A leaking or faulty hose can have devastating effects, from halted operations, leaked materials, damages and even personnel injuries. They can be very costly in the form of lost production due to unforeseen outages and can overall become an absolute nightmare for a business. Luckily, if you prepare to combat any unforeseen problems you will keep productivity, health & safety and much more to a high standard. By having industrial hose inspection and testing carried out, you will be much more prepared and aware of potential dangers to your operations.
There are many different ways a hose can become damaged – questioning its integrity. Some defects of a hose can be easy to spot; such as dents, kinks and mutations, whereas others can be a lot harder to find. Although some defects may look harmless, they can often be a disaster waiting to happen. On the other hand, you may see an obvious problem, which may not actually be as serious as it may seem.
A professional inspector can check through the inside and out of your hose and hose assemblies, ensuring everything looks alright. A comprehensive hose testing process is available, putting the hose’s integrity to test, before suggesting whether a replacement or new method may be required. An internal inspection can be carried out with a video scope, which is custom configured for the internal inspection of hose assemblies that incorporate:
• Power light source
• High definition, magnified display
• Various lenses offering wide field of view
• Capable of taking still or video images
• Laser management system
After an inspection the hose assemblies are immediately sealed at both end with custom caps to avoid ingress or contamination of foreign bodies. Further testing can involve the following:
Visual Inspection – examining the outside of a hose looking for exterior problems that could have an effect on its operations.
Hydrostatic Test – pressurising water within in a hose to test for leaking
Nitrogen Test – pressurising a hose with Nitrogen whilst underwater to check for leaks. Air bubbles and pressure change show problems.
Vacuum Test – applying suction to a hose to ensure it stays rigid
Internal Inspection – examining the inside of a hose looking for any defects which could cause it to fail during service
Electrical Continuity Test – to check there is an electrical bond between the end fittings of a hose assembly to avoid creating a static build up within the length the hose.
Buckley Industrial can offer you more information into each type of testing through their website and contact details. For a comprehensive and reliable service, this firm is perfect for your hose testing and inspection solutions.