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Swagelok’s FX Series Metal Hose Can Take the Pressure, and the Heat

by Katie Reid, on Wed, Mar 13, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

There's no more need to 'make do' with products that are less robust

FX hose image with logos

Swagelok's FX Series high-pressured metal hose is able to handle pressures up to 6000 psig (413 bar) and available in sizes from 1/4 inch to 2 inch with different types of welded end connections. Learn more by downloading the FX Series specification sheet. 

FX Hose Data Sheet

As a practical matter, a plant uses whatever components on the market are best suited for the application, even if that part isn't ideal. Until recently, that often meant using hydraulic hoses for some high-pressure applications. While they could handle the pressure, they weren't always ideal because they involve rubber and plastics. They also didn't have a long service life when used that way.

Game changer

Then Swagelok introduced the FX Series high-pressure metal hose, able to handle pressures up to 6000 psig (413 bar). It was a big hit with our customers in Alberta.

This stainless steel braided hose has a stainless steel convoluted core, which provides a lot of flexibility and limits kinking. By using stainless steel, Swagelok has produced a hose that also can handle extreme temperatures, both inside the hose and in the surrounding environment.

Stainless steel stands up to aggressive chemicals much better than many plastics and rubbers. And unlike plastics and rubbers, metal hoses won't allow gases to permeate through their walls. If gas containment is crucial to the operation, all metal hose are an excellent choice.

The FX Series hose is specifically designed for high-pressure applications in:

  • Chemical
  • Compressed gas
  • Cryogenic
  • Hydrogen and fuel cell
  • Marine
  • Oil and gas
  • Power
  • Pulp and paper
  • The full line

Manufacturers often introduce a new series of product in one size and then gradually expand the line. Swagelok made sure to come out with the full line of FX Series hose right from the start, in sizes from 1/4 inch to 2 inch with six different types of welded end connections.

The FX hose series is manufactured at one of our Swagelok facilities by a dedicated hose team.  They will fabricate the hose to the exact length and with the exact combination of features you want. And as always, these hoses will be 100% tested to your specifications before they leave the plant. If you've been feeling the pressure of using hose that isn't quite right for the job, give us a call at 780-437-0640 or contact us online. 

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