Danfoss Hydraulic Fittings

Danfoss Anto Corrosion Hydraulic Fittings

Anti Corrosive Fittings from Danfoss

Today’s highlighted partner during Hose Safety Awareness Week #HSAW2023, we recognize Danfoss Hydraulics. Danfoss is one of our most important partners, as our 3 branches are Danfoss Weatherhead Hose Centers. One example of their dedication to safety is shown through the Durakote coating they put on all of their fittings. This coating ensures that even under the harshest conditions, the hose assemblies fabricated with Danfoss fittings will resist decay and corrosion.

Learn more about Danfoss Fittings and the Danfoss hose assembly advantage

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Why Anti-Static Hoses Are Important

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Why Anti-Static Hoses Are Important

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Dust-ignition explosions are cause for concern in numerous industries nationwide. Unless businesses adhere to NFPA standard engineering regulations for static and dust management, they increase the risk of extensive property damage, not to mention worker injury or loss of life.

Our anti-static dust collection hoses and static control hoses play a critical role in maintaining operational safety and preventing fires and explosions. We assist our clients in selecting flexible hoses with the best electrical resistance ratings and appropriate static control hoses to fit the unique risks associated with their facilities and operations.

Anti-Static Ducting hose from flexaust

Flexaust’s static dissipating hoses are key in facilities where dust and fumes could ignite. Dust-ignition explosions are cause for concern in numerous industries nationwide.

Flexaust’s anti-static dust collection hoses and static control hoses play a critical role in maintaining operational safety and preventing fires and explosions. McGill Hose & Coupling assists our customers in selecting flexible hoses with the best electrical resistance ratings and appropriate static control hoses to fit the unique risks associated with their facilities and operations.

Use the safety/hose selection chart below to help you chose the right ducting for your application.

Download the Flexaust Safety Guide

Contact us for more information about the static control hose solutions available from McGill Hose & Coupling and Flexaust.

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McGill Hose’s Increased Metal Hose Fabrication Capacity & NAHAD Exam Passers

In this quarter’s NAHAD Newsletter, McGill Hose highlighted our increased Metal Hose Fabrication capacity.

With additional welding booths, custom equipment, and trained staff, we are excited to announce we have significantly increased our capacity in our Metal Hose Fabrication Department. Please reach out for customized quick ship needs! Also, we can laser etch assembly information directly on to the hoses as needed. McGill Hose leverages years of industry knowledge and increased inventory to better serve the larger and more complex requirements of the NAHAD Community and our customers.

For any questions regarding this or any of our capabilities, please contact us at 413-525-3977 or sales@mcgillhose.com.

We are also happy to announce that Sheila Bailey, Kris O’Connor, and Liam Walsh have all completed assorted courses within the NAHAD Hose Safety Institute.

Happy Retirement to Al Balasco

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Al Balasco, McGill Hose & Coupling

Congratulations Al!

It is with great excitement and gratitude that McGill Hose & Coupling, Inc. is announcing the retirement of Al Balasco! Although we are saddened that we will no longer be able to see Al’s smiling face in our Rhode Island branch every day, we are so very happy for him to step into this next phase of his career!

Al has been a fixture in the East Providence, RI fluid conveyance community for the past 30 plus years. Since 1992, when he went to work for his brother at RNB-Richardson, Inc., until today at McGill Hose & Coupling, he has been a key resource for countless people in Rhode Island who found themselves needing a hose replacement to get them back on the job.

Al was also an integral part of the transition from RNB-Richardson to McGill Hose & Coupling back in 2012. Tapping into his knowledge of the East Providence market from the prior 20 years allowed McGill to be quickly welcomed into the community. His presence also gave McGill’s new customers a needed sense of familiarity and high quality service they had come to expect.

Again, the team here at McGill Hose & Coupling will truly miss Al and everything he brought to our team and customers every day. We wish him and his wife the best in his retirement years.

