How to Select the Right Hydraulic Hose for Flow and Safety

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At Custom Hose Tech, we carry every type of hydraulic hose that our customers may need for any application, here in Minnesota’s Twin Cities area. We fully understand the seriousness in selecting the right hydraulic hose for the different types of applications. We’re here to bring the skills needed to help in the selection process.

The “Careful Thought and Consideration” of Hydraulic Hose Selection

An educational review found on Fluid Power World will help you better understand that “careful thought and consideration are needed in order to make the best hose selection.” Anyone employing hydraulic hose applications must be familiar with the STAMP rule: size, temperature, application, materials, pressure, ends, and delivery. In addition to adhering to STAMP, there is more to consider.

  • “Types of Fittings” to Consider and Use
  • “Nature of the Fluid”
  • “Abrasion Resistance”
  • “Flexing Cycles of a Hose”
  • “Range of Installation Challenges”

The Safety Consideration Should be Priority over Economic Savings

Hydraulic hose failure can be a grave occurrence. Not only causing costly downtime but also there may be potential “environmental contamination concerns,” and even worse is the probability of “seriously injured” workers. When economics is the sole consideration for hydraulic hose selection, there is always a potential for failure that “can easily leave human risks at a very high level.”

Part of hydraulic hose safety is knowing when it’s time to replace them. When you begin to see cracks, blisters, or abrasions, it’s time to get the hose changed out. Don’t wait for a failure to happen, and here are the top reasons for hydraulic hose failure. You don’t want your workforce to experience a “hose whip” situation that can result in serious injuries.

The Correct Calculations are Vital Factors in the Selection Process

  • The “pressure rating” must take into account for “momentary pressure surges.”
  • Miscalculation of the “inside diameter,” resulting in a “too small” hose selection, can produce “excessive velocity,” and that can cause “friction and turbulence.” The result of this combination “will surely result in noticeable higher system pressure and heat.”
  • The “length” should be “at least two hose widths of space between the crimp and any bends.” (See the 1st diagram.)
  • Select the hose with the “materials” that can withstand the application. (See the 4th diagram.)
  • Know how to read a “hose layline,” and be sure there is a maximum working pressure (WP) noted. (See the 3rd and 5th diagrams.)

The Correct Installation is a Key Factor to Hydraulic Hose Performance

  • Minimum bend radius” is critical for adequate flow. (See the 6th diagram.)
  • Bending and twisting” can result in stress that can cause premature hose deterioration or unexpected failure. (See the 2nd diagram.)
  • Brackets” may be necessary for hose support to avoid stress on the fittings. (See the 7th diagram.)
  • Cleanliness” of hoses, post sawing, is vital for the removal of destructive contaminants from the cutting process.

Partner with Custom Hose Tech for Correct and Consistent Hydraulic Hose Selection

When you don’t want to have to worry about selecting the right hydraulic hose, use the team at Custom Hose Tech. We have built a team of in-house and field experts to take care of your hydraulic hose needs. Let us take out any guesswork. We have all the services to make sure you have the hydraulic hose for your industrial application.

No one does it better than our team at Custom Hose Tech. Call to partner with us to keep your operation flowing.