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Spiral hose helps continuous miners reduce downtime in South Africa

29 April, 2015

Longer life

X-Flex features a rugged, abrasion-resistant Dura-Tuff cover, which can provides longer life in this abrasive environment compared with the original high pressure hose. In addition, it is claimed to provide a 46 per cent reduction in force-to-bend ratio, which makes it easier for the supplier to handle in the shop, and less time consuming to fit on the equipment.

When used in conjunction with one-piece Aeroquip global spiral TTC crimp fittings, the X-Flex hose assembly is also easier to build since skiving is not required.

“On replacement of this original hose assembly with Eaton’s Aeroquip X-Flex very high pressure spiral hose, duty time increased considerably and downtime for the mine was reduced by 2000 minutes,” said De Lima.

Squeezing lost production costs by $333,000, by simply replacing a hose, is naturally very attractive for the mine and indeed the supplier. With supply and service of these mine sites in the region of $50,000 per month, the mine has effectively saved and recovered its spend.

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