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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

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

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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Tags: product update, technical, news

Parker P1D Cylinders Improve Pneumatic System Safety [During Power Outage]

Posted on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

In many automated manufacturing applications, assessing potential safety risks posed by unexpected power failure is an essential part of overall system design. You need to take appropriate measures in order to reduce the risk of injury to machinery operators and other personnel, and prevent damage to the products being assembled. In the case of any kind of unexpected interruption in operation, the equipment must meet safety standards that prevent unsafe situations from occurring.

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Tags: technical, safety

Converting Parker Legacy 2H/3H Hydraulic Cylinders to Gen II Cylinders

Posted on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 @ 10:50 PM

Last year, Parker introduced the Gen II style hydraulic cylinders, which replace the legacy 2H and 3H series. This change brought many improvements to the cylinders' delivery times and longevity. So how do you convert your old part numbers to the Gen II cylinder part numbers? The short answer is that Parker already did the work for you - for the most part.

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Tags: technical, product update

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

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

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

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