Hydraflex, a prominent hose assembly manufacturer in the UK, offers a variety of WRAS (Water Regulations Advisory Scheme) Approved Hoses tailored to meet the specific needs of different industries. Their WRAS approved hose assemblies are designed to cater to applications requiring potable water, heating, plumbing, oils, gases, and steam, showcasing Hydraflex's commitment to versatility and industry compliance​​.

Construction and Compliance

Hydraflex's WRAS approved hoses are crafted with meticulous attention to construction standards to ensure compliance with industry regulations. They offer three distinct types of WRAS approved hoses:

  1. Stainless Steel Overbraided EPDM Rubber Hose: Characterised by a smoother bore to minimize bacterial build-up, and suited for potable water applications. These hoses meet BSRIA specifications and are identifiable by a red fleck in the braiding and markings on the stainless steel ferrules, ensuring compliance with WRAS guidelines.
  2. Aquavend Hose: Primarily for catering applications, these hoses feature a WRAS approved polyester elastomer tube, textile braid, and white PVC cover, making them suitable for a range of catering equipment like vending machines, water coolers, and ice machines.
  3. PEX (Cross Linked Polythene) Lined Stainless Steel Overbraided Hoses: Created as an alternative to EPDM hoses, especially for the UK Health Sector environments where rubber is not accepted. The PEX lined hoses also offer superior flexibility compared to other hoses​​.
  4. Silicone. This is an alternative to the above options where a higher working temperature is required. Supplied with a stainless over braid this type of assembly offers very good flexibility in addition to the higher operating temperature.

Applications

The diversity in hose construction allows for a broad spectrum of applications:

  • Potable water systems
  • Catering applications, including vending machines, water coolers, and ice machines
  • Health Service environments, such as hospitals and health centres
  • General plumbing, heating, and cooling systems​.

Benefits and Features

Hydraflex’s WRAS hoses offer several benefits and features:

  • Compliance: Fully compliant with WRAS guidelines, ensuring safe usage in designated applications.
  • Customisation: A large choice of end fittings and a made-to-measure service for hose assemblies tailored to specific requirements.
  • Low Maintenance: Designed with materials that minimise bacterial build-up and require less upkeep.
  • Flexibility: Especially the PEX range, provides enhanced flexibility compared to other similar hoses​​.

Availability and Customisation

Hydraflex prides itself on its ability to meet customer demands swiftly with short lead times. Some stock items can even be shipped on the day of purchase. Their made-to-measure service further accentuates their customer-centric approach, allowing for hose assemblies to be crafted to order to suit most requirements. A variety of end fittings including traditional threaded males and females, female elbows, and pushfits are available, showcasing a high degree of customisation to meet the diverse needs of their clientele​​.

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