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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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