The cost of replacing the hydraulic hoses in your commercial or industrial plant can be high. Therefore, consider your options for extending the service life of these components if you have noticed any damage. In general, hydraulic hoses are tough and durable because they are designed to withstand adverse working conditions like high temperatures and extreme pressure. However, they can sustain damage due to external accidents or even the users exceeding operational conditions. Fortunately, you can conduct hydraulic hose repairs to extend its service life. Here are some basic restorative tips to help you deal with common forms of hydraulic hose damage.
Remove Damaged Ends
One of the common problems in hydraulic hoses is the damage to the ends. The ends of the hoses are usually attached to other components in machinery. Therefore, when the hose is shifted or moved, these attached ends experience significant stress. Over time, it is not uncommon for these areas to begin leaking or loosening after the compromise of the banded or crimped section. Fortunately, this type of damage is easy to repair with a few simple tools and supplies. If the rest of the hose is in good condition, you will need to cut off the compromised ends. Then, purchase and install a crimp fitting to replace the cut-off section of the hose. If you conduct this repair, keep in mind that you will need a crimp fitting that perfectly fits your hosing. Check the brand and specifications of the hose before purchase. Also, remember that the pipe will be shorter after cutting off the end. Ensure that functionality will not be compromised.
If the damage to your hosing is not at the ends, the repair process will be more complex. You should note that a hydraulic hose is not the same as a basic pipe. Therefore, duct tape cannot be used to seal the hosing because the fluid flowing is usually hot and under high pressure. Fortunately, you can splice the hose to allow for safe fluid flow. This process involves cutting out the damaged section. Then, you will need to install a hydraulic adapter or coupling to join the two sections.
Use Protective Sleeves
Abrasion can cause external wear of the jacket or cover protecting the inner parts of the channel. Extensive abrasion leads to exposure of reinforcement wires and subsequent corrosion. If you notice this problem, consider purchasing and installing protective plastic sleeves over the hosing. You can also acquire spiral guards for the same purpose.