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Replacement Options for Parker FC701 & FC702 Flow Controls

Parker FC701 Flow Control Obsolete

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

Parker Hose Layline

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

55 series versus 56 series fittings

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

Hose & Fittings, Etc. ParkerStore in San Leandro, CA is moving

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!

The street number of the San Leandro store will change to 3007 Teagarden Street (previously 3011 Teagarden) but the phone number and billing/remittance address will remain the same. Here is the complete new physical/shipping address of our San Leandro ParkerStore:

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Color-Coded Covers for Parker ServiceJunior Meters

SensoControl Color Covers

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!

Parker Modular Air Prep System

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

Partek Defense protective sleeve

New Protection from High Pressure Hose Assembly Blow Out

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.


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

Parker E-Z Hose


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Three Early Warnings of Hydraulic System Troubles

Parker SensoControl Diagnostic Meters

Early Warnings of Hydraulic System Troubles:

  • Slow Operation
  • Increased Noise
  • Elevated Temperature

Slow Operation

Longer cycle times are often the first indication that there is something wrong with a hydraulic system. Decreased speed of hydraulic actuators (such as cylinders) points to decreased flow through the system.

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What Type of Pipe Should I Use for My Air Compressor?

pvc-pipeA frequent question regarding air compressors is, “What type of pipe should I use for my air compressor?” Below are the most common options:

1. PVC Pipe

The use of PVC pipe is common but NOT RECOMMENDED for use with compressed air. It is often used because it is readily available, inexpensive, and easy to install. However, as with many plastics, PVC gets brittle over time and can crack, break, or even shatter. The presence of air compressor oils in the line and heat from the compressed air accelerates the degradation of PVC. These failures, combined with air under pressure, are potentially fatal due to the airborne, razor-sharp shrapnel. It is also an OSHA violation to use PVC for compressed air distribution, which means you could incur a hefty fine.

2. Galvanized Pipe

Galvanized piping is commonly used for water distribution and for general plumbing. Galvanized coating resists moisture in compressed air but pieces of the coating will flake off and end up in your tools. The debris will cause severe damage to cylinders, pneumatic tools, and other components. Even more importantly, when exiting a blow gun, little flakes can cause serious bodily harm. Galvanized piping is NOT RECOMMENDED for compressed air systems.

3. Black Pipe

Black pipe is the most commonly used pipe RECOMMENDED for compressed air systems. It is readily available, it is strong and durable and most people are familiar with how to install it. With all of the advantages black pipe provides, however, it will produce rust contamination that damages pneumatic tooling. The pipe is uncoated, and the presence of moisture will initiate rusting which will increase over time. The presence of moisture can be controlled with an after cooler and/or dryer, but it can never be completely eliminated. Furthermore, the installation of black pipe systems requires significant amount of time. Plan carefully, changes to the system will require de-pressurizing the system while new drops or additional loops are added.

4. Copper Pipe

Copper pipe is commonly RECOMMENDED for clean air, it works very well, and it is expensive. Copper pipe makes for an aesthetically pleasing installation, but the soldering of joints is time consuming and requires skill. Since the combination of copper and water does not create any corrosion or rusting, the air delivered to the pneumatic tools is clean and free of particulates.

5. Stainless Steel

The RECOMMENDED use of stainless steel to minimize corrosion has a long and successful history. It combines all of the strength and durability benefits of black pipe, but without the problem of rusting. As with black pipe, most people are familiar with how to install the fittings and pipe, but the installation is a lengthy process. Stainless Steel pipe threads also have a tendency to gall and freeze up which can cause great difficulty during disassembly, and for general maintenance. For this reason, Victaulic fittings have successfully been used. Victaulic fittings are installed with a rubber seal and bolted clamp. Victaulic fittings are the preferred fittings for larger pipes, whether black or stainless steel, due to their lighter weight.

6. Aluminum Pipe

The latest technology are push-to-connect aluminum piping systems for compressed air lines (such as Parker Transair). Aluminum is light-weight, making it easy to handle compared to schedule 40 or 80 pipe, and is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for clean air applications. It is non-corrosive, as is the copper pipe, and will deliver clean air to the pneumatic tooling. The Parker Transair brand of aluminum piping uses push-to-connect fittings, which make installation fast and easy. Skilled labor is not required to install TransAir.


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