Recently in Atlanta, USA, the American branch of O+P unveiled the patented retention system for pressure hoses capable of protecting operators and machine components.
Represented by its American branch, O+P, a global leader in the hydraulic hoses equipment industry took part in the ASSE Safety conference and exhibition event held from 26 to 28 June. At the event, a global safety showcase, OP introduced its Stopflex system, a retention system for pressure hoses. Designed in-house at its Brescia premises and patented internationally, Stopflex allows retaining the movement of the pressure hose once the fitting is removed, thus fully protecting the operators and safeguarding the components.
Actually, the force released by the hose could cause a ´whiplash effect´ that could be hazardous for property and people. In order to avert this serious risk the Stopflex system allows the flexible hose to be anchored to the system through a steel rope: the strip, provided with a gasket, remains perfectly anchored to the hose thus absorbing the force released by the movement of the hose and simultaneously allowing the duct to breathe depending on the operating pressure.
Stopflex may be applied on all types of flexible hoses and used in various industries including the oil hydraulic plants, earthmoving machines, drilling machines, hydraulic cranes as well as off-shore and shipbuilding industry. Fixing may be applied to nipples, SAE flanges or various elements of the system.
The Stopflex array of products now comes with a new variant to the conventional system, an openable sealing element for nipples which efficiently meets assembly needs without having to demount hoses in existent and already operative systems. Widely acclaimed at the ASSE Safety event in Atlanta, Stopflex recently won the recommendation of IHSA (International Hydraulic Safety Authority) in the US. A major acknowledgement for O+P and its American branch in Acton (Massachusetts), today a member of NAHAD (National Association for Hose & Accessories Distribution) and NAHAD Hose Safety Institute.