A failed hydraulic hose can result in a domino effect that can lead to a lost in production, failed equipment, and injuries. Any of these things can come at a high cost to the machine and/or the owner.
In equipment that is hydraulically controlled, there will be some parts and components that cannot be easily changed because of how the equipment has been structured. Since the structure of hydraulically controlled equipment can be highly complex, it is the responsibility of the designer to decrease the possibilities of any leaks so maintenance will not be as complex as the equipment.
When there is a straight hydraulic hose installation, there will need to be enough space in the components and configuration so the hoses and tubing will be easy to connect and easy to access when maintenance is necessary. Also, when the configuration is completed in such a way, it will allow you to get the absolute most out of your hydraulic hose assembly.
Hydraulic Hose Routing
When you implement the proper hose and tube routing techniques, you will save yourself a significant amount of time, money, and energy. The correct hydraulic hose routing will have an impact on hose ends because the right hose will be able to eliminate any needless strain.
What will happen if a hydraulic hose will need to make its way into a tight space that would not attach to the smallest bend radius?
The minimum bend radius serves as a representation of the smallest diameter that a hose can be bent without causing any damage or without trimming the lifespan of the hose. Hose assembly routing and the environment in which the hose assembly is configured will have an impact on the lifespan of the hose assembly.
Proper hydraulic hose routing will not only increase the service life of the assembly, but it will also lead to a safer and more secure working functionality.
Hose Routing Best Practices
Avoid Bending Hoses
As mentioned earlier, it is important to allow enough space so it will allow for the smallest bend radius. If there is not enough space, it can lead to the collapse of the line. A collapse of the line can lead to restricted flow. When configuring a hose assembly, it is important to remember that the hoses should never be bent tighter than the minimum bend radius.
Do Not Twist Any Assemblies
In order to properly and securely route the hose, it is important to use the proper support system. When a hydraulic hose is securely and correctly attached, you will be able to avoid parts and components touching in any way, shape, or form. During the installation process, it is important to ensure that there will not be any assemblies that have been twisted or crossed.
Use A Proper Clamping Technique
A hose clamp is a critical aspect of proper hose routing. A hose clamp will allow you to properly secure the hose. A hose clamp will also allow the hoses to fit in its proper place. When you need to select a hose clamp, the hose clamp should match your unique needs. The correct hose clamp will latch onto the hose without result in any type of compression.
Using the proper hose routing techniques will not only allow for you to have a system that is free of flaws. A system that has been properly configured will also make repairs and maintenance easier because there will not be any twisted or bent assemblies to work around. Contact Custom Hose Tech today for information on how our hose and fittings can be matched to fit your unique needs.