The component hydraulic hose has a crucial role in hydraulics. This flexible product connects different components together and pumps pressurized fluid through the system. Hose/pipe/tube is an avoidable component, without which no hydraulic system can work. Like-wise this is also a component that requires utmost care and maintenance. But, unfortunately, this is where we focus very least. Most of us, usually consider hose maintenance when we find the hose damaged and may require replacement. But, these hose replacements will sometimes cost more than the replacement cost including collateral damage to related components, machine downtime, contamination ingression, loss of fluid, and more. Are you ready to spend this large amount with such an unnoticed mistake? Here mentioned are some tips for improving the service life of hydraulic hoses.
So, how long does a hydraulic hose last? Usually, this depends on how you take care of your system components, including the hose. Typically, hoses are supposed to last more than 5 years under regular supervision. But, most machinery in the industry is experiencing premature hydraulic hose failure. What can be the reason other than lack of maintenance? These can be because of the use of poor quality hydraulic fittings, wrong hose selection, fluid compatibility issues, poor routing, external abrasion, and more.
Next, how much does hose repairing will cost? It varies based on the intensity of the damage. If you notice the failure as early as possible, that much cost you can save. Once, the hose is damaged for atleast 50%, then the most suitable option is the replacement. That will be time-saving and cheaper. Because a new hose is much more affordable than purchasing hose repair accessories and tools.
Now, let's slide to the topic i.e; tips to improve the hose service life. They are listed below.
- Analyze system parameters such as temperature, pressure, and flow requirements before making the right hose selection
- Consider hydraulic fluid compatibility
- While installation, start with the largest ID lines to prevent damage while bending hoses
- Identify the proper hose length required
- Be aware of the hose bend radius and never bend the hoses below the specified.
- Design a simple route with minimum abrasion points
- Prevent hoses from abrasion by using cable ties, spiral metal, metal fixing, nylon sleeves, or other accessories.