Eaton Lifesense Hydraulic Hose Monitoring

Eaton Lifesense Hydraulic Hose Monitoring

Hydraulic Hose Monitoring

Hydraulic hoses are the lifelines on which heavy equipment runs. A failed hydraulic hose can put workers in danger and lead to significant downtime which can cost companies thousands of dollars. The ability to detect problems within hydraulic hoses before they fail will decrease downtime and help keep employees safe. With this in mind, Eaton has developed the LifeSense hydraulic hose condition monitoring system.

The LifeSense system is designed to alert operators when a hydraulic hose is showing signs of failing internally. This type of intelligent hydraulic hose condition monitoring system has been developed to help customers manage their hydraulic powered equipment more effectively and efficiently.

Eaton offers two options for monitoring the integrity of hydraulic hose:

The more basic of these is the LifeSense Wired detection system. This system works by sending a direct current of 12 or 24 volts the length of the hydraulic hose. There are multiple wire cable lengths that are available for the LifeSense Wired detection system, including lengths of 10, 15, 25, 50, and 100 feet. If the LifeSense unit senses any impending failure an alert will be sent to the Hose Diagnostic Unit or HUD.

The HUD continuously monitors up to 11 hydraulic hoses by receiving real time data regarding the condition of the hydraulic hoses. In addition to the hydraulic hose condition monitoring that the LifeSense Wired system provides, it will also check the integrity of the hose fittings by means of hose fitting sensor monitor.

Eaton also has a LifeSense Wireless system that is a more advanced means of hydraulic hose condition monitoring. The LifeSense Wireless unit optimizes wireless frequency capabilities in order to monitor up to 100 hydraulic hoses and fittings. The information gathered by the wireless system is sent to a secure Eaton server, where you can monitor multiple aspects of the hydraulic system, including connection status, installation data, and trend reports.

This secure server can be accessed from a computer or a mobile device, allowing for unmatched portability. An added benefit of the LifeSense Wireless system is its ability to transmit performance data every seven hours, in addition to the continual monitoring of the hydraulic hoses.

Advantages of Hydraulic Hose Condition Monitoring System:

Implementing the Eaton LifeSense hydraulic hose condition monitoring system has multiple advantages. The detection system will increase the life of the hydraulic hoses by more than 50%, resulting in significant savings and eliminating the need to guess when a hose needs replacing.

Furthermore, Eaton LifeSense drastically reduces the chance for injury or collateral damage, by notifying workers that there is an impending failure that needs to be addressed. This early notification will allow the faulty hydraulic hose to be replaced, before rupture, which greatly reduces downtime, thus saving companies both time and money.

4S6S Spiral Hose Fittings

4S6S Spiral Hose Fittings

Spiral Hose Fittings

Eaton has taken hydraulic fittings to the next level with the introduction of the Aeroquip 4S/6S Spiral Hose Fittings. Eaton is continually developing new products designed to improve hydraulic hose and fitting functionality and increase part life expectancy.

The Aeroquip 4S/6S Spiral Hose Fittings incorporate three new features that are designed for more dependable hydraulic hose fittings: Dura-Seal™ Technology, Dura-Kote™ Plating, and the MatchMate identification system. The incorporation of these features leads to a more dependable and lasting hydraulic hose solution.

Dura-Seal™ Technology

Achieving a proper seal with hydraulic hoses is imperative for machinery to function correctly. Without a sealed fitting, the result can mean loss of fluid, idle equipment, and decreased revenue. The Aeroquip 4S/6S Spiral Hose Fittings incorporate a new technology developed by Eaton called Dura-Seal™.

This Dura-Seal™ technology features a special O-ring on the hydraulic fitting connector nipple that eliminates cool-down leakage; a common problem with hydraulic fittings. Eaton has tested Dura-Seal™ for leakage using high impulse pressure, which puts tremendous pressure on the fitting, and the result is zero leakage.

Furthermore, the pressure testing has shown no moisture accumulation on the nipple; a common problem that often leads to interior corrosion. Eaton’s Dura-Seal™ technology will make hydraulic hose fittings more reliable and less susceptible to failure.

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LPG Delivery Pro Hose

LPG Delivery Pro Hose

LPG Delivery Pro Hose

When it comes to the transfer of liquid propane it is important to have a hose system that is both durable and flexible. With this in mind, Continental ContiTech has developed the LPG Delivery Pro Hose to better meet the demands of the industry. Here are some of the features that make the Delivery Pro Hose well worth consideration:

  • Independently Evaluated – Underwriters Laboratory is well-known as a leader in independent safety and secure product certification, in fact, the LPG Delivery Pro assembly is the only delivery system to be listed by UL. This makes the ContiTech Delivery Pro the premier LPG transfer hose available for both commercial and residential retailers.
  • Increased Flexibility – Having a flexible hose is a must when transferring substances like liquid propane gas, and this is especially important in cold weather, as low temperatures can cause hose materials to become rigid. To counter this, ContiTech has constructed the LPG Delivery Pro Hose using a specially designed rubber compound that allows for greater flexibility in temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit. This increased flexibility makes it easier for drivers to handle and reel.
  • Resistant to Abrasion – Often when refilling propane systems, drivers are required to drag LPG hoses over long distances and any resistance against the surface can be problematic. Therefore, ContiTech developed the Delivery Pro with a smooth synthetic rubber cover to reduce surface friction. In addition, this outer cover provides increased protection against abrasion and gashes as it is pulled across the ground, and this goes a long way in increasing the lifespan of the hose.
  • Reduced Contamination – Contamination is one of the foremost concerns when it comes to transferring liquid propane, as the transfer of fluids can cause substances to buildup in storage tanks and valves. ContiTech has taken notice of this by implementing advanced technologies and specially designed rubber compounds to reduce the chance of contamination. In the end, this anticontamination design helps by increasing efficiency levels and customer satisfaction.

