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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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Our Bay Area, California Stores are Operated by Skeleton Crews Through April 7th

Tue, Mar 17, 2020 @ 11:26 AM / by Marek Bobik posted in news, safety

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Our Bay Area, California stores (in San Leandro and Fremont) are open but only staffed with skeleton crew to comply with the shelter in place order at least through April 7, 2020. 

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Catalog 4400 Correction | Parker hose 611HT Specifications

Fri, Jan 06, 2012 @ 02:04 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in product update, news, safety

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There is an important error in Parker Catalog 4400...

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7 Most Common Crimping Mistakes

Tue, Dec 06, 2011 @ 10:18 AM / by Vince Lockwood posted in news, technical, safety

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7 Most Common Crimping Mistakes

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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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Danger of Hydraulic Oil Injection Injuries

Fri, May 07, 2010 @ 02:26 PM / by Joni Scott posted in maintenance, safety

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