A hose is a flexible tube that is used to intake, convey, and expel water, air, and other materials. Hoses are used for a wide range of residential and commercial applications. The most common applications include:
- Industrial food and beverage handling
- Steam and pressure washing
- Petroleum/LPG transport
- Material Handling
- Hydraulic equipment
- Pneumatic equipment
Selecting the right hose for a particular application can sometimes be difficult. There are many options to choose from, depending on your requirements. In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the factors that need to be considered when selecting a hose for your specific application.
Hoses can be made from a variety of materials. Which material is chosen depends on several factors, including the intended application, flexibility, pressure rates, temperature ranges, environmental conditions, and compatibility with the materials being transported. Some of the common materials used to manufacture hoses include rubber, synthetic rubbers, PEX, and PVC.
PVC is particularly versatile and is suitable for use with a wide range of materials, including air, water, and beverages.
Hoses are often reinforced with wire fibers, braids, or spirals to provide strength and reduce distortion. Common reinforcement materials include steel, stainless steel, and even Kevlar. The outer cover of the hose is designed to protect the hose from the effects of heat, cold, UV radiation, and other environmental factors that can compromise function.
Many hoses have an inner tube or lining. Composed of materials like NBR, EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer), or Teflon (PTFE), the inner tube is the surface of the hose that comes into contact with the material that’s being transported. EPDM is oil-resistant and can handle high temperatures and pressures.
Most have hose fittings at each end – components that allow the hose to be connected and secured to a specific type of pipe, type of machinery, or piece of equipment. Hoses that don’t come with fittings can be cut to length and secured using clamps.
At ASJ Industrial Hose and Fittings Inc., hoses are our specialty. We’ve been supplying hoses and hose products to a variety of industries including construction, heavy equipment, concrete, oil & gas, chemical plants, and food/beverage since 1982. We’re one of North America’s largest suppliers of hoses, clamps, fittings, valves, gauges, and other components used in hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Our knowledgeable representatives are here to ensure you select the right hoses and fittings for your particular needs, whether you’re working with pressurized air, pressurized water, oil/petroleum, hydraulic fluids, drinks/beverages for human consumption, chemicals, and more. We maintain an extensive on-site injury; many of our products are available for immediate shipping or pick-up. You can contact ASJ Industrial Hose and Fittings through our website, call us at (951) 735-1351, or visit our 24,000-square-foot facility in Corona CA. to discuss your needs and get a quote.