Identifying the Right Hydraulic Hose for Your Application

Hydraulic hoses must be durable and long-lasting enough to handle the needs of the particular function. Hydraulic hoses, unlike many other industrial hoses, need substantial reinforcement to endure the significant pressures that are necessary to perform their job. Reinforcing support can come in many forms depending on the levels of pressure, materials, and other factors that the hose will be required to withstand.

Consider STAMPED When Selecting Hydraulic Hoses

When determining which hydraulic hoses and fittings will be right for your situation, TCH Industries of Twinsburg, Ohio, suggests considering the acronym “STAMPED.” Seven questions cued by each letter will help identify which hydraulic hose is right for your situation. These are:

  • S: Size and diameter of the hose. Not only does this refer to the internal diameter of the hose but also to the required length from port to port.
  • T: Temperature refers to the maximum and minimum temperatures that the hose will withstand during all parts of the process.
  • A: Applications refers to the actual use of the hose and equipment. Will this be for industrial use or injection molding, for example.
  • M: Media refers to the liquid, gas, or solid that will be conveyed. Different medias require different levels of strength to accommodate what will be moving within.
  • P: Pressure is a critical variable in hydraulics. Pressure is the force that moves and lifts, so factoring the degree of pressure that the hose will need to withstand is essential.
  • E: Ends of the hose will be determined by where the hose will connect. The origination and destination ports may be different so the assembly might require different connecting hardware.
  • D: Delivery dates may be requested. These may depend on testing, certification requirements and, perhaps, custom production times.

Dealing with High Pressure

Hydraulic hoses, more than any other, are expected to withstand higher-than-normal pressure while in full operation. As a result, added reinforcement becomes mandatory.

TCH Industries offers hydraulic hoses that can withstand up to 10,000 psi, working pressure, as well as other hoses, fittings, and accessories for low and medium pressure scenarios.

The type and degree of reinforcement are calculated by the working pressure of the hydraulic system. As the pressure increases, the PSI rating of the hose must increase as well.

Most hydraulic hose reinforcement material may be one of three types, although combinations of these are often used to bolster the pressure capacity. These materials are:

  • Braided synthetic textiles, wire, and other materials set in a crisscross, overlapping pattern that allows for flexibility and maximum strength.
  • Spiral Wrapping with wire, textiles, synthetic materials consisting of parallel, rather than overlapping reinforcement. This pattern strengthens the hose while allowing for lower flexibility.
  • Helical coil (a helix pattern) strengthens the hose to prevent it from collapsing inside when suction or a vacuum is applied. The coil is often used in conjunction with the braided textile reinforcement to manage both high and low-pressure situations.

Check with TCH Industries

For questions about any hydraulic or industrial hose applications, check out the TCH Industries website. For the past three decades, TCH Industries has helped many manufacturers, construction businesses, petrochemical companies, agricultural concerns, food processors, brewers, and others to solve their hydraulic and industrial hose requirements.

As members of the National Association of Hose and Accessories Distribution, the TCH employees adhere to ISO 9001-2015 Standards and possess the engineering expertise for any job.

If you should be in the Northern Ohio Region, stop by the TCH Hose Center at 2307 East Aurora Road, Twinsburg, Ohio, to discuss your needs.

Alternatively, phone the professionals at TCH Industries at +1-330-487-5155.

How often should you replace your brewery hose?

Eventually, just about every component of a production line wears out and must be replaced. Waiting until too late can result in a catastrophic event plus a considerable loss of time, product, and money.

Replacing brewery hoses and tubing before they become a problem will keep the operation running smoothly. Moreover, you can also avoid those inevitable warnings from the FDA inspector regarding frayed or cracked hoses with leak potential.

Getting Proactive

If your brewery has been producing for several years and maintenance records have been carefully maintained, it is possible that you could predict the frequency with which the hoses need to be replaced. Of course, in a high-speed, multi-faceted business, tracking hose and tubing life may not be a top priority.

Outsourcing that responsibility can be the most efficient and least expensive way to manage this responsibility. Trained and certified technicians can perform periodic inspections, make adjustments where needed, and recognized a potential FDA host failure before it happens with a visual inspection in addition to a historical performance review.

One company, TCH Industries in Twinsburg, Ohio, near Cleveland, offers a Normal Wear Replacement Plan designed to eliminate any concern for potential hose failure. With hydrostatic pressure testing for brewery, winery, or food production hoses and tubing, trained technicians will come to your location to test and repair, if possible, to extend the useful life of any conduits that are beginning to show signs of wear.

Detecting Warning Signs

Inspection for hose deterioration should involve looking for any excessive wear that may expose the reinforcing wire layer within. Excessive cover wear and leakage near the fittings may be a clear sign that trouble might be brewing and replacement or repair is essential. Leakage near the joints could relate to worn gaskets or O-rings, as well.

Additionally, inspecting the interior of the hose with a flashlight may reveal blemishes,  excessive wear, or obstacles lodged within that could retard the flow of fluids.

Extending FDA-Approved Hoses with Sani-Saver

When performing an onsite survey, a TCH Industries certified technician may recommend reinforcing your somewhat worn hoses with Sani-Savers. These attachments act as a donut encompassing the hose to prevent further cover wear and keep the system looking clean and sanitary. Maintaining a spotless appearance is critical for both the FDA inspectors and customers who can see the brewery in action.  Often, Sani-Savers are installed near the sanitary hose ends to protect the stainless fittings from damage should they be dropped. Stainless Steel Tri-Clamp, I-Line or Bevel-Seat, fittings are very costly components of an FDA approved hose assembly.

Replacing Brewery Hoses

TCH Industries partners with more than 30 world-class manufacturers of industrial and hydraulic hoses, fittings, and accessories. The company stocks FDA-specified industrial hoses and tubes designed specifically for food and beverage production.

In addition to their extensive line of hoses and tubings, TCH Industries has all of the accessories to operate a clean FDA-approved beverage line. Fittings, bumpers, and indicators can be incorporated to eliminate bacteria development and maintain a favorable cosmetic appearance.

Contact TCH Industries

In Northern Ohio, stop by the TCH Industries Showroom at 2307 East Aurora Road in Twinsburg to view the hose and accessories options and meet and discuss your needs with an experienced professional.

Alternatively, visit the TCH Industries website at https://tchindustries.com. Here you can fill out the simple Contact Form, and a member of the Sales Team will contact you to discuss your needs. If you are requesting a quote for a specific product, the sales team will respond quickly.

For immediate assistance, phone TCH Industries at +1-330-487-5155.

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