Don’t Be Tempted!
Just make it fit – we’ve all been tempted. We get rushed, we feel pressured, we cut a hose too short…but the end result of “making it fit” is always the same – poor workmanship
When making or installing a hose assembly…
- Never use a component that appears to be dirty, cracked, blistered, kinked, or non-conformant in any other regard
- Never assemble a Parker fitting on another manufacturer’s hose, or a Parker hose on another manufacturer’s fitting
- Never crimp or swage a Parker hose or fitting with anything except the listed swage or crimping machine and dies
- Never crimp or swage another manufacturer’s hose or fitting with a Parker crimp or swage dies
- Never use a Parker fitting with anything other than its compatible mated parts in accordance with Parker written instructions
- Never re-use a field-attachable fitting that has blown off or pulled off a hose
- Never re-use a Parker permanent fitting (whether crimped or swaged) or any part thereof
- Never assemble Parker fittings to any hose that was previously used in service when the hose was the cause of the original failure
- Never use a section of hose that has been kinked during unpacking or installation
- Never install a hose in such a way that it will be stretched, twisted, or in any other way re-oriented from its natural lay during use
- Never apply a twisting or torquing action to a hose when tightening fittings, or allow twisting or torquing to occur during installation or when the assembly is in use
- Never allow tensile loads, side loads, kinking, flattening, abrasion, thread damage, or sealing surface damage to impede the proper installation and use of a Parker hose assembly
- Never complete an installation without eliminating all air entrapment and pressurizing the system to a pressure equal to or less than the maximum working pressure of the assembly’s weakest link
- Never forget that fluids coming into contact with hot surfaces, open flames, or sparks could ignite an explosion
Ask Yourself these Questions…..
- Have you left sufficient slack?
- Are there any twists in the hose?
- Are any hoses rubbing against each other or against other components?
- Have you allowed for system vibration?
- Is the hose protected against kinking?
- Is the hose protected against heat, sparks, or open flames?
- Is the hose protected against abrasion or chafing?