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Reactive vs. Predictive Maintenance: Which Is Better for Hydraulic Pumps? 15## November 2019

Hydraulic pumps are an essential part of a wide range of operations and functions. When they don't operate properly, it can bring everything to a sudden halt. One of the leading causes for premature failure of hydraulic systems is poor or insufficient maintenance. For this reason, any effective maintenance program should start with predictive (or preventative) maintenance, not reactive maintenance.

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What's the Difference?

Predictive maintenance focuses on identifying and troubleshooting potential problems before they become major concerns. For instance, if a pump's efficiency has recently been declining or it is operating abnormally, it could be a red flag for an eventual pump failure. An experienced technician working under a predictive maintenance program will be able to recognize the issue and either fix or replace the pump before a failure can occur.

Reactive maintenance, on the other hand, is focused on responding to a problem or failure after it occurs rather than preventing it. Because failure can cause significant damage, this type of pump maintenance is much more costly for organizations and could result in serious delays and production downtime.

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Learn More About How You Can Protect Your Hydraulic Systems

It's not always possible to predict every potential failure, but a preventive/predictive hydraulic pump system maintenance program can drastically reduce the risks for your organization. For all of your hydraulic and motor system needs, contact White House Products, Ltd. at +44 (0) 1475 742500, via email at sales@whp.co.uk, or through fax at 44 1475 742888.

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