch upwards to 4/1000th – a process that enhances the surface hardness of the rod and performance life of the cylinder. All cylinders we repair are brought back to like-new, OEM condition and are warranted for workmanship and material for a full 6 months.

If you have a cylinder you need repaired or have questions on establishing a maintenance program for your plant’s hydraulic cylinders you can contact us in Michigan at our 
Corporate Office 
23050 E Industrial Dr 
St Clair Shores, MI 48080 Phone: (586) 778-7680 Email: Or Yates Cylinders Alabama,
 55 Refreshment Place 
Decatur, AL 35601. Phone: (256) 351-8081 Email: Our Emergency repair line is (800) 340-6024.


Want to Keep Your Company from Going “Broke”?

May 16, 2014

In today’s competitive world market, you need to keep your company up and running and minimize downtime in order to compete and win.  At the same time, you don’t want your company going “broke” by stocking expensive replacement parts as the solution.  At Yates, we’ve got you covered!

Yates Hydraulic Cylinder Repair

Yates has a fast and comprehensive hydraulic cylinder repair service that can get your hydraulic cylinders fixed and your machines back up and running quickly!

Did you know that it is often possible for Yates to repair and ship a cylinder within a day or two?  In many cases that’s up to a quarter of the time it takes to machine a new replacement!

Not only is the turn-around time often faster, it can also be substantially cheaper to repair an existing cylinder instead of buying a new one.  In some cases the repair can be 40-50% of the cost of a new unit.  When you consider that some new hydraulic cylinders can cost upwards of $100,000 that is a significant savings!

Be sure to check out the full details of Yates’ hydraulic cylinder repair service here.

We even offer 24/7 emergency hydraulic cylinder repair.


Why It’s Critical for You to Learn About Yates’ New Cylinder Line

April 29, 2014

Hydraulic Cylinder Repair

It’s almost time again for AISTech 2014.  Where has the year gone?  It seems like AISTech 2013 was just a few months back.

This year’s show is especially exciting for us as we will be unveiling a brand new catalog with our full line of cylinder products for the steel industry.  This new cylinder line could be crucial to keep your company functioning smoothly.  Come by our booth to learn why.

We’ll have  several members of our sales and engineering departments on hand to meet with you and discuss Yates’ cylinders. No matter how big or hot the environment we either have, or can build, reliable customized solutions your steel production needs.

It’s also an exciting time for us to interact with existing customers and get your feedback on our products and services, so we can continue to develop quality cylinder products that meet the exacting standards of the Steel Industry.  Our customers mean everything to us and we enjoy getting to see you and talk to you.

The show runs May 5-8 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Come see us at booth #1233.  AISTech brings together suppliers, like Yates Industries, steel industry buyers and key decision makers in the steel industry from all around the world.

We hope to see you there!

For Precise Motion Control in Heavy Duty Applications, Hydraulic Cylinders Rule

January 15, 2014

Motion systems engineers often ask themselves the question – do I use hydraulics or pneumatics to drive this system? Both of these technologies use pressurized fluid to generate power to drive linear motion. In hydraulic systems, the fluid is a liquid, usually oil, whereas pneumatic systems use a gas, typically compressed air. The nature and behavior of these two media is what creates the functional differences in how these systems operate. For applications that require high forces to move something heavy with pinpoint accuracy, nothing beats a hydraulic system.

Hydraulic cylinders are incredibly powerful. They can lift and move loads with a smooth fluid motion. Hydraulic technology is based on two principles of fluid mechanics – one, that fluids don’t compress, and two, that pressure is distributed equally in confined liquids. Since hydraulic fluid is not compressible and has a known consistency and viscosity, it is possible to contain it under very high and tightly regulated pressures, typically in the range of 1,000 to 5,000 psi, and even greater for specialty applications. When the fluid is released, volume, flow rate, and pressure can be controlled with a high degree of accuracy to provide predictable motion. In pneumatic systems, since air is both compressible and elastic, its volume can fluctuate based on ambient conditions. This makes is difficult to build up and control pressure with the same pinpoint precision as hydraulics. Most pneumatic applications use pressures of only about 80 to 100 psi, much less than what is required to move large or heavy loads.

There are other benefits to using hydraulic power. Precise control and high pressures allow for fast acceleration and deceleration, rapid response to variable speed adjustments, and consistent power output. Hydraulic systems are typically comprised of only a few moving parts, making them durable and easy to maintain. The dynamics of hydraulic systems keep land and sea transportation moving, aircraft flying, and industrial machinery and factories humming.

If you would like more information about hydraulics from one of our experts, please get in touch – we would love to hear from you!

