Many industrial owners come with the question of what makes an industrial hose a perfect fit for every factory worker and application. Choosing an ideal industrial hose for the transfer of liquids and gases is a tough decision. It is so because industrial plants differ a lot in each industry. They vary when it comes to environment, applications, people and, of course, the product itself. And in case, the wrong product is selected it can lead to failure from misapplication.
To help you make the best choice and prolong the lifespan of the hose, we suggest you to adopt the ‘S.T.A.M.P.E.D.’ method. It is a helpful and essential guideline of seven steps to choose the right industrial hose. Now, let us have a look at these seven steps.
#1. Size – The measurements that you need to consider before buying a perfect sized hose are:
- Inner diameter
- Outer diameter
- Overall length of the fittings is to be added
The inner diameter of the hose is essential in minimising flow turbulence and pressure loss, while the outer diameter is crucial if specific clamps will be used when routing the pipe, or if it passes through a bulkhead.
#2. Temperature – Temperature has a significant impact on the working pressure of a hose. As the temperature increases, working pressure decreases. The hose should never be used at the upper limit of temperature and pressure range. While selecting the hose, consider the temperature of the substance conveyed, and whether the cover would be exposed to extreme temperatures or not. The right hose will always be able to stand firm against the minimum and maximum fluid and ambient temperature.
#3. Application – Always consider the situations in which the hose will be installed, used, and manipulated.
#4. Material – To get the perfect industrial hose, it is crucial to know the material of the product that is carried through the hose. Is it liquid, steam or gas? If it contains acids of other aggressive substances or not?
#5. Pressure – Discovering the system pressure is the key factor in picking a hose, and any pressure spikes must be considered. The working pressure of the hose has to be equivalent, or above, the working pressure of the system. Any pressure above working guidelines will reduce the lifespan of the hose.
#6. Ends – Industrial hoses that are used at factories are connected to several machines and vehicles. Therefore, make sure to determine the type of end connection of the hose if you want to achieve optimum hose performance.
#7. Delivery – The last and final point that you need to consider is delivery requirements. Do you need it urgently? What quantity do you require? Do you need any specific certification with the hose? Are there any other shipping requirements?