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The True Cost Of Using Counterfeit Bearings
Monday, July 16, 2018

Fake or counterfeit products are an enormous problem in almost every market and unfortunately this issue extends far into the industrial market, particularly with bearings. With the rise of advanced technology in third world countries, it’s becoming easier to illegally replicate a reputable manufacturer’s product, making it nearly impossible to distinguish between the fake and genuine brand of bearing. Consumers are unwittingly being conned into buying inferior products and the results can be disastrous.  ..

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All You Need To Know About Pneumatic Valves
Monday, July 09, 2018

Pneumatic valves control the pressure, flow rate, direction, and amount of air that moves through a pneumatic system. Countless industrial applications depend on pneumatic systems to control their power source, and while the medium in the system is a fluid (as in a hydraulic system), the way in which it is controlled and delivered is different. There are also several types of pneumatic valves that can be used to control the pressure and flow of fluid. The most common are pressure relief valves, flow control and directional control valves. ..

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Signs That Your Hydraulic Hose Needs Replacing
Monday, June 25, 2018

As we’ve covered before, there is no simple way to determine how long your hydraulic hose is going to last – there are just too many variables that could influence its lifespan. The general rule is that hoses and fittings should be replaced every 1-2 years but that is highly dependent on the quality of the products and under what conditions they are being used. The shelf life of a rubber hose is around ten years (check the manufacturing date on the lay-line) but even that is negotiable when you take into account how the hose has been stored and what kind of environment it has been exposed to. ..

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Buying Cheap Pressure Hoses Will Cost You
Monday, June 18, 2018

Recently, our markets have become flooded with imports, competing with the top manufacturers by offering cheaper parts and lower cost assemblies. When the costs of pressure hoses vary so dramatically, buyers and maintenance managers can get confused, opting for the cheapest option as a way to save costs or choosing the middle ground, in the hopes that the quality will be better. Unfortunately, while the outlay of costs may be small to begin with, choosing a standard product over a premium product will ultimately cost your business substantially more in the long run.  ..

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Route Your Hydraulic Hoses Correctly
Monday, June 11, 2018

One of the major causes of premature hydraulic hose failure is improper installation and routing of the hose assembly. When installing a hydraulic hose, routing the assembly is more than just connecting the pieces together and tightening the connections. While common sense is a factor, there are a few routing rules you should follow. Following these pointers will ensure that the service life of your assembly lasts as long as it possibly can, without any dangerous failures. ..

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The Cost of Compromising Your Hydraulic Assembly
Monday, May 28, 2018

As consumers, we have a market flooded with products to choose from so, naturally, we take the opportunity to shop around. The goal is to save money, either by cutting back on quality or by mixing and matching products from different suppliers. When it comes to hydraulic hoses and their assembly, however, this is a grave error, and many buyers may not realise that their choices could have catastrophic consequences.  ..

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How To Avoid Premature Hydraulic Hose Failure
Monday, May 21, 2018

We live and work in a society that expects certain guarantees, especially when it comes to products that are costly and vital to the daily running of our business. A common concern for companies with hydraulic systems is how long the various parts are going to last, particularly the hoses. This is unfortunately impossible to answer, especially when you consider that hoses are the most vulnerable parts of a hydraulic system. ..

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How Sustainable Are Your Industrial Hoses?
Monday, May 14, 2018

The buzzword in industry has long been 'sustainability'. With the ecological footprints of businesses, particularly large industrial businesses, coming under the spotlight, it's more important than ever to be aware of your company's industrial waste and to do all you can to reduce it. Rubber hoses are considered urban solid waste and should only be disposed of in a permitted waste management facility. Sadly, this is rarely where the hoses, often filled with excess oil or toxic fluids, end up and the result is unfortunate for the environment.  ..

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Safety Tips For Using Steam Hoses
Monday, April 30, 2018

Working with steam and handling steam hoses can be hazardous if there are no safety procedures in place. With care and a few simple precautions, you can ensure that the lives of your operators are not at stake as well as eliminate the potential for costly property damage. The following tips for using your steam hose safely will also ensure that your hoses don't fail prematurely, allowing you to get the maximum life out of your assembly. ..

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Common Problems With Steam Hoses
Monday, April 23, 2018

Industrial rubber steam hoses play a vital role in businesses that use steam or very hot water in their processes. Steam is exceptionally dangerous and costly to work with so it's important to pay attention to the way in which your hoses are installed, the condition of the fittings, as well as their daily use and wear. To help extend the life of your steam hoses, we've outlined two of the more common problems that can occur and how to avoid them. ..

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