Hydraulic hoses are an essential part of the machinery that help keep major industries across the globe up and running. A failed hose has the potential to bring a construction site, oil rig or snowplow to a halt along with productivity. While preventative maintenance can help head off any problems, businesses can be even more proactive by implementing and following storage procedures. Properly storing hydraulic hoses can prolong the life of your parts, save you money and prevent accidents.
While hydraulic hoses are built to be strong and durable, they do have a limited lifespan. They can be negatively affected by environmental factors such as temperature, humidity and sunlight, not to mention erosive chemicals and materials that are involved in daily use.
To make sure that you get the most out of your hoses and hydraulic hose fittings, follow this simple storage guidelines:
- Rubber hoses should be stored at a temperature between 50 and 70 degrees. Heat can weaken the materials and cold temperatures can create stiff hoses.
- Make sure that your storage area is free of rodents and insects that might eat away at your parts.
- Store your parts and hoses in their original shipping containers. Wooden and plastic containers will offer some protection against oil, water and chemicals that may be in your workplace.
- Do not store hoses close to any electrical machinery or other equipment that may emit gases. While ozone is commonly overlooked as a potential storage problems, it has a tendency to compromise the integrity of hoses.
- Do not store hoses in places with direct sunlight. If your storage unit has a lot of windows, be sure to cover the hoses to protect them from the damaging affects of UV rays.
Essentially, any hydraulic hose or hose fitting should be kept in a cool, dry place. Be sure to contact your company’s hose supplier with any additional questions about ideal storage conditions. They should be able to make suggestions and help you prolong the life of your parts. You can also contact RL Miller LLC directly with questions and concerns about your hydraulic hoses. Our experts are happy to help.