If your business relies on hydraulic systems, you’ll understand that time is of the essence. Unforeseen and sudden equipment failures cause significant disruption to production lines. At the same time, leaks from hydraulic hoses are both time-consuming to remedy, and dangerous, due to the sudden release of hot liquids.
Keeping ambient heat under control is a challenge in many hydraulic systems. Fluid pressure, motion, and moving parts all raise the temperature, making user safety and smooth running far trickier to maintain. One effective way to reduce the risks and challenges of ambient heat is by investing in thermoplastic hydraulic hoses.
Hydraulic hoses are high-performance products and therefore require careful handling to extend their lifespan and ensure any issues are detected early. Since they have to withstand high pressure and form part of an often complicated system, there are various sources of danger when dealing with them, and which must be handled with particular care.
A leak from a hydraulic hose spells danger. The highly pressured liquids used in hydraulic systems can pose a significant risk to personnel and property in the workplace, producing spillages that can cause slips and falls, creating a fire danger that could be potentially devastating. Chemical or corrosive liquids can cause life-changing injuries, such as severe burns, damage to eyesight or impaired breathing, and may also be carcinogenic.
Fortunately, leaking hoses are easy to spot, but administering repairs, as well as cleaning up spilled hydraulic fluids, is time-consuming and logistically difficult. Repairing damaged or worn hoses also means taking equipment out of service, affecting production and damaging profitability. As with many problems in industry, prevention – rather than the cure – is the best answer. Continue reading “How To Prevent Dangerous Leaks In Hydraulic Hoses”
High quality hose assemblies are vital for the efficient and safe operation of hydraulic machinery. Incorrect hose assembly increases the potential for components to separate under extreme pressure, spraying hot fluid around the working environment. At the very least, this causes disruption to the production line while equipment is taken out of service and hydraulic fluid is cleaned up. In the worst case scenario, line operatives may be severely injured by hot or corrosive fluid, or hose whips.
Hydrastar supplies the full range of Gates crimping equipment to help you create robust and safe hose assemblies for your production line and minimise the possibility of hose lines separating – and the Gates eCrimp app will make your workshop even more efficient. Continue reading “What Is E-Crimp?”
In any hydraulic machine, the hoses are key components. While the pumps, actuators, valves, and fluid mechanisms are also central parts of the machinery, they would be unable to perform their roles without appropriate and operational hydraulic hoses. Hoses must be selected correctly because they should be durable enough to tolerate extremes of temperature and strong enough to withstand the movements of highly pressured fluids.
Hoses that are incorrectly chosen are liable to premature failure, which can damage equipment, cause extensive delays to the manufacturing process and inflict serious injury on machinery operatives.
When selecting the correct hydraulic hose for your machinery, make sure you consider these key factors: Continue reading “How To Select The Right Hydraulic Hose For Your Application”
The estimated lifespan of your typical hydraulic hose is around ten years. This may vary depending on the material used in construction, the intensity of use, where it’s used, and the stress it’s placed under. However, all hydraulic hoses run the risk of developing leaks, surface wear, and open splits given enough time. Any hydraulic system used outside or regularly exposed to the elements is at particular risk of critical failure. Continue reading “4 Simple Steps To Fix A Broken Hydraulic Hose”