Hose assemblies are very useful things, especially in closed systems, for example hydraulic systems. These can however deteriorates over time, and this happens even more commonly when they move often, so with applications involving robotics this tends to happen eventually. Hose wear is inevitable then, and this leads to costly repair bills.
To avoid paying these so often, the key is to take care of your hoses by treating them in certain ways, here a guide to show to a few tricks to increase the longevity of your hose system.
Firstly, remember to give your hose some slack, if you leave it too tight then it has no room to manoeuvre. With some slack there is no excessive tightening on the hose and therefore with this release of stress the hose will last longer.
Hose and cable carriers can be both metallic and non-metallic, designed to add further support to the hose if it has to be stretched or contracted. These consist of a series of interlinking bolts and holsters which expand and contract when the hose expands or contracts. These slow down the hose movement, increasing its rigidness and allows fluids and gasses to pass through it easily, making it last longer. If you have a metallic one it also protects against abrasions and debris which sometimes can penetrate or damage the hose, however if the carrier is non metallic it doesn’t affect the efficiency of the hose so much. As a resolution to this, generally metallic hose carriers are in open hose assemblies and non metallic are in closed hose assemblies.
If you can’t tell when your hose is broken, look for a drop in efficiency. If there is one then it is likely there is a leak in the system. Simply feed the hose assembly out of the carrier and replace accordingly.