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  • Offer Profile
  • As a globally operating corporate group, Masterflex specializes in solving complex connection challenges. We can now boast over 25 years worth of experience in the development, manufacturing and processing of high-tech spiral hoses. Our in-depth material and technological expertise helps us turn the most sophisticated high performance plastics into real products, which set international standards. Our core values determine our work philosophy and connect us directly with the whole group.
Product Portfolio
  • Hoses & Connection Systems

      • Abrasion-Resistant Suction Hoses & Transport Hoses made from PU

      • Suction & Transport Hoses made from PVC/EVA

      • Microbe & Hydrolysis-Resistant Hoses

      • Antistatic & Electroconductive Hoses

      • Crush-Resistant & Recoverable Hoses

      • Air-Conditioning, Ventilation & Welding Fumes Hoses

      • Temperature-Resistant Hoses up to +250 °C

      • Temperature-Resistant Hoses from +250 °C to +1100 °C

      • Suction Hoses & Transport Hoses acc. to DIN 26057

    • Engineering

        • Production Processes

            • Extrusion Process

            • Our product range covers many different types of hoses, which are produced using the extrusion method. During this extrusion process of plastic profiles, a spring steel wire is moulded into the profile, so that it cannot move or twist. The material is then spirally welded onto the overlaps thus giving the hose its final form.
            • Clip Process

            • The processing of pre-produced foils, films or plastic fabrics offers us greater flexibility in meeting the demands of our customers. The decisive factor here is the ability to make a hose from these individual strips of films, foils or fabrics. Using the especially developed “Clip” process, a steel strip is formed into a profile and the other material strips placed inside. The clip-machine then propels the profile in a corkscrew movement during which the profile is pressed thus “clipping” the materials together. This special “clip” process mechanically joins the hose material with the metal outer helix, making it extremely robust with incredible tensile strength.
            • Foil/Film Process

            • In addition to the „clip“ process, we also offer other production methods for manufacturing hoses using pre-produced films, foils and plastic fabrics. We provide the necessary know-how and expertise to spirally wind and mould the individual film, foil and fabric strips together. Once complete, a supporting helix made from spring steel wire or plastic is integrated into the hose wall (or moulded onto the outer surface).
            • Coating Process

            • The coating production process focuses on our specialist know-how in the processing of cast elastomers. We use our own specially-developed casting forms to mould and produce a wide range of connectors and sockets. Such highly specific product solutions, which are connected perfectly to each individual hose and other connection elements, provide the right answer for our customers searching for the most suitable hose accessories.
            • templine® Heated Hose Process

            • Our templine® heated hoses are applied where the media must be kept at a certain temperature while being transported, and where a flexible connection is required between the input and output stages. For the production of such a high-tech hose, a heating wire and fabric is woven onto the outer surface of the hose, which provides constant heating surface for the media inside. This woven material is then encased in a thermal insulation material before being covered with a protective sheath making it suitable for even the toughest of environments.
          • Hose Construction Designs

          • Definition of Hoses:

            Flexible, pipe-shaped connections between stationary and mobile components for transporting solid, liquid or gaseous media.
              • Clip (Hoses with clamp-profile helix)

              • This construction design encompasses all Master-Clip hoses, as well as the hose types Carflex 200 and Carflex 300.

                Construction

                Robust, tension-resistant connection of the inner hose material and the outer profile helix using the special »Clip« method.

                Advantages

                This method offers an extremely wide range of options for the universal processing and combination of almost any hose materials.
                 
                • External wear protection via outer clip-profile helix (Clip)
                • Excellent flexibility
                • Smallest bending radius
                • Extremely compressible (depending on size)
                • Installation-friendly thanks to the patented »Clip-Grip« special hose clamps
                • Almost any production diameter possible from DN 38 - DN 2000
              • Profile-Extruded (Profile-extruded hoses)

              • This construction design includes all Master-PUR, Master-PVC L, Master-PVC H, Master-PE L-EL and Master-SANTO hoses, as well as the hose types Streetmaster, Cargoflex, Polderflex PUR, Inline and Flamex B se.

                Construction

                Extruded plastic profile with a moulded twist and dislocation-proof spring steel wire.

                Advantages

                Production variations available from lightweight and highly flexible through to heavy-weight and extremely vacuum-proof.
                 
                • spiral-shaped with welded overlaps
                • continuous, symmetrical folding due to robust connection between plastic and spring steel wire
                • aerodynamically efficient due to smooth inner lining
                • wide range of processing options available for almost all thermo-plastic materials
                • production diameters available (dep. on hose type) from DN 13 - DN 500
              • Film/Foil/Fabric (with embedded helix)

              • This construction design is applied for the Flamex B-F se, Master-PUR L-F Food and Master-PE L-F EL hose types.

                Construction

                Strips of film, foil or fabric – spiral-shaped with welded overlaps and an embedded profile made from spring steel wire.

                Advantages

                Variable production options for spiral hoses made from a wide range of materials including strips of film, foil or fabric.
                 
                • highly flexible
                • smallest bending radii
                • cost-efficient stock management and reduced transport costs thanks to compressed size with net packaging
                • production diameters available (dep. on hose type) from DN 32 - DN 450
              • Film/Foil/Fabric (with external helix)

              • This method includes the hose types Carflex Super, Master-PUR STEP, Master-PUR STEP MHR and Master-SANTO SL.

