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Gates Corporation has released a white paper explaining how to avoid industrial hose hazards.

According to the company, poorly designed, constructed or misapplied industrial transfer hose installations are workplace hazards.

Hoses can burst, disrupting production and causing costly downtime delays; couplings can leak, incurring regulatory action and clean-up costs; and blown-off ends can maim and even kill workers.

To prevent potential hose catastrophes, it is important to abandon the common practice of mixing and matching components to fabricate a hose assembly and start thinking system.

Mixing and matching components from different manufacturers is the traditional method used by many industrial hose distributors and end users.

For many applications, this method has worked fine.

However, according to Gates, times are changing, and the mix-and-match approach to making hose assemblies is leaving fabricators and users open to greater liability than before.

Today, applications are more demanding; new hose compounds are making hose selection more complex; working pressures and temperatures are getting higher; and safety and environmental regulations are getting stricter.

All of these factors place greater demands on the performance of today’s hose assemblies.

In addition, the competitive nature of worldwide industries does not tolerate downtime caused by a burst hose or a leaking coupling.

Lost productivity results in a direct cost to the company.

Also, leaks that violate safety or environmental regulations can result in fines and clean-up expenses, compounding the loss of productive time.

All these forces dictate the need for industrial transfer hose assemblies that bear a stronger resemblance to their hydraulic hose cousins: an engineered system that is resistant to leaks and accidental failure.

Typically, in contrast to an industrial transfer hose, a hydraulic hose assembly is considered a ’hose system’.

This is because the individual components – the hose, the coupling and the method of assembly – are designed as a unit to meet a performance standard from the onset.

Given the pressures that a hydraulic hose assembly must withstand, a systems approach is necessary, said the company.

The reason the industrial hose has not gone the way of the hydraulic hose before now is partly because most transfer applications are relatively benign.

A leaking water hose is not much of a threat.

A pinhole leak in a 6,000 psi (413.8 bar) hydraulic hose, on the other hand, can cut through flesh.

Also, hydraulic applications involve a limited number of hose sizes and media.

Being relatively straightforward, they lend themselves to systemisation.

By contrast, there are a host of industrial hose applications, conveying a variety of media through a complex array of hose types, widths and sizes.

To read more of this white paper, click on the link on the right-hand side.

Gates Corporation: the world’s most trusted name in belts, hoses and hydraulics

For 100 years, Gates Corporation has been a recognised leader in providing global industrial markets with high-quality, reliable and long-lasting belt, hose and hydraulic products.

As one division of the trusted manufacturer, Gates Fluid Power offers transfer hoses and hydraulic solutions for applications in markets including construction, marine, mining, oilfield, agriculture and transport. And our connection to customers doesn’t end with superior products. Gates systems are backed by innovative product development, application engineering support and unparalleled safety programmes.

Gates Fluid Power creates value through:

  • Innovation and quality leadership, the hallmarks of the Gates philosophy;
  • A global enterprise with people and plants in all the world’s major markets, including Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and South America;
  • Engineering and service support above and beyond customer expectations; and
  • The Gates Integrated System Approach, ensuring that all elements of the hose assembly process are designed together to produce factory-quality assemblies.

Gates systems perform above and beyond international standards to drive productivity and value.

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