In the industrial hose world, one member of the fraternity may often enjoy the possibility of being an afterthought; this is the drain hose. While a lot of the information you will easily find about industrial hose focuses on features, types, and fittings for the main tubes, little can be found concentrating on the specifics of the drain hose. Industrial drain hoses play the crucial role of removing discarded material from one point to another. In any industrial hose system, you may be shocked by the sheer magnitude of interruption this hose may pose to the entire system when not functioning optimally. When designing industrial drainage hoses, the following have to be carefully considered.

Crush resistance

Different industrial settings will dictate the use of different types of hoses as drainage. If, for instance, you want the hose to be able to collapse when not in use and recover when in use, a non-reinforced industrial hose like solid rubber is a better alternative. This may be important in industries where  collapsing the hose allows for materials to move over the hose such as forklifts and more. This type of hose is also handy if you need to kink various sections of the drainage, or briefly stop flow. On the other hand, you may want the hose to remain open at all times allowing for continuous drainage. In such a scenario, a reinforced hose would perfectly suffice. Such a hose will consequently need shielding from crush forces; thus, your drainage area needs to be secluded from other heavy duty operations.

Crush resistance also determines the bending capabilities of an industrial hose to some extent. If you need the hose bent around objects within a setting, a far less reinforced hose, or the non-reinforced types are your best options. You should consult about the most appropriate bend radius to use with the hose.

Frequency of drainage

How often do you expect the industrial drainage hose to be in use? Remember, more frequent use will require a heavier and more robust material. If the material you are draining incorporates abrasive content, you should ensure that the thickness of your hose is also adequate. Frequency of use also relates to the question how frequent your industrial hose is flexed.  Multi-layered hoses do not do very well with multiple flexing cycles. In this case, you would be best served with rubber or urethane hoses.

Handling requirements

Finally, you have to consider the material handling recommendations for the hose. Consider the temperature of the discarded material, chemical nature, and even aggregate or heavy particles in the discharge. Remember, drainage hoses may frequently get blocked. You therefore want a hose that is also easy to unblock during routine operations.