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Apples to Apples

FlexFit Hose states that we have high quality PTFE hoses and fittings; what does that mean?

Comparing Apples to Apples With FlexFit Hose PTFE Hose and Fittings

“Your price was higher than the other quote!” We hear this from customers on occasion. While it can be part of the sales negotiation dance, most of the time, it is due to a disparate comparison to a quote for PTFE hose assemblies that have materials of lesser quality. If your goal is quality, priced at fair value, the comparison of materials in PTFE hose and end fittings is very important. You should consider a lower cost PTFE hose alternative if that PTFE hose still meets the requirements of your process. Just make sure, when cutting corners, it will not diminish the integrity of your production line.

Are you weighing benefits along with those costs of a high quality PTFE hose & fittings vs. alternatives?

If you are just looking at the purchase cost and not considering the total cost of ownership over the lifecycle of the PTFE hose assembly, it very well could end up costing more as you consider production downtime or additional environmental requirements. An unwarranted breakdown of an initial manufacturing startup due to the wrong materials in your PTFE hose and, or fittings could be a critical blow to the bottom line. You may have to consider environmental demands that are more stringent as well. Will the PTFE hose and fittings be submerged in the ocean, some other outer media, exposed to higher heat or permeability in gas transfer, etc? While these have associated costs, you ensure success for your manufacturing system.

Common materials of PTFE hose assemblies and relative costs when comparing quotations:

PTFE Hose

 

PTFE MaterialsFlexibilityPressureTemperatureCost
*thick wall PTFE hosehigher higher higher higher
 thin wall PTFE hoselower lower lower lower

 

Fittings

Fittings MaterialStrengthCorrosion ResistanceEnvironmental ConsiderationsCost
carbon steel fittingsstrongpoorno good for non-toxic applicationslower
304 stainless steel fittingsstronggoodcan build up deposits/rust faster than 316lower
*316 stainless steel fittingsstrongexcellentexcellent for sanitary usehigher
brass fittingsmoderategoodcorrosion resistance diminishes over 400° Fhigher

 

*standard FlexFit Hose PTFE hose and fittings

 

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