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Remote Condition Monitoring

Understanding Parker SensoNODE Gold Wireless Sensors & Voice of the Machine Software

Tue, Aug 31, 2021 @ 10:30 AM / by Nick Kennelly posted in maintenance, IoT

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Keeping your machinery downtime to a minimum is something we strive for with all our customers. Remote condition monitoring is great for implementing predictive maintenance. A fleet of sensors measures and records crucial data immediately so you can find issues well before they become more harmful, and the Voice of the Machine software provides intuitive analytics of your whole system. Together, the sensors and the software give plant and equipment maintenance managers a clear view of the system performance and alert them to components needing attention.

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More Parker 43-Series Crimp Fittings Converting from Braze to Monoblok™

Fri, Aug 13, 2021 @ 07:41 AM / by Marek Bobik

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SOURCE: Parker Hose Division, August 11, 2021

Parker Hose Division announced that another batch of the 43-series 90˚ elbow fittings is joining a growing list of their Monoblok™ parts. Monoblok parts are machined from a single piece of metal instead of brazing parts together.
Machining fittings as a complete part eliminates the potential for leak paths and decreases the overall dimension, making hose assemblies a little easier to route through tight spots.

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Lesser-Known Facts About Parker Gold Cup Heavy-Duty Hydrostatic Piston Pumps and Motors

Tue, Aug 10, 2021 @ 02:27 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, product update

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Source: Parker Hannifin Hydraulics Team

You know Gold Cup Heavy-Duty Pumps and Motors as a gold standard in the industry for technical excellence in hydrostatic transmission applications in marine, drilling, and shredding applications, among others.

You probably also know that the tried-and-true design incorporates features such as, integral servo and replenishing pump, a hot oil shuttle, and a unique servo control system; all of which combine to provide a rugged self-contained package that can withstand the harshest of conditions and continue to perform with trouble-free long life.

But here are six lesser-known features and benefits of Gold Cup's, heavy-duty hydrostatic piston pumps and motors:

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Parker Transair Wall Brackets - Coating Change

Thu, Aug 05, 2021 @ 06:45 AM / by Marek Bobik

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Parker announced this week to their distributor network, that it will be updating the coating of Transair wall brackets, wall brackets with ball valves, and valves. The coating will change to cataphoresis coating instead of the black zinc used on the current parts. The cataphoresis coating will improve corrosion resistance.

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The Differences Between AN and JIC 37° Flare Fittings

Tue, Aug 03, 2021 @ 11:27 AM / by Marek Bobik posted in technical

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Author: Burleigh Bailey, senior project engineer, Parker Tube Fittings Division

Over the years, we have received quite a few inquiries regarding "AN" fittings. AN (Air Force - Navy Aeronautical Standard) and AND (Air Force - Navy Aeronautical Design Standard) are standards used by the U.S. Military in aviation applications. AN fittings are manufactured to meet the above standards. These fittings include the 37° flare, flareless, hose connections, "banjo" type fittings, specialized flange fittings, pipe fittings, and other types of connections. There are many frequently asked questions about AN 37° flare fittings and how they relate to their industrial 37° flare counterpart, the SAE/ISO 37° flare fittings, so I thought I would share the background and differences between these fittings.
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Parker Temporarily Changes GlobalCore Hose Layline

Tue, Jul 27, 2021 @ 07:21 AM / by Marek Bobik posted in product update

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Parker's Hose Products Division announced the use of an alternate layline. The supply chain challenges have forced the change, so it is temporary, but Parker warns that it could remain intermittent as supply chain challenges persist with their original branding material.

The alternate branding is an inkjet label, identical to the current branding method for the Push-Lok 801 hose. The temporary layline lacks the color branding, but it contains all the same information as the original design.

The change will impact the 302, 387, 387TC, and 487 series hoses.

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MFCP Acquires Controlled Motion Solutions, Inc. (COMOSO)

Mon, Dec 07, 2020 @ 05:29 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in news

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Press Release
For Immediate Release
December 7, 2020

MFCP - Motion & Flow Control Products, Inc., a leading Parker Hannifin distributor of fluid connectors, fluid power equipment, instrumentation products, and seals, expanded its geographic reach and capabilities in the Southwestern U.S. by acquiring Controlled Motion Solutions, Inc. (COMOSO).