Yates’ Approach to Navigating the Aging Workforce in Manufacturing

November 27, 2013

As a business heavily invested and involved in the manufacturing sector, Yates has a keen interest in the challenges our industry faces, and the ways in which manufacturing is changing and adapting to technology and an increasing global trade and labor network . One of the things we’ve noticed (and we’re certainly not the only ones) is that many of the manufacturers we deal with employ mostly people of the baby-boomer generation. In fact, on some recent tours of our facility, we’ve gotten several comments about the presence of young faces on our floor, as opposed to the mostly older demographic that was expected.

We haven’t invested in a huge PR campaign to attract young workers to our company, so how have we succeeded in maintaining this enviably mixed age range for our workforce? The answer is probably a maze of interrelated factors, but we think we’ve identified a few. At Yates, we hire based on both the skills the applicant has, and his or her desire to want to learn. We value those with a high degree of mechanical interest and aptitude, not necessarily on what diploma or degree they have.

Our internal structure is similarly driven by individual employees’ desires, and is primarily self-motivated. For instance, if one of our young employees has skill or experience with one particular machine, but would like to learn about another, we have training options available. We keep track of each new certification an employee achieves, and encourage this sort of interdisciplinary learning – it adds value to Yates to have employees experienced in multiple areas, and adds to their own personal sense of achievement. We’ve found this educational and training-focused approach to serve us well, and we think it prepares us well for the long-term future.

What’s your perspective? What else can manufacturers do to encourage younger workers to join the ranks of manufacturing? Tweet @YatesCylinders with your two cents, or just to follow our industry updates and join our conversations.

Auto Industry Inspiration

August 20, 2013

“To do something well is so worthwhile that to die trying to do it better cannot be foolhardy.  Indeed, life is not measured in years alone, but in achievement.”

That’s a quote from Bruce McLaren, who founded McLaren automotive, one of the most well-known names in the race and general automotive world.  In a recent tribute to their founder on their 50th anniversary, McLaren put together this inspiring video to commemorate the life and work of their founder, and to reaffirm their commitment to his stated goals.

The vibrancy that comes with the pace of the life of a competitive racecar driver serves as an apt and vivid framework for the philosophy of life and work that McLaren espoused – and while we at Yates aren’t often subjected to risks of the same magnitude, the pursuit of excellence that drove McLaren also provides the motive power for our business model.  While our processes are another step removed from the racetracks, our products reflect that same adherence to do things well.

Ever since our beginnings, we have pursued innovation.  We saw a gap in the market for quality cylinders and hydraulic cylinder repair, and filled it.  Once we built a name for ourselves by the quality of our products, we saw the need to expand (and eventually relocate) and streamline our processes to be able to continue to meet the needs of our customers on our own terms of quality and service.   We are ever improving and growing to keep pace and anticipate the needs of our customers and the industries they serve, while still maintaining an industry-leading warranty on our products, in the auto industry, and many other applications.  For more information, or just to get in touch, tweet @YatesCylinders or visit our website today  – we’d love to hear from you.

Safety and Yates – A Proactive Approach

June 26, 2013

By pure coincidence, “Safety” and “Yates” are nearly anagrammatic (only one pesky “f” away), but it’s no accident that Yates is a company that is continually improving our safety procedures for our employees and customers alike.  Allow us now to give you some specifics of how Yates is seeking to play it safe in our workplace.

We introduced a policy that our guests wear orange vests and badges around our shop floor, so that our machine operators are aware of what’s going on in the space, and can easily maneuver around any obstacles, human or otherwise.  Speaking of maneuvering, we also make sure our operators are fully trained by an outside vendor before operating any of our overhead cranes, to ensure that they’re using the machines in the safest and most effective ways possible.  Those same cranes also now come with lights that flash any time they are in motion – to be extra sure our orange-vest-wearing visitors and other employees can steer clear of the moving machines.  All of our guests who visit the shop floor are also restricted from entering certain zones that we have cordoned off; these areas are for employees only, and are clearly marked as such.  Other improvements include lockout procedures for our machines, which only certified employees may perform, and locking steady-rests for our larger pieces on the lathe.

One point we want to stress is that we did not decide to implement these procedures because we learned any safety lessons the hard way.  As conscientious employers and industry professionals, we see it as our duty not only to provide a functional working environment, but also one that protects and promotes the health, and naturally then the safety, of our employees and visiting clients.  We think it’s a mark of a responsible business to invest in safety, and we will continue to cultivate that kind of atmosphere here.

About Yates Industries:

Since 1972, Yates has been at the front lines of the cylinder manufacturing industry, and consistently innovates with new products and services. Yates’ hydraulic cylinder repair is one of the fastest and best in the industry. Learn more about Yates Industries at

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