Hose FAQ

Why doesn't Thunder Technologies have hose assemblies all made up and sitting on the shelf?

Hose assemblies are not commodity items. Since each hose assembly’s size, fittings, and add-ons are unique to your needs, all hose assemblies are custom made to your critical specifications.

How do I know what the correct hose is for my application?

Thunder Technologies uses a system called STAMPED to help select the correct hose for-specific types of applications. The term “STAMPED” is an acronym for the parameters used-to recommend a hose. The parameters include:

Size (Inside Diameter)
Temperatures (maximum and minimum temperatures of material being transferred)
Application (industry or process, environmental factors)
Material (being transported)
Pressure (maximum working)
End (type of end connectors on hose)
Delivery method

We don’t expect you to figure out the best hose for your needs. That is our job. Tell us the STAMPED information about your hose requirements, and let our friendly, knowledgeable experts help you!

What is the difference between a metal hose and a PTFE hose? They look the same.

Metal hoses and PTFE hoses can look alike if they both have metal braiding on the outer cover. The key is to look at the inner liner. A PTFE hose has a plastic-looking liner. Metal hoses have metal liners. Metal hoses and PTFE hoses have different performance characteristics, such as temperature ratings, pressure ratings, whether it will effuse gasses, etc. Sometimes they look the same on the outside, but Metal hoses and PTFE hoses are totally different animals. Call us. We will guide you.

The conditions that I am using my hose are at the highest-pressure rating and the highest temperate rating. Is that ok?

No. There is a relationship between hose pressure and hose temperature that affects the safety of the hose. Although there is a safety factor, manufacturers do not recommend that you operate your hose at these conditions. You should look at a hose that has higher temperature and pressure ratings. Call us, we can help.

Why should I inspect my hose assemblies?

Hose assemblies do not last forever. Many reasons could cause wear in the hose assembly. On a regular basis, the hose assembly should be visibly inspected for any wear or damage, and the hose assembly should be pressure-tested for leaks. The time between inspections depends on the application of the hose assembly. Thunder Technologies can come to your facility and perform a hose inspection survey on your hose assemblies.

How can I extend the life of my hose assembly?

The life expectancy of your hose assembly depends on many factors. It is important to remember that a hose is just a hose. It will not last forever. If you feel your hose is not lasting long enough, you may be using the wrong hose. To make sure you are using the right hose for your needs, give us a call and discuss your options. Environmental factors, such as abrasion of the hose outer cover or excessive environmental heat can be addressed using hose protective covers. If your hose bends repeatedly near the end fitting, a spring guard could be applied to the hose at the hose fitting to avoid the hose from kinking where the hose meets the fitting. Draining your hose when not in use is essential, especially steam hoses. Please call us for more ideas to help extend your hose life.

We look forward to working with you!