Tips for Safe and Effective Maintenance of Hydraulic Hose

Maintenance and safety are important concerns when it comes to ensuring the durability of hydraulic systems. Even after adhering strict quality measures, following a proper selection process, and installation, the life of a hydraulic hose can get significantly reduced without continuing and proper maintenance. 
Safety is also directly related to the maintenance of the hose. If a hose fails, it can result in any unexpected happening. Moreover, if it’s a high-lift application, safety is the topmost concern.  In hydraulic equipment, routine maintenance routine, leaks, contamination, temperature, and pressure ratings are some of the factors to consider while working with them. 
To maintain hoses of hydraulic equipment following are some of the actions that should be followed that will also help you in extending the life of your hydraulic hose:

  1. Make a Maintenance Routine: 
  2. The very first step you should take if you want to extend the life of your hydraulic equipment is making a proper maintenance routine for hoses. Start inspecting hoses every month. It will help you in catching issues and failures related to hoses. And, you can repair them on time and save the right amount of money as well time. 
    Also, cleaning fittings and hydraulic filters are necessary. Before every use, start with cleaning the fittings of your hydraulic hoses to remove dirt, dust, and debris from the fittings so that you never compromise with the performance of your hoses. Thus, a well-maintained hydraulic system will have a longer lifespan. 

  3. Never Ignore Signs of Any Leakage
  4. You should never make the mistake of ignoring any kind of external hose leakage. It can be a sign of a big problem, which should be repaired on time to avoid future hassles. Moreover, leakage also indicates a higher expense than just repair and downtime. In case the leak of hydraulic oil is large enough, you can expect fines from government safety and health departments for your ignorance.
    In addition to this, oil leakage can also lead to employees slipping and falling in the oil spill. Even, the pressurized hoses, valve seals, and threaded pipe connectors can rupture that can cause an injury. The oil itself is its own risk, given how flammable the substance is. 

  5. Replace hoses when they wear down
  6. Another most important thing that one should consider for maintaining hydraulic hoses is to keep them checking to identify cracks, tears, twisting, bends, or abrasions. This will help you to replace the hoses on time before any disaster strikes. 
    Mostly, the covers of the hoses are designed to protect the wire reinforcements from all kinds of environmental hazards, weather, and other sharp objects. 
    If the cover of hoses gets damaged, the life span of hoses also starts decreasing. Moreover, the wire reinforcements inside hoses are much more susceptible to irritants, such as rocks and sharp objects. Other than this, hoses without cover are not resistant to rust and crumble when exposed to water. To protect hoes from such types of damages, reviewing each hose for twists is the first step in protecting them. 
    It would be best if you also inspected the connection at each coupling to keep a check on leaking out of the linkage that can result in the redistribution of pressure. 

  7. Prevent contamination through proper cleaning
  8. The durability of hoses can be increased by protecting them from contamination, which damages the exterior of hoses. After every single use, you should properly clean all hydraulic equipment to check the buildup of debris. And, when the same machine is used in the future, it carries the waste inside the hoses, which damages the inner tube and leading to a breached hose assembly.  You can use a hose cleaning kit for cleaning hydraulic hose, which flushes pellets through the hose to force out any contaminant. After cleaning, it is highly advised to seal the caps of the hose before transporting them to protect them from external dirt and debris, which is harmful to the inner tube and the cylinder that powers the hydraulic system. 

  9. Maintain the appropriate fluid temperature
  10. You should also be careful about the temperature of the fluid inside a hose that needs to be kept at the temperature specified by the hose manufacturer. Overheating of fluids can lead to cracks in the inner tube, which can lead to leaks and a loss of flexibility.

  11. Maintain pressure limits
  12. Like temperature, each hose also has its maximum hydraulic pressure rating. Thus, you should also ensure that the internal hydraulic pressure does not exceed the pressure ratings as prescribed by the manufacturer. In case, hoses are expressing excessive pressure rating. Then this can lead to a shortened hose life.
    Thus, these are some of the tips which, can help you in expanding the service life of your hydraulic hose if followed correctly.