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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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