How It’s Made: Hydraulic Cylinders

We talked a lot on our blog about how hydraulic cylinders are used in various industries – everything from offshore drilling to firefighting. Hydraulic cylinders can do all kinds of amazing things, but did you ever wonder – how are they made?

It would take a lot of words for us to explain all that goes into producing hydraulic cylinders. Lucky for us (and you!), this video from the Science Channel’s show How It’s Made does a great job of giving a general overview of what it takes to create a hydraulic cylinder. If a picture is worth a thousand words, getting to see a little of the process is priceless!

As you can see, not only do hydraulic cylinders provide much power, it takes much power to create them. Sharp and powerful drills must bore through steel to create the piston. This video also shows the steps that are taken to keep a cylinder clean. Sealers are carefully placed to prevent fluid from leaking and to clean dirt and debris from the piston rod.

What may surprise you is how much of the hydraulic cylinder assembly process is done by hand. Although machines do much of the hard work, the adding of sealers and the placement of the rod in the cylinder are delicate processes that require a hands-on approach so the cylinder is not damaged. Even screws are placed in the cylinder head by hand!

Of course, no video can fully capture the process, especially when you consider that our cylinders are purpose built – built for the specific task they will be performing, and the specific equipment in which they will be used. This leads to great efficiency and a longer life for your cylinders, saving you time and money.

Are you interested in learning more about how purpose built cylinders can improve your business? Or do you have questions about cylinder construction, repair, or maintenance? Contact us by email, or call us at 866.406.4100. We’d love to work with you to make your equipment the best it can be, so you can do the best work in your industry.