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Top 7 Tips! How do you choose the right hose?

Top 7 Tips! How do you choose the right hose?

Flextech are here to help brewers obtain the best hose so that they can make the best beer products. So, how do you choose the right hose? The first, and probably most important thing to understand is that a hose is not just a hose. They may all look the same or similar but they are all uniquely constructed with different materials, different grades of these materials and different manufacturing methods. There are many hidden nuances which can drastically effect their properties. Just like beer.

Flextech establish the hose you need based on the application and environment it will be used in and we do this by using an essential and universal criteria referred to as S.T.A.M.P.E.D. If you are not sure about what answers to give for these questions, don't panic! As hose specialists, we can help you to determine exactly what you need.

Size

We need to know the length of the hose that you require in order for it to sufficiently reach the application. To determine the best size, we need to know; The flow requirements The potential pressure loss considerations on long length hoses The available end connections that can be fitted for your application

Temperature

The temperature of product can drastically reduce effective hose life if the hose is not designed with what it will convey in mind. In addition, the temperature of the surrounding hose environment can affect the way in which it will perform. For this reason, certain hoses are specifically designed and manufactured to withstand operating temperatures of either heat or cold. It is therefore crucial that the proposed hose temperature limits are always compared with the hose application that you intend to satisfy.

Application

The hose application is one of the most important factors to consider when deciding the correct type of hose to use. As well as understanding the temperature and pressure that your hose will be exposed to, also think about abrasion, chemicals, heavy machinery or any other variables which may affect the durability of the hose. Any hose required can be supplied as long as your hose supplier knows exactly how it is to be used. Flextech are able to design a hose from scratch in order to increase the service life so don't rule any possibilities out.

Material being conveyed

It is important to ensure that the material or product which travels through the hose is compatible with the compound that the hose is made from. This is because many products, especially chemicals, can actually erode or wear away the hose inner liner which could in turn cause operating efficiency problems. It is therefore crucial to keep in mind fluid/product/hose compatibility.

Pressure

Working pressure is an area of major consideration when selecting a hose for your application and so there are obviously a few things that need to be noted when determining this factor; The rated working pressure of the hose must match or be greater than the maximum pressure that will be seen in the application Most European directives recommend a 4-1 safety factor for the burst to working pressure of the hose when the working pressures exceed 150 psi It is imperative to know if the hose is needed for a suction or discharge application as a suction application would need to have a sturdy spiral reinforcement to prevent the hose from collapsing.

Ends

Your hose will require fittings and/or couplings to enable connection to the application. As to the type of fitting there are several considerations when deciding upon the correct one for you which include; Style/Type Thread/Compression/Weld End Material Orientation and attachment method.

Delivery

We need to understand your delivery requirements in order to ship your goods to you. This is to ensure that pre-delivery procedures such as in-house hose testing, certifications, quality assurances and packaging etc. are compliant.

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Case Study: Bradfield Brewery