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Marek Bobik

Marketing Manager, Website Developer and CRM Database Administrator at Hose & Fittings, Etc. since 1997.

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Top 8 Reasons BVA Hydraulics are Awesome

Wed, Dec 04, 2019 @ 10:47 AM / by Marek Bobik posted in news, savings

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

Wed, Jun 21, 2017 @ 03:05 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in product update, news

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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

Thu, May 18, 2017 @ 12:00 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in product update, news

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

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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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How to Easily Connect to a Digital Plant

Thu, Nov 03, 2016 @ 11:45 AM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance

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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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Parker's SensoNODE Line of Wireless Sensors Expanded

Fri, Sep 16, 2016 @ 02:19 PM / by Marek Bobik

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Parker announced an expansion to their SensoNODE Blue line of sensors at the Sensors Midwest Conference in Rosemont, Illinois this September.

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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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Parker Upping the Ante on Tube Fitting & Adapter Corrosion Resistance

Tue, Jan 05, 2016 @ 12:00 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, product update

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The truth is that if you are using equipment in the elements, corrosion is inevitable. The question is not if, but when you will have to change the rusted parts. The trick is to find the fittings and adapters that will last as long as possible.

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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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Industrial Hose Assembly Fabrication - The Danger of Mixing Manufacturers

Tue, Aug 04, 2015 @ 12:30 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in technical, safety

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Hose and coupling connection is critical to the safe performance of any hose assembly, but the practice of using hose and couplings from different manufacturers to fabricate industrial hose assemblies poses some underappreciated risks.

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Replacement Options for Parker FC701 & FC702 Flow Controls

Tue, Jul 08, 2014 @ 10:56 AM / by Marek Bobik posted in product update, technical

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Parker’s Fluid System Connectors Division (FSC) is implementing a conversion of FC701 and FC702 flow controls in fractional sizes. Replacement options for FC701 are Parker/Legris FCM 731, FCC731, and FC705. The replacement option for FC702 is FC708.

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Hydraulic Hose Layline - Know What it Means and Use It!

Thu, Jun 26, 2014 @ 01:55 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in technical, safety

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In July 2010, we published an article about the importance of what's on the layline of a hydraulic hose - and how to interpret it. Here it is again, this time with a video from Parker Hannifin:

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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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Don't Kill Your Pneumatic System with Bad Air!

Tue, Jan 28, 2014 @ 03:05 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, product update

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Dwelling in the compressed air, which runs your machines, are three ingredients that will guarantee the slow destruction of your machines:

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