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5 Things to Know When You're Selecting a Hydraulic Hose

Selecting a Hydraulic Hose

Choosing the optimal hydraulic hose for your facility and application is important in maximizing the profitability of your industrial operation. There are a few things you need to be aware of in order to choose the appropriate piece of equipment for the task at hand.

An incorrect or inadequate hydraulic hose selection can do more than just cause downtime and increase equipment expenses around your facility. It can also compromise safety and detract from productivity.

The following are five things you need to be aware of when you're selecting an appropriate hydraulic hose for your industrial application.

Industry Specifications
Certain regulatory bodies enforce industry specifications on equipment like hydraulic hoses. Depending on the particular industry and markets you're operating in, you may want to consult industry specifications/standards set forth by the Society of Automotive Engineers or the International Standards Organization, for example. 

These organizations may present hose performance criteria that your equipment much meet. If you don't comply with industry specifications, you could face penalties and be running an unsafe facility. 

Manufacturer Guarantees
A manufacturer is not going to offer a guarantee or warranty on a piece of equipment unless it clearly measures up against a certain standard of reliability.
You can protect yourself against the expense of potential malfunctions while also enjoying greater peace of mind by shopping for hydraulic hoses that offer comprehensive manufacturer guarantees.
However, you should be aware of the terms on any warranty or manufacturer guarantee you're depending on. Some warranties may be voided if you use third party fittings, for example. Do your research on not only the existence of warranties and guarantees, but also the terms if you need to take advantage of those guarantees.
Performance Tests
You should put careful research into the performance guidelines that any hydraulic hose assemblies used at your facility offer. When it comes to performance standards, one of the most important things to pay attention to is the hose and fitting interface. This interface is one of the most common areas where malfunctions are seen during performance testing.
Research the manufacturer providing hydraulic hose equipment that you're considering for your facility. An ideal manufacturer will have comprehensive proof-testing practices that include testing standard operating pressure, burst tests, proof pressure and impulse life. 
Assembly Procedures
An industrial operation requires not only hydraulic hoses, but also complete hose assemblies. Important details to look into when creating the ideal hose assembly for your facility include crimp diameters, fittings and connection estimations.
You need to look into all these diverse assembly details to avoid assembly failures. You also need to look into how time consuming connecting and servicing your hose assembly will be.
The best way to get an efficient and effective hose assembly is to purchase hoses, hose fittings and connections from the same manufacturer. This way, you can be sure that parts will work together in a streamlined manner. 
Costs and Dependability of Hose Models
Choosing the right hydraulic hose assembly involves a bit of risk management. You should realize that a hydraulic hose failure won't just create downtime and repair expenses, as failure will also potentially cause a great deal of damage at your facility that you'll need to invest time and money into repairing.
A malfunctioning hydraulic hose assembly at an industrial plant can cause hydraulic fluid to leak all over a large area. Cleaning up this fluid can be costly and frustrating.

You need to hedge your bets when you choose a hydraulic hose and invest at least enough in hydraulic hose equipment purchases to ensure that costly malfunctions will be avoided. Be cost effective in your choice and avoid purchasing features and capabilities that your facility doesn't need so your business can have more profit.