Represented by its American branch, O+P, a leading manufacturer of hydraulic hose equipment, took part in the ASSE Safety conference and exhibition event held in Atlanta, USA, in late June. At the event, a global safety showcase, O+P introduced its Stopflex system, a retention system for pressure hoses. Designed in-house at its Brescia, Italy, 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.
In order to avoid the serious risk of hose “whiplash,” 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, earth moving 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.