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Hydraulic Hoses & Technology Over Time | 12/13/2012

Using rubber and steel wires to manufacture hydraulic hose has been a technology in place since the early 20th century. Users of hydraulic hose wanted a product to be able to convey high pressure across a distance with the flexibility not found in metal tubing. Rubber was a natural fit for this application and worked initially by itself until the pressures required necessitated bracing the rubber with metal wiring for strength. READ MORE

Hydraulic Fittings: Forgings from Overseas | 12/1/2012

Although there are a few domestic manufacturers of hydraulic fittings still in America, most of these cannot purchase the rough forgings to turn into finished products here domestically. Instead, American manufacturers of hydraulic fittings resort to manufacturing using bar stock and then machine the products to completion with these as the raw material. Most forging factories have moved overseas as the rough work of forging typically follows low cost providers. The forging suppliers left in America have concentrated on higher precision level of work for forging higher value components in the energy production, mining/construction, and oil/gas industries. READ MORE