10 Tips for Hydraulic Hose Design and Maintenance

Proper installation techniques are crucial to operating a hydraulic system. Hydraulic hose and tubing can wear over time, so you’ll have to check and schedule routine maintenance to ensure it’s maximum lifespan. Follow the guidelines below to make sure your hose is in good working order.

  • Start with large lines — Install the largest ID lines first since they are the most difficult to bend and maneuver in tight spaces. 
  • Correct hose length — When you have excessive hose footage, it increases pressure drops and system cost. 
  • Hose flexing — A hose assembly is designed to flex or bend, not twist. High-pressure hose must be routed to flex in only one plane. 
  • Pivot points — When the hose has to flex, route it through the pivot point that the component is moving around.
  • Reciprocating motion — In addition to flexing, the ends of the hose may have to reciprocate. Use hose reels, festooning, or rolling to do this.
  • Rotary motion — When used with hose, a swivel joint will avoid hose twisting or bending at the fitting.
  • Control oil spray — Fire protection must be used where hydraulic lines are routed near hot, potentially hazardous areas. 
  • Minimum bend radii — The hose must be routed to accommodate the minimum bend radii of that hose. 
  • Avoid abrasion — To avoid abrasion, properly route and clamp the hose or use a protective cover. 
  • Clamping — A piping installation isn’t complete unless it’s been clamped. Clamp choice is important and can be critical to the installation.

Our qualified team at Harrison Hose and Tubing can help answer any questions you might have on hose, tubing, and their best maintenance practices. Contact us today to find out more about what we have to offer.

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