Look for signs of liquid and weld spatters on the floor near your machine. If you notice spatters, you either have a loose or broken fitting, damaged hoses, or hard tubing.
Hoses and electrical wire coating can crack over time. Once hoses and electrical wire are damaged, the UV light emitted during the welding process breaks down their components and causes droplets of liquid to appear on the floor. Damaged or exposed hoses and wires are subjected to weld spatter, droplets of molten material generated at or near the welding arc. Weld spatter can build up over time and degrade or destroy your air and hydraulic clamps. Spatter can also burn a hole through your machine’s tubing, resulting in a fire.
Protective covers like fabric sheaths extend the life of your flexible hoses without restricting their movement. Consider fabric sheaths to protect hoses routed through and on the robot, end-of-arm tooling, or fixed-tooling stations. You should also consider a more fire-resistant hydraulic fluid when using high-pressure hydraulic tooling.