Can You Mix and Match Hose Manufacturers?

Can You Mix and Match Hose Manufacturers?

Chad Hayden | November 27th, 2018

Cross Hose & Fittings is a Parker distributor, providing precision-engineered products that meet or exceed a variety of industry standards. Parker is synonymous with quality, and their products can be found on and around any production operation with moving parts. Although there are a number of manufacturers on the market, there are several reasons to use only Parker branded hoses and fittings in a hydraulic assembly.

The necessary components for safe, long-lasting hydraulic assemblies are couplings, hoses, crimping equipment and accessories that are designed to work together. Tolerances vary from one manufacturer to another and are not interchangeable. Using components from different manufacturers can cause coupling retention to be adversely affected. Mixing different parts from manufacturers can also lead to hoses bursting, fittings leaking and blown-off ends resulting in potential injuries and damaged property.

Parker designs and tests hydraulic assemblies to ensure maximum efficiency. Crimping dimensions are specified uniquely for optimum pressure and flow rating. Assuming that the hose assembly “looks close” or that the crimp dimension is similar on mixed manufactured pieces can result in more frequent failures and, in turn, a less efficient production environment.

Hydraulic hose manufacturers typically control the process by designing the whole system for assembling their hydraulic hoses. They manufacture both hoses and hose fittings, as well as develop standards for crimping the fittings on to hoses. In many cases, they also develop crimpers specifically designed to handle fabrication of hose assemblies from parts they manufacture.

Here at Cross Hose & Fittings, you will find that we never mix hydraulic hose manufacturers to ensure the highest quality assemblies for your application. In our stores, you will find a wide variety of Parker Hannifin hose & fittings. We are also glad to come out to your facility and help you with all of your hydraulic hose and fitting needs. For more information, please contact any of our 4 locations in Asheville, Winston Salem, Greensboro, and Raleigh.

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Chad joined Cross Company in April 2003 as a Warehouse Associate in Greensboro before moving to the Greensboro Hose Store as a Customer Service Rep. He transferred to the Winston Hose Store in 2006 and was promoted to manager in 2012.