How Often Should You Replace Your Brewery Hose?
Replacing brewery hose 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.
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.
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 brewery 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 recognize a potential FDA hose 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 brewery 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.
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.wpengine.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 330-487-5155.