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Maintenance & Safety with Austin Hose

Rotary & Vibrator Hose 

Stephen Hardy

Rotary and Vibrator hoses are in high demand, but also at a higher cost rate. In order to prevent potential hose failures, these hoses must be maintained. Our number one priority is always safety, especially with these types of hoses. Vibrator and Rotary hoses are seeing up to 7500PSI working pressure, at this level of PSI, without proper maintenance, could lead to unnecessary catastrophic injuries.

Our customers are always provided with the proper instructions on storing, and safety measures in order to provide longevity to the hose life, as well as important safety regulations when handling these hoses. These types of hoses range anywhere from 800 to 2,800 pounds, depending on the ID and length of the hose. Without proper knowledge and guidance, serious injuries can occur. In order to obtain the level of safety we want to instill in our customers, we have field guys visiting these rigs daily to overlook the use of these hoses and give the proper feedback to maintain safety as well as longer hose life. We have implemented a website that tracks all hoses in the field, so we are able to keep an eye on the life of the hose and allow us to make more frequent field visits to check all safety precautions.

Maintenance & Safety of Hydraulic Hose Assemblies: The role it plays in saving money and avoiding downtime.

Hydraulic hose maintenance is just as crucial as any hose we sell. We must always understand safety first, no matter what hose is being used.  On all hydraulic hoses you will see from 1,000psi to 10,000psi depending on what application of hose you are needing. Teaching our team how to crimp these hoses properly is very important. There are rules that are set to ensure that these hoses are correctly assembled and tested before ever leaving the shop.

On average, cost to run a rig ranges from $12,000 to $18,000 per day. When a rig is on downtime, depending on the operator, those costs accrue quickly with losses anywhere between $1,200 and $2,000 an hour. If we don’t properly train and follow the correct procedures to ensure that our hoses are assembled and working properly, we could be responsible for the losses that a rig is taking for our errors causing a rig to go on downtime. As a customer, this would not bode well in obtaining a business relationship with them. Our goal is to educate and provide the best services possible to maintain continuous working days for the rigs we service. If we follow the correct procedures and maintain a good, trustworthy relationship with our customers, proving our not only our knowledge but our implementation of education and safety, our products will not be the cause of a rig going on downtime, and that is a win in our industry.