McGill Hose & Coupling Celebrates 60 Years in Business

McGill Family receives a recognition from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for their contribution to business and the local community

McGill Hose & Coupling Celebrates 60 Years in Business and their New Facility

McGill Hose and Coupling, Inc., held an open house on September 8th at their new 84,000 sq ft headquarters, fabrication center and retail store located at 45 Industrial Drive in East Longmeadow Massachusetts to celebrate their 60 year milestone. The event was attended by employees, customers, vendors, supply partners, Massachusetts State Legislators and local chamber of commerce, and was an opportunity to introduce their newly expanded fabrication facility. The custom hose and fittings fabrication expansion allows them to better serve their customers metal hose fabrication, tube bending and PTFE hose fabrication needs- all under one roof. The McGill Team of welders and hose fabrication specialists were on hand to demonstrate their customization capabilities.
“Many of our competitors offer certain aspects of the customization and fabrication services we offer, but we are able to do it all – right under one roof,” states McGill Hose President Harry McGill.
The McGill Family received recognition from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by State Representative Brian Ashe for their contribution to the Commonwealth and the local business community.
“McGill Hose has always been focused on being a solution-based hose fabricator & supplier, and that is why this move is so important to us.” said Alex McGill, McGill Hose & Coupling’s Vice President. “We base our decisions on forward-thinking, customer focused analytics and experiences. By increasing our fabrication capabilities, in not only square footage and equipment, but also personnel; we are now better positioned to serve our current customers as well as new markets.”

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About McGill Hose & Coupling, Inc.

Family-owned and operated since 1962, McGill Hose & Coupling, Inc. is a leader in the distribution and fabrication of flexible hose, fittings, and fluid handling components. They specialize in high quality products and custom hose and fitting solutions serving many industries including; Industrial/Mechanical, Food/Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Fuel Transport/Transfer & Refinery, Government, Municipal, Aerospace, & OEM industries. McGill Hose & Coupling celebrates 60 years in business this year! McGill is steadfast in their commitment to the distribution and custom fabrication of quality hose and fitting product solutions, value-added services, and offering the highest level of expertise in the industry. Their reputation for a knowledgeable sales team, dedicated & experienced fabricators and fast turnaround time for simple, high quality one-off solutions to high-volume orders. Along with their corporate headquarters and state-of-the-art fabrication facility in East Longmeadow Massachusetts, McGill Hose & Coupling also has two other New England locations in Woburn MA and East Providence RI.

How Using Hose Tags Can Streamline Maintenance Programs – by Hose & Coupling World

Here is a link to the article as it is found on Hose & Coupling World’s website. Click here to go to that site.

How Using Hose Tags Can Streamline Maintenance Programs

Industrial fluid systems have dozens of hoses that control the flow of critical fluids from one part of the system to another. Putting mission-critical data on tags can help prevent significant downtime.

By Brian Aplin, Field Engineering Supervisor, Swagelok Company

To service hoses in flow control applications properly, technicians often need to get answers to questions such as:

  • What types of fluids are being transferred?
  • Are those fluids at high pressures or temperatures?
  • Are they potentially hazardous?
  • How long has each hose been in service?
  • What materials are the hoses made of? What sort of replacement is necessary?

For scheduled maintenance or in the event of a failure, the technician must identify the answers to these questions, which may involve referencing the system’s schematics. During this time the system must be shut down to prevent potential leaks from occurring. This additional downtime can potentially hurt production and reduce profits of the systems involved.

Fortunately, unplanned downtime can be reduced by tagging all parts of a fluid system, even those deemed less essential. Tags provide technicians access to mission-critical data more easily which allows for more effective preventive maintenance and reduced system interruptions, see Figure 1. In the end, it allows maintenance programs to run more efficiently and helps to keep plants operating at peak performance.

Figure 1: Tagging hoses in your system can provide mission-critical data to technicians enabling more effective decisions.

