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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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Tags: technical, maintenance, product update

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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Tags: safety, maintenance

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: automotive, technical, product update, maintenance

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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Tags: product update, news

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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Tags: maintenance, product update

Finally - An Industrial Hand Cleaner That Won't Destroy Your Hands

Posted on Mon, Apr 02, 2018 @ 03:56 PM


When it comes to cleaning up after working with paint, oil, grease, tar and other types of tough grime encountered in industrial settings, your hand wash needs to be equally tough. Regular soap isn’t designed to handle oily substances and doesn’t always penetrate the grime left in hands’ creases and crevices. Washing too often, too vigorously, or with cleaners that contain harsh chemicals can dry out and damage skin. Mechanics often develop chronically dry, cracked skin on their hands due to the substances they work with and the amount of washing it takes to remove it. So how do you clean your hands at work but also keep skin healthy and moisturized?

 

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Tags: maintenance, product update, safety

Avoid Safety Violations | Comply with OSHA's New Rule for Silica Exposure

Posted on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 @ 11:10 AM

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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Tags: safety

Which is the Best Way to Protect Hydraulic Hoses Against Abrasion?

Posted on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 @ 10:52 AM

According to Fluid Power Journal article, "Industry and user experience agree 70% of [hydraulic hose] failures are a direct result of abrasion or external damage—yet many could be prevented."

Hose assemblies that are exposed to regular cycles of heavy friction must be closely monitored for abrasion damage to prevent equipment failure and protect the safety of your workers. Many over-the-sheave applications, such as forklifts, cranes and scissor lifts, need specialized hose shields and covers to protect the hose from abrasion damage. A variety of abrasion resistance solutions are available through Parker to suit specific needs based on the application and work environment. These solutions include abrasion sleeves, protection shields, spiral hose guards and the built-in abrasion resistant hose covers in Parker’s ToughCover, SuperTough and ToughJacket series.

Abrasion Sleeves

Abrasion sleeves include products such as Parker’s Partek, a lightweight urethane-coated nylon sleeve designed for abrasion resistance and for bundling hose assemblies together. Partek’s unique tubular weave construction allows for the hose to move freely within the sleeve’s exceptionally smooth walls, preventing internal abrasion issues. Partek is available in two versions - Partek “AS”, which is strong enough to withstand over 200,000 abrasion cycles without damage or failure, and Partek “PS”, which can withstand more than 50,000 abrasion cycles. Partek has the advantage of being able to be installed post-assembly, meaning that you can add this product after determining the level of abrasion resistance that your existing hose assembly will need.

Hose Shields

For more pinpointed abrasion protection, hose shields provide a low-cost solution for small sections of hose that come into contact with abrasive conditions. The plastic shields are connected with cable ties for easy assembly that does not require disconnecting or removing the hose prior to installation. Hose shields are available in 4, 6 and 8 inch lengths for hose I.D.s of ¼ to 2 inches. Hose shields are not recommended for applications that experience heavy abrasion, particularly if more than just a small segment of the hose assembly is exposed to frequent friction.

Spring Guards & Armor Guards

Parker Spring and Armor Guards can prolong the life of hose assemblies that are exposed to rugged, abrasive conditions. These protective spiral guards are available in a variety of materials and configurations, including clear vinyl, black vinyl, and flat steel. In addition to their abrasion resistant properties, Spring and Armor Guards also prevent hose kinking and provide anti-crush protection.

Parker also offers several polymer spiral wraps that can be added to an existing hose assembly, including the NEXWRAP chafe guard, ParKoil spiral wrap and the PolyGuard heavy-duty hose protector. NEXWRAP can be used to bundle hose, tubing, cables and wiring, protecting the lines from exposure to abrasion. The open spiral design allows for parts of the bundle to be removed without the need to shut down equipment first, preventing downtime. Similarly, the ParKoil polymer spiral wrap can be used to bundle equipment and provides a low-cost solution for abrasion resistance in less-demanding applications. Finally, PolyGuard’s rugged polyethylene cover provides superior abrasion protection and is ideal for bundling high-pressure hose lines.

Abrasion Resistant Hose Covers

For the most demanding applications, built-in abrasion resistant hose covers provide the highest levels of protection. Parker offers multiple hoses in their ToughCover, SuperTough and ToughJacket series – you can find more information on each of these hoses on our new Abrasion Resistant Hose selection page. ToughCover is constructed from synthetic rubber and is 80 times more abrasion resistant when compared to Parker’s Standard rubber cover, SuperTough provides 450 times more resistance, and the ToughJacket series is 650 times more durable and abrasion resistant when compared to standard rubber hose cover.

Which abrasion-resistant hose protection should you choose? The answer depends greatly on your equipment’s specific needs and how much friction the hose assemblies will encounter. For example, in boom and cable track applications, the 563TJ hose is ideal due to its low length change characteristics. The majority of hoses shrink at least 2% in a constricted environment, which can be disastrous in booms and cable tracks as this shrinkage must be prepared for to prevent hoses from pulling out of fittings.

Equipment with over-the-sheave hose assemblies can benefit greatly by selecting a tough cover hose. Forklifts, scissor lifts, bucket lift trucks and reach stackers are just a few industrial applications where hose assemblies encounter numerous cycles of abrasive friction.

Available space can also be a major factor to consider when selecting abrasion protection for your equipment. In tight, constricted spaces or in applications where adding extra weight is a concern, using a hose sleeve or guard may not be practical. Abrasion resistant tough covers can reduce the overall assembly weight and their flexibility allows routing through tight spaces. Alternately, hose guards and wraps may be used if the friction encountered is relatively minor and protection needs to be added to an existing assembly.

The Verdict

Built-In Abrasion Resistance Is Best For:

  • Tight spaces where there is not much room for a hose sleeve or guard
  • Hose assemblies that need to be as lightweight and compact as possible
  • Environments and applications that need the most rugged abrasion protection available

Hose Sleeves/Hose Guards Are Best For:

  • Less extreme abrasion where you can save money by using a hose sleeve/guard
  • Applications where there are only one or a few points of heavy abrasion that need to be protected
  • Hose assemblies where you may need to remove the abrasion resistant hose guard/sleeve, or want to add it to an existing assembly
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Tags: maintenance, safety

New: Parker's EO-3® Flareless Fitting Visually Confirms Completed Tube Assembly

Posted on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 11:33 AM

Factors like fluctuating or inexperienced personnel, shortage of skilled workers and increasingly difficult installation conditions can lead to tube assemblies being incorrectly installed. The results are leaks, costly downtime and inefficiency, as well as increased safety risks. Driven by the customer desire for simplified fitting technology, Parker developed the innovativeEO-3® flareless fitting system. Utilizing a special tapered thread and visual status recognition, it speeds tube assembly and improves assembly accuracy.

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New OSHA Regulations Regarding Occupational Exposure to RCS

Posted on Mon, Aug 28, 2017 @ 03:58 PM

The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has created a new standard to address the problem of crystalline silica dust control associated with pneumatic jackhammer and breaker operation in the construction industry. The mandated compliance date of the new silica rule has been postponed to September 23, 2017.

In reaction to this new rule, Parker has developed the 7084 Series Twinhammer™, an air-water jackhammer hose which helps companies comply with OSHA's crystalline silica dust control guidelines. Unlike other silica dust suppression systems, Twinhammer™ assemblies are constructed as a unitized, low-maintenance solution that can be easily integrated into construction applications affected by this rule.

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