STAINLESS STEEL HYDRAULIC CYLINDERS
In the food and beverage industry, cleanliness is critical. As the products manufactured and processed are intended for consumption, companies within this industry must adhere to strict sanitation guidelines to ensure the health and well-being of their customers. These requirements and restrictions cover virtually every aspect of food and beverage processing operations, including how the equipment should be designed, constructed, installed, used, and serviced.
Cleaning is key to maintaining high hygiene levels in food and beverage processing facilities. However, as these operations often employ the use of harsh chemicals that corrode and otherwise damage sensitive equipment—such as mild steel cylinders—over time, it is essential to invest in equipment designed and built for durability even in harsh operating conditions.
For customers in the food and beverage industry, the team at Maverick Machine & Hydraulics offers stainless steel hydraulic cylinders. Compared to cylinders made from other materials (e.g., mild steel), they readily accommodate use in washdown-ready equipment to ensure processing facilities comply with industry standards without damaging their machines.
Properties and Benefits of Stainless Steel Hydraulic Cylinders
Hydraulic cylinders are found in a wide range of food and beverage processing equipment. Similar to all other machines and machine components within the industry, they must comply with various industry standards to ensure the integrity of products and safety of consumers. For this reason, industry professionals often employ stainless steel hydraulic cylinders, which demonstrate excellent strength and durability throughout their service lives. These qualities allow them to withstand the frequent cleaning operations needed to maintain sanitary processing conditions.
. Stainless Steel Composition, Grades, and Benefits
Stainless steel is an iron-alloy containing at least 10.5% chromium and varying levels of other alloying elements such as carbon, nitrogen, nickel, molybdenum, and manganese. It is available in several types and grades, such as 303, 304, 316, 17-4PH. While the exact composition of a particular stainless steel material influences the properties it demonstrates, all stainless steel has the following characteristics:
- High tensile and yield strength
- Excellent machinability
- Corrosion resistance
. The Importance of Cylinder Cleanliness for the Food & Beverage Industry
The latter quality stems from the presence of chromium—and, to a smaller extent, molybdenum—in the material. It is essential for equipment used in the food and beverage processing industry. Combined with the non-porous nature of stainless steel, it prevents contaminants (e.g., bacteria) from lingering on the surface of equipment, allowing machines to be cleaned more effectively and efficiently. It also ensures that components made from it—e.g., hydraulic cylinders—are long-lasting, resulting in lower equipment costs over time.
Industrial Applications of Stainless Steel Hydraulic Cylinders
. Food & Beverage Industry
As indicated above, stainless steel hydraulic cylinders are widely used in the food and beverage processing industry for various pieces of equipment, such as cold press juicers and chocolate molding machines. Compared to the off-the-shelf products used in other industries, these components often feature different elements to meet higher sanitation standards. For example, they may have a more streamlined and solid design with a polished surface to minimize the number of spaces and surfaces where bacteria and other contaminants can accumulate.
. Other Applications
Some of the other typical industrial applications for stainless steel hydraulic cylinders include:
- Coastal power generation plants
- Marine equipment
- Oil platform and pipeline risers
- Sewage and water treatment plants
- Ship heat exchangers
Hydraulic Cylinder Repair Services at Maverick
The failure of a critical system component—e.g., a hydraulic cylinder—can result in significant loss of revenue as employees and equipment stand idle waiting for repair or replacement operations to finish. For this reason, it is important to partner with an experienced and knowledgeable repair service provider to ensure equipment issues are resolved quickly.
At Maverick Machine & Hydraulics, we offer hydraulic cylinder repair services for a variety of industrial equipment. If the component failure is irreparable, our team can reverse engineer the existing part and build an appropriate custom-made replacement.
A standard repair operation includes the following steps:
- Disassembling the cylinder
- Inspecting the barrel
- Replacing or honing the barrel as needed
- Inspecting the hydraulic cylinder and repairing/replacing the rod as needed
- Cleaning all of the parts and replacing all of the seals and packings
- Inspecting all of the threaded connections and mounting surfaces
- Reassembling the cylinder
- Testing the cylinder to 100% rated pressure along the entire stroke
- Adjusting the cushions
- Covering all external ports before painting
- Painting the cylinder with rust inhibitive paint before packing and shipping
Maverick Machine & Hydraulics: The Stainless Steel Cylinder Experts
The team at Maverick Machine & Hydraulics fully understands how costly downtime can be to your bottom line. By partnering with us for your stainless steel cylinder needs, you benefit from our:
- Friendly and responsive customer service
- Precision cylinder machining services
- Unique numbering system that facilitates accountability and traceability
- 100% testing capabilities for manufactured and repaired components
- Full warranty programs, including a standard one-year replacement guarantee and optional five-year, pro-rated warranty
For additional information about our stainless steel hydraulic cylinder offerings, contact us today.