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Use Parker Tracking System Tags to Help Your Social Distancing

Tue, Mar 17, 2020 @ 12:02 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in news, safety

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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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Quicker, Cleaner, Safer Oil Change for Heavy Equipment, Truck & Bus Fleets

Mon, Oct 14, 2019 @ 11:30 AM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, technical, safety

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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

Wed, Aug 14, 2019 @ 03:09 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in news, safety

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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

Sun, Jun 30, 2019 @ 11:37 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, product update, news

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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

Wed, Feb 27, 2019 @ 08:52 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in safety, savings

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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

Thu, Jan 31, 2019 @ 02:08 PM / by Vince Lockwood posted in technical

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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

Thu, Dec 13, 2018 @ 03:20 PM / by Marek Bobik

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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

Tue, Nov 27, 2018 @ 12:01 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, product update, technical

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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

Tue, Sep 25, 2018 @ 12:10 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, safety

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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

Tue, Aug 21, 2018 @ 12:24 PM / by Alicia Brimhall posted in maintenance, product update, technical

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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

Tue, Jun 26, 2018 @ 12:00 PM / by Alicia Brimhall posted in product update, news

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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

Fri, Apr 27, 2018 @ 02:03 PM / by Alicia Brimhall posted in maintenance, product update

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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

Mon, Apr 02, 2018 @ 04:56 PM / by Alicia Brimhall posted in maintenance, product update, safety

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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

Tue, Feb 27, 2018 @ 12:10 PM / by Alicia Brimhall posted in safety

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

Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 12:33 PM / by Elizabeth Burns posted in product update, news, technical

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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

Mon, Aug 28, 2017 @ 04:58 PM / by Elizabeth Burns posted in product update, news, safety

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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]

Tue, Jul 11, 2017 @ 12:00 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in technical, safety

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

Tue, Mar 21, 2017 @ 01:35 PM / by Alicia Brimhall posted in product update, news

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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

Tue, Feb 21, 2017 @ 11:50 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in product update, technical

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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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Reducing Compressed Air Consumption in Blow Applications

Tue, Jan 24, 2017 @ 12:28 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in product update

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Anyone running a pneumatic system knows that producing compressed air requires a lot of energy. In a typical pneumatic plant, 20 percent or more of the plant’s energy is consumed by an air compressor. As quoted in this MRO article, “Based on energy audits conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy, more than 95 percent of compressed air systems present opportunities for saving energy."

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Cylinder Identification | Hydraulic and Pneumatic Cylinders

Tue, Oct 04, 2016 @ 12:03 PM / by Vince Lockwood posted in technical

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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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Parker's Parflex Division is Consolidating Fittings

Thu, Sep 29, 2016 @ 12:15 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in product update

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Using Parker Parflex hoses? Read this!

Changes are scheduled for January 2017.

In March 2014, Parflex launched their global 56 series (read our earlier blog on that) which became the preferred fitting used on the majority of Parker Parflex hoses. Parflex still offers fitting series 55, 58, 58H and 57 series, but that is about to change, along with hose consolidation affecting about a dozen Parflex hose series.

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Sanitized Treatment Helping Control Microbial Growth in Food & Beverage Applications

Thu, Aug 04, 2016 @ 01:13 PM / by Alicia Brimhall posted in maintenance, product update

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This tubing is specially formulated with Sanitized® to resist degradation from mildew, algae, fungi and biofilm that can accumulate on the inside or outside of tubing in filling and processing applications.
For use in water systems and food, beverage & other applications where microbial growth can cause problems.
Use with Parker antimicrobial filters to create a complete system.

In water systems, food and beverage, and other applications for transporting media that must remain potable or food-safe, microbes are a constant concern. Algae, mildew and fungi can accumulate inside or outside of tubing due to moisture while they are in use. This accumulation can not only create impurities in the transported substances, but it also leads to premature equipment degradation, which can raise maintenance costs and cause costly break-downs in the production line. Parker has a solution to both problems with their EA Series of tubing.

