THE FLOTEC BLUESTRIPE EPDM
RAIL COOLANT HOSE
Loughborough-based Flotec, a leading supplier of reliable hose and engineering solutions to rail, advises applying its Bluestripe EPDM rail coolant hose innovation to rolling stock.
Whilst silicone hose is a common coolant application for rail rolling stock, Flotec recommends using its innovative EPDM Bluestripe product.
Bluestripe works perfectly with the Flotec PowerGrip Band Clamp product range where the two maximise rolling stock efficiency whilst creating a guaranteed leak free solution.
When used together, Bluestripe hose and PowerGrip Band Clamps have been proven to be reliable for over 750,000 miles of engine use which is an important figure when considering the need to reduce fleet downtime and enhance asset reliability.
The benefits of using this premium engine hose include its resistance to electrochemical degradation which is responsible for destroying standard EPDM hoses from the inside.
Unlike silicone, the Bluestripe EPDM hose has a unique ability to bond with the stem which provides additional benefits towards a leak free seal.
Further Bluestripe EPDM qualities include a high resilience to oxygen, ozone, and sunlight which substantially reduces degradation of the material. This is an important feature when considering rolling stock hoses and fittings are externally exposed outside of a train with a high exposure to the elements.
Bluestripe EPDM hose has been proven to be ten times more resistant to water permeation than silicone hoses.
The significance of this being an elimination of engine coolant water vs ethanol glycol imbalances thus, maintaining a more efficient system.
Of importance is that raw material costs are significantly lower than those of traditional silicone hoses. Bluestripe is not only cost effective but also provides superior operational delivery and enhanced running time.
The combination of Bluestripe EPDM hose and PowerGrip Band Clamps is ideal for rolling stock engine change programmes due to being both cost effective as well as guaranteeing a leak free and resilient alternative whilst ensuring optimum efficiency for fleets.
During engine changes, Flotec advises replacing all hoses with this superior solution to eliminate the risk of additional hose failures between overhauls.