When it comes to hydraulics, there are a number of components and parts to choose from. Being able to identify the proper hose is essential to ensure quick and accurate quoting from your provider. Using the acronym “STAMPED” eliminates the guesswork while shopping for hydraulic hoses and fittings, ultimately saving you the time and frustration that goes into purchasing.
What is STAMPED?
STAMPED is an acronym used in the manufacturing industry to help customers and manufacturers identify the correct replacement or alternate parts needed for a piece of machinery.
Start by identifying the required dimensions for the hose. Consider the inner (I.D.) and outer diameters (O.D.) of the hose, as well as the length. Be as accurate as possible with these measurements as they’re the most critical to system efficiency. For example, length contributes head loss due to friction so you may experience excessive pressure drops if the hose is too long.
Next, consider the temperature and climate the hose will experience. If your system works with extremely low temperatures, you need to ensure the hose can withstand frigid temperatures and keep from freezing or cracking in a cold environment. Conversely, if your system deals with high temperatures, you’ll want to find a hose that has certain qualities such as heat resistant fabric or multi-layer protection to keep from melting or warping.
Consider the application that the hose is needed for. Certain applications require specific hose characteristics. Consider the following:
- What are the bend radius requirements?
- What standard specifications must the hose meet?
- How will the hose be used?
Next, consider the kinds of materials that will flow through the hose. Will the hose be used to transport gaseous, liquid or solid materials? Will these materials flow continuously or will they sit in the hose for extended periods of time? These factors will help you identify what equipment you’ll need and help you choose the right hose that can withstand your materials.
Another important factor to consider is the amount of pressure the hose will need to withstand. Will it experience a steady amount of pressure or various amounts intermittently? Knowing the amount and frequency of pressure is important for functionality. For example, if the hose undergoes more pressure than it is designed for, its lifespan can be shortened, resulting in more time and money spent replacing it.
There are a wide variety of end fittings for hydraulic hoses ranging from Series 43 and BW Series fittings, to hose barb fittings, to weld-on hose fittings. To ensure your fittings match your system requirements, partner with a manufacturer that offers the product you need and the quality assurance you deserve. They should also be able to provide specific guidance on installation, servicing, accessories and more.
Lastly, consider delivery. How soon and how often do you need these hoses and parts? Working with a trusted partner better positions you to navigate any supply chain issues should they arise and ensure delivery when you need it.
STAMPED provides those in the manufacturing industry with an easy way to identify what hose will perform best for a job and increase system efficiency. By using this acronym, you can save time and ensure you receive accurate quoting the first time around.
For more information on STAMPED, check out Hose Assembly Tips on using STAMPED.
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