Pirtek establishes hydraulic testing facilities in Sydney

PIRTEK Fluid Systems has established testing facilities in Sydney to evaluate hydraulic hoses, pipes and other hydraulic products entering the Australian market.

The BPI Technologies testing facilities are the result of Pirtek’s JV with Bridgestone Engineered Products and Intertraco.

Stephen Dutton, Group General Manager of Pirtek acknowledges the challenges and demands faced by hydraulic and industrial hose and fittings providers to the mining industry.

“Lives are at risk when it comes to the high pressures of hydraulic systems within today’s machinery. Ensuring Pirtek products are of the highest standards available in the marketplace is paramount to our company.” 

According to Dutton, Pirtek has invested more than a million dollars in state of the art testing equipment along with qualified and experienced engineers to conduct various testing procedures on products specifically for the Australian market.

“We undertake static pressure testing, destructive burst pressure testing (up to 65,000psi) and impulse flex testing. We are also developing procedures for material hardness testing, abrasion testing for hydraulic hoses, and FRAS (Fire Resistant Anti Static) rated testing and salt spray testing.”

While Pirtek is the exclusive distributor of Bridgestone and Intertraco hydraulic hose and fittings products in the Australian market, BPI also tests different brands for other manufacturers and customers.

“Obviously, hydraulics are extremely dangerous. The importance of testing and meeting particular standards is the integrity of the hose assembly. The testing procedures quantify that Pirtek hoses exceed industry standards,” said Dutton.

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