Using the proper equipment during the transfer of liquid propane is vital for efficiency and safety, and there is no better choice than the LPG Delivery Pro Hose by Continental ContiTech. The Delivery Pro provides greater flexibility, higher abrasion resistance, a rubber compound made to reduce contamination and is the only LPG hose assembly listed by Underwriter Laboratories. Therefore it is the top choice for both commercial and residential use.

Call or Stop by at a local Omni Services Retail Hose Center near you to order Continental ContiTech LPG Delivery Pro Hose.

Omni PTFE Hose

Omni PTFE Hose

Omni PTFE Hose

If you are in need of a hose to handle large temperature variations, high heat, demanding chemical applications or viscous materials, PTFE hose should be a primary consideration. Talk to one of our fluid conveyance specialists to find the right hose for your application and see our brochure featuring Eaton’s Everflex hose and Kongsberg’s PTFE hose.

Eaton Everflex Smooth Bore Hose

There are many applications that require the use of PTFE hose, and the Everflex smooth bore hose by Eaton is a top choice. As the name suggests, Everflex smooth bore hose has a flex life that surpasses that of similar hoses and this adds to its level of durability.

Everflex hose can be implemented in an assortment of different applications where a hose with high temperature and chemical resistance properties is needed. In addition, Everflex hose is perfect for the transfer of highly viscous fluids, which are commonly used in food service and industrial equipment.

Eaton Everflex Conv-O-Crimp

The Everflex Conv-O-Crimp Hose by Eaton is similar to its smooth bore counterpart, however, it can be flexed much more tightly. Not only does the Conv-O-Crimp offer greater flexibility, it also incorporates the use of stainless steel wire reinforcement, along with a Teflon lining, making it suitable for hydraulic and transportation related implementations.

As PTFE hoses increase in diameter, they can become cumbersome, but the material composition of the Conv-O-Crimp hose by Eaton is made from lightweight materials which significantly reduce the overall weight of the hose. The technology used in the Everflex hose make it so that the hose is highly resistant to heat and chemicals, regardless of its decreased weight. Everflex Conv-O-Crimp hose is lined with a static dissipating liner that reduces the chance of electrostatic arcing.

Kongsberg Smooth Bore

The Kongsberg smooth bore PTFE hose is made for applications where fluids with electrical resistive properties are being transferred at high rates. The smooth bore hose comes in a carbon version which provides it with anti-static properties and a steel wire sleeve that keeps the hose from deteriorating during heavy use. The smooth bore hose from Kongsberg does not use any pigments or additives that could be transferred to fluids during flow.

Kongsberg Easyflex

The Easyflex hose is an extruded, convoluted PTFE hose that is designed to transfer fluids at high rates, with a flexibility that is not found in smooth bore hoses. The Easyflex hose is specially designed so that there is no need to de-convolute the hose when attaching fittings, which makes this hose adaptable to a variety of applications.

Formed Tube Materials

Formed Tube Materials

Formed Tube Materials

Like anything, having the right product or tool for a job is essential.  Sometimes choosing the right hard wall tubing material can be challenging, you have to be cognizant of the material properties and compatibilities since formed tubes can be used to convey fluid (liquid or gas) under pressure, carry loads, be subject to internal and external heat, as well as be used in structural and architectural applications. With the wide range of conditions formed tube products end up in, it’s important to clearly understand applications to ensure the use of material best practices while also balancing costs.

Using the S.T.A.M.P.E.D. philosophy (size, temperature, application, media, pressure, ends, delivery), for proper material selection is a great first step but a complete understanding of the end product’s placement and anticipated performance is also essential. 

Below are brief descriptions and benefits of some of the standard SAE and ASTM materials commonly used in formed tubes.

 

  • Unplated Carbon Steel – Used in noncorrosive environments. This carbon and iron based metal is durable, hard and strong, and is an economical choice for applications with water, oil, gas and steam where corrosion is not a problem. The final product is usually painted or coated to offer corrosion coating protection.
  • Plated Carbon Steel – Similar to unplated steel, only with the protection of a Zinc coating. This Zinc coating meets ASTM B117-09-Salt Spray Testing and is the standard for plated steel tube and tube fitting parts. It offers the conditional, environmental and corrosion protection and is used widely throughout tube manufacturing.
  • Copper – Offers good corrosion resistance and is less expensive than stainless steel. Is moderate in strength, softer and easier to bend and form, and can be used interchangeably with brass. It is commonly used with oil, natural gas, air, and in HVAC applications.
  • Stainless Steel – Is a highly corrosion resistant material that provides high strength at high temperatures. It also helps prevent contamination of product being conveyed. Used in applications with water, oil, chemicals, instrumentation, gas and steam where corrosion or cross contamination is a problem.
  • Aluminum – Very lightweight, highly corrosion resistant and has a wide working temperature range. There are many grades of aluminum and aluminum can be used in applications involving water, oil, chemicals, instrumentation, gas and steam where temperature and weight are critical factors.

The majority of material noted come in multiple profile options: solid rod, square or tube, SCH 10, 40 or 80 pipe.  Choosing the right material and profile is critical – contact one of our formed tube specialists to get assistance in determining the right material for your formed tube project.