Mistakes We Make When Choosing Hoses, Tubing and Quick Disconnect Couplings
Similar to the pipes that send compressed air to its end use, tubing and hoses play a crucial role in a compressed air system. Often, these parts, as well as their quick disconnect couplings are used between pipes and the end use application or the compressor and the pipes themselves.
These parts, however are a small part of a big system, and that is why they are often overlooked. This is a mistake you do not want to commit as they can be the reason why you’ll get pressure loss at end use when they are not maintained properly.
To prevent unnecessary pressure drops and probably production losses in the future, here are some factors you should consider when choosing your hoses, tubing, and quick disconnect couplings:
Before you worry about other factors, make sure that what you are getting is not made of plastic that can be corroded. It would be better to go for metals like stainless steel, brass, copper, and aluminum, among others. They can be bent to fit your system. They are also more permanent and substantially safer than plastic. For hoses, rubber is what you’ll usually find because it is more convenient, but it is not going to be as durable as metal or plastic and may lead to frequent leakage and deterioration.
The length of your hosing can greatly affect pressure losses in a compressed air system. You can find hosing in standard lengths but those can still be too long. It would be better if you customize or shorten the length of your hosing so as to prevent pressure drops. Remember that hosing are not to be used over a long distance. When a hosing is too long, extreme pressure drops are inevitable. If distance cannot be avoided, then make use of metal tubing o pipes instead, to make sure you maintained the required pressure.
Ambient temperature impacts compressed air systems in their entirety. When your hoses or tubing come in contact with excessive heat, it is possible for them to sustain damages that could not be easily reversed. Regardless of the materials of its components, a compressor should always be kept in a well-ventilated environment if you expect it to be fully functional at all times and avoid overheating of your equipment.
Pressure losses that are caused by poor connections can push your air compressor to work harder than it should; and not only will this result to higher energy bills, but also wear down your equipment’s parts faster. Pay attention to every component, including your hoses, tubing, and disconnect couplings and you will reduce your operating cost in the long run, too.