Weir Minerals Linatex recently released two new products and a new product enhancement. New Linatex preformed hose bends are intended as a replacement for hard-walled pipe bends in slurry transfer pipelines and are claimed to provide significant wear life improvement over standard metal pipe, particularly when abrasion wear and vibration are issues. The premium Linatex tube provides high wear resistance in a rubber compound for wet slurry applications, absorbing the energy from moving slurry and returning to its original form while dampening vibrations.

Linatex hose bends are stocked in 4- to 16-in. (101 to 406-mm) IDs in both 45° and 90° 3D radii. In addition, Linatex said its new wear indicator system provides a solution to many typical issues associated with hose maintenance in highly abrasive environments. Unlike other wear indication systems which only check for a break in the wire (continuity) to detect a go/no-go hose failure point, the Linatex indicator system senses a change in resistance as measured by ohms, providing for more accurate results. Linatex said it has enhanced its existing cut-end hose line by increasing standard working pressure to 150 psi, and taken steps to provide better performance from its reusable, lightweight aluminum flanged couplings.