On any type of hydraulic equipment or system used in any application in Texas, a lot of consideration often goes into the hydraulic system itself. The system is carefully selected for its ability to provide the hydraulic pressure needed to operate the equipment, device, or system, which is always an essential factor.
However, there may not be as much consideration given to the choice of hydraulic hose fittings. In fact, many users may simply choose the cheapest or most readily available fitting, not realizing the potential compromise of the performance and reliability of the system they have just created.
All hydraulic hose fittings are designed to connect various components of the hydraulic system. This can include fittings for pumps, cylinders of all types and sizes, as well as valves and ports. The fittings have to be able to withstand the same pressures and operating temperatures as the rest of the system to avoid leaks and problems with performance.
In addition, different types of hydraulic hose fittings are used for various specific applications. It is a common error to make do with one type of fitting on a component in the system that is not designed for that fitting. The result is a potential weak area in the system that can leak or fail, sometimes resulting in equipment and system damage that is both costly as well as difficult to complete on an oil rig out in the middle of west Texas.
Not only is it critical to choose the correct fitting, but it is also vital to correctly install the fitting. This is commonly done by crimping, but this process also has to be done to maximize the hold between the fitting and hose or component.
Always review the manufacturer’s instructions for all types of hose fitting installation. Be sure to check if the hose requires skiving, which removes a portion of the hose cover before the crimping is completed.