Choosing the right pneumatic hose, tubing
and how to use it?

The fundamental function of pneumatic tubing and hose is to transport pressurized air to actuators, valves, tools, and extra devices. There are various types & sizes of hoses and tubing in the market, hence one should consider a number of important factors when selecting the right one.

Firstly, it’s construction.

Tubing for air applications may be squeezed out of a single material or reinforced internally, normally with textile fibers for greater strength. Pneumatic hose usually entails an inner tube, one or more layers of strengthening braided or spiral-wound fiber as well as an external protective cover. In general terms, a hose is rougher than tubing but it costs more.

Flow requirements help control hose or tubing size. Tubing is usually specified by OD and wall thickness, meanwhile, a hose is indicated by ID. Nevertheless, choosing too small an inner diameter “chokes” flow and outcomes in pressure losses, ineffectiveness and extreme fluid velocity that can shorten service life. Whereas, if it’s too large a diameter, it results in higher than necessary weight, size and cost.

There are 2 common physical characteristics to ruminate when choosing tubing, which is flexibility and kink resistance. It’s usually very subjective, but it’s best to compare samples rather than to completely rely on the manufacturer’s literature. An additional physical attribute is a colour. Tubing comes in a variety of colors as well as clear, subjected to the compound.

Meanwhile, do not overlook the effect of temperature and heat on tubing material, both inside as well as outside the assembly. It always has to operate within a minimum and maximum temperature limits. Particularly, be conscious that eminent temperatures will effect working pressure, particularly as tubing materials reach their upper-temperature limit.

Fittings are generally used to build pneumatic tubing and hose assemblies for assembly.

This can include any types of fittings such as push-in fittingsKJ Series Miniature Push-in FittingsKQ2 Series Push-in FittingSpeed ControllersMetal Push In FittingsRapid Metal Fittings as well as couplers.

It is important to ensure that the fitting and tubing or hose are compatible with each other. Other significant considerations for fittings include ease of installation, pressure-holding capacity, size and weight, corrosion resistance and cost.

Do you require pneumatic products for your production line or factory?

EC Pneumatic & Hardware has over 16+ years’ experience in the industry, enabling us to source the right mechanisms for your pneumatic components in Malaysia based on respective requirements. As a primer pneumatic component supplier in Malaysia, our products are of first-class quality & performance, which makes it easy to fit in your desired workflow. We also carry a collection of leading brands and manufacturers in the industry such as SWISH, CKD, Parker, SMC, ASCO, JISAN and heaps more. Check out our offerings of pneumatic products.

If you’re interested in working with EC Pneumatic & Hardware, contact us today.

To place an order or request for a quote, do contact us & our team of experts will get back to you with their professional advice. 

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