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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