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Protection from High Pressure Hose Assembly Failure

Tue, Jun 14, 2016 @ 12:00 PM / by Alicia Brimhall posted in safety

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While hose failure occurrences can be minimized with the best practice of regular maintenance, including checking hydraulic hose assemblies for wear and damage, there is no guarantee that they will never happen. Total failure of hose assemblies are relatively infrequent, but when they do happen, they can cause serious damage to equipment, and injure or even kill nearby personnel.

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Choosing Between Hose and Tube Assembly for Hydraulic Systems

Tue, May 24, 2016 @ 12:00 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in technical

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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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Hammer Union Hose Connections for the Oil, Gas and Cement Industry

Thu, Apr 21, 2016 @ 12:07 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in news

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Hammer Union Connections

  • Ideal for the oil and gas industry
  • One piece, segmented design
  • Strong industrial grade steel
  • Durable and resistant to hammer connection
  • 90° hammer union connection “HB”
  • 45° fatigue resistant hammer union connection “HE”
  • Wingnut is not captive on hose assembly
  • Easy removal of wingnut for replacement or rework

Hammer union connections require strong components to withstand the pounding required to make the connection. Parker uses 4340 industrial grade steel to give the fitting extra strength. This material has been field tested and specified by the leaders in the Cementing sector.

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Fabricating Electrically Conductive Industrial Hose Assemblies

Thu, Feb 18, 2016 @ 11:30 AM / by Marek Bobik posted in technical, safety

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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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Inventory Reduction of Bulk Hydraulic Hose with Parker GlobalCore

Tue, Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:00 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in savings

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Most maintenance managers and other professionals responsible for keeping machinery running are not likely to agree with accountants on the quantity of spare parts needed in stock. Accountants try to limit inventory of parts on hand, which in some cases sit around for months before being used. The accountants recognize that stocking large quantities of spare parts ties up company’s money in inventory and decreases the company’s profitability.

On the other hand, maintenance professionals often need to have a large quantity of parts on hand in order to keep the machinery running and down-time to a minimum. Since they have no way of knowing which machine will break down next, and which parts will be needed to fix it, inventory reduction is not high on their list of improvements. Machinery sitting idle while waiting for a replacement part can also kill profits in a hurry.

Both the accountants and the maintenance staff have a point. The challenge for MRO organizations is finding the right balance of stocking enough parts to not run out without tying up too much cash in the inventory.

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Remote System Monitoring | Parker SensoNODE

Mon, Nov 23, 2015 @ 04:32 PM / by Alicia Brimhall posted in maintenance, technical

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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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Choosing the Right Filters for Your Compressed Air System

Wed, Aug 26, 2015 @ 01:43 PM / by Alicia Brimhall posted in maintenance, technical

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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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Small Oil Spill Can Cost More than You Think | Oil Spill Supplies

Tue, Jun 02, 2015 @ 11:00 AM / by Alicia Brimhall posted in maintenance, safety

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When people talk about oil spills, the first image to come to mind is often the large-scale disasters involving oil rigs, oil pipelines or derailed trains. Barrels of oil saturating the soil or dumped into a body of water, with devastating effects on the environment– this is a worst-case scenario come to life. The cost of a major spill, in dollars, man hours and damage to a company’s reputation, can be enormous. What you may not realize, however, is that spill containment on a smaller scale can be very costly as well.

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Prevent Equipment Failures with Parker SensoNODE™ Wireless Sensors

Wed, May 06, 2015 @ 06:00 AM / by Alicia Brimhall posted in maintenance, product update

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It’s one of any company’s worst nightmares. A key component of your equipment has failed and production has halted. You determine that the part failed due to overheating or an unforeseen spike in pressure. Whatever the reason, your company loses revenue for as long as the downtime continues – not to mention the inevitable cost of repairs.

