Water Wash Heated Hoses vs. High Flex Heated Hoses

Universal Systems SE manufactures our ClearFlow™ line of heated hoses. ClearFlow™ hoses can be used to transfer many different types of heated materials, however the most common is adhesive. There are two different types of heated hoses that USSE manufactures, high flex and water wash. Water wash, also known as washdown hoses, are manufactured with the same high-quality materials as our high flex hoses, but with a secure water wash connection between the hose and glue head. They are also encased with state of the art, high temperature, extremely durable, waterproof jacketing.

The main question that we get from customers is: why would we need a water-resistant hose? These are not hoses that get submerged under water. These water-resistant hoses, are used in facilities where machines are required to get washed down during or after operation. Hence the name water wash. For example, any type of food manufacturing plant such as ice cream, frozen food, cheese, etc. would be required by the FDA to wash down their equipment regularly. These wash downs impact all of the equipment in the facility, so if you are purchasing a water-resistant heated hose, you will also need a water-resistant gun applicator. The washdown gun applicator will also have the special waterproof jacketing on the cordset and water-resistant adaptor that fits with the hose. As displayed in the picture below.

All ClearFlow™ water wash hoses are manufactured with PTFE Teflon® inner cores and RTD temperature area-sensing. They have a maximum operating temperature of 450 degrees Fahrenheit, maximum operating pressure of 1,500 psi and are 240v. Universal Systems SE manufactures our washdown hoses in multiple lengths that range from 2 feet to 24 feet long.

If you are interested in getting pricing on a ClearFlow™ Water Wash heated hose, please call (561) 272-5442 or email sales@ussefl.com.

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Preventative Tips to NOT Char Your Glue

One of the most dangerous, yet inevitable, occurrences running hot melt systems in your packaging lines is char. Universal Systems SE has updated technology running in our ClearFlow hoses that reduces char, however the main char that runs through the hoses comes from the tank itself. Once your tank is infested with char, no matter how efficiently your hoses and guns run, there is always the potential to transfer this char onto your packages. You also run the risk of char clogging your nozzles and modules, which can back up through your guns and kill your pumps. Our Universal Systems SE technicians have seen it all. That is why we have created a list of preventative tips that each line operator should follow to effectively reduce char and keep your ProBilt® system running at top capacity.

Preventative Maintenance

Universal Systems Se recommends a complete hot melt system cleaning at least twice a year using our Purge Plus system cleaner.

Contaminated Adhesive

Hot melt adhesive should always be stored in a strong container such as a heavy-duty plastic waste container. Do not set boxes or open bags of adhesive on the floor or on the top of the container. The container should be labeled “Adhesive Only” and include your adhesive part number.

Low Quality Adhesive

With hot melt adhesives, higher price usually means higher quality, the opposite is also true. Adhesive manufacturing is a highly un-regulated industry and many companies use low cost waxes and fillers in their products to reduce cost. These products tend to burn quickly. Due to the fillers and heavy waxes, low cost adhesives can greatly reduce your adhesive mileage whereas high quality adhesives are lighter and have a lower specific gravity. The bottom line is a higher dollar per pound does not necessarily translate to higher packaging costs. We also recommend that you do not mix old adhesives with new brand adhesives. Please read our past blog to help you understand why.

Old Equipment

Hot melt systems are not cheap, so most of the ones in operation today have been on their packaging lines for 10 – 20 years, whether they are running properly or not. That means that most likely, these older machines have char built up in their tanks. It may be time to evaluate the performance and efficiency of your aging equipment and trade up to a new ProBilt®.

To get the latest pricing on ClearFlow hoses, Purge Plus system cleaner or ProBilt® adhesive melters, please email sales@ussefl.com. If you are experiencing issues with char, please feel free to call one of our technicians at (800) 848-5018 and we would be happy to help you.

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ClearFlow Hot Melt Heated Hoses

Heated hoses are an important component for your production line and have several uses. Universal Systems SE manufactures our ClearFlow line of heated hoses that can transfer most any heated material needed for different applications. ClearFlow hoses offer the latest technology in heating and insulation to lengthen the life of your hose. Our newly designed insulated jacket will keep a steady, consistent temperature, improving molten flow and reduce charring and curing. Given that char is the biggest cause of gun misfires and nozzle clogs, the reduction in char will lengthen not only the life of the hose, but your entire system.

The key benefits of using a ClearFlow hose over any other hose manufactured today includes the upgraded insulation and nylon fiberglass cuffs that improve the durability of the hose connection. Those factors, coupled with our heat flow technology that keeps your materials heated at a consistent temperature throughout your production process, will reduce downtime, maintenance costs and increase overall efficiency.

In some cases, your lines may require waterproof hoses, which we also manufacture. All of the above benefits are the same, but come with a secure waterwash connection between the hose and glue head. All ClearFlow waterwash hoses are encased with state of the art, high temperature, extremely durable waterproof jacketing.

Whether you are transferring hot melt adhesive or other materials such as cosmetics, it is important to understand the materials being used to manufacture the correct hose needed for your business.

Below is a list of the key factors needed when ordering a heated hose:

Diameter of Core:

Hose Size Options: 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 20
Inside Diameter (Actual): 0.125, 0.187, 0.25, 0.312, 0.405, 0.50, 0.625, 0.875, 1.125
Type of Sensor: 100 ohm Platinum, 120ohm Nickel, Type J Thermocouple or Type K Thermocouple
Type of Connection: Harwire or Pin (need to know type of pin connector and pin configuration)
Length of Hose (in feet)
Length of Wire Leads (in inches)
Fittings: JIC or Flanges (size), Brass or Stainless
Volatge: 110, 120 or 240
Maximinum Operation Temperature (in Fahrenheit)
Outer Jacket: Braided or Washdown
To find out more information on Universal Systems SE’s ClearFlow hoses or our custom hose capabilities, please call us at (800) 848-5018 or email sales@ussefl.com
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