                Construction

                Strips of film, foil or fabric – spiral-shaped with welded overlaps and an external profile made from plastic or plastic-coated spring steel wire.

                Advantages

                Variable production options for spiral hoses made from a wide range of materials including strips of film, foil or fabric.

                • highly flexible
                • smallest bending radii
                • production diameters available (dep. on hose type) from DN 32 - DN 450
              • Miniflex (with seamless plastic outer coating)

              • This construction design includes all Miniflex hose types.

                Construction

                Spirally coiled and non-fixed inner spring-steel wire (bare or coated) with seamless outer coating.

                Advantages
                 
                • seamless outer hose coating
                • extremely flexible
                • smallest bending radii
                • production diameters available from DN 7 - DN 50
              • Vulcanised (single/multi-layered)

              • This construction design encompasses the hose types Master-NEO 1, Master-NEO 2, Master-SIL 1, Master-SIL 2, Master-SIL HD-Food and Master-SIL SD-Food.

                Construction

                Vulcanised fabric strips wound with overlaps onto an inner, free-floating or embedded helix made from spring steel wire and an additional external fibreglass fixation for the hose types NEO 1/2 and SIL 1/2.

                Advantages

                Variable production options for spiral hoses made from a wide range of materials including strips of film, foil or fabric.
                 
                • smooth inner lining
                • flexible
                • small bending radii
                • good pressure-resistance
                • production diameters available from DN 13 - DN 305
            • Materials

            • Only the best: We use the most high-tech plastics with extraordinary features

              We have over 25 years of experience in the field of polymer materials and in working with sophisticated fabrics. Thanks to the processing of these modern raw materials, we’re able to provide solutions, which are simply unachievable with conventional materials. Coupled with our in-depth know-how, we are able to produce these products to the highest international quality standards.
                • Polyurethane (PU)

                • The majority of the suction and transport hoses, which extract highly abrasive solids, are made from high performance polyurethane. Thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers (TPU) offer a great range of features, combining elasticity, high resistance and durability.
                • Thermoplastic Vulkanisates (TPV)

                • The TPV applied in Masterflex hoses are made from natural thermoplastic rubber. TPV belong to the group of thermoplastic elastomers and offer the performance characteristics of vulcanised rubber, such as good heat resistance and a low compression set, combined with the easy processibility of thermoplastics.
                • Soft PVC (Polyvinylchloride)

                • PVC belongs to the amorphous plastics yet still excels thanks to its excellent media resistance. Hoses made from this material are highly suited to almost any environment and application – with the exception of solvents (e.g. aromatics, esters, ketones, chlorinated hydrocarbons).

                  PVC is a low-price, versatile material. Its temperature resistance and abrasion resistance are, however, much lower than those of polyurethane. Furthermore, the material can become brittle over time due to migrating plasticisers, which can lead to the hose no longer functioning properly.
                • Polyethylene (PE)

                • Polyethylene is a thermo-plastic and belongs to the group of polyolefins. Due to its excellent resistance to acids, alkali and chemicals, polyethylene is extremely durable and possesses a much greater chemical resistance than PU. The material exhibits much robuster properties than polyurethane. Hoses made from polyethylene are especially suitable for special applications, e.g. the transport of aggressive gases and liquids, or transport of fine-particle dusts and powders in the chemicals industry. Confronted with such extreme media as acetone, benzenes, toluenes and xylenes, the PE material proves its excellent resistance.
                • High-Performance Fabrics

                • Among many different sophisticated fields of production, Masterflex is also specialised in the processing of high-performance fabrics. In the production process of our patented and renowned Clip hoses, many different types of fabric are applied. These fabric types differ greatly in their features and material makeups. Examples include extremely chemical-resistant fabrics such as PTFE, Viton, Kapton or Hypalon. Others include extremely heat-resistant fabric types, which enable otherwise hazardous applications in high temperature areas. The materials used are clamped into place in the exterior steel helix via the patented “Clip“ method, thus creating tension-proof hoses. With this method, neither welding, bonding nor sewing is necessary, as the clamp or “clip” provides more than enough stability. Depending on the outer or inner loads, the hoses can be produced with multiple layers to provide even greater durability.
              • templine® Engineering – Electrically Heated Hoses: The System Solution!

              • Wherever media needs to be kept fluid at certain temperatures, and a flexible connection between the input and output is required, the templine® hoses offer the ideal solution.

                Hose Construction Design - templine® Heated Hoses

                Hose with electrical heating for constant and consistent heat distribution over the entire hose surface.

                Construction

                Inner media hose made from polyamide or PTFE. Braided temperature-resistant material covering the entire hose surface. Four integrated (braided and set) heating cables made from different alloys with varying conductor resistances.

                Advantages

                • consistent heat supply to the transport media with minimal temperature deviation
                • optimum protection of temperature-sensitive liquids, dusts, gases and granules
                • greater energy efficiency – significantly reduced power consumption in comparison to conventional systems (up to 30 %)
                • highly flexible and permanently twistable in all directions (360°) without any reduction in heat distribution

                Areas of Application

                The number of application areas within the field of process technology is immense. Here are a few example applications for electrically heated hose systems:

                • chemical and petrochemical units
                • automotive industry
                • machine building
                • adhesives/bonding technology
                • automation
                • food & beverage industry
                • specialist applications
                • exhaust cleansing