Hydraulic Hose Maintenance
No matter what industry you specialise in, it’s safe to say that you want your equipment to last as long as possible. Not only can emergency repairs and replacements end up being costly, but they can also cause production downtime and environmental costs due to clean up bills.
This is why proper hydraulic hose maintenance is a vital practice across industries, but a preventative maintenance program impacts numerous other factors.
What Does Hydraulic Hose Maintenance Involve?
One way you can protect your hoses from suffering wear and tear in harsh environments is by investing in hydraulic hose protective wraps and sleeves, but another is to maintain them by using appropriate procedures to ensure their longevity.
There are many processes you can undertake to conduct proper maintenance and ensure your hoses remain in working condition and are safe to use, including:
- Checking for Leaks – Making sure your hydraulic hoses don’t have any leaks can mean avoiding disaster. Because hoses can be used to transport flammable fluids, like pressurised hydraulic fluid, leaks can also lead to fires on your machinery. Additionally, hydraulic fluid is expensive, and leaks that are large enough can result in fines and clean-up costs for environmental damage.
- Maintaining the Right Temperature – Make sure that you know what the specified temperature of the hoses you use is and be sure to maintain it. High fluid temperatures cause hydraulic hoses to deteriorate prematurely and severely reduce their lifespan. Increased operating temperatures can cause the rubber compound of the hose to become hard and not flexible resulting in cracks to appear and leaks to form.
- Prevention of Contamination – If you don’t clean your hoses correctly when replacing them, it can cause debris to travel through them and wear away at their inner tubes, which, eventually, will lead to the hose failing again.
- Maintaining Appropriate Pressure – Always make sure that you’re not exceeding the pressure ratings of the hoses you use. While they are tested to withstand high pressures, exceeding the recommended pressure rating can shorten the lifespan of your hoses, but also cause serious injury and machine damage if the hydraulic hose bursts.
- Hose Failure Analysis – Learning why hoses fail when they do is vital in preventing it from happening again and costing you more. Having a professional investigate your hydraulic hoses when they fail can save you time from reduced downtime and money from replacing hoses repeatedly for the same root cause of failures.
- Replacement of Parts – Knowing when to get new parts is vital, as you don’t want to use a hydraulic hose for longer than what’s recommended. Not only can this cause more significant problems down the line, but it can also impact the safety of your workplace. If you’re unsure of how to replace a hydraulic hose, it’s best to involve a professional like the team at Hoseforce.
The Benefits of a Hydraulic Hose Maintenance Program
There are numerous benefits to maintaining hydraulic hoses and other equipment you use daily, including:
- Reduction of parts usage
- Lessened downtime
- Fewer breakdowns, resulting in reduced repair and replacement costs
- Life expectancy of equipment is increased
- Production efficiency
- Improved control of your inventory of spare parts
- Less safety and environmental hazards
Call in the Professionals
If after analysing your hydraulic hoses, you notice that they are leaking and need to be replaced or repaired quickly and efficiently, give Hoseforce a call. Our professional and fully-qualified team can replace your mobile hydraulic hoses and get your machinery moving again.
We can also assist you with the maintenance of your hydraulic hoses to make sure they remain in working order for as long as possible.