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Alicia Brimhall

Formerly a Marketing Administrator and Content Editor at Hose & Fittings, Etc.

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

Tue, Nov 28, 2017 @ 11:52 AM / by Alicia Brimhall posted in maintenance, safety

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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: Seals for High Temperature Applications

Thu, Apr 27, 2017 @ 11:56 AM / by Alicia Brimhall posted in maintenance, news

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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

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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Kyle Larson’s Outlaw Kart Showcase Returns to Cycleland Speedway

Fri, Aug 26, 2016 @ 08:25 AM / by Alicia Brimhall posted in news

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Presented by ParkerStore

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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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Parker’s Parflex Division Announces Material Changes Involving Three Products

Thu, Mar 10, 2016 @ 12:00 PM / by Alicia Brimhall posted in product update, news

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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 5CNG Hose on Display at ACTEXPO 2015

Fri, May 01, 2015 @ 11:36 AM / by Alicia Brimhall posted in product update, news

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Parker’s 5CNG Compressed Natural Gas Hose will be on display at ACTEXPO 2015 in Dallas, Texas, May 5-8, in Parker booth number 537.

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