Eaton has launched a new family of thermoplastic hydraulic hoses and fittings designed to work together to improve hydraulic system performance, simplify assembly and optimize inventory. Offering high abrasion resistance and a wide range of pressures, the Synflex Optimum system is targeted toward demanding applications such as aerial lifts, agricultural and construction machinery, forestry equipment, car hauler trailers, lift trucks and marine steering systems.
Constructed with a new thermoplastic material, Eaton said the Synflex Optimum hoses offer the low temperature and flexibility of polyester lined hoses along with the chemical compatibility of nylon lined hoses. They have smaller outside diameters than rubber braided hoses with an identical internal diameter, while at the same time are two times lighter than equivalent wire-braided rubber hoses, reducing machine weight and power requirements, the company said,
The thermoplastic and polyester outer cover resists ozone, ultraviolent light and aging and has an operating temperature range of -40º to 212º F (-40°to 100°C) with oil-based fluids. The thermoplastic composition prevents absorption of most oils and hydraulic fluids and multiple configurations provide chemical compatibilities not found in rubber hoses, Eaton said.
Available with pressure ratings from to 10015 to 5100 psi (70 bar to 350 bar), Eaton said its custom thermoforming process allows for hoses to be molded into configurations that match system design, resulting in tighter routing, faster machine building and optimized performance. In addition, the hose covers were engineered to require 50% less routing force, reducing the chance of kinking, the company said.
Hoses are available in a range of sizes with inside diameters from 0.25 in. 1 in. (6.4 to 25.4 mm). Twin line configurations are also available.