Anytime you work with a hydraulic system, there’s always a risk that you’ll encounter a hose leak. While a leaky hose may seem like no big deal, when it comes to hydraulics, a leakage is a serious business. Not only can these leaks increase the chances of possible slip and fall hazards, but they can also trigger fires, skin burns, and even death if high-pressure chemicals penetrate the skin.
To boost your success with hydraulic operation and maintain as safe of an environment as possible while using such, consider the following three pieces of advice.
Ensure you pick the right hose for your application.
One of the most basic and “common sense” ways to make your hydraulic operation safer is to make sure you select the most relevant hose for your specific application. How do you know if you’ve got the right hose? Use the acronym “STAMP,” which can be better explained below.
Size: Both the port connections and the diameter of the hose itself should be the correct size for your application.
Temperature: Your ideal hose’s materials should be able to withstand the operating and ambient temperatures of your operation.
Application: Is your prospective hose designed for your application? Important application considerations include regulatory compliance and high or low impulse cycles.
Media: Ensure that the fluids you’ll be working with, like certain oils, won’t attack the rubber elements of your chosen hydraulic hose, which may lead to your hose bursting.
Pressure: Hoses feature different working and burst pressures, which should be within the range of your application.
Protect your hose with a wrapping or sleeve.
Adding either a wrapping or sleeve to your hose can help reduce any potential damage your hydraulic hose may receive, which may otherwise lead to a dangerous leak.
Hose wrappings prevent abrasion caused by a hose rubbing onto another hose or onto the edges of your machinery. On the other hand, hose sleeves protect you and your machinery by reducing the impact if and when your hose does end up bursting. Likewise, sleeves can prevent abrasion as well as other forms of external damage to your hose as they block sunlight and dirt.
Double check that you have the correct hose and fitting match.
The wrong hose and fitting combination can immediately set you up for trouble. Both the series and brand of your hose and fittings should be the same; never mix and match! You might think a hose and fitting from different manufacturers will work just fine, but the problem with this is that mix-and-match combinations haven’t been thoroughly tested for safety and efficiency the way hose and fittings made by the same manufacturer have. That said, always go for hose and fittings from the same brand.
Need help getting the right hose and fittings for your application? Contact ASJ Hose & Fittings, Inc. at (951) 735-1351. We can help ensure you have the most success with your hydraulic operation!