Many scenarios like this one can be prevented with the right monitoring equipment. The ability to take frequent readings of pressure, temperature and humidity can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your equipment running at top performance. Parker’s SensoNODE advanced monitoring system provides immediate access to accurate readings of your most vital equipment’s condition, allowing you to identify any potentially damaging changes before a failure occurs.
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Parker Parflex 56 Series Fittings Replacing 55 and 58 Series Fittings

Mon, Apr 28, 2014 @ 08:13 AM / by Marek Bobik posted in product update, news

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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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Motion & Flow Control Products, Inc. San Leandro ParkerStore is Moving in May 2014

Thu, Apr 03, 2014 @ 03:27 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in news

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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 Motion & Flow Control Products, Inc. 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 Motion & Flow Control Products, Inc. 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!
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Color-Coded Covers for Parker ServiceJunior Meters

Fri, Feb 14, 2014 @ 08:00 AM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, product update

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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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New! High Pressure Hose Assembly Blow Out Protection

Thu, Dec 12, 2013 @ 01:26 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in product update, news, safety

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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.

 There are many ways that people get hurt around hydraulic equipment as a result of a hose blow-out.

Injuries include hot oil burns, slipping on oil spills, bruises, cuts and broken bones from hoses that whip around wildly. The frequency of these types of injuries can be greatly reduced by sound safety and maintenance policies, and by being smart about high-pressure hose routing.

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Uptime is Everything | Track Your Hose Assemblies - Save Time

Wed, Aug 14, 2013 @ 12:25 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, news

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The Technology

The new Parker Tracking System (PTS) makes it fast and easy to replace hose assemblies previously purchased at any participating ParkerStore location.  The PTS is designed to help reduce downtime by increasing the speed, timing, and accuracy of replacing customers’ hose assemblies. This can provide critical machine uptime, and enable a more conveniently scheduled repair.
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FLEXIBLE METAL HOSES | Resilient & Flexible

Fri, Jun 28, 2013 @ 03:31 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in technical

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Does this sound familiar?

  • Your hose is exposed to temperatures below -50°F or above +300°F.
  • Your hose’s cover is cracking.
  • Your hose is exposed to harsh chemicals.
  • You keep replacing the same hose over and over.
  • You wish you could use a metal (rigid) tube, but you need the flexibility of a hose.

If this is you, stop replacing the same hose over and over – go for a flexible metal hose!

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Electrical Properties of Rubber Hose

Thu, Apr 04, 2013 @ 11:26 AM / by Marek Bobik posted in technical, safety

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What You Don't Know About Hoses Can Kill You...

Because electrical conductivity or non-conductivity is not a consideration for many applications, hose manufacturers do not commonly publicize hose electrical resistance ratings. That being the case, most people do not think about conductivity when selecting a hose; some just assume that all rubber hoses are electrically non-conductive. After all, rubber is non-conductive material, right? Wrong.


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What Is Causing Your Hydraulic System to Leak?

Tue, Mar 26, 2013 @ 12:23 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, savings

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Did you know that over 100 million gallons of hydraulic fluid are lost each year due to preventable leaks?

Hydraulic leaks cost many companies a lot of money in man-hours to find and fix the repairs, replacement hydraulic oil, and machine down-time. Hydraulic fluid leaks can also lead to possible EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) monetary fines or, worse yet, plant closures. Most hydraulic leaks occur at threaded connections. The following are causes of, and tips to prevent, leaks:

The first step in preventing a hydraulic fluid leak is in design:

  • Design a system with as few joint or thread connections as possible.
  • Properly support the tubes, pipes and hoses conveying the hydraulic fluid. Vibration could result in joint or connection failure.

Poor repair and maintenance practices can also contribute to leaks in the system:

O-ring failure could be the cause of leakage.

  • Make sure the O-ring material is compatible with the media being conveyed
  • Make sure the O-ring material is rated for the expected temperature range
  • Make sure the O-ring did not get pinched during installation

Improper connection assembly is another common source of hydraulic leaks:

  • Over-tightening a JIC connection
  • Using a 45° flare tube nut instead of a 37° flare in JIC tube end connections
  • Missing sleeve on JIC or SAE flare tube connections
  • Missing, or incorrectly applied, thread sealant on pipe threads
  • Bite not preset correctly in a bite-type connection

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Parker PrestoWeld Fittings Replaced by Prestolok PLM Fittings

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 @ 03:06 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, product update

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Parker Fluid Systems Connector Division announced yesterday (February 19, 2013) that it will be replacing its line of PrestoWeld fittings (PW) with their recently released Prestolok All Metal (PLM) push-to-connect fittings by May 31, 2013.

