Blog - Hose & Fittings, Etc.

Reducing Compressed Air Consumption in Blow Applications

Posted on Tue, Jan 24, 2017 @ 11:28 AM

Anyone running a pneumatic system knows that producing compressed air requires a lot of energy. In a typical pneumatic plant, 20 percent or more of the plant’s energy is consumed by an air compressor. As quoted in this MRO article, “Based on energy audits conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy, more than 95 percent of compressed air systems present opportunities for saving energy."

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Tags: product update

How to Easily Connect to a Digital Plant

Posted on Thu, Nov 03, 2016 @ 10:45 AM

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Tags: maintenance

Cylinder Identification | Hydraulic and Pneumatic Cylinders

Posted on Tue, Oct 04, 2016 @ 11:03 AM

A cylinder attached to your equipment has broken down and needs to be repaired or replaced. Before you can get it fixed, however, you will need to identify the type of cylinder that you have. If you’re lucky, you will be able to find a part number and other OEM information located somewhere on the cylinder body. From there, a Google search will most likely lead you to a distributor who can sell you a replacement, or at least parts to fix the broken cylinder.

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Tags: technical

Parker's Parflex Division is Consolidating Fittings

Posted on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 @ 11:15 AM

Using Parker Parflex hoses? Read this!

Changes are scheduled for January 2017.

In March 2014, Parflex launched their global 56 series (read our earlier blog on that) which became the preferred fitting used on the majority of Parker Parflex hoses. Parflex still offers fitting series 55, 58, 58H and 57 series, but that is about to change, along with hose consolidation affecting about a dozen Parflex hose series.

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Tags: product update

Parker's SensoNODE Line of Wireless Sensors Expanded

Posted on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 @ 01:19 PM

Parker announced an expansion to their SensoNODE Blue line of sensors at the Sensors Midwest Conference in Rosemont, Illinois this September.

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Kyle Larson’s Outlaw Kart Showcase Returns to Cycleland Speedway

Posted on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 @ 07:25 AM

Presented by ParkerStore

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Tags: news

Sanitized Treatment Helping Control Microbial Growth in Food & Beverage Applications

Posted on Thu, Aug 04, 2016 @ 12:13 PM

This tubing is specially formulated with Sanitized® to resist degradation from mildew, algae, fungi and biofilm that can accumulate on the inside or outside of tubing in filling and processing applications.
For use in water systems and food, beverage & other applications where microbial growth can cause problems.
Use with Parker antimicrobial filters to create a complete system.

In water systems, food and beverage, and other applications for transporting media that must remain potable or food-safe, microbes are a constant concern. Algae, mildew and fungi can accumulate inside or outside of tubing due to moisture while they are in use. This accumulation can not only create impurities in the transported substances, but it also leads to premature equipment degradation, which can raise maintenance costs and cause costly break-downs in the production line. Parker has a solution to both problems with their EA Series of tubing.

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Tags: maintenance, product update

Brewery Hose and Washdown Hose

Posted on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 @ 03:35 PM

Brewery Hose

With the recent explosion in demand for craft beer has come an equal explosion in demand for the equipment that helps produce it. Parker is doing its part in the craft beer revolution by providing the SS200 Series Brewers Discharge Hose.


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Tags: product update

Protection from High Pressure Hose Assembly Failure

Posted on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

While hose failure occurrences can be minimized with the best practice of regular maintenance, including checking hydraulic hose assemblies for wear and damage, there is no guarantee that they will never happen. Total failure of hose assemblies are relatively infrequent, but when they do happen, they can cause serious damage to equipment, and injure or even kill nearby personnel.

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Tags: safety

Choosing Between Hose and Tube Assembly for Hydraulic Systems

Posted on Tue, May 24, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

When choosing between a hose assembly and tube assembly for a hydraulic application, there are a few basic questions that must first be answered:

  • When would you choose a hose assembly over a metal tube assembly?
  • When would you choose a metal tube assembly over a hose assembly?
  • Can you replace a hose with a tube or a tube with a hose? Should you?
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Tags: technical

Hammer Union Hose Connections for the Oil, Gas and Cement Industry

Posted on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 @ 11:07 AM

Hammer Union Connections

  • Ideal for the oil and gas industry
  • One piece, segmented design
  • Strong industrial grade steel
  • Durable and resistant to hammer connection
  • 90° hammer union connection “HB”
  • 45° fatigue resistant hammer union connection “HE”
  • Wingnut is not captive on hose assembly
  • Easy removal of wingnut for replacement or rework

Hammer union connections require strong components to withstand the pounding required to make the connection. Parker uses 4340 industrial grade steel to give the fitting extra strength. This material has been field tested and specified by the leaders in the Cementing sector.

