Hydraulic hoses are precisely the lifelines of the majority of construction equipment. Nothing can put an end to a team’s productivity faster than a punctured or blown hose. When you take time to monitor the condition of your hydraulic hoses and fittings, you can significantly reduce the number of failures you experience in your productions.
The potential cost of hose failure can result in a significant loss in terms of production. Hose failures can also result in a negative impact on the environment and potential injuries. Due to these concerns, it is important to take the necessary precautions to ensure the hoses are replaced in a timely manner. A periodic inspection of the hoses will allow you to notice any problems with the hoses before it results in lost production or injuries.
Scheduling a hose replacement during a machine service maintenance or inspection can prevent additional downtime and an increase in costs. Hoses should be included in your team’s preventative maintenance program, especially the hoses that are critical pieces in equipment.
Over time, you will begin to notice cracks around the couplings that will indicate it is time for the hose to be replaced. You can compare hydraulic hoses to the tires on your vehicles. After a few years, the tires will begin to show their wear and tear, and this will result in the need for a replacement.
A distinct and comprehensive inspection is needed. During the inspection, if you do not notice any signs of wear and tear, you will not have a reason to make a replacement. However, there are factors that can lead to some team leaders making the decision to replace the hose assemblies. One of the factors that may lead to a hose replacement even if there is no sign of leaking will be the cost of one or more of the machines being down for an extended period of time.
Preventing Wear and Tear
Did you know that over 75 percent of hydraulic hose failures are a result of external damage? One of the most common types of external damage to hoses is abrasion. Abrasion generally happens due to the close connectivity of the assemblies and the rubbing against other external surfaces. Abrasion-resistant hose covers and sleeves can be used to protect the wire enforcement.
Without the proper covering, the wires will be exposed to outside sources. Abrasion can also lead to broken wires, and this can often lead to corrosion due to the conditions of the surrounding environment. Hydraulic sleeves and covers are used to protect the hoses from abrasion, erosion, and other factors. Any replacement of a hose should include protection if it is included in the original assembly.
Maintaining A Clean System
Today’s hydraulic systems are very high-performing, and these systems are known for their use of tight tolerances. Before you make the decision to remove a hose from a machine, we recommend making sure the hose is free of any oil and/or debris. When you spray the hose, you will reduce the chances of dust and dirt making its way into the port.
It is important to make sure the system is not contaminated during the removal and replacement of a hydraulic hose. When you are changing parts in your equipment, it is important that you do not leave any parts exposed for an extended period of time. There will not be a one-size-fits-all cleaning strategy because every work environment is different, but there should be a strategy for cleaning and maintenance that everyone follows.
Through proper inspections, strategies, and a preventative maintenance program, you can reduce the amount of replacements and downtime you can experience due to hose failures.