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When is a cheap hose clip not cheap? (August 2012)

09 August, 2012



Anybody running a factory with a compressed air system will know that generating compressed air can be one of the most expensive elements of the utility bill each month and some companies spend large sums of money on finding and eliminating leaks. One of the simplest and cheapest things to do is to fit genuine Jubilee clips to the system, writes Ian Jennings, managing director, Jubilee Clips.


A typical system would not usually operate above 150 psi and in order to carry the British Standard Kitemark Jubilee clips must hold 203 psi up to 30mm OD. Clips from 30mm to 70mm are required by the British Standard to hold 102 psi, but genuine Jubilee clips are tested to hold 10 per cent more than this. A cheaper clip may look similar and may even state that it is manufactured to the British Standard, but it may not perform as well as a genuine Jubilee clip.

In recent testing some clips that stated that they were manufactured to the British Standard performed very poorly, in one case holding less than 10 per cent of the pressure required by the British Standard. The clips were not claimed to perform to the British Standard or to hold the Kitemark; they were simply British Standard band widths. These cheaper clips can prove to be extremely expensive and often it would not be at all obvious that such clips were not performing as they may visually appear to be in good order.


False economy

However, the reality is that the level of performance of many cheap hose clips is less than other methods of fastening. Therefore, in applications that do not need the superior performance of a British Standard Kitemarked Jubilee Clip the economy of buying a cheap worm drive clip may still be false as it could be cheaper to use another alternative such as an ‘O’ clip or a 2 ear clip, which can also be supplied by Jubilee. So, aside from the more obvious cost implications of replacement or downtime caused by the failure of a cheap worm drive clip, there could be on-going increased operating costs from generating compressed air that is ultimately wasted.


Independently tested

The best way to avoid this is to use genuine Jubilee clips which can be identified by the name Jubilee on the screw housing and the British Standard Kitemark logo located on the band with the size designation. The Kitemark is independently tested and controlled and represents the pinnacle of hose clip performance giving you confidence in selecting the right product for the job.




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