A large, multinational bakery in the UK was having difficulty with the flexible sleeve connecting a weigh hopper and dough mixer. Inaccuracy in...
Materials like silicon, rubber or even canvas are still commonly used for flexible connections in plants across many processing industries.
Whilst often cheap initially, these types of materials are not always able to maintain their quality and performance over a long period of time. They are often prone to tearing easily, requiring downtime for frequent replacements and clean-ups.
These connectors or sleeves are also usually fastened with old-style clamps which provide an improper seal, resulting in product leaking throughout your plant.
Long term, they're likely to be costing you money.