Gates Corp. has released its 2020 Sustainability Report. Gates’ Report features a comprehensive set of initiatives and programs organized around Gates’ four pillars of sustainability – Governance, Technology, the Environment and Stewardship (GTES). “I am quite proud and energized by the progress we’ve made on our GTES sustainability initiatives. 2020 was a unique year that […]
PIRTEK USA shows post-COVID growth with eight recent franchises
PIRTEK USA will continue its growth this year as a result of eight new franchise agreements that will debut the brand into several key markets across North America. Since December, PIRTEK has signed agreements to bring the brand to Spartanburg, S.C.; Raleigh, N.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Montgomery, Ala., and Puerto Rico. New locations will also open […]
When should you use thermoplastic hoses?
By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor Thermoplastics are polymers with a unique capacity to become soft, pliable and moldable when heated while solidifying upon cooling. The moldability range lies between its glass transition temperature* and its melting point, so it’s essential to avoid overheating the material. Popular techniques such as injection molding and extrusion produce many […]
What is skiving, and when should you use it on your hose assemblies?
Skiving is removing the outer cover at the end of a hydraulic hose in the location of the crimp fitting. For some high-pressure applications, the hose’s inner tube ID may be skived to allow the hosetail to better fit. Using a specialized machine with externally rotating mandrels, the tooling cuts and then peels the outer […]
What measurements are required for hose assembly sizes?
With hydraulic hose assemblies, one should consider several measurements to ensure their correct size — ID (inner diameter), OD (outer diameter), and length. Inner diameter is the bore of the hose and the size of the orifice that the fluid has to travel through over a particular length. The OD of the hose could be […]
USCG-accepted high-temperature hose for medium and high-pressures
Kurt Hydraulics introduces two new lines of US Coast Guard (USCG) accepted high temperature hose. Kurt High Temp Hydraulic Hose (SAE R16 DIN EN 853) — Recommended for high pressure, high temperature hydraulic oil lines, this Kurt hose handles both high pressure, high temperature applications. It is SAEJ1942 USCG accepted hydraulic only. It features two […]
Continental introduces eco-friendly hose
The Continental business unit of ContiTech has introduced a new eco-friendly garden hose called EcoRubber that uses sugar cane ethylene, rather than petroleum-based products, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 85%. It is reportedly the first plant-based polymer hose in the world. “Continental is paving the way of a circular economy by consistently evaluating renewable […]
Hydraulic hose expertise helps a customer fulfill his green-living dream
Power Drives Inc., a manufacturer and distributor specializing in fluid transference and filtration, was faced with a unique challenge when a customer came into one of their Express Hose Centers with the intention of fully restoring a 1960 Case 430 backhoe loader. The customer was looking to bring the tractor back to its former shape […]
How are clamping systems used in fluid power?
From a fluid power design perspective, the circuit and subsequent major components take the majority of the focus. Actuators, valves, pumps and conditioning components rightfully take center stage, leaving accessory components out of the design stage and left for the technicians to worry about during fabrication. However, factoring all parts – no matter how insignificant […]
Thermoplastic hydraulic hose and fittings designed to work together
Late last year, Eaton launched the Synflex Optimum family of thermoplastic hydraulic hoses and fittings, designed to work together to improve hydraulic system performance, simplify assembly and optimize inventory. This was one of the key lines Eaton would have been exhibiting at IFPE 2020 earlier this month, but they pulled out due to concerns over […]