Start With a Plant Audit

The most effective hose tagging programs begin by understanding what components exist within a plant. Typically, this involves implementing a full plant audit that identifies each hose, noting the type, part number, process fluid, pressure or temperature ratings, and vendor names and contact information in a spreadsheet.

Once this initial information is logged, then it is time to provide additional details. In the case of hoses, that can include the length, size, core material and construction, reinforcement layers, end connections, and mounting. It may also include cover type, operating conditions, cleaning procedures as well as the date the hose was installed and when it is scheduled for replacement. This information will form the basis of the tagging program.

Figure 2: Avoid unnecessary downtime and potential errors caused by additional system and component research by tagging hoses in the system.

Tagging Leads to Proactive Maintenance

Although most plants do tag major fluid system components, hoses are sometimes overlooked. Placing tags on these components can often reduce the amount of time it takes for technicians to identify if and when a component needs to be replaced, see Figure 2. Proper tagging will offer technicians’ information such as when the hose was last installed, what its core material is, and what fluid it is carrying. Knowing this essential data provides insight into when maintenance on the components is necessary before they completely break down, causing a systemwide shutdown for repairs.

Tagging can also be used to alert technicians to problems with the equipment that have developed onsite. These insights provide a full maintenance history to technicians and may allow them to troubleshoot smaller issues before they become systemwide.

Figure 3: To enhance the effectiveness of tags include:
• Part Number
• Date of manufacture
• Trace identification number

Additional information that can be included on the tag:
• System media
• Operating pressure
• Operating temperature

Efficiency Is Improved with Proper Information
Though tagging allows for easy identification of components and provides essential maintenance data, tags are only as effective as the information they contain, Figure 3. At minimum, tags should include the part number, date of manufacture, and the trace identification number so it can be tracked to its initial order. Additional information that can be included on the tag includes system media, operating pressure, and temperature.
In most cases, this information can be obtained from the component manufacturers themselves. Often, they will also supply specific tag styles that correspond with the individual plant’s needs or those of the industry. Some suppliers offer everything from simple metal tags to color-coded tags that wrap around the hose. Color-coding the tags allows workers to immediately identify the types of fluids or gases that are flowing through them, which reduces the chances of an error being made.

The amount of information that can be included on the tags will depend on the tag style and size. For instance, a typical tag contains approximately five lines of text with room for roughly 25 characters per line. If the plant requires it, tags can be coated with silicone to keep contaminants out and make cleaning them easier. Having this information readily available allows maintenance technicians to service their systems more easily and efficiently, Figure 4.

Figure 4: Technicians can add information each time a hose is serviced, making future maintenance easier and enabling the operator to trend issues with the system.

Tags Tell the Story

In the end, tagging all the elements of an industrial fluid system will reduce the amount of downtime the system requires; maintenance technicians will not be searching for schematics or doing research. Instead, they will have the necessary information readily available that will allow them to take preventive action to keep the system always operating at peak performance, which will improve the plant’s bottom line, Figure 5.

If you are interested in how to create a full tagging system for your facility, start by consulting with your component supplier. They should be able to advise you on the best system for your specific applications to expedite maintenance, improve system safety, and reduce unnecessary downtime.

Figure 5: Maintenance becomes more effective and efficient with detailed information at the maintenance team’s fingertips.


Brian Aplin is Field Engineering Supervisor for Swagelok Company.


Hose Swivel Connectors and Menders Available at LeafVacuumHose.com

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Swivel Connectors for Mulch Hose & Leaf Vacuum Hose Now Available Online at LeafVacuumHose.com


Hose Swivel Connectors & Menders for Flextube PU and Flextube PV

Our leaf vacuum hose website Leafvacuumhose.com now offers swivel couplings or connectors for mulch hose and leaf vacuum hose that can be used to connect two pieces of Flex-Tube PU or Flex-Tube PV Hose and can also be used to repair cracks/splits. Swivel connectors eliminate the twisting and binding that happens when moving long lengths of mulch hose. The Flexaust hose connector attaches to the OUTSIDE of your mulch blowing hose and does NOT obstruct the flow of materials. Flexaust swivel connectors; coupling, male cam, and female cam, are available for both 4” and 5” Flex-Tube PU and PV hose. Hose menders are placed on the inside of the hose and are secured with a bridge clamp*. 


