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What are some highlights of JIC hydraulic standards?

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Created in the 1950s, the Joint Industrial Council (JIC) Standards were established by a group of machine tool builders and users to offer a codified set of practices that lead to a properly constructed tool. The standards were broken down into four categories, including Electrical, Pneumatic, Hydraulic and Electronic. Though the original standards are now obsolete, they can be obtained in writing or via telephone from the NSSN or the NFPA. Some modified standards are located on the NSSN website.

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The original hydraulic standards included such mandates as the part number must be provided for all types of hydraulic equipment, hydraulic equipment must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations and hydraulic and lubricating systems must be separated such that hydraulic fluid is never be used as a lubricant. Other mandates include sensitive temperature-measuring devices must never be placed in the hydraulic circuit and all industrial equipment must undergo complete, rigorous testing before being shipped.

Additional components of the standards included the mandate that hydraulic equipment must be of proven engineering design, made of quality material with polished finishes, and be able to provide efficient, reliable service. When requested on a customer's purchase order, a schematic diagram must be supplied to the customer, and should show the flow paths for each phase of the cycle.

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