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Masthead’s Flextral Thermoplastic Hose a Non-Conductive Alternative

Wed November 05, 2008 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Masthead Hose and Supply has introduced the Flextral brand thermoplastic hose.

It is a key component in hydraulic and pneumatic systems requiring a lightweight or non-conductive alternative to rubber hose.

Unlike traditional hydraulic lines, which are made of rubber with steel layers added for reinforcement, thermoplastic hoses are constructed from plastic and strengthened with polyester fabric plies. The result is a hose with very different properties. Typical applications include boom trucks, forklifts, process and control environments, urethane foam mixers, food processing, marine hydraulics and agricultural spraying.

“Thermoplastic hose can handle the higher pressures, but it’s also chemical resistant, and it’s half the weight of equivalent rubber hose,” said Jamie Miller, who was instrumental in developing the product line for Flextral.

“Jamie has the technical savvy to help design this type of technologically advanced product,” said Johnny Norton, who manages the Technical Center at Masthead. “This hose is built to the same specifications as the most popular thermoplastic brands currently on the market.”

Steve Hoff, Flextral’s vice president of engineering, said, “Our new line of thermoplastic hose is designed to deliver the same level of performance our customers have come to expect from Flextral.”

Miller expected the product line to open some new doors for Flextral hose. “Thermoplastic hose will take us into new markets that we previously have not participated in, and it will provide a competitive alternative for end users within that market,” he said.

Miller plans to visit each of Masthead’s 13 service locations in the coming months to help educate employees about the potential uses of thermoplastic hose.

“I want to be sure the whole team is aware of the advanced capabilities and innovative solutions at their disposal,” he said. “Ultimately, it’s going to be another great way we can help customers get the service they need.”

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