One of the most important things to remember when working with high-pressure hydraulic hoses is to work diligently to reduce contamination in the workplace environment. Tiny bits of particles, dust, dirt, debris, and water can find their way into your system and cause problems. It doesn’t take long, and before you know it, a system failure can occur. If it goes undetected, contamination can even destroy a component or the entire machine. Proper care and cleaning of your Fall River custom hoses and assemblies can help your equipment to last longer and work better for many years to come.
Everyone knows that hydraulic hose replacement is important. If your machinery does not take a standard size, custom hydraulic hoses must be obtained through your local industrial supply shop. Metro Industrial & Marine Supply in New Bedford can help you out in an emergency with our custom hoses “while you wait” service. We also keep a wide range of hydraulic hoses, fittings, couplings, and assemblies in stock for quick pick-up and installation. The best thing you can do is to enact a routine maintenance schedule to provide preventive cleaning, inspection, and replacement. This will reduce risks associated with high-pressure hydraulic hoses and equipment for you and your staff.
New Hose Cleaning
Yes, you absolutely need to clean your new hoses. They might have been sitting around in a warehouse or could have picked up dirt, dust, and other contaminants in your truck on the way back to the shop. When it comes to hydraulic hose replacement, it is always better to be safe than sorry. After you purchase your Fall River custom hoses, take time to fully clean all new hoses to ensure that your hydraulic fluid remains contaminant-free. Do this immediately prior to installation. If there are any contaminants left behind in the hose after shipping or pick-up, it could cause damage.
If you cut and crimp your hose prior to installation, make sure to clean it again, as tiny rubber and dirt particles could find their way into the hydraulic system and cause damage. Anything you do to the hose after purchase could ultimately allow contaminants into the system. Once it gets into the reservoir, it will flow via the hydraulic fluid throughout the rest of the system, causing damage along the way.
Methods for Cleaning
Like other types of industrial machinery, there is a certain way that your Fall River custom hoses should be cleaned to ensure that all contaminants have been removed. There are three common methods that are used by technicians, which include fluid flushing, use of projectiles, and high-pressure air. Choose the method that best suits your high-pressure hydraulic hoses. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations or speak with an experienced provider of custom hydraulic hoses and hydraulic hose replacement services to be sure.
- FLUID – Since water is considered to be a contaminant that could cause failure in your hydraulic system, any type of fluid flushing to remove contaminants must be done with a clean fluid that is compatible with the inner tube of the hose assembly. It is possible to flush out an assembly using high-pressure fluids. It works by creating a turbulent flow, which can be used to remove contaminants that are adhering to the inner tube wall. It is important to ensure that the fluid is clean by using filtration. Then, before the hydraulic hose replacement can be installed, it must be completely dry on the inside.
- AIR – For small hoses or hoses that are on the short side, this is the best method. With longer hoses, it is very likely that any contaminant particles blown through could get caught within the assembly. For high-pressure hydraulic hoses, high-pressurized air can be blown through the hose or assembly, as long as the air is clean and dry. There is no use in blowing moist air or dirty air into something that you are trying to clean.
- PROJECTILES – However, the most effective method is to use foam projectiles. This is achieved by shooting the foam pieces through a hose assembly through the use of dry compressed air. You can purchase hand-held or bench-top style launchers that can be used to ensure that the projectiles and the air used to shoot them through the custom hydraulic hoses is clean and dry. It is important to use the right equipment to ensure that the projectiles do not get stuck inside the hose and that they travel completely through to the other side. Industry standards recommend that the projectiles be 20-30 percent larger than the high-pressure hydraulic hoses themselves so they can compress against the inner tube wall and pull out any debris on their way out. For best results, shoot foam projectiles through the tube from both ends to ensure that everything has been completely removed.
Metro Industrial & Marine Supply in New Bedford
If you are in need of parts for hydraulic hose replacement or if you need to order custom hydraulic hoses for your industrial equipment, make sure to stop or call our shop. Located in New Bedford, we supply a wide range of high-pressure hydraulic hoses and assemblies to customers throughout the South Coast region. Fall River custom hoses, as well as other parts and products, can be purchased locally at Metro Industrial & Marine Supply. Give us a call at 508-996-8400 to speak with one of our team members or to learn more about the products and services we provide.