HOUSTON—Ryco Hydraulics Inc. has been busy, introducing a new fittings technology, pushing its new range of hydraulic hoses and introducing a new emergency service program for use by its distributors.
Its Ryco JSEAL-brand fitting is available in the marketplace as an alternative to traditional Joint Industrial Conference fittings that have been standardized in the hose and fittings industry for decades.
The JSEAL technology developed by Ryco has eight faces in the shape of an octagon, instead of the previous five faces, according to Zeke Metzler, vice president of sales and marketing at Ryco Hydraulics, the North American arm of Australia's Ryco Hydraulics Pty. Ltd.
Ryco claims the new fitting offers excellent vibration resistance; resists excessive torque and stretching; is fully interchangeable with hoses using JIC fittings; and offers easier installation and connection.
“JSEAL has a different seat on it,” Metzler said. “It seals at a different point on the sealing face, meaning it's leak free. It's much harder to crack and damage the fitting because when you over-torque JIC fittings, the seat cracks where the nut is interlocked. Because of the design, this is much more resistant to cracking.”
He said the development was in response to original equipment manufacturing customers who were looking for an upgrade from JIC fittings that typically work their way loose when first put in use, meaning operators have to go back and re-tighten everything. “OEMs were asking if there were a better fitting to eliminate some of that process and prevent the leaking,” Metzler said.
The JSEAL products have passed field trials and are being approved at OEMs now, he added, and are being introduced to Ryco's network globally. The hose and fittings maker will support the launch with ad campaigns, literature, a YouTube video and personal contact from the sales team to the distribution network.
Ryco is putting all its support behind the JSEAL line as it will discontinue traditional JIC fittings to take advantage of economies of scale, Metzler said. “This will become our product,” he said. “There's a lot of technology here, but we're not going to charge a premium for it. We won't run a dual line. This will become our standard JIC fitting in our product line.”
Gaining market approval will be an educational process, he said. “We're innovating and developing higher performing products that give you longer life in your application.”