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Hose and Fittings Resources

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Articles and Whitepapers

Types of Fire Resistant Hydraulic Fluid In many industrial systems, hydraulic fluids may come into contact with sparks, flames or could be subject to extreme ambient conditions caused by nearby equipment. When these conditions are present, hydraulic system designers are tasked with selecting fluids that will safely withstand the presence…

Preventing Rust on Hose Adapters Have you ever tried to disassemble a hose from a piece of equipment, only to find that the rusted adapter won’t allow you to break the connection? Then you know about rust and the problems that can come with it! And it isn’t just connection…

Save time and money by using Transair for your compressed air piping Compressed air literally keeps your facility running, but are you wasting time and money with copper or galvanized steel tubing? These old systems are time-consuming and expensive to install, and corrode over time causing poor performance and damage…

OSHA Regulation for Silica Dust Suppression Silica, a mineral found in stone, sand, and soil can cause serious health issues when inhaled. Using equipment such as a saw or jackhammer to cut or break up brick and mortar, causes silica particles to become airborne which creates a hazardous environment. Workers…

Can you Mix and Match Hose Manufacturers? 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…

Consider the True Cost of Industrial and Hydraulic Hoses Many buyers and maintenance managers equate the cost of a hydraulic hose assembly to its purchase price. However, the cost relevant to your business is not only the purchase price but the whole the cost of ownership or cost of using…

Reduce Downtime and Repair During Leaf Collection Season Whether you’re a local municipality with large leaf vacuum trucks or a homeowner with a consumer grade leaf vacuum machine, Cross Hose & Fittings has the right hose for you. We offer six different types of leaf and lawn collection ducting, made…

Why You Should Label Your Hose Assemblies Labeling hose assemblies will improve productivity by reducing downtime and maintenance costs. The Parker Tracking System (PTS) is an innovative component-tagging and asset management solution offered through Parker production facilities and business partners, like Cross Hose & Fittings. Today’s equipment and machines are…

Get Back To Your Day Job With Cross Inventory Management When a hose fails in your process, you need it replaced quickly. Unfortunately, that generally requires someone to leave your facility. They will likely have to take the old hose to multiple hose stores before finding one with the proper…

Technical Bulletins and Guides

Guide to Hose Compounds, Properties, and Their Applications When choosing the right hose for your application, it is helpful to understand the benefits of different hose materials. Before we get into the various types of rubber compounds, let’s begin with a primer into the origin of natural rubber. The para’…

Hydraulic Hose Pressure Ratings: Working Pressure vs Burst Pressure When designing a hydraulic system or replacing a hose assembly, it’s important to know the conditions of it’s application. specifically, the working pressure for the application and whether the pressure is dynamic or static. The working pressure is the highest amount…

Technical Guide: Industrial Hose Secure Clamp Styles When it comes to industrial hose assemblies, there are multiple ways to attach fittings to a length of hose. A few of those methods include pre-formed band clamps, double bolt clamps, gear or worm drive clamps, crimpable ferrules, and crimpable sleeves. Depending on…

Hose Fitting Conversion Adapter Guide When working with equipment manufactured in different parts of the world, one of the most important factors to take into consideration is the system measurement in the place of origin. With items equipped for hydraulics or pneumatics, hose and fitting connectors can come in a…

Technical Guide: How to Identify Flange Fittings One of the challenges for a hose user is how to identify the fitting on the end of your hydraulic hose. This particular style of fitting is referred to as a Flange Head Style Fitting.  The most common sizes range from 1/2 inch…

Technical Guide: Proper Hydraulic Hose Routing Proper Hydraulic Hose Routing Simplifies Maintenance and Reduces Failure When high-pressure hydraulic hoses fail, they can be responsible for lost productivity, equipment failure, and personal injury – all coming at a steep cost to the machine or company owner. In hydraulically controlled equipment, some component…

Technical Guide: Bend Radius in Hydraulic Hose The minimum bend radius is important when selecting hydraulic hose because it is the limit a hose can be bent without being kinked or damaged. It’s best to be aware of the system where tight space constraints may cause the hose to bend severely…

Technical Guide: Step-By-Step Hydraulic Hose Assembly Many businesses opt to keep their own crimp machine on premises for quick and easy hose assemblies. Cross Hose and Fittings outfits businesses with equipment and provides training to keep hose quality and safety top of mind. These are step-by-step instructions for hydraulic hose assembly.…

Technical Guide: The Hose Selection Process – S.T.A.M.P.E.D. The S.T.A.M.P.E.D. acronym is an industry-wide standard that should begin every conversation when replacing an existing hose, or selecting a hose for a new application. The easy to remember acronym stands for Size, Temperature, Application, Material/Media, Pressure, Ends, Delivery. Size In a…

Case Studies and Application Notes

Cross Company Application Note: MiniKrimp Hose Repair for Campbell Crane Cross Hose & Fittings Gets Campbell Crane Up and Running Fast with MiniKrimp When Campbell Crane needed a hose repaired on their crane they called Cross Hose & Fittings in Asheville. They were working on a big job and the…

Application Note: Quick Delivery of Parker Fittings Cross Hose & Fittings Helped The Vaughn Company Get the Parts they Needed Quickly When Bobby Vaughn, of The Vaughn Company, needed custom hoses built quickly he was frustrated by the slow response time of another vendor who took eight hours just to…

Application Note: Custom Vacuum Box Cross Hose & Fittings Helps Customer Design Custom Vacuum Box Solution A manufacturer of die-cast automotive parts contacted Cross Hose & Fittings about building a vacuum box for one of their die-cast machines. They knew what they wanted but were not sure what parts they…

Application Note: Solution for Non-Commercial Grill Cross Hose and Fittings Team Helps Customer with Non-Commercial Grill Cross Hose & Fittings Stores help customers of all sizes, from giant manufacturing facilities to individual homeowners. No matter the size of the customer, it is our top priority to provide high-quality solutions to…

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