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SMARTFLEX Hoses

SMARTFLEX Hoses

The woodworking industry is one of the most important sectors of Polish economy. Thanks to numerous small producers and as many large scale factories, we are one of the leading exporters of furniture and wooden elements in Europe. Vast timber resources combined with our experience and know-how foster the dynamic development of this industry.

From the very beginning Tubes International supports all companies in the wood industry with an extensive portfolio of products for every stage of wood processing. Now, we are proud to present a new product – SMARTFLEX hoses with their special 4 in 1 combination of properties, which are intended for the woodworking and furniture industries. Made of the highest quality materials, engineered to meet the most stringent standards, they are quickly becoming the hose of choice for the most demanding customers.

SMARTFLEX properties:

 Flame retardant (according to DIN 4102 B1)

DIN 4102 standard classifies products according to their reaction to fire (flammability). All SMARTFLEX ducting hoses are flame retardant, according to the standard above, class B1. In practice it means, that the material of the hoses will not support fire, and the hose itself meets the stringent woodworking industry requirements. Therefore, we recommend using SMARTFLEX hoses to transfer wood shavings, sawdust, wood dust and bigger wood chips.

Antistatic (R<109)

When loose materials (such as: wood dust, shavings, sawdust) are conveyed, then electrostatic charges may build up. For safety reasons it is recommended to use hoses made of antistatic polyurethane. The material of SMARTFLEX hoses has surface resistance of R<10^9 Ω, so it dissipates electrostatic charges and effectively prevents a potential ignition source from forming. To eliminate that risk completely, both ends of the wire helix should be always grounded.

 Resistant to microbes

Materials usually used to make polyurethane hoses may be exposed to a destructive microbiological action. Some environments (high humidity, sun exposure or elevated temperature, transport of organic substances etc.) increase the chance of microbial growth. Very often, these microbes have a destructive impact on the construction and properties of the hose, thus using the products resistant to the above process – such as SMARTFLEX hoses is highly recommended.

Resistant to hydrolysis

High air humidity in the facilities where hoses operate may also cause problems (e.g. many companies use air humidification systems on the factory floor so the humidity is pretty high there). These conditions drastically affect the mechanical properties of hose material – hydrolysis irreversibly destroys the structure of polyurethane and shortens hose service life. SMARTFLEX hoses are resistant to hydrolysis, so they work perfectly in such applications.

Hoses compliant with TRGS 727 standard and ATEX Directive 94/9/EC:

Pneumatic transfer of combustible dusts and bulk loose materials (zone 20, 21, 22 indoor); suction of combustible dusts (zone 22 indoor); transfer of flammable gases, fluids and their vapours (zone 0, 1, 2 indoor); transfer of non-flammable gases, fluids and their vapours (zone 0, 1, 2 indoor).