It’s amazing to see how far we have come as a civilisation, as it was during the Bronze Age that the very first pipes to carry water from one place to another were invented.
The Roman Empire later had pipes of lead and clay, producing bathing areas and delivering potable water – a world away from what we have today. We have a lot to thank them for.
Over the decades, materials such as hollow bamboo reeds have been used to carry water in places like China, and the Minoan civilisation used baked clay and straw to produce the first plumbing pipes, followed by the Egyptians, who were the first to use copper pipe. The first water system built in America was in Boston in the mid-1600s. The French closely followed in 1664 by creating cast iron pipes. America’s first firefighters used wooden pipelines in 1795, hollowing out logs and plugging the holes – hence the term ‘fireplug’ – and by 1810 the English had produced their first shower system. Since then the world has moved on, using pipes for a multitude of jobs not only in our homes but in industry and transportation.
A hose is another term for pipe or tube and can be made of a combination of different materials – rubber, PVC, nylon, polyurethane and more recently silicone. Silicone is made from sand, a readily abundant element. It is a non-reactive material and can withstand temperatures as low as -60 degrees C to as high as 230 degrees C. It is a very useful material for industry and the military and the aeronautical, construction, marine, communication and automotive sectors, to name just a few.
A silicone hose manufacturer produces products designed to connect metal pipes and components using water, generally in cooling systems in any transport vehicle, including railway engines. The connecting pipes made by a silicone hose manufacturer are of different sizes, and the manufacturers are able to produce hoses to meet any specification required.
In 2016, we saw the introduction of Euro VI, a regulation for newly registered vehicles to reduce harmful exhaust emissions. This created new challenges for manufacturers in the car industry, but by using high-quality silicone components with materials capable of withstanding high temperatures they were able to comply with these challenges and meet the necessary requirements.