Even though you may be the CEO of your earthmoving business you still need to know just as much about your heavy equipment parts as you do about your role as a CEO. A good leader knows everything about his or her business and the parts and pieces that make everything work!
In this post let’s get you up to speed on the types of hydraulic fittings that keep those hydraulic lines pumping money into your bottom line!
Hydraulic Hose Fittings 101
If you have an older or lesser-known brand of heavy equipment then you are more than likely already aware of the knowledgeable service technicians from Custom Hose Tech and their ability to keep heavy equipment doing what it does best. Making you money.
Those hydraulic hose assemblies with those unusual metrics are just another facet of hydraulic hose know how you have come to expect from Custom Hose Tech.
Now, let’s gear down a bit and look at the basic types of hydraulic fittings in use on the more common hydraulic hose assemblies.
Flareless Hydraulic Fittings
These widely used fittings get their name from exactly what they are, a flareless fitting. These fitting will have a ferrule and some thread to secure itself to the line and when tightened down the ferrule will penetrate the outer diameter of the line to form a leak-proof seal.
These fittings require little in the way of prepping the hydraulic hose and can easily support high pressures.
These fitting have gained in popularity over the years due to their ease of installation, the durability of the fitting, and requiring little to no maintenance to keep the fitting in working order. Flareless fittings also have a solid record of reliability and rarely are the root cause of any equipment downtime, saving you even more money!
Hydraulic hose fittings with a built-in elbow come in many shapes and sizes. These hydraulic hose fittings are usually found at each end of a hose assembly that requires the fittings to be at certain angles to provide clearance for movement of the hydraulic cylinder or other components. These fittings also come in different elbow angles to accommodate hydraulic hoses that must fit in a specific spot on your heavy equipment.
Stainless Steel Fittings
These fittings are used in applications where no corrosion is allowed. The corrosion-resistant stainless steel fittings are easy on maintenance and are widely used in the food or beverage industry where hygienics are important.
Another popular fitting is the flange fitting. A popular four-bolt flange fitting is made up of these parts;
- Flange Clamp and flange head
- Four mounting bolts
- O-ring seals
When this fitting is tightened down the o-ring is compressed into the mating assembly forming a tight, dry seal. The entire fitting is then bolted in place and secured using the four bolts.
These fittings have become ‘the norm’ for applications where there is going to be an excessive amount of pressure or pressure being distributed between the hydraulic hose and hydraulic pipe. These fittings also allow a higher degree of turns and angles where the hydraulic hose or pipe needs to be routed in one specific location on the machine.
O-ring fittings are another widely used hydraulic hose fitting. These fittings will usually incorporate an ORB seal, or a flange seal.
O-ring fittings can handle high pressures and have the following advantages;
- Simple designs allow for easy installations
- Wide range of tolerance to temperatures
Get the Right Hydraulic Hose Fitting Time After Time…
Now that you have seen a bit of hydraulic fitting information you can understand better where certain fittings are required and why. The best way to get the right hydraulic hose fitting time after time is with your hydraulic hose team from Custom Hose Tech!
Why not give them a call or go by their website today and their extensive knowledge of hydraulic hose fittings a part of your team!