Contractor Tips Blog

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

Mar
31

Replacing Industrial Hoses

Almost any kind of machinery that has directed hydraulics, air flow, lubrication or fuel has industrial hoses in the motor. When this machinery is used in manufacturing or other high-end production, a worn-out hose could bring the operation to a standstill. Knowing the right hoses to have on hand and a quality supplier can save your company thousands of dollars in lost production for a part that is nominal in price.

Types of Industrial Hoses

From manufacturing equipment needing hydraulic hoses to construction and agriculture operations that use discharge hoses in their operations, industrial hoses play an important part in business. While most hoses should be replaced proactively during routine maintenance, it can become necessary to replace a hose due to wear. Knowing the right hose to order and have on hand is crucial to ensure there isn’t downtime occurring due to a simple replacement hose.

The “STAMPED” method is used to determine the right industrial hose you need for your application. Since rubber hoses can look alike and often may not have distinguishing marks, this method can help you order the right hose for your equipment. This method looks at:

  •  Size
  •  Temperatures (maximum and minimum temperatures of material being transported)
  •  Application (industry)
  •  Material (what is being transported)
  •  Pressure (highest working)
  •  End (type of end connectors on hose)
  • Delivery method

It is also important to have the right coupling and fitting for the hose to attach it to the equipment. You may be able to use the components from the hose you are replacing, but these are parts you should also keep on hand.

Don’t be caught without the right hoses, couplings and fittings on hand to maintain and repair your industrial equipment. Find a quality supplier and order the industrial hoses you need using the STAMPED method to ensure you have the parts you need to keep your business running smoothly.

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

Dec
7

Discharge Hoses

Discharge hoses are mostly used in plant operations to carry out materials such as water, sand, and waste. It is highly important that a plant have the proper discharge hoses and well as the proper fitting of the hoses for their operations. There are all sizes and lengths available for discharge hoses and a professional manufacturer can assist operation managers in choosing the hoses that are needed. 

It is important to realize that there are many factors involved in choosing the correct hose for the specific needs of each plant or commercial facility. Perhaps the best method in choosing a proper discharge hose is to use the “STAMPED” method – Size, Temperature, Application, Material being conveyed, Pressure, Ends, & Delivery. Knowing these factors, will allow an expert staff supplier to lead buyers in the right direction. The size of a discharge hose depends on the application that it will be used for. Discharge hoses are used in various industries such as construction, marine, industrial, mining, agriculture, and municipal. Knowing the working pressures (low, medium, or high) for the specific application is necessary so that the purchased hose will withstand application uses. Custom discharge hoses are made with the specifications of buyers and can be purchased in bulk. 

Finding a reliable supplier of discharge hoses with a quick turn around is important to plant operations. An experienced supplier can help you find exactly what type and size discharge hose you need for a particular application. Custom discharge hoses can be made for those needing hoses with specific diameters and lengths, so finding the most reliable and reputable supplier is essential.

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

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