How to Measure Stroke on Hydraulic Cylinders

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Understanding the Basics of Hydraulic Cylinders

A hydraulic cylinder is a mechanical device used to generate linear force and motion by converting hydraulic energy into mechanical energy. It consists of a cylinder barrel, in which a piston connected to a piston rod moves back and forth. The piston rod is connected to a hydraulic system, which includes a hydraulic pump, valves, and other components. The hydraulic system is used to create pressure in the cylinder, which pushes the piston and piston rod, creating the force and motion needed to move a load.

What is a Stroke?

The stroke of a hydraulic cylinder is the distance between the retracted and extended positions of the piston. It is important to measure the stroke because it is a major factor in determining how much force and motion the hydraulic cylinder can generate. The stroke length is also used to calculate how much hydraulic fluid is needed to move the load. Knowing the stroke length is also important for determining the size and type of hydraulic system needed for the application.

How to Measure Stroke on Hydraulic Cylinders

Step 1: Prepare the Cylinder

Before taking measurements, it is important to ensure that the cylinder is in the proper position for measurement. If the cylinder is not in the proper position, it can affect the accuracy of the measurements. The cylinder should be mounted in the same position that it will be in when in use. The mounting should be secure and the cylinder should be free of any external force that could affect the measurement.

Step 2: Measure the Retracted Length

Once the cylinder is in the proper position, the retracted length can be measured. This is the distance between the mounting surface and the end of the piston rod when the piston is fully retracted. This measurement should be taken along the centerline of the cylinder.

Step 3: Measure the Extended Length

The extended length should be measured in the same manner as the retracted length. This is the distance between the mounting surface and the end of the piston rod when the piston is fully extended. The extended length should also be measured along the centerline of the cylinder.

Step 4: Calculate the Stroke

Once the retracted and extended lengths have been measured, the stroke can be calculated. The stroke is the difference between the retracted and extended lengths. The calculation is simple: stroke = extended length – retracted length.

Troubleshooting Common Issues with Hydraulic Cylinders

When measuring the stroke of a hydraulic cylinder, it is important to look out for any potential problems. If the cylinder does not move smoothly or if the measurements are not accurate, it could be a sign of a bigger problem. Some common issues can include a worn seal, a damaged piston rod, or a blocked hydraulic line. If the problem is not resolved, it is best to contact the technical department of Xinlan for assistance. Our team will be able to diagnose the problem and find the best solution.

Benefits of Xinlan Hydraulic Cylinders

Xinlan is a leading provider of hydraulic cylinders for forklifts in China. Our products are known for their quality and reliability, and we offer competitive prices and attentive customer service. We have a design capacity of 200,000 sets and 300 sets of fully automatic CNC production equipment and automatic hydraulic cylinder assembly equipment. In addition to our hydraulic tilt cylinders, hydraulic steering cylinders, and hydraulic lift cylinders, we also provide aerial work platform cylinders, hydraulic cylinders for Sany Heavy Industry, sanitation vehicle cylinder lift cylinders, and telescopic handler boom cylinders. We also accept custom orders with drawings or samples.

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