Parker Prestolok PLM line is a high-temperature, silicone-free, all metal, push-to-connect fitting series. Parker Prestolok PLM offers more configurations than PrestoWeld, and performs well in welding applications. A complete Prestolok PLM metric range is available, which is commonly seen on robotic welding equipment.

 

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Gambling with Industrial Hose Safety

Mon, Nov 05, 2012 @ 08:16 AM / by Marek Bobik posted in safety

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Everybody does it, but you may want to reconsider...

Unlike hydraulic hose and fittings, industrial hose and couplings are usually made by different manufacturers. While many industrial hose manufacturers suggest couplings to use with their hose for a given application, they cannot guarantee the assembly will perform to the rated burst pressure of the hose.

Industrial hoses are used to convey acids, chemicals, gasoline, abrasive materials, LP gas, solvents, welding gases and slurries. Many of the materials conveyed through industrial hoses can cause serious harm to workers and the environment. However, the hose assemblies that are used to transport these hazardous materials have no established safety standards! 
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NEW: Parker FET Series High-Pressure Non-Spill Couplers

Tue, Oct 23, 2012 @ 11:18 AM / by Marek Bobik posted in news

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Is Parker FET Series for you?

  • Does your equipment...
    • Include high-pressure quick disconnects?
    • Require connecting/disconnecting hydraulic lines under high pressure?
    • Require the added security of a threaded connection?
    • Operate in a moist/corrosive environment?
  • Do you support parts manufactured in the USA?
  • Do you currently use Stucchi VEP Series or similar couplers?
 

 

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Hose Assembly Length - Get It Right

Thu, Sep 20, 2012 @ 11:35 AM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, technical

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Many mechanics are not trained on how to correctly measure and specify hose length. As a result, a replacement hose may end up being either little shorter or little longer than the original part. When inches matter, the confusion about properly measuring hose length can result in delays and extra expense.

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Nitrile O-Ring Replacement for ORFS Fittings

Tue, Sep 18, 2012 @ 03:02 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in product update, news

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Parker Tube Fittings Division (TFD) started providing a global NBR (Nitrile) O-Ring compound for SAE Straight Thread port ends in July 2009. This change is now being carried over to all round cross-section O-Rings. The addition will be implemented as a running change, effective September 1st, 2012. Parker TFD's NBR O-Ring material will be either N0552-90 (the current TFD standard compound) or N1490-90. This additional compound will provide greater availability of NBR material globally, thus allowing Parker TFD to more effectively service customers throughout the world. Though N0552-90 will still be used throughout this transition, ultimately N1490-90 will become Parker’s primary NBR compound.

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Hydraulic Injection Injury – Be Prepared

Mon, Jul 30, 2012 @ 01:46 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in safety

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Two previous blogs on our website address the dangers of fluid injection injuries. We recently received a comment on one of the articles from a person who sustained a hydraulic injection injury himself. It was only by luck that he received the surgery he needed; he was almost dismissed with a bandage on his finger.

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Parker/Dayco Legacy Protective Hose Sleeve Discontinued

Thu, Jun 28, 2012 @ 12:04 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in product update

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Nylon 12 has become extremely hard to come by due to a large shortage of the raw material.  As a result some legacy Dayco parts are affected. None of the affected parts are currently cataloged by Parker's Hose Products Division but they were still offered when requested.  Unfortunately, Parker will no longer be able to offer this product for sale. Below are details of the affected parts.

Plastic Protective Coil Sleeving

Material: Nylon
Color: Black

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Genuine Parker Parts Program | 3-Year Leak Free Warranty

Tue, Jun 26, 2012 @ 12:33 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in savings

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Parker's Three-Year Genuine Parts Warranty - a program for hydraulic component manufacturers.

Under the Genuine Parker Parts Program your customers receive the highest quality, most efficient fluid conveying system available, backed by Parker anywhere in the world. In the unlikely scenario of a problem with a leak, a Parker-trained technician will be dispatched to provide support anywhere it’s required.

