COMPRESSED AIR SAFETY

COMPRESSED AIR SAFETY

COMPRESSED AIR SAFETY

Compressed Air Safety Magazine

Compressed air and air hoses, when handled improperly, can be hazardous. Debris can become airborne. This is a common safety issue that you can take the right steps to avoid. We’ll discuss some common compressed air safety tips, but if you’re ever in doubt, contact the Pros at TCH Industries for assistance.

WHAT ARE THE SAFETY CONCERNS WHEN WORKING WITH COMPRESSED AIR?

Whatever you do, please don’t clean off your clothes–or yourself–using compressed air. We know it can be difficult to kick old habits but using an air compressor to remove debris from yourself or your clothes can be hazardous. Avoiding simple actions like these will keep you safe from air jet, dirt, and metal debris.

 Compressed air can come out of a hose extremely fast. Be aware of the high pressures you’re using and ensure you’re taking care to only apply pressure to the proper application. But it’s not just debris being dislodged; imagine all the shavings and metal chips lying over your workbench that can end up in your eyes or skin. Refrain from using compressed air to clean these shavings off of workspaces and machinery.

 On top of particles, compressed air itself can be dangerous. If compressed air enters through the bloodstream, it can cause an air bubble, which are known as air embolisms—trust us, you do not want to look up pictures, but if you did, you might reconsider taking compressed air safety a bit more seriously.

 Hose halters (or whip sock restraints) can help you safely maintain a handle on your hoses that are operating at higher pressures. In an event of hose failure, pressurized hoses can whip about with dangerous force and using these whip restraints will assist in keeping your workspace safe.

Metal Shavings

WHAT ARE THE 7 PNEUMATIC SAFETY RULES?

  1. Never direct airflow at yourself or another person.
  2. Never clean clothing or hair with your compressed air. As mentioned above, debris can be shot at high speeds, and using air for only the intended application will keep you and your team safe.
  3. Always know your pressure ratings and limits. If you ever find yourself in doubt with pressure requirements and ratings, contact the Pros at TCH Industries. 
  4. Check to make sure your equipment is not damaged, such as damaged hoses and pressure gauges. 
  5. Always wear proper protective equipment, including but not limited to safety glasses, hearing protection, and face masks.
  6. Always wear proper protective clothing, as normal work clothing will not protect against pressurized air.
  7. Never use a compressed air system to remove dust and debris from workspaces or equipment. If air for cleaning purposes is absolutely necessary, do not use compressed air for cleaning set above 30 psi.

WHAT KIND OF PPE IS REQUIRED WHEN WORKING WITH COMPRESSED AIR?

You don’t ever want to wish you had your personal protective equipment (PPE) after it’s too late. When dealing with equipment or machinery where any type of injury is more likely, including the use of compressed air, the following safety precautions are recommended:

  • Head protection: 
    • Protects from objects falling or flying overhead.
  • Hearing protection:
    • Protects from tools and machinery that may damage the ears.
  • Foot protection:
    • Protects against falling or rolling objects, sharp and heavy objects, slippery or uneven surfaces, hot surfaces, and electrical hazards.
  • Eye protection:
    • Protects against blowing dust or particles, metal shavings, acids and liquids, and welding light.
  • High-visibility vest:
    • Protects against vehicles and distracted drivers.
  • Hand protection:
    • Sharp or hot objects, highly pressurized air, chemicals, and electrical hazards.
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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?

How often should you replace your brewery hose?

How Often Should You Replace Your Brewery Hose?

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.

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 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.

First Steps To Take If Your Industrial Hose Fails

Industrial hoses and the appropriate fittings and accessories are essential components in almost any type of production. Managing the precise flow rates while providing flexibility for conveying liquids, solids, and gases, custom designed hoses fill the need for just about all industrial, chemical, hydraulic, sanitary, brewing, and other applications.

The design of the appropriate industrial hoses and fittings depends on the job to be performed. Every industrial hose application is unique and may involve a liquid, solid or gas with objective to transfer the material from pt A to pt B. Some hose construction requires additional layers of reinforcement, insulation, and protection, and may include combinations of materials that include rubber, metal, and PTFE.

What Happens When Industrial Hoses Fail?

A failed hose can stop an entire production line, either because it is conveying an essential component, providing necessary force or lift as in a hydraulic line, providing refrigeration or sanitation.

In case of a hose break or malfunction, the first step is to disconnect and remove the faulty hose assembly from service. Disconnecting the hose may mean shutting down an entire production line for a time while the situation is remedied. Every minute of lost production can result in significant unnecessary expense.

The principal objective to fix or replace the unit before it fails, not after.

Regular Inspection and Preventative Maintenance

As with any mechanical operation, preventative maintenance and frequent inspection are essential. At some time, inevitably, any hose assembly will need to be replaced due to normal wear and tear. Regular inspection and replacement of hoses used in critical applications will eliminate unexpected downtime. Waiting until a problem occurs is a catastrophic approach since a broken hose and assembly can result in peripheral damage or even injury.

You must begin by looking for any obvious cosmetic issues such as excessive exterior cover wear or exposed reinforcement wire within. To avoid a problem, replacing worn hoses is essential. If the hose and fitting are relatively new but have not reached their expected useful life, contact your supplier for an alternative. A more durable hose may be the best solution.

When ordering a replacement, the following parameters for identifying the best industrial hoses and accessories for your situation are:

  • Size: What is the diameter and length of the required hose from fitting to fitting?
  • Temperature: What will be the maximum and minimum temperature of the material media being conveyed?
  • Application: How will be the hose be used?
  • Media: Will the material passing through be liquid, gas, or solid?
  • Pressure:  What will the PSI level of the material being conveyed?
  • Ends: What type of ends or connections will be needed?
  • Delivery: When will you need the assembly?

In some cases, hoses suspected of being overused or worn out can be tested and repaired to a like-new condition. Make sure the supplier has this capability and can give assurances that the restored hose is fully operational.

The most effective industrial hoses suppliers, like TCH Industries in Northern Ohio, offer testing and repair as well as a normal wear replacement plan as part of their hose installation.

TCH Industries: Hose, Fitting, & Sealing Experts

In technical and industrial situations, a highly trained and certified professional from TCH Industries can come on-site to assess your situation and offer recommendations for process improvement that will enhance the flow and flexibility of your systems.

TCH Industries has been a leading supplier of top-quality hoses for industrial applications for over three decades. By partnering with world-class suppliers of hoses and fittings of every type,  TCH has developed a top reputation for quality, reliability, and professionalism.

To learn more about hoses and their application and inspection, visit the TCH Industries website at https://tchindustries.wpengine.com. If you wish to receive a quote from TCH Industries for new hoses and accessories, please complete the easy-to-use online form that requests information about your needs in a simple questionnaire.

Best yet, for easy-to-understand answers from the hose pros at TCH, the solution is to visit in person the TCH Hose Center at 2307 East Aurora Road, Twinsburg OH, only 25 miles from the heart of Cleveland.