Features and Benefits of a Hose Swivel Connector:

  • Threads on end of Flex-Tube® PU & Flex-Tube® PV hoses making it easier to maneuver longer (connected) lengths of hose
  • Lightweight: Made with lightweight aluminum featuring an o-ring & ball construction
  • Threads directly onto hose – no crimping or banding necessary
  • Easy to connect/disconnect
  • Provides the user freedom to move around without tangling or kinking the hose
  • Ideal for mulch blowing
  • Available in sizes 4″ and 5″
  • Full Flow
  • Heavy Duty Aluminum Construction
  • Smooth, Full 360 Degree Rotation
  • Increases productivity and reduces worker fatigue
  • Reduces hose fatigue- extending the life of your hose

Light Duty Hose Mender or Connector

A Hose mender can be used to connect multiple lengths of hose or to repair a split hose. Menders fit inside the hose and are secured with a bridge clamp*.

*Must be used with bridge clamps for secure connection!


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Hydroseeding Hose & Hose Assemblies

Quality hydroseeding hoses are available as well at LeafVacuumHose.com offers both bulk hydroseeding hose as well as pre-built hydroseeding hose assemblies made with fabric braid reinforced CLEAR PVC and comes equipped with INTERNALLY EXPANDED Male and Female Brass fittings. Internally expanded fittings with our hydroseeder spray hose allow for the highest flow rate and are least likely to clog. AVAILABLE IN 1-1/4″ AND 1-1/2″ ID.


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McGill Hose Launches Updated Brewery Hose Website

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Newly Updated beerhose.com for brewery hose & sanitary fittings

McGill Hose recently launched a newly designed website for their brewery hose and sanitary fittings website beerhose.com, a subsidiary of McGill Hose & Coupling. With customer experience as its first priority, the new version allows customers to choose a variety of sanitary fittings for the top quality hose brand products in the brewing, winery and distillery industries.
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Continental Contitech Brewery & Beverage Hose

Continental has been a top food grade beverage hose choice for breweries, vineyards and distilleries. Beerhose.com offers top Continental hose products such as; PLICORD® EXTREMEFLEX™ BEVERAGE RED, PURPLE SNAKE® HOSE and VINTNER™ RESERVE HOSE

Sanitary Fittings

Using the proper sanitary fittings will improve the sanitary process in brewing, winery and distillery applications and also will also reduce time needed to care for equipment. Beerhose.com offers high quality sanitary; Adapters, Clamps, Tees/Crosses, Elbows, End Caps, Gaskets, Reducers Sight Glasses, Valves and Pumps.

McGill Hose & Coupling Featured in NAHAD

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McGill Hose Featured in The Association for National Hose & Accessories Distribution (NAHAD) News

McGill Hose & Coupling is honored to be featured in a recent NAHAD news article, highlighting our 60th year in business and the expansion to our new facility…

The article highlights the history of the company, originally named H.A. McGill Company, and it’s progression that “established the company as a specialized fabricator of flexible metal hose and PTFE assemblies who serviced their customers and worked with them to solve their problems.”

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Hose Reel
Nitrogen Service Hose Reel

Safety, Quality, & DURABILITY

Green powder coated stainless reel for nitrogen service

When using nitrogen in your facility, safety is of the utmost concern. Ensure your team’s safety by using this N800 Hannay Reel specifically colored green to specify that it is being used for Nitrogen Service and fitted with green air hose. Not only will this reel identify where nitrogen is being used, it is made by HANNAY REELS, the benchmark for quality & safety in hose reels and fitted with CONTINENTAL air hose prepared for nitrogen use.

View this spec sheet below for additional information, and then call us for how to order!