A Homer Simpson’s guide to Hydraulics

A Homer Simpson’s guide to Hydraulics

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Here is a fun look at hydraulics from the point of view of Homer Simpson from The Simpsons cartoon. Homer is the Safety Inspector for the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant so hopefully he is all over this….



Homer seems to always put himself in danger, with his catchcry D’oh when he gets hurt. Hydraulics is dangerous, high pressure fluids can cut through anything, cardboard, plastic, steel and even humans. This is ok as long as we are trying to cut these materials, but when there is damage to the hydraulic hoses – look out! (see more info in our Safety DVD http://www.apthydraulics.com.au/safety-dvd/ )


Cuff ’em Lou

Police Chief Clancy is a lazy person with little regard for public safety, he is very uninformed about most subjects. Large hydraulic systems incorporating high flows and high pressures mean the is a high energy density – a large amount of energy in a small space. If people need to access these areas while the system is operating then Hose Tethers should be used to prevent a hose “whipping” around in the event it fails at the fitting.


It’s your old pal Krusty here

Not the lazy, depressed chain smoking clown – but Krusty Contamination – the stuff that builds up in a hydraulic system over time. Sometimes from excess heat, or normal wear and tear, this contamination can cause intermittent faults in a system. Good filtration can help to overcome these issues but sometimes is takes a system flush.


Shut up Lisa

Bart and Lisa fight like any normal siblings, and Bart tells Lisa regularly to shut up and stop making noise. Hydraulic systems can be noisy at times and this needs to be monitored. Excessively noisy systems could indicate a fault which eventually will stop the machine. So, shut up Lisa and listen to the machine!


The merciless insanity peppers of Quetzlzacatenango…

Hydraulic systems operate at elevated temperatures, high enough to burn or scald human skin. For this reason we need to be mindful when working on hydraulic systems that we do not burn ourselves on hot oil or components. But, unlike the merciless insanity peppers of Quetzlzacatenango hydraulic systems shouldn’t operate at temperatures so high that we have to handle components with tongs and don a welder’s protective mask just to go near them.


Uh, Homer? I don’t mean to be a nervous pervis, but….

Ned Flanders is a nervous, timid pushover of a person but his nonsensical ramblings may be on the money in the case of hydraulics. There are many dangers working on hydraulic systems, and also many dangers when you are just near them.

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