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Posted on November 27, 2023

5+ Ways to Protect your Hydraulic Hoses and Electrical Cables

When a hydraulic hose fails, it can burst and produce a ripple effect that can cause costly equipment damage and downtime; a pinhole leak can spray hot hydraulic fluid causing personal injury.
Hydraulic hose assemblies typically operate in uncontrolled and unprotected environments, where tough and difficult conditions require safeguards against hose failure. Hoses are often exposed to vibration and continuous movement on industrial or mobile equipment. This is due to rubbing against metal parts, causing wear and abrasion. There can also be flying debris, weld spatter or hot metal chips that can cut or burn into the hose. Any of these situations can wear away at hose covers, exposing the wire reinforcement to moisture and dirt that can ultimately lead to catastrophic failure.


Posted on November 16, 2023

How to Protect Your Hydraulic Hoses and Electrical Cables 

When a hydraulic hose fails, it can burst and produce a ripple effect that can cause costly equipment damage and downtime; a pinhole leak can spray hot hydraulic fluid causing personal injury. 
Posted on November 01, 2023

Ensuring Safety on the UK Roads with Quality Hydraulics

Hydraulics, often hidden beneath the surface, have a significant role in modern road infrastructure and vehicles. One of the most critical applications is in the vehicle's braking system, where high-quality brake components like calipers, master cylinders and brake lines are essential for reliable stopping.  
However, hydraulics go beyond braking systems. You can see them in vehicle suspension, traffic management and road maintenance equipment. By incorporating hydraulics into these areas, road safety in the U.K. has seen significant improvements, with fewer accidents occurring since the technology's implementation. 
Posted on October 25, 2023

Metric Hydraulic Fittings in the UK and Europe

The British Imperial Units of Measure was the conventional system of weights and measures in the United Kingdom from 1824 until 1965, when the metric system was adopted. Though metric units are primarily used in most areas of industry and commerce, the imperial system is still used on roadway speed limits, some beverage containers and pipe fittings. Perhaps a contradiction in terms, but your Aston Martin DB9 is just under 5 metres long, though it’s allowed to travel 70 miles per hour on the motorway. 

Although the imperial thread sizes of BSP hydraulic fittings are still the most popular in the UK, the preponderance of metric fittings in Europe as made its mark in the UK’s industrial sector. 
Posted on October 17, 2023

DOs and DON'Ts in Hydraulic Hose Fitting Repair

Hydraulic hose fittings are integral to hydraulic systems, connecting hoses to cylinders, pipes, valves, pumps, actuators and joining hoses together. Selecting and installing the correct components allows the system to be airtight, free from leaks and maintain system integrity.
Leaking hydraulic fluid can be the cause of system failures and negative environmental impacts. System downtime due to leaks is very costly. Across the globe, more than 370 million litres of hydraulic fluid leaks into the environment each year.
It's not uncommon for hydraulic fittings to be the source of system leaks. Leaks can come from improper fitting selection, installation, cracks, missing or damaged O-rings and many other causes. Repairing a fitting is not always as simple as replacing it. It's first important to identify why the leak is occurring. Was the fitting improperly torqued, is it leaking from a bad O-ring, has dirt entered the threads, is it cracked, or is the source of the leak from somewhere else entirely? There are a number of ways fittings can leak and there are some basic steps for determining the problem and fixing it, as well as things NOT to do.
Posted on October 05, 2023

The Driving Force: Hydraulics in the UK Marine Industry

As an island nation, the British Royal Navy dominated the seas from the 18th to the early 20th century. During this period, Britain controlled much of the world's trade and possessed the ability to easily move supplies and troops in wartime. The UK's modern marine industry began to take shape as advancements in the shipbuilding sector took center stage in the 19th century, with hydraulic technology playing a pivotal role in both building and operating ships, covering numerous applications that drive the marine industry forward.

Today, the UK has more than 120 commercial ports administered by five major organizations and hundreds of shipbuilding companies led by companies such as BAE Systems plc and Babcock International Group plc.

Posted on September 28, 2023

The Role of Smart Hydraulics in UK Manufacturing

Hydraulics have been around for thousands of years, likely originating in Egypt and Mesopotamia . By the 3rd century BC, positive displacement water pumps - known as Archimedes' Screw , were used for raising water in applications such as removing water from the hold of large ships. In Europe's early modern period of the 17th century, French physicist and mathematician Blaise Pascal made significant advancements in hydrodynamics, developing what we know today as Pascal's Law , which he applied to the development of the first hydraulic press.
Posted on September 26, 2023

The UK Manufacturing Industry Goes Green

Growing concerns surrounding climate change and environmental deterioration highlight the urgency to adopt sustainable practices. The manufacturing sector, in particular, has been advised to transition towards cleaner processes due to its impact on resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Over the past few years, the UK's manufacturing industry demonstrated progress in embracing eco-friendly initiatives for long-term sustainability.
Posted on July 26, 2023

Hydraulics in the Entertainment Industry

As with the rest of the world, entertainment in the UK is a major industry, with a 2022 value of nearly £ 12 billion. There are two primary sectors : first, music, performance and visual arts, estimated at £ 11.5 billion. This includes cinema, stage theatre along with music festivals and concerts. Second is amusement and theme parks, which were reported separately at a value of £ 909 million. This is clearly an enormous market where hydraulics play a major role. Here are the primary entertainment industries which rely on hydraulics :

Posted on July 11, 2023

BSP, DIN, JIC & O-ring Fittings in UK and European OEM Equipment

The UK and continental European construction equipment market is valued at £5.5 billion and is expected to reach £7.9 billion by 2027, registering a Compound Annual Growth Rate of over 6% during the next five years. As the construction industry grows, so does the hydraulic fitting market.

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