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Voor onmiddellijke vrijgave April 15, 2009

Contact: Kathy Brysse

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Early warning of hose problems with Gates Hose Diagnostics and Monitoring System

Gates introduces a smart system that allows fleet managers to estimate how much hose service life has been used. By means of sensors that measure temperature and pressure, the Hose Diagnostic and Monitoring System (HDMS) spots hose problems and potential failures before breakdowns occur. With HDMS fleet operators are able to plan maintenance schedules, control their costs and keep equipment operating.
 
Hoses can fail without warning causing loss of revenue, project delays and clean up costs. With HDMS action can be taken before it even comes to a breakdown of the hose. Gates monitoring system makes use of sensors attached to hose assemblies to continuously monitor pressure and temperature. All this information is collected and stored in an Electronic Control Unit (ECU), even when the machine is powered off. With this information the system is able to estimate the amount of hose life used and to warn of a service or out-of-specification condition such as over-pressure or over-temperature. In addition, it warns of any system faults such as failed sensors, cabling or a failure of the ECU.
 
Up to 4 sensors in different areas of the equipment can be monitored and each sensor itself can monitor up to 6 different hoses in that area. This way the system picks up every pressure peak and trough occurring in the hydraulic circuit. It calculates the damage to the hose caused by each peak taking into account the extent of the peak and temperature of the fluid in the hose. Every hose can be a different construction and pressure.
 
In the most basic version, an LED display indicates a number of fault conditions by flashing in a predetermined sequence. The Electronic Control Unit can also be connected to a basic laptop PC to download more detailed data or to a GPS or Cellular phone transmitter to automatically relay information and warning signals to a ground station to be picked up by a remote PC, Internet or telephone SMS.
 
Hoses in service need to be regularly inspected to ensure a safe working environment and to avoid costly repairs and downtime by failures. Gates Hose Diagnostic and Monitoring System is the ideal tool to schedule maintenance and replacement jobs when convenient and before breakdowns occur.