Hydraulic Hose: Be Proactive, Not Reactive

Hydraulic Hose

Avoiding hydraulic hose assembly failure should be the number one directive for any process or application that uses hydraulic hoses. All hydraulic hoses will eventually fail. When they fail suddenly, they lead to increased labor and material costs, downtime and potential operator injuries. Even through proactive hose assembly replacement is the most cost-effective method for dealing with hose failures, many users still mistakenly use the “reactive” method.

Typical reactive comments include:

  • “I can’t afford shut down my process to fix the hose assembly.”
  • “I’ll wait until it fails.”
  • “I don’t have time or the personnel to fix the hose assembly now.”

Why spend the time and money to replace a hose assembly that has not failed? Because you run the risk of having the hose assembly fail at an inopportune time, a time that’s not on your terms.

Early Warning Indicators

Even though hydraulic hoses most often fail without warning, aging and end of service life are the most common contributors to failure. A preventive maintenance program should be instituted in order to inspect hoses and determine replacements before failure occurs. Be aware of the following warning signs for hydraulic hose, connector and assembly products:

  • Damaged, cracked, cut or abraded covers
  • Cracked, damaged or badly corroded connectors
  • Leaks at connector or along the hose
  • Kinked, crushed, flattened or twisted hose

If you come across any of these warning signs, schedule a new a hose assembly replacement immediately. These signs suggest that the hose assembly has been compromised and is nearing the end of its service life. Don’t wait for a small problem to shut down your entire production. By being proactive in replacement and using the most cost-effective inspection methods, you can ensure that unscheduled downtime will not affect your operations.

Kaman is proud to be a Parker Distributor, as well as a Value Add Reseller of Parker Hydraulic hoses and connectors. Our customers have come to rely on the services that we provide through their local ParkerStores and Kaman branch locations for all of their product needs.

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Keath Ford

Marketing Manager, Kaman Fluid Power, LLC at Kaman Fluid Power
As Marketing Manager for Kaman Fluid Power, Keath knows the ins and outs of hydraulic and pneumatic systems. He is also experienced in the industrial distribution and automation spaces.
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2 thoughts on “Hydraulic Hose: Be Proactive, Not Reactive

  1. I like that you mentioned that most hydraulic hoses break without warning, I wasn’t aware of that. It’s good that you mentioned some of the signs of aging hoses so it’s easier to determine if they need to be replaced. Once you know that one is too old or damaged, it’s important to replace it as soon as possible. Like you said, it could shut down production, so waiting would only hurt you in the long run if you ignore the smaller problem.

  2. I agree that it’s so important to watch for signs of wear with hydrolic hoses. My husband has ignored them before and we’ve ended up having to repair quite a bit more than just one hose. It’s much more cost effective to keep an eye on things.

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