Industrial Hoses & Their Purposes

Industrial Hoses are components used to transfer liquid for one place to another; these are usually made to be resistant, durable and flexible. They are constructed differently depending on the application, with a variety of materials such as rubber, PVC, hydraulic, and composite hose. These are typically joined by hose connectors, or hose couplings, these are positioned at the ends of the hose and are used to connect the end of the hose to another hose, or an actual appliance.

Industrial hoses are used in a range of Industries including Aircraft, Chemical, Marine, Industrial, and Petroleum to things like Fire engine suction, Water, Jetting, Dock, and Dredge. Industrial hoses are for the most part designed to be able to handle intense conditions that are a part of the territory of such industries; these include things such as high pressures, extreme temperatures, heavy tensions, and contact with chemicals. These hoses are built to deal with some of, if not all of these conditions.

Braid and coil sheaths work to protect hoses against any mechanical tension, which includes pinching, chafing and impact. High and low temperatures that are met have to be prepared for with the correct chemical composition. The hose must also be able to deal with chemicals that the hose is subjected to and for this reason needs resistance. This resists any damage that can be caused by acid and alkaline mediums as well as any done by hydraulic and lubricating oils.

The fittings also need to have resistances; after all it would not do to have a weak link between the hoses. Because of the varying sizes of hoses there are also a range of connectors to join them, these include Bellows Connectors, Bin activator Seal connectors, and Flexible fabric connectors, which all serve different purposes. It is important that all hoses are regularly tested because they often transport harmful chemicals so if they are not tested for quality then they could cause severe health and environmental issues.

Methods of Testing Your Industrial Hoses

One of the most commonly used methods of testing your industrial hose is with hydrostatic testing. Buckley Industrials hydrostatic pressure testing facility provides a highly accurate test result via the computer aided tracking system and high-quality equipment.

A pressure test for every industrial hose in your industry is of paramount importance, firstly with preventing health and safety risks to employees and the environment but also with keeping a high standard of efficiency and productivity. It is essential to streamline the performance of each individual hose with regular testing to achieve high-quality products.

It is unfortunate that all extensively used products have a lifespan, and time can take its toll on your hoses. Cracks, splits, tears and rupturing can occur after constant use under high pressures and temperatures, but efficiency can be maintained with one or more testing methods.

Destructive Tests

As the name suggests, industrial hoses are destroyed during the performance of these particular tests. During a burst test, the burst pressure is recorded at the point of the hose rupturing. A hold test will determine the point where a weakness will develop and at what pressure during a specified amount of time.

Non-Destructive Tests

Occasionally, the weaknesses in a hose are unable to be detected by the human eye via a visual examination.

A volumetric expansion test is only applied to specific types of hose, for example; hydraulic or power steering hose. The results come from the measure of the volumetric expansion whilst under various internal pressures.

A rise test is the measurement of the hose height from the surface of the table where the test is taking place. Results are determined by the differences between the rise at 10psi, (0.069 MPa), and the proof pressure is recorded to the nearest 0.25 inch.

If these examples of hydrostatic pressure tests are carried out correctly and regularly, your industrial hoses will almost certainly not become a health and safety risk, with efficiency and productivity being maintained consistently within your industry.

Should you require any further information on industrial hoses then do not hesitate to get in touch with your nearest hose management company. Their knowledge is invaluable to any person or business seeking advice on industrial hoses or testing procedures.

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