However, Steve and his Trinidad maintenance crew were not having a beautiful time changing hoses in the manufacturing of steel billets. It seems the hose that ArcelorMittal used had to be replaced by Steve’s crew every three to four days. These 20-foot lengths of hose – approximately 150 feet a month – carried abrasive carbon that was injected into furnaces to make the steel formable into many shapes. This was a very time-consuming process that delayed production needlessly.
Steve knew that he had to find a different hose supplier. That’s when he approached Fluid Hose & Coupling, Inc. (FHC), of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. FHC recommended its premium Coreblast hose, developed for ultra high abrasion and corrosion resistance. This premium hose is designed for use in transmitting a variety of raw materials.
The hose was a winner.
Coreblast has been in use at the Trinidad facilities for more than a year and the frequency of changing versus the old hose has gone from every three-to-four days to two-to-three months!
The combination of a solid design and usage of superior materials allow Coreblast to be used for an extended period of time without constant replacement. The inner lining combines a high quality polyurethane tube with steel wire helix for flexibility and strength, and offers a longer service life than traditional transfer hose.
“It has greatly reduced downtime, is flexible and easy to handle,” said Steve. “But mostly, the guys using the Coreblast hose love it and won’t use any other now!”
The trifecta? Steve is pleased with the Coreblast hose; his crews love it and the end-product is not delayed in delivery to the customer!
Henry J. Inman
Henry J. Inman