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Use Parker Tracking System Tags to Help Your Social Distancing

Posted by Marek Bobik on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 @ 12:02 PM

We wrote about the advantages of the Parker Tracking System (PTS) back in August of 2013. One of the great benefits we talk about is the ability to order a replacement hose assembly without the need to leave your shop. Today, with mandates for social distancing, the ability to order parts without physical interaction with other people is critical.

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Our Bay Area, California Stores are Operated by Skeleton Crews Through April 7th

Posted by Marek Bobik on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 @ 11:26 AM

Our Bay Area, California stores (in San Leandro and Fremont) are open but only staffed with skeleton crew to comply with the shelter in place order at least through April 7, 2020. 

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Top 8 Reasons BVA Hydraulics are Awesome

Posted by Marek Bobik on Wed, Dec 04, 2019 @ 10:47 AM
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Quicker, Cleaner, Safer Oil Change for Heavy Equipment, Truck & Bus Fleets

Posted by Marek Bobik on Mon, Oct 14, 2019 @ 11:30 AM
Parker’s QuickFitTM System facilitates a quicker, cleaner and safer oil change process for truck, bus, construction equipment, logging equipment and other heavy equipment engines.

Watch a 2-minute QuickFitTM video to see it work.

Do you wonder what parts you need to install QuickFitTM on your equipment?

Request Bill of Materials

 

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

Posted by Marek Bobik on Wed, Aug 14, 2019 @ 03:09 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 by Marek Bobik on Sun, Jun 30, 2019 @ 11:37 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 by Marek Bobik on Wed, Feb 27, 2019 @ 08:52 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 by Vince Lockwood on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 @ 02:08 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 by Marek Bobik on Thu, Dec 13, 2018 @ 03:20 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 by Marek Bobik on Tue, Nov 27, 2018 @ 12:01 PM

 

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 by Marek Bobik on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 @ 12:10 PM

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 by Alicia Brimhall on Tue, Aug 21, 2018 @ 12:24 PM

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 simplifies the steps and prevents spills and injuries.

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Hose Product Simplification - GlobalCore Replaces Legacy Hydraulic Hose Series

Posted by Alicia Brimhall on Tue, Jun 26, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

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 by Alicia Brimhall on Fri, Apr 27, 2018 @ 02:03 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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Finally - An Industrial Hand Cleaner That Won't Destroy Your Hands

Posted by Alicia Brimhall on Mon, Apr 02, 2018 @ 04:56 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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Avoid Safety Violations | Comply with OSHA's New Rule for Silica Exposure

Posted by Alicia Brimhall on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 @ 12:10 PM

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

Posted by Alicia Brimhall on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 @ 11:52 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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New: Parker's EO-3® Flareless Fitting Visually Confirms Completed Tube Assembly

Posted by Elizabeth Burns on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 12:33 PM

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 by Elizabeth Burns on Mon, Aug 28, 2017 @ 04:58 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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Parker P1D Cylinders Improve Pneumatic System Safety [During Power Outage]

Posted by Marek Bobik on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

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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Parker 301LT & 772LT Hoses Discontinued [Use 472LT & 772LT Instead]

Posted by Marek Bobik on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 @ 03:05 PM

The Parker Hose Products Division announced yesterday that it will discontinue production of its 301LT and 772LT low temperature hoses.

DISCONTINUED

301LT Low Temperature Hose

DISCONTINUED

722LT Low Temperature Hose

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Parker is Upgrading Seven Hoses to Meet MSHA IC-40/41

Posted by Marek Bobik on Thu, May 18, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Parker Fluid Connector Group has announced a running change to the rubber cover compound of the following Parker hoses:

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NEW: Seals for High Temperature Applications

Posted by Alicia Brimhall on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 @ 11:56 AM

If your hydraulic equipment is exposed to spikes of high temperatures, industry standard thermoplastic polyurethanes, or TPUs, may fail you.

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Parker 77 Series Crimp Fittings Now Available in Stainless Steel & Dimensional Change in Elbow Configurations

Posted by Alicia Brimhall on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 @ 01:35 PM

In a previous blog, we wrote about the GlobalCore series of hose from Parker, which can streamline your hose and fittings inventory and provides a high-quality, robust standard for hydraulic hose in the most common pressure ranges. GlobalCore series hoses use the 77 series fittings from sizes -8 through -32, which are available in a wide variety of styles and configurations, but had previously only been manufactured in carbon steel. Parker is excited to announce the introduction of stainless steel 77 series fittings, the ideal choice for highly caustic or corrosive applications and environments.

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

Posted by Marek Bobik on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 @ 11:50 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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