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OSHA Is Considering Changes to their Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard, Seeks Input

Posted on Wed, Aug 14, 2019 @ 02:09 PM

OSHA Requests Input on Proposed Changes to the Silica Standard

OSHA sent a Trade Release out on August 14, 2019, announcing that they are seeking input from industries affected by their Crystalline Silica regulations. Construction companies, rock cories and any other businesses engaged in jackhammering, cutting or braking rock, concrete, masonry and other materials containing crystalline silica are obligated to employ measures to prevent their workers from inhaling the crystalline silica dust. If you are affected by the regulation, this is your chance to have input.

Comments must be submitted by October 14, 2019. Comments and materials may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, or by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for submission details.

You may also like to read our earlier blog about OSHA regulation, enforcement and penalties, Save Your Workers' Lungs & OSHA's Staggering Penalties for Violations of Crystalline Silica Rules.

The (corrected) OSHA trade release is provided below:

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Comparison of Alternative Actuating Systems: Electromechanical vs. Hydraulic vs. Hybrid

Posted on Sun, Jun 30, 2019 @ 10:37 PM

Electromechanical (EM) actuating systems have been increasing in popularity for some time. They have replaced pneumatic and hydraulic systems in many light-duty applications. Today,another option (such as the Parker HAS 500) is available: a hybrid of EM and hydraulic actuation systems, which combines the best of both worlds.

Below we will compare EM and hydraulic systems and take a quick look at the new hybrid system.

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Save Your Workers' Lungs & OSHA's Staggering Penalties for Violations of Crystalline Silica Rules

Posted on Wed, Feb 27, 2019 @ 07:52 PM

Last year, we wrote about OSHA's new enforcement focus on violations of crystalline silica rule, which became more stringent in 2017. Since the enforcement is ramping up, and fees associated with non-compliance automatically go up each year, we thought a re-post of our last year's blog about using the wet method suppression is relevant. Check out the video added at the end of the blog.

Parker 7084 Series Twinhammer hose conveys both air to power the jackhammer and water to spray down the work area to supress RCS. Use for compliance wtih OSHA RCS laws.

Use Conversion Kit to upgrade virtually any jackhammer to OSHA compliant tool.

Since September 2017, OSHA has required the construction industry to comply with new regulations for respirable crystalline silica (RCS) exposure in the workplace. This new standard was enacted to protect workers from airborne silica particles that are generated by grinding, cutting, drilling, sawing and crushing materials such as stone, rock, concrete, brick and mortar. Inhalation of these particles can cause severe health issues including silicosis, lung cancer, COPD and kidney disease. In response, Parker developed the 7084 Series Twinhammer hose and a conversion kit to convert virtually any jackhammer to a tool compliant with OSHA RCS rules.

 

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High Pressure Stainless Steel Fittings for Extreme Temperatures

Posted on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 @ 01:08 PM

Posted by Vincent Lockwood 

Corrosive environments and extreme temperatures, high or low, present challenges for everyday fittings, especially in high-pressure applications. JIC fittings in larger sizes do not provide an adequate pressure rating, and O-rings in ORFS connections are susceptible to erosion. Extreme environments require extreme solutions.  

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If you Use Parker Hydraulic Hoses, Read This

Posted on Thu, Dec 13, 2018 @ 02:20 PM

Parker will discontinue 30 of its legacy hoses by next June. Of those 30 hoses 22 will become obsolete at the end of 2018, and the remaining eight will go out of production June 28, 2019. Look for the list of obsoleted hose series and suggested replacements later in this article. The GlobalCore family of hoses, of which there are six, will replace the 30 outgoing hoses. Additionally, the six hoses in the GlobalCore series use only two series of fittings – 43 and 77.

The change was a long time coming, and changing to GlobalCore should be relatively painless for users in the short run. In the long run, it will be a blessing. Here is the scoop on why you should have switched to GlobalCore a long time ago:

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Making and re-making flange connections? Use FlangeLock™ to stop the oily mess

Posted on Tue, Nov 27, 2018 @ 11:01 AM

 

If you are repairing or maintaining hydraulic equipment, you make and re-make connections daily. You know to use plugs and caps to plug open ports and cap disconnected hoses, in order to keep the the dirt out and oil in. This method works for most connections, but when it comes to flanges most mechanics' oil containment method is to shove a rag into the open port, and another in the end of the disconnected hose (or tube assembly).

Now, there's another option – using FlangeLock™. The FlangeLock allows for quick, simple sealing of open SAE Code 61, Code 62 & CAT-style hydraulic flange connections without tools. It is the ultimate spill and contamination control during disconnecting and re-connecting flange fittings.

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Renters of Hydraulic Equipment May Be Exposed to Injuries from Worn-Out Hydraulic Hoses

Posted on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 @ 11:10 AM

We have written several blogs in the past about risks associated with using equipment with worn-out hydraulic hoses and how to spot the unsafe hoses before they fail. The intended audience of these blogs had been plant managers, equipment maintenance managers, and equipment mechanics, but a recent experience with a rented trencher made me re-evaluate who else should be learning about how to spot an unsafe hydraulic hose.

What if you just rent hydraulic equipment from your local rental yard? Just because you are not in charge of its maintenance and safety does not mean that you cannot be affected by a rental company's lackadaisical approach to equipment maintenance.

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Oil Change In Under 30 Minutes with the Parker QuickFit System

Posted on Tue, Aug 21, 2018 @ 11:24 AM

Depending on your equipment, an oil change can be a complicated, potentially messy process. It is often necessary to remove pans full of oil that can spill onto the floor, slosh onto workers, or contaminate the environment. The steps for the process can also change from vehicle to vehicle, requiring special training and instructions for each one. For companies with a wide variety of equipment, this can be cost prohibitive and time consuming. A standardized process like Parker’s QuickFit System is needed to simplify the steps and prevent spills and injuries.

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Tags: maintenance, product update, technical, automotive

Hose Product Simplification - GlobalCore Replaces Legacy Hydraulic Hose Series

Posted on Tue, Jun 26, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Four years ago, Parker introduced the GlobalCore line of hose products – this globally available line has enabled large users of hydraulic hoses to greatly reduce their inventories and simplify product selection. GlobalCore family of hoses set a new industry benchmark for high performance hydraulic hoses suitable for most common hydraulic applications. GlobalCore consists of six series of hose that cover the most common working applications encountered in today's hydraulic systems:

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The Mechanic's Secret Weapon: Free-All Loosens Rusted Nuts & Bolts

Posted on Fri, Apr 27, 2018 @ 01:03 PM

Let’s face it – rust happens. Whether it’s equipment that has been exposed to the elements over time or a repair job that someone brings into your shop with frozen, corroded parts. Chains, gears, pipe thread connections, screws, nuts and bolts and all types of metal tools – any of these can build up rust and other deposits from age, misuse or neglect. You need to be able to remove stuck parts to complete a replacement or repair fast. But what is the best way to free rusty nuts and bolts efficiently?

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