A hydraulic hose may seem like a fairly simple machinery component. But purchasing a hydraulic hose that is not designed for use with your application can lead to leaks, erosion, and overheating. Fortunately, you can avoid these pitfalls by enlisting the help of an expert in the custom hydraulic hose industry. Below are eight reasons to call a hydraulic hose custom provider.
1) A specialist will know the meaning of the STAMPED acronym by heart
“STAMPED defines the seven major areas of information required to provide a quality hose assembly for the customer. The acronym stands for Size, Temperature, Application, Materials, Pressure, End and Delivery.”
– Hilary Crisan, Hose Assembly Tips
Experienced custom hose providers know how important it is to invest in a hydraulic hose that is customized to fit your current application. They know that there is no such thing as a “One size fits all” approach when purchasing a hydraulic hose.
2) You are not sure what type of hose you currently have
It is not uncommon for equipment operators to have no idea about the make or model of the equipment they are using. And sometimes a piece of equipment is so dated that any labels or evidence of the manufacturer is completely worn off.
In these cases, an expert in custom hydraulic hose fabrication can ensure that your newly fabricated hydraulic hose meets or exceeds the specifications of your old hydraulic hose – regardless of the model or specifications of the hose.
3) You want a hose that is made with specific raw materials
“While hydraulic hose is usually constructed of multiple materials, the most commonly use primary materials include elastomers, fluoropolymers and silicone, thermoplastics, metal, andcomposite or laminated structures. Elastomeric or rubber hydraulic hose are often selected for their flexibility.”
– Paul Heney, Mobile Hydraulic Tips
Whether you are preparing for a special project or planning to work in a particularly harsh environment, a specialist in the custom hydraulic hose industry can help make sure that your hydraulic hoses are tailored to withstand exposure to the elements. For instance, your provider can install a protective cover on your hose if it will be subject to rubbing or abrasion.
4) You cannot afford to wait for a hose to be ordered, processed, and shipped
The majority of hydraulic hose providers do not have the capability to quickly process orders for custom hydraulic hoses. Some are e-commerce stores that merely take online credit card payments and then ship orders from an order fulfillment center. Depending upon when you place your order, you may have to wait days or weeks for your order to be processed, prepared and delivered to your address.
A custom hydraulic hose provider, on the other hand, has the tools, technicians, and expertise required to prepare a customized order quickly. Within a matter of minutes, they can take your call, customize your hydraulic hose, and have it ready for delivery or pickup.
5) You are seeking a hose with an atypical diameter
“Important dimensions for the selection of hydraulic hose include the inside diameter, outside diameter, and minimum bend radius. Hydraulic hose sizes are denoted by the inside and outside diameter of the hose. The inside diameter refers to the inside of the hose or liner. The outside diameter is often a nominal specification for hoses of corrugated or pleated construction.”
– Paul Heney, Design World
Using a hydraulic hose that is not the proper diameter can result in leaks, stretching, and poor flow velocity. Experienced custom fabricators of hydraulic hoses know the importance of hose size and will help ensure that your custom fabricated hydraulic hoses is the proper diameter. For instance, they know that a hose with a smaller diameter will not result in a higher flow rate. Likewise, they know that installing a hose that is too large can impede fluid velocity and cause a bend in the hose near the fitting.
6) You can enjoy the benefits that a mobile service has to offer
The best hydraulic hose providers in Minnesota recognize that business owners often cannot afford to experience the loss of productivity that can occur when a key piece of equipment fails due to a faulty hydraulic hose. They offer customers a mobile service to help address emergencies are addressed onsite quickly. They even offer onsite fabrication of custom hoses and fittings to help minimize interruptions to productivity.
7) You need to verify the burst pressure rating
“Burst pressure is a built-in safety factor for a hydraulic hose. A hose manufacturer verifies the burst pressure in a destructive test…The hose does not have to violently break apart completely to have suffered a burst failure. The burst pressure rating of a hydraulic hose if often 4x the working pressure rating or greater.”
– Mary Gannon, Fluid Power World
Ensuring that your hydraulic hose has the proper burst pressure rating for your application is vital to compliance with safety regulations and industry standards. A custom hydraulic hose fabricator will have a strong working knowledge of burst pressure ratings and be able to make helpful hose recommendations for your applications.
8) You are looking for a total solution to all of your hydraulic hose needs
Many leading hydraulic hose providers also possess expertise in fittings, hose repair, and mobile service delivery. By establishing a relationship with an experienced hydraulic hose provider, you lay the foundation for a fruitful long-term relationship with a trusted provider who can meet all of your hydraulic hose needs.
Selecting the best custom hydraulic hose provider
Finding a hydraulic hose provider that addresses the eight needs outlined above is as easy as a quick phone call or a few clicks of your mouse. We encourage you to contact us to find out why we are Minnesota’s most trusted provider of customized hydraulic hoses. One of our industry experts will evaluate your hydraulic hose needs and fabricate the customized hose that you need quickly and affordably. At Custom Hose Tech, we even offer a mobile service so you do not have to interrupt your operations to drive to another location for help. We look forward to serving as your total solution to all of your hydraulic hose needs.