Benefits:

  • Reduced assembly cost through reducing number of parts
  • Reduced assembly cost through faster system assembly
  • Optimal flow through optimal hose and tube sizing
  • Minimal pressure loss
  • Reduced leak paths
  • Increased system accessibility
  • Reduced number of connections
  • Increased reliability with Parker products
  • Improved appearance

How it Works:

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Brake Line | Fitting Identification How-to

Fri, Mar 30, 2012 @ 04:43 PM / by Vince Lockwood posted in maintenance, technical, automotive

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When replacing your brake lines, the replacement brake hose assembly does not need to look exactly the same as the original brake line, but make sure that the brake lines (especially the new brake hose fittings) will fit the surrounding area where they will be installed. Sometimes the brake hose fitting can interfere with another part of your brakes. Pay attention to any tight spots when removing your brake lines and communicate any restrictions to the vendor who will be fabricating your replacement brake lines.

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New crimp specs for Parker HY series fittings, sizes 3/8” and 1/2”

Tue, Jan 10, 2012 @ 11:58 AM / by Marek Bobik posted in product update, technical

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Parker has announced a running change to the crimp diameter and crimp length of HY series fittings. The change will be cosmetic for Parker’s rubber hoses produced by Parker Hose Product Division. There will, however, be some dimensional changes for the following thermoplastic hoses produced by Parker Parflex division: HFS2, HFS, D6, H6, R6, 563 and 53DM hoses in sizes 3/8” and 1/2”.

The target launch for the new HY series fittings is February 1st, 2012. Parker indicated in the memo to its distributors that all HY fittings' configurations will be converted to the new specs by the end of March.

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Pneumatic Maintenance Solutions for Industrial Food Plants

Fri, Dec 02, 2011 @ 09:43 AM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance

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Food production facilities present maintenance challenges for pneumatic systems resulting from high moisture levels, temperature variations, and food plant safety requirements.

High moisture levels and temperature variations make it hard to keep the compressed air in your food plant’s pneumatic system free of moisture. A typical 100 CFM compressor, operating 11 hours/day, compresses water vapor from the intake, and can generate 2200 gallons of water/year. Temperature variations found in different processing areas of food plants will either cool or heat piping, which induces condensation. Liquid contamination not only destroys pneumatic valves and cylinders, but corrodes piping and storage systems, adding more rust and scale to the pneumatic system. Components can be affected by moisture through the growth of micro organisms, such as bacteria and viruses.

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Parker Crimp Die Selection Tips

Thu, Nov 03, 2011 @ 10:00 AM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, technical

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Parker Crimp die selection

Selecting the correct Parker crimp die to use with your Parker Crimper is essential to making a quality hose assembly. Sometimes it's tough to remember which Parker crimp die to use with each fitting.  The example below will show you a few easy steps to ensure every Parker hose assembly is crimped with the correct Parker crimp die.

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Crimping your Parker hose assembly is easy

Wed, Oct 12, 2011 @ 12:27 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in product update

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The Parkrimp system is the easiest way to crimp hose assemblies.

  • The crimp dies are color-coded and linked for easy die selection and identification
  • The crimp dies incorporate the unique Park-align feature which makes positioning the fitting in the crimper easy and precise
  • The bottom-loading crimper design makes crimping even a long, heavy hose assembly a piece of cake
  • Parker has the industry's widest selection of no-skive hoses, so forget about cutting back the rubber cover prior to installing the hose ends. Even Parker's high pressure hose assemblies are no-skive!

Follow step-by-step crimping instructions for your Parker crimper:

Don't forget to use calipers to measure the first, fiftieth and last hose assembly produced to ensure proper crimp dimensions. The proper minimum / maximum crimp diameters can be found here - Crimp charts for Parker crimpers

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Parker modular crimpers - choose portable or bench mount setup

Wed, Sep 14, 2011 @ 02:15 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, product update

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Parker Karrykrimp and Karrykrimp 2 modular crimpers

Great improvement in the versatility of the Karrykrimp and Karrykrimp 2 Parker crimpers!

