Blog - Hose & Fittings, Etc.

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

Reduce Hydraulic Hose & Fittings Inventory 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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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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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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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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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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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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What Type of Pipe Should I Use for My Air Compressor?

Posted on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 @ 02:34 PM

A frequent question regarding air compressors is, “What type of pipe should I use for my air compressor?” Below are the most common options:
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Tags: maintenance, technical

Uptime is Everything | Track Your Hose Assemblies - Save Time

Posted on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 @ 11:25 AM

The Technology

The new Parker Tracking System (PTS) makes it fast and easy to replace hose assemblies previously purchased at any participating ParkerStore location.  The PTS is designed to help reduce downtime by increasing the speed, timing, and accuracy of replacing customers’ hose assemblies. This can provide critical machine uptime, and enable a more conveniently scheduled repair.
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Tags: maintenance, news

The Resilience of a Tube – The Flexibility of a Hose

Posted on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 @ 10:05 AM

Does this sound familiar?

  • Your hose is exposed to temperatures below -50°F or above +300°F. 
  • Your hose cover is cracking.
  • Your hose is exposed to harsh chemicals.
  • You keep replacing the same hose over and over.
  • You wish you could use a metal (rigid) tube, but you need the flexibility of a hose.
 
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FLEXIBLE METAL HOSES | Resilient & Flexible

Posted on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 @ 02:31 PM

Does this sound familiar?

  • Your hose is exposed to temperatures below -50°F or above +300°F.
  • Your hose’s cover is cracking.
  • Your hose is exposed to harsh chemicals.
  • You keep replacing the same hose over and over.
  • You wish you could use a metal (rigid) tube, but you need the flexibility of a hose.

If this is you, stop replacing the same hose over and over – go for a flexible metal hose!

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Tags: technical

Parker 5-Year Warranty

Posted on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 @ 11:20 AM

 

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Electrical Properties of Rubber Hose

Posted on Thu, Apr 04, 2013 @ 10:26 AM

What You Don't Know About Hoses Can Kill You...

Because electrical conductivity or non-conductivity is not a consideration for many applications, hose manufacturers do not commonly publicize hose electrical resistance ratings. That being the case, most people do not think about conductivity when selecting a hose; some just assume that all rubber hoses are electrically non-conductive. After all, rubber is non-conductive material, right? Wrong.


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Parker Transair Piping Systems – LEED Certified!

Posted on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 @ 03:00 PM

LEED Certified; Environmentally Friendly

The new Transair piping system is proudly available from Hose & Fittings, Etc. There are many advantages and benefits that are derived from this advanced product line.

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LEED Certification Benefits

Posted on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 @ 08:21 AM

Operate a Plant? You Can Benefit from LEED Certification

 

 

How You Benefit

Builders benefit from construction of LEED Certified buildings:

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What Is Causing Your Hydraulic System to Leak?

Posted on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 @ 11:23 AM

Did you know that over 100 million gallons of hydraulic fluid are lost each year due to preventable leaks?

Hydraulic leaks cost many companies a lot of money in man-hours to find and fix the repairs, replacement hydraulic oil, and machine down-time. Hydraulic fluid leaks can also lead to possible EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) monetary fines or, worse yet, plant closures. Most hydraulic leaks occur at threaded connections. The following are causes of, and tips to prevent, leaks:

The first step in preventing a hydraulic fluid leak is in design:

  • Design a system with as few joint or thread connections as possible.
  • Properly support the tubes, pipes and hoses conveying the hydraulic fluid. Vibration could result in joint or connection failure.

Poor repair and maintenance practices can also contribute to leaks in the system:

O-ring failure could be the cause of leakage.

  • Make sure the O-ring material is compatible with the media being conveyed
  • Make sure the O-ring material is rated for the expected temperature range
  • Make sure the O-ring did not get pinched during installation

Improper connection assembly is another common source of hydraulic leaks:

  • Over-tightening a JIC connection
  • Using a 45° flare tube nut instead of a 37° flare in JIC tube end connections
  • Missing sleeve on JIC or SAE flare tube connections
  • Missing, or incorrectly applied, thread sealant on pipe threads
  • Bite not preset correctly in a bite-type connection

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Parker PrestoWeld Fittings Replaced by Prestolok PLM Fittings

Posted on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 @ 02:06 PM

Parker Fluid Systems Connector Division announced yesterday (February 19, 2013) that it will be replacing its line of PrestoWeld fittings (PW) with their recently released Prestolok All Metal (PLM) push-to-connect fittings by May 31, 2013.

Parker Prestolok PLM line is a high-temperature, silicone-free, all metal, push-to-connect fitting series. Parker Prestolok PLM offers more configurations than PrestoWeld, and performs well in welding applications. A complete Prestolok PLM metric range is available, which is commonly seen on robotic welding equipment.

 

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Tags: maintenance, product update

Disorganized Shops Cost Thousands | Organize & Save

Posted on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 @ 12:54 PM

  • Studies show Americans lose an average of 1-2 hours per day searching for missing items in messy files, closets and disorganized stacks.
  • Americans waste 9 million hours per day searching for lost or misplaced items. 
  • Buying duplicate or last minute supplies because of disorganization can cost a business up to 20% of it's annual budget.
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Tags: maintenance, savings

Parker Pneumatic Product Changes | January 2013

Posted on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 @ 05:26 PM

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P1Q Compact Air Cylinder Extrusion Change

Posted on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 @ 01:46 PM

Effective immediately, the P1Q compact air cylinder series will be produced using a new extrusion design.
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Tags: product update