Contractor Tips Blog

Jun
24

How to Find the Right Discharge Hose

Many mining, agricultural and industrial manufacturing operations rely on discharge hoses. These heavy-duty hoses need to withstand heavy outflow and be resilient under a variety of temperature and pressure fluctuations. Finding the right discharge hose for your business can help reduce downtime during production caused by hose breaks or leaks. To determine the best size and material for your discharge hose, consider these factors.

Discharge Direction

To prevent kinks or blockages, it is important to have a discharge hose designed for the directional flow. Whether the hose will be horizontal or vertical can impact what hose material is best. For example, rubber hoses are more prone to kinking, which may not be ideal in horizontal applications.

Material Type

For discharging water, a variety of hoses can be used, but it is important to have materials that are mildew resistant. If the material is abrasive, you may need reinforced hosing. Corrosive materials or chemicals must also have customized hoses to prevent leaks and premature wear.

Length and Diameter

How long your hose will need to be and the diameter are both critical when choosing a discharge hose. While there are many standard sizes, often it may be best to have a hose customized for your application. Quality hose suppliers can design and produce discharge hoses of the right material, diameter and length to meet your specifications for improved performance.

To find the best discharge hose for your needs, talk to your industrial rubber or plastics supplier. Often they can design a hose that is customized for your application versus purchasing a standard hose that may not work best for your operation. A customized discharge hose may last longer and require fewer altercations, saving time and money in the long run.

Posted on behalf of:
The King Group, Inc.
6865 Shiloh Road East, #100
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 886-1113

Nov
8

Hose Maintenance: Avoiding Line Breakdown

When it comes to keep your product line moving, hydraulic hoses can make or break your productivity. Most machinery requires these hoses to function, yet they are notorious for breaking, splitting and tearing. A lost hose is a common cause of a line breakdown, stopping everything until the hose is replaced. While hoses do have a finite lifetime, there are ways to extend their use and reduce breakdowns due to hose failure with preventive maintenance.

Prevent Outside Damage

One of the leading causes of hose failures is cuts or abrasion from exterior sources. If you check your hoses regularly and notice splices or damage to the outside of the hose, consider adding protection for the hose. A metal sleeve can protect the hose, extending the life and reduce the chance of exterior damage.

Replace Brackets and Clamps

Often hoses wear quickly due to missing brackets or dysfunctional clamps. It is important to inspect hoses and hardware routinely to detect any issues. If the clamps or brackets are not performing, the hose will be exposed to friction and movement that can reduce the amount of cycles.

Use Quality Hoses and Fittings

Often the reason hoses breakdown quicker than needed is due to using fitting and hoses of poor quality or from various suppliers. Finding a top-notch supplier that can provide both your hoses and fitting to ensure they mesh well can extend the lifecycle of your hoses.

In short, performing some visual inspections routinely to replace broken or worn parts, along with using quality hoses and the right hardware can help prevent breakdowns on your production line. Stick to a regular schedule of hose maintenance and you can improve your productivity for higher revenue.

Posted on behalf of:
The King Group, Inc.
6865 Shiloh Road East, #100
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 886-1113

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