The cover of a hose is intended to protect the reinforcement members. If the protective cover is compromised, remove the hose assembly from service until repairs, or replacement can be implemented.
Open, or, unprotected couplings invite leakage and product contamination. Always use end caps or plugs for more complete plant protection.
Once the sections of a Boss clamp have been torqued to a point of the parts touching, the proper functioning of the clamp is compromised. Remove clamp from service, and discard it. They are not reusable! Cut back hose, reinstall the fitting, and install a new clamp.
Alignment of the buckles of band clamps can lead to “in-line” leaking of product between the fitting shank and the tube of the hose. Always “off-set” the band buckles when coupling a hose assembly.
Gaskets serve the purpose of preventing leaks between two “mated” couplings. Always check hose fittings for missing, or damaged components prior to joining them to their mating parts.
Homemade, or “jerry-rigged” air guns are unsafe, leak-prone, costly, inefficient to use, and not in conformance with OSHA. Use equipment that is manufactured to do the job safely, and in conformance with lawful safety regulations.
“Common Pipe Nipples” should never be used as hose fittings, or menders. They are improperly sized, and improperly designed to safely work within the confines of a hose assembly. Use hose fittings for hose assemblies!
The sharp, razor-like, extended tang of a worm-gear clamp can be both injurious to the operator, and to equipment in the area. We suggest the use of worm-gear clamps in “static” applications only… not near the operator of the equipment.
Hose assemblies connected to pressurized piping that is in a horizontal position should be avoided. The life of the hose assembly is shortened due to the unnatural bend behind the inserted fitting. Operators and equipment are threatened by the potential “blow-off” of the coupling system.
Never leave hose assemblies strewn about an area unattended. Tripping accidents can occur, as well as damage to the hose due to passing traffic in the area. Always store hose on racks or reels.
Prior to putting any hose assembly into service, check first to see that there are no broken, or missing component parts.