If you operate hydraulic equipment then you very well understand how much of a nuisance and loss hose damage can bring about. This applies to all hydraulic-reliant machinery, from earth-moving equipment to industrial lifts. In this article, understand the common causes of hydraulic hose damage and how to attend to them.
Harsh working environments
Unknown to many, the environment that hydraulic systems operate in can affect the condition of the hoses. In many cases, environmental factors such as heat, fire, dirt, and corrosion bring about premature damage to the hoses. Such risks can be mitigated via regular servicing where the hoses are inspected physically. Regular maintenance through cleaning can also help avert build-up from dust or spills from oils and other chemicals. In regards to heat, the cooling system should be maintained closely to avoid overheating either due to cylinder action or the external working environment.
Wear and tear
Like in many other applications, wear and tear is unavoidable where hydraulic hoses are concerned. The goal should be to delay its onset and carry out repairs or replacement as soon as it's noted. Some of the different ways to accomplish this include:
- Replacing oil filters regularly to avoid internal hose damage by impurities.
- Proper installation and configuration of the hoses (to avoid self-damage such as twisting and pulling) by using trained and skilled workers.
- Regular maintenance checks to identify presence and degree of wear.
- Repairs/replacement of hoses when wear and tear is noted.
Use of poor quality parts
Another common cause of hydraulic hose wear is use of poor quality parts. This can happen either due to lack of proper knowledge or where one is seeking to cut costs. Needless to say, poor-quality hoses and fittings damage easily and can cause machine failure, costly downtimes or injuries. Seek only OEM parts, preferably sought directly from manufacturer. OEM parts are dependable, have warranties, and pose no hurdles when it comes to insurance claims.
Last but not least, hydraulic hoses are prone to repairs due to neglect. The burden of neglect falls heavily on the operating and maintenance staff. Several measures can be installed to avert such neglect where your equipment is concerned:
- Enforce a strict service schedule.
- Ensure maintenance staff are supervised.
- Carry out occasional independent assessments from external auditors.
With hose damage contained, you can save on repair costs and keep your hydraulic equipment working round the clock. Should your hydraulic hoses need to be repaired, contact a company like Southern Hydraulic Services.