Making Hoses Smart

Industrial hoses are processed by various means such as continuous extruding, spiralizing, cutting or crimping. In each step, huge sets of data are generated which are relevant for the quality, sustainability, and other properties of the semifinished product. During further processing steps, single pieces are usually cut from these semi-finished coiled hoses. In this process step the data link between the single piece and the parent product is broken. The single piece does not usually carry any information about its exact material composition, the position within the parent product, about its mechanical properties, or quality relevant production parameters, and thus any sustainability information is lost.

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Shopia Ketheeswararajah is a feature editor contributing to Pump Engineer, Stainless steel World Americas, Hose and Coupling World, and other related print & online media.