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Hydraulic Hose Assemblies – essential tips for safety.
Through proper care and maintenance, it is possible to extend the life of hydraulic hose assemblies, however, there will come a time when they need replacing completely. This article gives advice on how to make sure that the hydraulic hose assemblies are replaced properly when the time comes.
1. Buy from a trusted supplier.
Our company has years of experience in the supply of hydraulic hose assemblies and we can answer any questions that you might have on the subject. SE Hydraulics are approved members of the British Fluid Power Association for quality, which means our customers can be assured of the best possible quality when they buy from us.
2. Use components from the same manufacturer.
Don’t be tempted to mix and match different components. When purchasing new hydraulic hose assemblies, make sure the parts you intend using are all from the same manufacturer to avoid any compatibility issues.
3. Replace with compatible components.
Always replace them with compatible components, safe working pressure and fluid compatibility is essential. SE Hydraulics have a vast range of hoses and hydraulics hose assemblies and components, so we are should be able to offer the assembly that you need, however, If you find it difficult to get assembly that meets your exact requirements, then talk to SE Hydraulics about our custom service so we can create the right hydraulic hose assemblies for your needs.
4. Ensure correct re-assembly.
When replacing your hydraulic hose assemblies, ensure they are re-fitted correctly. If hydraulic hose assemblies aren’t re-fitted properly, this can cause problems such as leaks and spills, which could in turn create an unsafe working environment for staff.
For more than three decades, SE Hydraulics has been offering top of the range, specialist products and services to the hydraulics industry, including hydraulic products and power units, hose and fittings, and on-site services. We have gained worldwide audience for our products, and for those not familiar with our company here are some of the key services that we offer.
Design of hose systems to customer’s specification – at SE Hydraulics, we can cater for every company’s needs. We work with clients to build a range of hose and fitting systems, including hydraulic hose assemblies that will be built to our client’s exact specifications. All of our products conform to BFPDA Hydraulic Hose Safety standards, and all of our staff are expertly trained so clients can be assured that they are getting the best quality every single time.
Hose assemblies made to pattern – another of our key services is our ability to create hose assemblies that are made to pattern. Our expert engineers will discuss your requirements with you and then complete the pattern as you wait. Customers are invited to ask any questions or queries that they might have before requesting this service.
Proof pressure testing – this essential service will determine whether or not a component is able to cope with extreme pressure; proof pressure testing helps to identify any risk failures that might occur as a result of excessive stress.
Hose certification and labelling – SE hydraulics offer a full hose certification and labelling service. Once we have completed your proof pressure testing we can also provide a full certification/labelling service.
Designing – we have the capability to design and manufacture power units, cylinders and systems. All of these items can be made to our client’s specifications and will be manufactured in-house from our specialist workshops.
Bespoke hose assemblies and fittings – SE hydraulics prides itself on being able to offer a completely bespoke service to meet our client’s needs. We supply a full range of assemblies and fittings, all of which adhere to the highest quality and safety standards
Other products and Services – as well as the above services, SE Hydraulics offers a complete range of hydraulics components, hoses and fittings. We stock some of the best-known brands in the world, but we also produce our own line of specialist products.
For further information contact us on:
40D Holmethorpe Avenue
Tel: +44 (0)1737 768011
Fax: +44 (0)1737 773469
or visit our website on www.seh-ltd.co.uk
Your hydraulic hose assemblies won’t last forever, but with some proper care it is possible to give them some extra life. In this blog post, SE Hydraulics detail some tips to ensure that your hydraulic hose assemblies last as long as possible.
The most important tip is to carry out a visual inspection. Schedule a time every month or so to inspect your hydraulic hose assemblies to ensure that they are in excellent condition. Clues that might indicate that it is starting to age include signs of leaking oil, wear on the hose or corrosion.
If you notice any other signs of wear, then make sure that the hydraulic hose assemblies are checked as soon as possible to ensure that they stay in optimum condition and that they remain safe to use.
It is also essential to use the right components. It’s imperative to always use components that are from the same manufacturers. Mixing and matching different components from different manufactures can cause compatibility issues and it can also be dangerous, leading to breakdowns and sometimes injury.
Another tip is to check the date on the hydraulic hose assemblies. It is estimated that they should last for ten years. Most manufactures will put a date on the hose, so make a note of this so you know when it is approaching time for a replacement.
In addition, installing the hydraulic hose assemblies properly is another vital aspect of long term maintenance. Make sure that you follow the manufactures guidelines for installing it to avoid any unnecessary wear and tear as this will help to guarantee a longer life.
Health and Safety
Also there is a significant Health and Safety risk from Fluid Injection Injuries which can be caused by poorly maintained hoses which if not treated correctly can cause the amputation of fingers or hands. The British Fluid Power Association has an excellent booklet on this subject,
And the International Fluid Power Society has a good narrated presentation called “In the Line of Fire” in their archived safety section
The benefits of maintaining hydraulic hose assemblies
As well as giving the hydraulic hose assemblies a longer life, there are many more benefits to maintaining hydraulic hose assemblies.
Regular maintenance will help your business to avoid downtime and provide better performance; carrying out a regular maintenance programme is more cost effective than waiting for a problem to occur then acting to fix it.
Contact SE Hydraulics now to see how we can help
SE Hydraulics are currently having a busy summer. As a Parker Hannifin distributor providing hydraulic hose assemblies from their ParkerStore and supplying hydraulic components, hydraulic cylinders and hydraulic spares to our many and varied customers.
The hydraulic system design team are busy designing, building and testing hydraulic power units that incorporate Parker Denison Hydraulic components in readiness for hydraulic system installation at customers’ sites in September. We are currently working on aircraft maintenance hydraulic systems, industrial hydraulic power units and offshore hydraulic power units.
SE Hydraulics is a hydraulic engineering company with over 40 years of experience as hydraulic system designers and hydraulic system manufacturers in aerospace, offshore, industrial, automotive, civil engineering and test rigs.
If you think that your old hydraulic system needs maintenance and could be more productive or that you might benefit from a new hydraulic system design please contact our experienced team for advice and to discuss your requirements.
Marti Wendel of Sprague Products of Brecksville, Ohio in the USA visited SE Hydraulics for Distributor training and liaison in late June. The sales and technical team are now fully briefed on the Sprague product range and their applications. See: http://seh-ltd.co.uk/hydraulic-components/sprague-curtis-wright-5/ for the full product range. The addition of this range of products to the […]
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