DENVER—Gates Industrial Corp. has introduced a new hydraulic hose line, which it says is redefining high-pressure hydraulic performance.
The MegaSys MXG 4K hose is a "highly differentiated hose" qualified to one million impulse cycles, and is billed as a "lightweight, compact, highly flexible drop-in replacement" for conventional spiral hoses.
In addition, Gates XtraTuff Plus cover, a standard upgrade on MXG 4K, offers improved abrasion and ozone resistance, providing improved durability when powering the most demanding fluid power applications, according to a Gates realease.
"MXG 4K combines our newest materials with Gates' advanced processing technologies to create yet another product that stands out in the market," Mike Haen, vice presiden of global product line management, said in a statement.
"Our customers' applications require a lighter weight, more flexible, compact hose; so we tasked our engineers to design a new class of...hydraulics to exceed the performance typically achieved with wire spiral constructions, but with the lower weight."
Tested under the same conditions as Gates' EFG4K MegaSpiral hose, the new line is 40 percent more flexible than conventional spiral hoses, reducing the amount of force needed to properly route, allowing for faster and more ergonomic installation.
It also achieves a 30 percent reduction in weight, improving equipment performance, material handling, installation and ergonomics.
MXG 4K is, on average, 8 percent more compact compared to its spiral equivalent, providing an easier fit that also enables upsizing hose selection for increased power.
In addition, the new hose line "exceeds industry standards" for bend radius and impulse life, performing to one million impulse cycles at high temperatures (121º C/250º F).
The XtraTuff Plus cover, delivered standard on MXG 4K, is engineered to be 25 times more abrasion resistant than Gates' standard cover and also provides enhanced ozone resistance, passing a rigorous 800-hour ozone test.
"Truly a multi-use hose, MXG 4K serves smaller and more congested hydraulic systems, helping to improve assembly line speeds and achieve tight routings, while delivering additional abrasion resistance and ozone protection," said Cindy Cookson, director of global product line management for hydraulics.
"MXG 4K provides our OEM clients and distributors, and ultimately the end user, with a new, innovative technology that has the ability to improve equipment performance and overall output while reducing warranty and repairs."
According to Gates, the new hose will debut at the 10th Annual International Construction Equipment and Construction Trade Show, EXCON, Dec. 10-14 in Bengaluru, India.