There are many factors that affect the performance of a hose assembly, not the least of which are coupling design, clamping methods, and the hose. Rubber compounds are improving, allowing hose tubes to get thinner, lighter and more flexible. Hose reinforcements are also changing. These factors play a large role in how couplings and hose assemblies will perform. We, as manufacturers, can no longer afford to introduce a product to the market and hope the other guy can “catch up” or “make it work.” Technology is advancing very quickly and people are demanding better performance from hose assemblies. Hose and coupling designers need to be working closer together and doing it sooner in the design process when changes are easier to make. A better effort needs to be made by both parties to insure that the customer receives a safe, cost effective assembly that meets their needs when the products are introduced.