To the non-industry person, a hydraulic hose assembly might seem like a simple thing. To people, especially designers, maintenance personnel, and users, making the right hose assembly is critical to the operation of hydraulic-powered machinery.
Almost every hydraulic system uses a combination of hose and end fittings, making hose assemblies one of the most widely used components. Selecting the right combination of hose and fitting is critical to success and this is what our editors will be examining in our April 2012 issue.
Our way of reviewing hose assemblies is based on how it relates to and works with the entire hydraulic system and, in fact, the entire machine. This is what makes Hydraulics & Pneumatics unique in that we cover the entire system, not just the components. This is true for hose and hose assemblies and that is why we regularly feature both tutorials and application stories involving this very important component group.