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Starting a Hose Maintenance Routine for Your Hydraulic Assembly

In your industrial operation’s day-to-day running, the integrity and functioning of your hydraulic hoses can be easily overlooked. Consequences are costly, so a proactive approach to hydraulic hose maintenance is well worth the investment. 

Benefits of a maintenance program:

Setting up a proactive routine for maintaining your hydraulic hoses provides multiple long-term operational advantages for both your equipment and workers.

Establishing a maintenance routine is a critical step that offers excellent benefits for your hydraulic equipment.

If your heavy machinery relies on hydraulic hoses, establishing a maintenance routine is a mission-critical step that offers excellent benefits. Remember, these hoses are essential to the functioning of your machinery. Additionally, a hose failure can stop your entire operation, and downtime could be unthinkable. 

Some of the benefits of a maintenance program include:

  • Safety – Fristly, protect your workers from the risks of sudden hose failure such as fluid injection, chemical exposure, fire hazard, slips on leaked fluid and injury due to equipment failure.  
  • Save Time and Money – Address signs of early wear and tear to save on valuable time and cost incurred by comprehensive repair jobs or overhauls. 
  • Prolonged Equipment Lifespan – Take better care of your machinery to ensure your assembly lasts longer.
  • Optimal Performance – Get the best return on the investment made on your hydraulic equipment by making sure it is continually functioning in tip-top condition.

Critical aspects of hose maintenance:

Identifying tell-tale signs of damage or impaired functioning is key to maintaining your hydraulic hoses. Here are a few tips for staying on top of significant hose maintenance issues:

  • Do you have leaks? Loss, seepage or puddles of fluid around your hoses can signify imminent failure. Avoid using your hands or limbs to check for leakages; instead, use a rag, piece of cardboard or leak detection fluid. 
  • Do you have abrasions? Exterior abrasions and other signs of wear on the hose, or its covering, may indicate shortening of the hose’s lifespan. Look for contact with other machinery parts that may be causing damage. Consider specialist hose protectors. 
  • Do you have proper routing? Check the routing of your hoses for distortions, stretching or kinks that will accelerate wear on the hose and can even cause a rupture. Be vigilant for loss of hose flexibility, which is a crucial sign of an ageing hose.
  • Do you have couplings and connectors? These should be checked for cracks and corrosion, as they are a potential entry point for contaminants. 
  • Have you checked for pressure and temperature? Ensure your hoses and their assembly are operating within the specified pressure and temperature ratings. 

Establishing your hose maintenance routine:

It can take a while to ‘bed-in’ a new operational routine in your business, but the benefits of scheduled maintenance will be well worth the effort.

Training and Quality Assurance 

Training your equipment operatives in the approved standards of hose maintenance will relieve time and cost pressure off more costly specialist repair engineers. This empowers your entire team to take corrective action before hitting any snags.

Accuracy 

Designing and implementing checklists, forms and proformas will minimise errors and omissions, improving consistency with documented hose maintenance records.

Scheduling 

Lastly, it is recommended that the frequency of maintenance for stationary equipment be every three months, with mobile equipment requiring servicing after every 300 to 500 hours of use.

If you need to know more about starting a hose maintenance routine, a Top Dog team member would be more than happy to advise! You can contact us here, or alternatively connect with us on social media.

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