These Parker modular crimpers now offer the potential for portability OR stability (bench mount). Parker’s new modular design enables users to choose between the portability that Parker Karrykrimp crimpers have always offered, with the added option to bench mount these same crimp heads.

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Product release: Parker P1Q Compact Cylinder

Fri, May 20, 2011 @ 04:07 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in news

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Parker Pneumatic Division has just released the P1Q Global Cylinder, the newest addition to their compact pneumatic cylinder line. It is offered at an extremely economical price point and features a space-saving design. The physical features of the P1Q Global Compact Cylinder align with those of SMC NCQ2 and CQ2 series and Bimba EF series air cylinders for an easy drop-in replacement.

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MFCP proud to participate in the Farm and Tractor Days

Wed, May 18, 2011 @ 12:43 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in news

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Thank you to all who stopped by our booth last weekend at the 17th Annual Farm and Tractor Days event. We appreciate Bill Son inviting us and giving us the opportunity to be a part of the Rio Linda community. This was our first time participating in the event, and we were excited to meet all of the tractor enthusiasts! We were thankful that despite the high winds and cool temperatures that so many people came out to attend and have a good time.

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Save Money on Electricity by Installing Parker Regulators

Fri, Apr 29, 2011 @ 02:50 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, savings

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There are two major costs associated with using any pneumatic system. One is the cost of electricity to run air compressors, and the other is the cost of maintenance and repair of your entire pneumatic system. Air preparation products (filters, regulators and lubricators or FRLs) are important parts in controlling costs in both areas. Read on to learn how regulators fit in.

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Hydraulic Hose Solutions for Airport Ground Support Equipment

Wed, Mar 02, 2011 @ 07:51 AM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, technical

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Parker Hannifin’s Hose Product Division recently published the White Paper titled Aviation Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Hose Services – Parker Hydraulic Hose Repair and Replacement Solutions for Aviation Ground Support Equipment. The White Paper is co-authored by Eric S. McCarthy, CFPHS, Product Sales Manager and Angela G. Brown, Marketing Development Manager.

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Parker SCP01 Pressure Sensor Released

Mon, Dec 06, 2010 @ 12:36 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in product update, news

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Parker’s Pneumatic division has informed us today about the introduction of a new pressure sensor – SCP01. SCP01 pressure sensors have a 4-20ma output enclosed in a stainless steel housing with an IP Rating of 67. This is a lower cost 4-20ma solution for high pressure circuits, than LED and multiple function programming options. SCP01 sensors can be used in either pneumatic or hydraulic applications.

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Parker releases Dual Seal Flange Adapter

Wed, Nov 24, 2010 @ 10:19 AM / by Marek Bobik posted in news, technical

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Parker’s Dual Seal Flange Adapter product line is designed for high-vibration, high-shock applications requiring a four-bolt connection style. Dual Seal Flange Adapters provide better port retention and increased sealing capability than Code 62 flange connections. The reduced potential for system leakage is achieved by incorporating both radial and face seal technologies.

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Hydraulic Fitting Selection – Differences Among Attachment Styles

Wed, Oct 13, 2010 @ 09:48 AM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, technical

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We get a few requests per month for a standard fitting. In the world of fittings, there isn’t any that can be called “standard” or “typical.”  When trying to determine which fitting type is going to get your machine moving again, there are several different options available.  The goal in this piece of information is to help you better understand those options.  What follows is information that pertains to how fittings are attached to either a Hydraulic Hose or to a Hardline (Steel or Stainless Steel) Tube.  Knowing the fitting type needed before attempting to procure it can save you time, which as we all know equates to $$$.

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Selecting the right digital meter

Wed, Jun 30, 2010 @ 12:14 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, technical

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Diagnosing problems before they cause equipment breakdown is a crucial part of ensuring maximum uptime.

Even momentary pressure spikes and flow surges can unexpectedly destroy both components and systems, but the spikes are not recognized by conventional mechanical measuring devices. This is why digital meters are a smart choice. See a related blog on the differences between digital and analog meters. Read on to get an idea which SensoControl meter is right for you. 