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Tags: news

Parker’s Parflex Division Announces Material Changes Involving Three Products

Posted on Thu, Mar 10, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

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Tags: product update, news

Fabricating Electrically Conductive Industrial Hose Assemblies

Posted on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

You may recall an earlier blog about the electrical conductivity of rubber hose back in April of 2013. In this blog, we discussed that unless a hose is specifically designated as either conductive or non-conductive, you must assume that the electrical properties of the hose are not controlled during the manufacturing process, and that conductivity of the hose can change with each production run without notice. In this blog, let’s look at what can be done to make your industrial hose assembly electrically conductive for the purpose of dissipating static electricity buildup.

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Tags: technical, safety

Parker Upping the Ante on Tube Fitting & Adapter Corrosion Resistance

Posted on Tue, Jan 05, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

The truth is that if you are using equipment in the elements, corrosion is inevitable. The question is not if, but when you will have to change the rusted parts. The trick is to find the fittings and adapters that will last as long as possible.

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Tags: maintenance, product update

Inventory Reduction of Bulk Hydraulic Hose with Parker GlobalCore

Posted on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Most maintenance managers and other professionals responsible for keeping machinery running are not likely to agree with accountants on the quantity of spare parts needed in stock. Accountants try to limit inventory of parts on hand, which in some cases sit around for months before being used. The accountants recognize that stocking large quantities of spare parts ties up company’s money in inventory and decreases the company’s profitability.

On the other hand, maintenance professionals often need to have a large quantity of parts on hand in order to keep the machinery running and down-time to a minimum. Since they have no way of knowing which machine will break down next, and which parts will be needed to fix it, inventory reduction is not high on their list of improvements. Machinery sitting idle while waiting for a replacement part can also kill profits in a hurry.

Both the accountants and the maintenance staff have a point. The challenge for MRO organizations is finding the right balance of stocking enough parts to not run out without tying up too much cash in the inventory.

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Tags: savings

Remote System Monitoring | Parker SensoNODE

Posted on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 @ 03:32 PM

Back in May, you may have read our blog about remote hydraulic system condition monitoring. In that post, we presented Parker’s SensoNODE™ line of sensors, which monitor temperature, humidity and pressure changes in a hydraulic system and can be accessed remotely via Bluetooth® app. However, the connected technology of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is growing and changing rapidly – just five months after the original post, there is already more to share with you on the topic. First, we will quickly review the three major methods of monitoring the condition of your hydraulic equipment.

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Tags: maintenance, technical

Choosing the Right Filters for Your Compressed Air System

Posted on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:43 PM

In a previous blog from January 2014, Don’t Kill Your Pneumatic System With Bad Air, we wrote about how water, dirt and oil contamination can damage your machine and cause it to run inefficiently. Rust, dust and other impurities can clog air systems and contribute to premature wear and tear on seals and other components. To provide the purest air quality possible, a combination of filters should be connected to the air-flow to capture these impurities before they contaminate the system. However, each compressed air system has unique needs – what may be right for one system may not be the correct choice for another application, when considering environmental factors or fitting a system into a tight space.

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Tags: maintenance, technical, air distribution systems

Industrial Hose Assembly Fabrication - The Danger of Mixing Manufacturers

Posted on Tue, Aug 04, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Hose and coupling connection is critical to the safe performance of any hose assembly, but the practice of using hose and couplings from different manufacturers to fabricate industrial hose assemblies poses some underappreciated risks.

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Tags: technical, safety

Small Oil Spill Can Cost More than You Think | Oil Spill Supplies

Posted on Tue, Jun 02, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

When people talk about oil spills, the first image to come to mind is often the large-scale disasters involving oil rigs, oil pipelines or derailed trains. Barrels of oil saturating the soil or dumped into a body of water, with devastating effects on the environment– this is a worst-case scenario come to life. The cost of a major spill, in dollars, man hours and damage to a company’s reputation, can be enormous. What you may not realize, however, is that spill containment on a smaller scale can be very costly as well.

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Tags: maintenance, safety

Prevent Equipment Failures with Parker SensoNODE™ Wireless Sensors

Posted on Wed, May 06, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

It’s one of any company’s worst nightmares. A key component of your equipment has failed and production has halted. You determine that the part failed due to overheating or an unforeseen spike in pressure. Whatever the reason, your company loses revenue for as long as the downtime continues – not to mention the inevitable cost of repairs.

