Use the Right Hose for the Right Job


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If you need a spare screw or bolt or nut, or even a scrap piece of wire, to MacGyver a quick replacement part for your vibration control systems, you can do it in a pinch and get by. But what happens when you have a problem with one of the hydraulic pumps? If you lose a hydraulic hose, what do you have on-hand to replace it? It is not like you can use a spare coolant hose that you have lying around.

Hoses are a bit more specific in their application, and really must be catered specifically to the job, and equipment, that they are to be used with. There are a few different aspects about hydraulic and coolant hoses that make them designed specifically for their own task and nothing more. These are qualifications that you should be familiar with if you are running the machine, so they really should come as no surprise to you.

1. Fittings

Hose hookups are not universal. Every hose is not interchangeable with every other hose. The fitting that the coolant hose plugs into is most likely not going to be the same kind that the hydraulic hose goes into. There are male and female ends that need to coincide, as well as widths and specific connecting hardware that must fit together. Even if you manage to jury rig something with what you have on hand, you will most likely not have an airtight seal, which can lead to air bubbles in the hose or fluid leaks. Both of which are very bad.

2. Types

There are actually a lot of different aspects to each individual hose that need to be taken into consideration. And some may not be transferable from one piece of equipment to the next. Depending on what the hose is being used for, it may need to be made of a food grade material. If it is not, the product will be unusable. Certain hoses are rated at specific temperature levels, some being able to withstand much higher temperatures of chemicals than others.

Some hoses are designed to transport a specific type of chemical, and any other type of chemical may be affected by the make of that hose. And if a hose has been used for one job before, you certainly cannot grab it for a different job. There may be chemicals left in it from the last application, which could mix with the new and cause some unwanted side effects in the machinery. And just like temperature, certain hoses are rated to be able to withstand specific degrees of pressure or vacuum, while others cannot handle pressure or vacuum at all.

Knowing what a hose can do, and what is required for a machine to work properly, is integral to keeping the production process flowing as smoothly as possible. Rather than stopping work for half a day because you unexpectedly blow out a hose, keep at least one spare on hand at all times. Reference links:

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