 

If pressure measurement is all you are concerned with, Parker ServiceJunior is a great choice.

  • Min/Max Pressure Memory
  • Great Accuracy
  • Great Response Time

The ServiceJunior digital pressure gauge scans 100 times per second to identify momentary pressure spikes that often go "unnoticed" by slower responding mechanical gauges. Both minimum and maximum pressures are stored in the ServiceJunior's memory for easy retrieval by the user.

With its large backlit display and simple 4-key menu, the ServiceJunior is a rugged pressure sensor that can provide readings in several different units of measure. Its ability to connect to a variety of industry standard test ports allows technicians to take accurate readings within ±0.5%.

ServiceJunior gauges are available in three different pressure ranges covering vacuum to 8700 PSI.

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Reduce number of hose types on your boat with Parker's SW569 hose

Tue, Jun 22, 2010 @ 09:38 AM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance

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The innovative design and superior performance materials of the Series SW569 ArmadaTM hose enable it to meet or exceed more marine industry requirements, including multiple SAE/USCG and ISO standards, than any other hose. This makes it a multipurpose solution for a variety of marine needs, from marinas and shipyards to ship repair and service facilities, even non-marine applications.

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COMMITTED TO HYDRAULIC SYSTEMS SAFETY

Fri, Jun 18, 2010 @ 11:09 AM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, news

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Hydraulic and pneumatic material transport systems use pressurized fluids, often under high pressure, to do their work.  Failure in these types of systems can result in property damage, personal injury or even death.  Because of this potential it is essential to follow safe practices in assembling and working with pressurized systems and their components.

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Know When to Replace Your Hydraulic Hose Assemblies

Wed, May 12, 2010 @ 06:16 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, safety

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We hear this question all the time. How long do hydraulic hose assemblies last? The bad news is that there is no simple answer to how long you should wait before replacing hose assemblies on your equipment. The good news is that there are signs that maintenance personnel can (and should) look for to determine when it's time for preventive hose assembly replacement.

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True Story About a Hydraulic Oil Injection Injury

Fri, May 07, 2010 @ 07:01 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, news, safety

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We are still surprised when people who make a living maintaining hydraulic systems are totally unaware of dangers associated with oil injection injuries. But then again, maybe we should not be since it is not something that you see every day. I want to share this story with you because some day you can save your body part - or maybe someone else's. Here is a story of someone who did just that.  

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Automotive brake lines now available in Our San Leandro ParkerStore

Mon, Apr 26, 2010 @ 12:07 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in news, automotive

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Last week, our San Leandro ParkerStore became the final one of our stores to receive inventory of BrakeQuip automotive brake line products. This means that no matter which Motion & Flow Control Products, Inc. location you visit, you will be able to get your brake lines replaced for a fraction of what you would pay at a dealer - and you can have your parts the same day.

We can provide brake lines for any vehicle - car, motorcycle, ATV, go-kart... Bring in your old lines and we will replicate them - or give us your brake hose dimensions and thread specs and we will make you new ones.

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Parker screen fittings protect your system's critical components

Mon, Apr 19, 2010 @ 05:19 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, technical

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Protect the performance and value of critical components with Parker screen fitting elements

Particles can find their way into a system (even a properly filtrated one) during installation, maintenance, failure of components or by other means. Critical and valuable components need one last line of defense against potential damage from contamination.
That's where Parker screen fittings provide a vital safeguard. Implemented in addition to your filtration system, they provide "protection at the connection," retaining particle sizes from 480 to 65 microns, depending on the screen rating.

Parker screen fittings are ideal for protecting:

  • Gauges and instrumentation
  • Critical hydraulic components such as pump compensator controls, load sensing controls, proportional valves, relief valves, etc.
  • Precision orifices from clogging
  • Expensive components in test bench circuits (against particle contamination created by failed components)

Meticulous construction, testing and ratings.

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Learn to identify threads

Tue, Apr 13, 2010 @ 12:04 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, technical

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Identifying the thread of a fitting is an important step to identify a Parker (or any other manufacturer's) fitting part number. However, the information below is general in nature and applies to any threads in any situation, such as threads on bolts, ports or machined parts.

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