Are you managing a manufacturing floor and you have an important machine down because of a hose problem? Are damaged and crack hoses becoming a persistent problem throughout the shop floor? If so, you'll want to make sure that the air isn't too dry and causing the rubber to crack, and that other external factors aren't an issue.
Call an expert to come in and look at the hoses on the machines, and your faulty hose. Here are a few things you'll want to consider doing to stop the problem from happening again.
Crack Sealing Fluid
The first fix you can try is spraying a hose sealant repair lubricant into the hose. This fluid will fill in the crack and bond with the walls of the hose to repair the crack, and will allow you to continue running the machine.
This may only be a temporary fix, or it could last through a lot of use, so it's best to consider ordering a new hose in case it breaks again, or if you don't think it's going to hold. The sealing fluid is something that can work without having to remove the hose from the machinery, which can be difficult if you don't have the expertise. This is easy to keep on the floor but shouldn't be used as a permanent solution.
Replace the Hose
If you think it's best to replace the hose and no one on the staff floor can do it, you'll want to call in a professional. Since the expert is there, have them check the other hoses on the machine. If the first hose cracked because of age, replacing each hose while the machine is already down and someone is there may be the most affordable and practical thing to do. This can prevent you from having to purchase more hoses in the future, or having to shut down unexpectedly again. If you don't have the proper fittings or haven't replaced a hose before, wait for expert approval before trying to run the machine again.
It's never a good thing when you have to stop manufacturing and put the workers on hold because you have a machine that is down, so these are two ideal ways to get your machine up and running fast. Once you are ready to order the hoses, make sure to order extras in case you have the problem again, or if they take a long time to get in.
Get in touch with a company like Copperstate Hose for more information.