Eaton touts hydraulic hose technology

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Eaton Corp. announced the launch of a new technology that enables reporting of imminent hose assembly failure by means of real-time monitoring of high pressure hose assemblies used in hydraulic systems. Eaton’s LifeSense hose, a patented hydraulic hose condition monitoring system, was developed in conjunction with Purdue University and the Purdue Research Foundation’s Office of Technology Commercialization.

The LifeSense hose is designed to monitor and track the health of each hose assembly in a hydraulic system, and to detect when a hose is nearing the end of its useful life; an alert is sent to the user so that the assembly can be replaced to prevent downtime. A single monitoring unit can handle input from multiple hose assemblies.

The initial LifeSense hose offering will include -8, -12 and -16 two-wire hose assemblies. Eaton says LifeSense hydraulic hose condition monitoring offers performance equal to industry standard 2SN pressure-rated hose and is certified to the same industry specifications as conventional hydraulic hose products. The technology currently is available for trial with factory-made assemblies including straight JIC swivel fittings.