During a recent visit with a long time customer I was asked a question that made me realize how we all use different words to describe the same products. I’ve been asking this customer if he would consider purchasing his industrial hose from Cross, and his question was “Joe, why do you think I need air or water hose?” He was surprised to learn that industrial hose is not just for air and water applications!
When we talk internally about industrial hose we are referring to any hose not used in a hydraulic application (which does include air and water!)…but there are so many more medias it can move, such as abrasive materials, acid, chemicals, compressed gases, food, beverage, fuel, oil, steam, welding gases, and many other products.
Maybe we need to be more clear when we talk with those outside our industry. So I’d like to share some information about “industrial hose” that may help you understand what options you have.
Let’s start with the most common industrial hose and its application.
Air and Multipurpose Hose
Air and multipurpose hose is a versatile general purpose hose designed to handle air, mild chemicals, and water. The hose inner tube is compatible with the light oil mists found in air tool lubricating systems. The multiple textile reinforcement provides flexibility. The cover is resistant to abrasion, heat, and the ozone. The general purpose hose is available from 1/4 inch through 2 inch, with a variety of colors for ease of hose routing identification.
Common question: Can you get this in a hose assembly (with end fittings attached)?
Yes! We stock assemblies in standard lengths, but will make custom lengths with ends that match your application to reduce the need for adapters. If you prefer to buy in bulk and attach the fittings in the field, we can help you that too.
There is also a wide variety of hose within the chemical hose category, but let’s just stay basic. Chemical hose is used in high pressure or high temperature suction and discharge applications.We stock a hose designed to handle nearly 98% of commonly used chemicals, acids, and solvents. The cover is resistant to abrasion, mild chemicals, and the ozone.
Common question: How can this be used in both a pressure application and a suction application?
A dual wire helix is incorporated into the construction of the hose to give it full suction capabilities as well as handle pressure.
Food and Beverage Hose
Again, there is a wide variety of hose within the food and beverage category. Food and beverage hose is used in applications involving fatty and oily foods, liquids, milk, potable water, and sanitary products. It’s also used for in-plant and tank transfer, delivery, and transport. The hoses meet the Industry Standards FDA, PMO, USDA, 3-A, NSF-51, and NSF-61.
Common question: Can you reuse a stainless sanitary fitting for a food grade application?
Yes, we often remove and reuse fittings by installing them with all stainless steel band clamps.
Material Handling Hose
This is one of the widest ranges of products in the industrial hose line. Material Handling hose products are used in applications involving air – heating or cooling – drying, dust collection, filtering, exhaust, duct cleaning, textile fiber collection, cutting, and grinding just to name a few. One of the most used material handling hose applications would be pneumatic conveying systems for powder, pellets, or granular materials.
Common question: What types of industries use this particular product?
It has been my experience that injection molders, concrete plants, sand blasters, mulch sprayers, and vacuum trucks are big users of these products.
This hose is designed to handle oil and refined fuels like biodiesel, diesel, ethanol, gasoline, LP gas, or even hot tar and asphalt.
Common question: What kind of hose can handle biodiesel fuel?
The tube must be compatible with biodiesel and the best rated material for this application are special blends of nitrile, teflon, nylon, or viton.
Which Hose is Right for You?
There may be several choices of hose for your particular application and it can be confusing to decide which one is best. If you aren’t a specialist in hose and fittings you may not even WANT to know ALL the options!
I’m happy to take questions and offer suggestions. My weekly travels take me basically around Winston-Salem and west to Hickory, so if you’re near me I might be able to stop by and look at your application. Feel free to email me anytime to pick my brain; I’d love to hear from you!