In this two-part white paper series, we will cover information about various commonly used hydraulic fluids. These fluids are used in a wide range of products across many sectors of industry. It is important when working with hydraulic equipment that you understand what fluid you are dealing with and what its characteristics are. Most fluids are incompatible with other fluids and would often require changes to seals or other system components to be able to switch between fluids. Also, each has its own health and safety considerations.
Here, we will outline key features of phosphate ester (PE) and automotive transmission fluid (ATF).