Braid plays a critical role in almost every hose assembly—it’s the pressure carrier! Without it, under pressure, a hose will elongate, and try to turn back into a tube. In addition to this role, braid can also protect the inner core from damage due to abrasion and general mishandling. Often, metal hoses are double braided to make them more robust in handling as much as they are for increased pressure capabilities.
Penflex offers specialized braiding services across a wide range of hoses sizes, braid configurations and braid materials. While we braid standard or customized metal hoses, we also braid customer-supplied hoses with a wide variety of metallic and synthetic wires or threads.
We braid in many alloys including:
- Monel 400
- Inconel 625 and 718
- Hastelloy C276
We braid in non-metal wires including:
- Kynar ™
- Kevlar ™
- Other threads
If we are not braiding metal hose what are we braiding?
- PTFE Hose, smooth bore and convoluted
- Rubber Hose
- Hydraulic Hose
- EPDM Hose
- Wiring Bundles
We can even braid without a hose or liner in long continuous lengths, up to a few thousand feet!
Braid Carriers and Construction
With our large fleet of braiders ranging in size from 24 to 96 carriers we can offer many options and solutions.
The variables for braid constructions are:
- The size of the braider in terms of the number of carriers
- The number of wires per carrier or band
- The wire diameter
- The wire tensile
- The braid angle
We can help you design a solution.
With many years of experience, we can help you come up with a design, and options, to meet your needs.