Get up to Speed on Hydraulic Seal Systems | Hydraulic Cylinder Seals

Get up to Speed on Hydraulic Seal Systems

You may think we are biassed, but here at Rapid Rams we know that hydraulic cylinders play a vital role in keeping your operations charging ahead, and the crucial part to keeping the heart of a hydraulic cylinder beating is its seal system. These seemingly small components play a big role in preventing leaks, maintaining performance, and ensuring the longevity of hydraulic systems. 

Given how important these components are, we want you to know them inside out, just like we do. So keep reading to learn about different types of hydraulic seals from people who deal with them all the time.

Understanding Hydraulic Cylinder Seal Systems

Before we get into the nitty gritty of hydraulic cylinder seal systems, you may need a refresher on what exactly they do. As your hydraulics experts, we’re exactly the right people to get you up to speed! 

Hydraulic cylinder seal systems are designed to contain hydraulic fluid within the cylinder and prevent contaminants from entering. They ensure a tight seal between the moving components, enabling the cylinder to function optimally. These systems typically consist of several types of seals, each serving a specific purpose, which is just what we are about to get into.

Types of Hydraulic Cylinder Seals

Rod Seals: Located on the dynamic side of the cylinder, rod seals prevent leakage of hydraulic fluid from the cylinder to the outside environment. They also protect the system from external contaminants.

Piston Seals: Positioned on the static side of the cylinder, piston seals ensure a reliable seal between the piston and cylinder bore. They maintain pressure within the cylinder while preventing fluid leakage.

Wiper Seals: Situated externally on the hydraulic cylinder, wiper seals serve as a barrier against contaminants, preventing dirt, debris, and moisture from entering the cylinder.

Guide Rings: Also known as wear rings or guide strips, these components prevent metal-to-metal contact between moving parts, reducing friction and extending the life of the seals.

At Rapid Rams, we stock a large range of seals that suit various pieces of equipment. Have a unique seal? Rapid cans can supply parts to your specifications from all around the world and can even produce custom seals just for you! So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with Rapid Rams today and get the perfect hydraulic seal systems to keep your operations charging ahead!