Many scenarios like this one can be prevented with the right monitoring equipment. The ability to take frequent readings of pressure, temperature and humidity can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your equipment running at top performance. Parker’s SensoNODE advanced monitoring system provides immediate access to accurate readings of your most vital equipment’s condition, allowing you to identify any potentially damaging changes before a failure occurs.
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Tags: maintenance, product update

Parker 5CNG Hose on Display at ACTEXPO 2015

Posted on Fri, May 01, 2015 @ 10:36 AM

Parker’s 5CNG Compressed Natural Gas Hose will be on display at ACTEXPO 2015 in Dallas, Texas, May 5-8, in Parker booth number 537.

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Tags: product update, news

Replacement Options for Parker FC701 & FC702 Flow Controls

Posted on Tue, Jul 08, 2014 @ 09:56 AM

Parker’s Fluid System Connectors Division (FSC) is implementing a conversion of FC701 and FC702 flow controls in fractional sizes. Replacement options for FC701 are Parker/Legris FCM 731, FCC731, and FC705. The replacement option for FC702 is FC708.

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Tags: product update, technical

Hydraulic Hose Layline - Know What it Means and Use It!

Posted on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 @ 12:55 PM

In July 2010, we published an article about the importance of what's on the layline of a hydraulic hose - and how to interpret it. Here it is again, this time with a video from Parker Hannifin:

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Tags: technical, safety

Parker Parflex 56 Series Fittings Replacing 55 and 58 Series Fittings

Posted on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 @ 07:13 AM

If you are using Parker 55 series, 58 series or 58H series fittings, read this!


Parker Parflex’s new 56 series fittings are replacing the Parflex 55 series and Parflex 58 series fittings. 56 series fittings are now available in all sizes except, sizes -10,-12 and -16 (5/8”, 3/4” and 1-0”) bent tube fittings. Parker is expected to release those between May 1 and July 1, 2014.

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Tags: product update, news

Hose & Fittings, Etc's San Leandro ParkerStore is Moving in May 2014

Posted on Thu, Apr 03, 2014 @ 02:27 PM

To all of our loyal customers who over the years have come to our store on Teagarden Street in San Leandro, a big THANK YOU! We have outgrown our current space and need more room to get you taken care of quickly.

We are MOVING Hose & Fittings, Etc. to a bigger space to better serve you!

That isn’t the only good news. The new location is on the corner of the building we currently reside in, which means there’s no need to learn new directions! Also, our remit-to address is NOT changing.

Advantages of the new San Leandro Hose & Fittings, Etc. location:
  • Expanded square footage means more efficiency – more room to grow and ability to add staff.
  • The larger space also allows us to add more inventory and expand our product lines.
  • An in-house custom tube bending service will be added for quicker tube assembly turnaround.
  • A larger and more spacious counter to greet our very important customers!
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Tags: news

Color-Coded Covers for Parker ServiceJunior Meters

Posted on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

In our earlier blog, Early Warnings of Hydraulic System Troubles, we introduced the Parker SensoControl family of diagnostic tools. SensoControl diagnostic tools are designed to help hydraulic system maintenance professionals identify sources of slow operation, increased noise, and elevated temperature. This January, Parker announced a new enhancement to their ServiceJunior product - the color-coded cover.

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Don't Kill Your Pneumatic System with Bad Air!

Posted on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 @ 02:05 PM

Dwelling in the compressed air, which runs your machines, are three ingredients that will guarantee the slow destruction of your machines:

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Tags: maintenance, product update

New! High Pressure Hose Assembly Blow Out Protection

Posted on Thu, Dec 12, 2013 @ 12:26 PM

Parker Partek Defense is a new hose sleeve which can help prevent injuries from a blown-out hose by containing, and then dissipating, the energy and media within the hose assembly.


There are many ways that people get hurt around hydraulic equipment as a result of a hose blow-out.

Injuries include hot oil burns, slipping on oil spills, bruises, cuts and broken bones from hoses that whip around wildly. The frequency of these types of injuries can be greatly reduced by sound safety and maintenance policies, and by being smart about high-pressure hose routing.

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Tags: product update, news, safety

Need to Route a Hose in a Tight Space? Take the E-Z Route!

Posted on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 @ 09:12 AM



To address the common challenges of choosing a replacement coolant or return line hose, ask these questions:
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Tags: maintenance, automotive

Three Early Warnings of Hydraulic System Troubles

Posted on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 @ 06:49 AM

Early Warnings of Hydraulic System Troubles:

  • Slow Operation
  • Increased Noise
  • Elevated Temperature

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Tags: maintenance, technical