Factory Automation & General Manufacturing

Eliminating hose wear in severe-duty drilling applications

An original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of exploration drilling equipment was having hydraulic hose failures in the field, due to poor management of the hoses—including pinching, safety concerns and excessive wear. This is a very severe-duty application for hoses, and the trouble was occurring on a regular basis.

KabelSchlepp’s Varitrak S series steel cable and hose carriers were used to eliminate the hose wear and safety concerns in this application. As this solution “cleans up” the entire hose package, the OEM was able to offer a distinct advantage to its customers. Also, our wide aluminum frame stays provide a very low coefficient of friction, keeping hose-jacket wear to a minimum. Our chain links consist of two welded plates in a “sandwich” design, which offers extensive unsupported lengths and the capacity to handle high additional loads.