"How many winding hoses do you need?" is a question often asked by manufacturing companies who are trying to determine how much materials, labor and machinery they will need to build their next product. There are several factors which contribute to this question, and some people may think they can get away with making a reasonable guess.
Windings of a hose or pipe are easy to measure. How many of them will be needed, however, is a different matter entirely. It is often not so simple to calculate, but here are some considerations.
The number of doses needed depends on the size of the hoses. A cylinder one-hose model, for example, will have more than four ends. The number of pipes and/or pipes with seals will also affect the answer.
All hoses used to be made of the same type of material. However, these days there are various grades of material available from raw material suppliers. The grade of material may not influence the number of winding hoses that are needed. The two common grades of material are nylon and acrylic.
Nylon is commonly used for binding. The material has an even thickness, which makes it ideal for fitting into the small spaces between windings in an industrial pipe. It can also be "sealed" or coated, with oil, to help keep out corrosion.
Acrylic is a softer material. It can be hard to work with, but in the end it will come out the right color when applied to the surface of a pipe. In most cases, the coating is kept smooth to make for a seamless fit. A few grades of acrylic are commonly used for hoses, but many are found in epoxy and fiberglass.
Pipe makers use almost any kind of material for a hose. A manufacturer may choose a particular grade of material to give his product an extra edge over other products in the market. Some prefer the cheaper material, others prefer the expensive grade.
Manufacturers usually use two types of construction for two different hoses. They may use an in-line hose, which is easy to handle, or a non-in-line hose, which can be difficult to fit into the small spaces between the windings in an industrial pipe. Also, a connector hose is required for connecting the two different ends of the pipe. The pipe will either be fitted with the connector on the outside or inside.
Deciding on which type of hose to use is important because it can make a huge difference to the quality of the end product, as well as a company's needs. When a pipe maker uses a non-in-line hose, he may save thousands of dollars on material and labor costs. However, most of these companies still use in-line versions. The low-cost non-in-line variety is usually shorter than the in-line version and will have fewer turnouts.
Another factor which can affect the number of hoses required is the ease of assembly. Most pipes are assembled in a hopper, which helps ease the burden on the worker. Some pipes are more difficult to assemble, which may require additional workers to perform the assembly. Higher-priced pipes are often assembled in a hopper, but also with special tools and equipment.
The two grades of material have their advantages and disadvantages. As mentioned earlier, nylon and acrylic are two of the most common materials used in manufacturing. The grades of nylon are sometimes mixed with polypropylene, which is known as "green nylon". Green nylon offers more durability and resistance to the elements than green polypropylene.
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