• Barry Michael Aldridge


Flotec Industrial Limited have been working with a variety of industries for nearly 25 years and many of these businesses have experienced the same challenge; frequent hose failure. Not only is the failure itself a real issue for companies, but the cost for call out vans to repair them magnifies the problem.

So, what can be done to tackle this? 2 years ago, Flotec came up with a fantastic idea to bust the myth of complicated self-assembly by offering businesses the chance to loan a FREE crimper, receive training and certification to show businesses how simple making your own hoses on-site really is.

Like one of our clients, Carl, you can eliminate the need for high-cost, outside help when things go wrong with Gates Self-Assembly machinery. The range covers all your needs from workshops and on-site field crimping.

Carl works within the Agricultural industry and has been using Flotec’s free Crimper and Gates Self-Assembly Service for 2 years now. Carl has used the machine within the business workshop area and now, has it on the company mobile van to solve their own on-site hose failures.

Carl explained “There has been a lot of times where we have needed to repair hoses when we are out on the road and with the machine we can. If we have a pipe go on a machine that’s in the field or on the side of the road, instead of having to take the pipe off and come back to the yard just to fix it, we can do it there and then. Everything we need to sort the problem out straight away is there and we don't need to rely on anyone else.”

With the support of a qualified Gates representative, you will get free safe hydraulics training and a certification for your operators that will be using the Gates machinery.

Carl was satisfied with the training that he and 4 other of his colleagues received for the Gates Self-Assembly machine. The skilled Gates representative came out on 2 separate occasions, enabling all the employees to gain certification for the machinery.

“Using the machine is very straightforward” said Carl. “It is very simple. It’s like a tick-list, it is so easy to go through.”

Our self-assembly machines are easy to use with fast, comfortable handling and Gates hoses last 3 times longer. All the machinery that you will receive will be custom-designed to work with a range of Gates hoses and coupling and are fully compliant with stringent international standards.

To get more insight into the main problems that companies like Carl’s face, we asked him what his main issues were when hoses failed. Carl said, “To be honest, when especially talking about Gates, it is very rare that the hoses do actually wear down. Most of the time, it is older hoses that have just perished over time. To be fair if we have ever have had to replace an older hose, it has never been a Gates." Carl went on to explain that without the Gates Self-Assembly Machine, time and loss of money were the main problem when hoses failed on his machinery. “We work on an hourly rate, so if something went wrong and we had to wait for help, we lost at least an hour’s work. So, the answer was to go mobile with the Crimper. It saves no end of time really”.

This offer has proven cost savings, giving your business a return on capital expenditure within months.

Cost difference between Call Out Vans and Self Assembly
Cost difference between Call Out Vans and Self Assembly

To get this service, all you have to do is buy the hose and fittings to be used with the machine. In return you will get:

• Free site survey to provide a relevant stock package to cover machine requirements

• Yearly service and calibration from our site engineers

• Binning and stocking service

• Cutting equipment

• Multiple packages for multi-site use

Finally, we asked Carl if he would recommend the Gates Self-Assembly service. “Yeah, I would definitely recommend it and the service. Flotec have always looked after us and if we need material it is pretty rare that it isn’t in stock. Gates are good quality and to be honest, I don’t think we would use another pipe now.”

Two images of the Gates Crimper which has been loaned to Carl’s Agricultural Company
Two images of the Gates Crimper which has been loaned to Carl’s Business


If expensive mobile hose van call-out charges are something you’re challenged with too, give Flotec a quick call to discuss your requirements.

More information about Flotec's Free Gates Crimper here

01509 230 100 | sales@floteconline.com

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