The force of nature on industrial rubber hoses
When thinking of industrial rubber hoses, most people think of hoses used inside. However, the industrial world and its activities not only take place in roofed or covered factories and plants. Markets such as the oil and gas industry and the chemical and petrochemical industry, for example, are mostly covered with outdoor activities and projects. So do the machines and applications, where industrial rubber hoses share an essential part of the machinery outside. And the outdoors is an entirely different world when it comes to rubber hoses…
“Outside is a whole different world when it comes to industrial rubber hoses.”
Industrial rubber hoses outside are used for outdoor machines or applications, or outdoor activities run by employees who work out in the open air. Offshore, onshore but also in the sky. Branches such as agriculture, chemical plants or even mining work with water, steam, oil, gas, toxic or other fluids or substances that are all transported by industrial rubber hoses. Examples are the fire brigade, oil platforms, aviation or yachting that all share activities in bare open space. Their second similarity is: They all need rubber hoses resistant to all weather conditions.
The outdoors: a COMPLETELY different world
During just daily industrial activities outside, rubber hoses are very vulnerable. Vulnerable to natural influences, but also to human influences. First of all, industrial rubber hoses are exposed to weather: from mild conditions to the extreme. Rubber hoses have to deal with uncontrolled storm, rain, freeze, temperature, sunlight and even thunder. And their impact is mostly based on a long term; rain makes water pools, sun makes heath and light and wind contributes to coldness and movement. These weather conditions in outdoor industries are inevitable and ‘part of the job’. More information about Hose Safety can be found here.
A 24/7 dynamic workflow
Working outside also means working in a dynamic workflow: outdoor machinery and applications in open-air are activated 24/7. For the biggest part of the day, these rubber hoses are laying on the ground, unprotected. Besides that, the industrial hoses are used with a low frequency. This gives the hose a ‘frozen’ and thus fragile condition. Meanwhile, the hoses are exposed to the movements of people, trucks and machinery.
Weather conditions and the movement of people and vehicles are a combination that asks for trouble. What worries us, is that many chemical plants, oil rigs and factories still use regular rubber hoses. Even for the transportation of water for example, when there’s a fire. Regular rubber hoses are not ozone-proof (sunlight proof). After just a few months, the cover of regular rubber hoses will show little cracks and after that the layer underneath the cover is exposed. From then on, the rubber hose is no longer safe to use, with all its consequences.
“What worries us, is that many chemical plants, oil rigs and factories still use regular rubber hoses.”
Use nature proof and human proof hoses!
All these circumstances show the need for industrial rubber hoses that are nature- and human-proof. And have a long lifetime. For this reason, GOODALL developed several hoses with special compounds and hose couplings for every type of fluid, gas or steam used in every environment or setting — from temperature to high pressure. Curious? Take a look at our market information or our products and tell us more about your product or service.