For many people, hose assembly is the first time a decision is made on what type of hydraulic hose you will need to use. In this multi-billion dollar industry, the choice of hose fitting can be a bit overwhelming. The responsibility of choosing hose fittings can become even more overwhelming knowing that selecting the wrong hose fitting is one of the common reasons for hose and fittings failure.
What you may need to help you select the right hose fitting is a guide that can help you narrow down your options. An effective guide will not only ensure that your system runs efficiently for a significant amount of time, but it will also reduce the chance of your system experiencing hose and/or fitting failure.
One small failure in your hose or fitting can result in a disaster that you will be left to clean up. Hose or fitting failures can also present a major safety hazard to anyone who is working in the area. At Custom Hose Tech, we have prepared a guide that we hope will help you learn how different types of fittings and hoses can be beneficial, and how you can properly choose the one that will improve your hydraulic system.
Hydraulic Hose and Fittings: What Are They?
Hydraulic hoses and fittings are not what you would consider your “typical” hoses. Hydraulic hose and fittings transport hydraulic fluid around your industrial machinery components. Generally, you will find that hydraulic hoses are made of durable and flexible materials that can provide an incredible amount of strength due to their makeup of several layers. Hydraulic hoses are ultimately connected with fittings, and the fittings can withstand multiple high-pressure points. The fittings also are surrounded by fittings, making it easier to crimp. As a result, you will have a strong, flexible, and leak-free connection.
How Can I Choose A Hydraulic Hose?
Selecting the right hydraulic hose will come down to a variety of factors, including the following:
- Your current and future needs
Do you want to spend more money upfront to ensure you receive what you need to have an efficient and effective system? Do you want to cut corners by installing a hydraulic hose that you think is a good fit but you are not really sure about? We understand how easy it can be to choose any hydraulic hose you have nearby because it can mean you can save money. However, this may not be the best choice.
How Can I Test The Hose?
We encourage you to search for hoses that have been properly tested by the manufacturer. Reputable manufacturers will always ensure their hoses, fittings, and other components have been properly tested and are performing as they should. The following tests can be performed to ensure your hoses will perform as expected:
- Impulse testing for the hydraulic hose is one of the essential predictions of hose life
- Burst pressure testing determines the burst strength of the assembly
- Standard operating pressure
The process for testing and evaluating industrial hose is defined by SAE and ISO standards. The above tests, and more, will push the industrial hoses beyond their typical operating conditions. After the testing procedures have been completed, you should have a better idea of what hoses fulfill the safety standards and will have the ability to withstand even the toughest conditions.
How Can I Choose Hydraulic Fittings?
It is important to choose a fitting that is a perfect match for your hose because the two parts will need to work together. Here are some of the factors you will need to consider when choosing hydraulic fittings:
- Pressure rating
When it is time to choose your hydraulic hose and fittings, it is important to choose the right pair for a variety of reasons. It is critical to adhere to all safety standards when you are preparing to equip your system. Custom Hose Tech carries the hydraulic hose and fitting supplies you will need to ensure your systems operate smoothly at all times.