Eaton extends its range of hydraulic hoses


Eaton Dynamic has launched a new hydraulic hose with 50% better bend than the industry requires.

The EC881 hose series offers high-pressure capabilities, combined with a long cycle life – it is qualified to one million impulse cycles, five times more than standard EN857 Type 2SC hoses. The two wire-braided hose is destined for deployment in mobile applications such as compact construction equipment, agricultural vehicles, aerial lift platforms and forestry machines.

Dimitar Atanasov, product manager, fluid conveyance products EMEA at Eaton Dynamic, said, “In today’s productivity driven environment, owners and operators simply cannot afford machinery downtime. It is therefore imperative that OEM designers and engineers design for reliability. Impulse cycle capabilities are a key measurement in terms of life expectancy.

“This new two wire-braided hose has been designed to last and withstand tough applications. Its durability helps cuts maintenance costs, improves safety and minimizes downtime.”

Thanks to a new generation of inner tube and hybrid plies, EC881 delivers a 35% higher pressure capability than hoses of standard EN857 2SC. Where expensive four-spiral hoses have been used to cope with system pressures, the new EC881 two-wire braided hose can be used instead, helping deliver a direct cost saving for OEMs.

As the need for compact machines grows, OEMs face challenges concerning the routing of

hydraulic hoses through tighter spaces. Utilizing hoses with standard bend radii ultimately

costs more, due to longer installation times and the need for greater quantities of hoses.

Atanasov added, “To maintain operational effectiveness and productivity, it’s essential that hydraulic systems operate effectively.

“Operators simply cannot afford downtime in the field. When developing the new EC881, Eaton focused on the main customer pain points and designed a hose to help combat common failure causes such as abrasion.

“Here at Eaton, we are seeing a growing demand for more compact machines and for hoses with a better bend radius, which allows for easier tube routing in tight spaces. What’s more, the EC881 is ideally suited to high-pressure systems and has been qualified for one million impulse cycles, thus increasing in field reliability.”

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