When your Equipment is performing in the freezing temperatures of Siberia, or the blazing heat of the Middle-East, what you want is ‘no’ issues. Rubber parts, being the cheapest cost-items usually in the Bill-of-Materials of hi-tech equipment, usually do not get the attention they deserve. A small leakage in a Hose can cause Days of stoppages out there.
- Is the Hose manufactured according to the Working Temperature, Peak Temperature, Working Pressure, Peak Pressure, and the media that is flowing through it?
- Are good quality raw-materials used by the manufacturer? Is high-temperature grade Silicone used, where needed?
- Is the correct reinforcement fabric used? And if it is correct, is the correct spec of it used (including grams per square meter, whether it is woven or knitted, or is it primed or unprimed)?
- Is an oil-resistant liner needed? If so, has any thought gone into whether it needs to be in Fluorosilicone (FVMQ) or Fluorocarbon (FKM)?
- Workmanship! A small mistake in “overlap” in wrapped hoses, can cause a weak-link at that cross-section!
Do you want your Hoses leaking when your equipment is preforming in the harshest of environments, in the middle of nowhere?
Are you getting the right advice from your vendor on some of these things? Or are you ending up losing time due to field-failures?