Should You Cap Your Hose Assemblies?

After you properly clean and crimp your hydraulic hose assembly, there is still one more step to make sure the hose stays free of contamination before use. To do this, you should cap the hose ends with either protective injection molded plastic caps and plugs, or heat-shrinkable capsules. Here are some of the available options:

Plastic caps and plugs

Plastic caps and plugs are manufactured in a range of materials to protect most styles of hydraulic hose fittings, flanges, and couplings. They can also be made with several attributes to make sure it’s a good fit. 

Encapsulated seals

Encapsulated seals simply cover either hose end of an assembly via a heat-shrinkable process. Since they are heat-sealed, encapsulated designs don’t generate contamination. The built-in tear strips on the encapsulated designs also ensure clean removal and help to reduce the risk of contamination by keeping the hose covered until the exact moment of installation.

Cleaning and capping your hose assemblies gives them a professional look and more importantly, eliminates the risk of contamination before it’s installed on its intended machinery. At Harrison Hose and Tubing, our knowledgeable staff can help answer any questions you might have on hose, tubing, and their applications. Contact us today and learn more!

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