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When it comes to moving media from tanks to pumps, valves, and cylinders, hydraulic hoses have been the standard product of choice for decades. Due to their widespread availability and ease of use, hose assemblies are most engineer's first thought when it comes to system design. The word “custom” is often considered taboo, but let us show you why our custom products can actually save time money, and headaches.
You’ve no doubt seen them, installed on all your equipment, overflowing your shelves, and haunting your inventory with hundreds of part numbers. Adapters are used in so many applications that it may seem impossible to escape them, but have you ever stopped and wondered why? Why are hydraulic adapters everywhere, and what is the point of these things?
A leaking or faulty hose can have devastating effects, from halted operations, leaked materials, damages and even personnel injuries. Failures of any kind can be very costly in the form of lost production due to unforeseen outages and can overall become an absolute nightmare for a business. Luckily, if you prepare to combat any unforeseen problems you will keep productivity, health & safety and much more to a high standard. By having industrial hose inspection and testing carried out by our Quality Team, you will be much better prepared to avoid those potential dangers to your operations.
For those outside the mysterious realm of the hydraulics industry, the terms we pass around are often confusing, contradictory, and downright vague. "Industrial hose" is one of those terms. Sure, it sounds innocent enough at first, until we realize an "industrial hose" can be anything from a residential garden hose, to an FDA approved food-grade conveying device. Let's explore what Industrial hoses are, and how they differ from hydraulic hoses.
Throughout the ages, scholars have fiercely debated topics such as the existential meaning of life, or whether Jack could have fit onto Rose's floating door as the Titanic sank. More contested than these however, is a question that has stumped the finest scholars among us. This question of course, is "how do I assemble hydraulic connections properly?" If those scholars would stop bickering long enough to read this blog, they’d know there are three common methods for installing your hydraulic fittings. Let’s explore them now.
If you've read our STAMPED blog, you’re already familiar with the plethora of considerations to make when choosing the right hose for your application. When designing and building hose assemblies, most of the focus goes to critical factors such as pressure rating, crimp specification, and general length. However, one of the most often overlooked aspects of hose assembly design is minimum bend radius, a crucial component to extend overall assembly life and prevent catastrophic failure. So what is minimum bend radius, and why is it important?
There are thousands of options for your hydraulic and industrial hose choices. Identifying, specifying, and choosing the correct hose for your application is paramount to making sure you receive a safe assembly suitable for your application.
Since the early days of plumbing, black pipe fittings have been common in both residential and industrial applications. Widely available and easily recognizable, these fittings are often used in hydraulic applications that could benefit from using a hydraulic adapter instead.
If you’re new to hydraulic fittings, or even if you’ve been in the industry for decades, you’ve heard hydraulic fittings called by several names. Some of those names are accurate, some of them...not so much. So, which terms are correct, what do all these acronyms mean, and what should I call these things?