8″ NB Stainless Steel metal hose assemblies

14 March 2019

Hydraquip’s Metal Hose Division was invited to come up with a solution for the installation of 11 plate heat exchangers for a paint shop at a high-end large car manufacturer.

The job specification required the major alteration of 8” NB (nominal bore) pipework to fit the new plate heat exchangers, this would prove costly and would involve extensive downtime which the car manufacturer simply could not factor in, therefore alternative solutions were looked into. The technical team at Hydraquip’s Metal Hose Division looked into a solution which would provide the end user with the shortest amount of downtime and would adhere to the technical scope provided.

The technical team looked into manufacturing large bore hose assemblies which had to comply with the end user’s specification of working to high pressure and temperature, with the challenge of setting the pipework at an awkward offset position. This would replace the initial job specification of altering the existing fixed pipework on site which would itself open up additional factors to consider. By manufacturing each of the large bore stainless steel hose assemblies with flanged ends, it would allow the car manufacturer to have the hose assemblies installed in much less time, which would result in less downtime and reduced costs.

The technical team at Hydraquip’s Metal Hose Division worked closely with the heat exchanger company and the client. They provided full on-site technical support and were able to converse technically with all parties, plus provided full working drawings prior to manufacturing the hose assemblies to ensure they met all the technical requirements of the client.