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All you need to know about semi-rigid metal hoses: How to buy and use them

Semi-rigid metal hoses are fundamental components in a wide range of industries. They take the form of flexible metal tubes, specially designed to combine flexibility and strength. Unlike plastic or rubber alternatives, these hoses retain a partially rigid structure while allowing a degree of flexibility, making them ideally suited to a multitude of applications. Made from various metals such as stainless steel or aluminum, they are selected according to the specific requirements of each application. Thanks to their durability and reliability, semi-rigid metal hoses are widely used in a variety of sectors, including plumbing, automotive and aerospace.

What is a semi-rigid metal hose?

A semi-rigid hose is a tubular device with a remarkable shape memory, enabling it to maintain its flexibility and resist deformation under external loads. It functions as a versatile mechanical support solution for a variety of applications.

Comprising an ingenious arrangement of springs and integrated profiles between each coil, they offer enhanced durability and superior adaptability to harsh environments.

The different advantages and applications for Abeillon’s semi-rigid hoses

The advantages of semi-rigid metal hoses are numerous. Their precise positioning, corrosion resistance, durability and ability to withstand high temperatures make them ideal choices for a wide range of industrial applications such as fluid transport, hydraulic systems, heating and air-conditioning equipment, as well as in the oil and gas industry.

Defense applications

Semi-rigid hose is used in the military and defense industries for the design of customized equipment, such as :


  • Military antennas and semi-rigid antenna supports.



  • Map-reading lamps.



  • Audio hoses for headphones.


Industrial applications

In the industrial sector, semi-rigid hoses are used in a variety of areas, including:

  • Hoses for machine tools, for cutting fluid circulation, cooling of machined parts and lubrication.

  • Hoses for ejecting cutting fluids and low-pressure liquid fluids.

  • Instrumentation hoses.

Audio applications

Semi-rigid hoses are also used in the audio field, notably for :

      • Radio station microphone stands and equipment ready for installation on broadcast sets.

    • Headphones, where they are integrated to ensure flexibility and comfort of use.

Lighting applications

In the lighting industry, support solutions based on semi-rigid hoses enable the design of special lamps adapted to different needs, such as map-reading lamps known as “military lamps”, offering optimum flexibility of use.

Medical applications

In the medical field, semi-rigid hoses are widely used for a diverse range of medical device supports and accessories, contributing to the functionality and efficiency of medical equipment.

How to choose your semi-rigid metal hose?

To choose the right semi-rigid hose for your needs, it’s essential to define precise specifications from the outset. It’s essential to understand the application for which the semi-rigid hose will be used. Is it for industrial, medical, food or other use? It’s also important to consider the environment in which the hose will be used (temperature, pressure, chemicals present, etc.) to ensure product compatibility and durability.

Defining the right material is a crucial step in the selection process. Each material, whether galvanized steel, copper-plated steel, brass, etc., has its own mechanical, chemical and thermal properties. It is therefore advisable to turn to expert manufacturers such as ABEILLON for advice on the choice of material according to the specific requirements of the application and the environment.

Once the choice of material has been determined, it is important to define the diameter and corresponding length of the hose according to the specific needs of the application. In addition, it’s essential to check the compatibility of the semi-rigid hose with the system’s fittings and equipment to avoid possible leaks and ensure optimal operation.

By following these steps and working closely with our experts, you can choose the most suitable semi-rigid hose for your application, ensuring optimum performance and long-term satisfaction.

Maintenance tips

Regular maintenance of semi-rigid hoses is crucial to ensure their durability and maximum efficiency. To achieve this, it is essential to comply with the specified technical limits. It is advisable to avoid excessive bending or twisting of the hose in certain positions, as this could result in damage to the metal. It is also important to protect metal hose from exposure to harsh environments and extreme temperatures, to prevent corrosion and preserve its quality.

Semi-rigid hoses are proving to be versatile and indispensable solutions in many industrial sectors and specific applications. Their ability to provide stable positioning in space, protect supported devices and adapt to a variety of operating conditions make them essential components. Over the past 70 years, companies such as ABEILLON have developed and perfected a wide range of expertise in industrial techniques and know-how. This expertise enables them to respond precisely to the varied needs of their customers.

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Innovation in the medical sector: metal hoses at the service of technology

In the dynamic world of medical technology, semi-rigid metal hoses are asserting themselves as pillars of innovation, offering considerable advantages in the design of medical equipment. These versatile and reliable components have become essential in various fields such as occupational therapy, hospital settings and home care.

ABEILLON, a specialist in semi-rigid metal hose solutions, offers a diversified range of products for a multitude of applications in the medical sector.

Technical advances in the medical field

Technological advances in the medical field, particularly in the development and use of medical equipment incorporating flexible metal hoses, have considerably improved both medical practices and patient comfort. These hoses offer a specialized support solution for a variety of medical devices, tailored to the needs of people with partial or total disabilities.


They are used in a variety of applications, notably to provide specific support solutions for a range of medical equipment. Their design meets the special needs of patients with disabilities, providing optimal customization for each situation. They can be adapted to equipment such as wheelchairs, various medical devices or medical beds, offering remarkable versatility.

These semi-rigid metal hoses can also be used to attach mounting accessories for medical devices, offering extensive compatibility with a variety of equipment thanks to specific or standard connectors, such as threads, special fittings or clamps, depending on customer requirements.

Role of metal hoses

Metal hoses play an indispensable role in the medical sector, providing essential support for many medical devices and equipment. Their unique ability to bend while maintaining rigidity makes them crucial for positioning medical instruments precisely where they are needed.

Whether in surgery, medical imaging, gerontology or occupational therapy, metal hoses offer a versatile and adaptable solution. Their use in these cutting-edge fields not only improves the efficiency of medical interventions, but also helps to minimize patient risks and optimize clinical outcomes. By providing reliable and precise support, metal hoses play a major role in improving standards of medical care in a variety of specialties.

Examples of innovation in the medical sector with semi-rigid metal hoses

In the medical field, semi-rigid metal hoses have led to significant advances, particularly in the design of medical device supports. This varied range of brackets offers the flexibility to create customized assemblies, adapted to the specific requirements of hospitals, homecare, occupational therapy, gerontology and medical equipment manufacturers.

These flexible brackets are meticulously designed to meet the various constraints associated with disability, or with particular configurations requested by patients or customers. They can be attached to a multitude of equipment, such as wheelchairs, equipment for the disabled or elderly, and healthcare beds, thanks to specific fastening systems or customized adaptations, such as threads, specialized fittings or clamps.

This technological evolution offers unrivalled flexibility in adapting medical devices to individual patient needs, enhancing their quality of life and comfort, while enabling healthcare professionals to operate with greater efficiency and precision.

Choose Abeillon for innovation

Flexible metal hoses are proving to be a major innovation in the medical field, offering a variety of advantages in different spheres of application. Their flexibility, strength and ability to adapt to the specific requirements of healthcare professionals make them indispensable for supporting a variety of medical equipment.

It’s worth noting that medical practitioners, looking for solutions to secure equipment in a stable and precise manner, are increasingly turning to these innovative solutions.

Whether in the design of holders for medical devices or in other fields requiring extreme precision, flexible metal hoses offer unrivaled flexibility and reliability. As such, they open up new prospects for innovation and make a significant contribution to the continuous improvement of healthcare.

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