Industrial

A New Approach to Machine Design and Actuator Specification

Machine design challenges Pressures to reduce overhead cost and maximize profitability have forced original equipment manufacturers and machine builders to significantly reduce their...
On April 25, 2018

Making the Move to Weld-Free Piping and On-Site Support

There are numerous issues associated with modern welded pipes, not least those concerning accuracy, reliability and cost. As a result, moving to a weld-free piping solution presents many...
On March 21, 2018

Hydraulic Accumulator Services Improve Plant Equipment Efficiency

Modern industry needs far more from its suppliers than straightforward product sales. Today’s industrial component and system providers must support their customers with accessible and professional...
On March 20, 2018

Select the Best Sealing and Shielding for Linear Mechanics in Harsh Environments

Many factors must be considered when determining which linear actuator to use in an application. Besides technical specifications such as speed, acceleration and payload, there’s another...
On January 25, 2018

How to Achieve Safe Motion Control in ATEX Environments

Machinery and moving equipment is a vital element in all areas of modern automated industry, but what happens when the atmosphere in the working environment is potentially explosive?    All motion...
On January 23, 2018

A Closer Look at O-ring Face Seal, 37° Flare, and 24° Flareless Fittings

When a customer asks me which fitting to use, I start by asking for more details about the application. Some of the things I tell them to consider are ease of installation, temperature, reusability,...
On September 19, 2017

New Hybrid Actuation System Ideal for Renewable Energy Applications

Actuation systems must be efficient, precise, and durable enough to withstand harsh power generation environments. Parker Hannifin has developed a hybrid actuation system (HAS) that is ideal...
On August 9, 2017

AN 37° Flare vs Industrial 37° Flare Fittings: What's the Difference?

Over the years, we have received quite a few inquiries regarding "AN" fittings. AN (Air Force - Navy Aeronautical Standard) and AND (Air Force - Navy Aeronautical Design Standard) are standards used...
On April 19, 2017

How to Avoid Risk of Ignition When Oxygen is Present in Valve Applications

Manufacture of cryogenic valves where oxygen is present requires careful adherence to strict BAM and DIN standards to avoid ignition during use. It is a well known fact that oils and grease...
On March 23, 2017

Seven Myths About Oil-Free Compressors

Due to the sheer amount of different options available, specifying the right replacement or new industrial compressor can become a daunting task. The promise of reduced costs can make...
On March 21, 2017

Argon or Nitrogen. Which is Best for Your Application?

Argon and nitrogen are quite similar in inertness, but are vastly different in cost, both economic and environmental. Argon, the noble gas Argon is the most common gas in the atmosphere...
On September 15, 2016

10 Steps to Cost Effective & Safe Installation of Instrumentation Tube and Fittings Systems. Part 2

Step 6 – Material Selection    Choice of the correct material based on corrosion resistance, process fluid, temperature and cost is essential. This can be discussed with the Parker team, including a...
On September 9, 2016

10 Steps to Cost Effective & Safe Installation of Instrumentation Tube and Fittings Systems. Part 1

Here are some essential steps to help ensure your instrumentation tube and fittings system is as safe as possible. Step 1 – Consult the manufacturer One of the main causes of multiple leaks in...
On August 16, 2016

Best Practices: Tube Line Clamping for Hydraulic, Pneumatic and Lubrication Systems

Although you might not think of it right away, assuring adequate tube line support is critical to keeping hydraulic, pneumatic or lubrication systems efficient, leak-free and easy to maintain. Once a...
On July 5, 2016

The Hydraulic Solution for the Evolution of Electric Drives

The variable-speed hydraulic pump, with its potential for energy savings, power density and temporary noise reduction,  is currently the dominant pressure supply system in the media. It provides a...
On May 3, 2016

Turn vs. Torque? How Making the Right Choice Keeps Your Hydraulic Fitting Connections Leak-Free

Question: So, does it really matter which technique you choose? In front of you is an NPTF tapered thread assembly. The recommendation is to ‘turn,’ not ‘torque,’ to assemble the connection. But all...
On February 11, 2016

Answers to Your In-Service Rubber Properties Questions

Are you uncertain of what to look for when comparing material data reports for various elastomers?  Ever wonder about the impact a seal’s durometer has in the application? Have you asked, ‘What...
On February 3, 2016

How Fittings with ToughShield Help Customers Save in Industrial Applications

We know, based on our long history of working closely with our customers, that one of the biggest enemies to productivity is rust. That’s why we developed ToughShield 1000 (TS1000) plating, which...
On September 16, 2015

Hanover Fair 2015: Advanced Sealing Technology Centered on Leading-Edge Materials Expertise

The presentation of the Parker Engineered Materials Group at the Hanover Fair this year will be focused on the company’s in-house materials expertise. The world debut of a new family of materials with...
On March 31, 2015

Hydraulic Connectors That Are as Extreme as Their Environment

Cryogenic applications such as liquid natural gas (LNG) or high-temp applications such as gas combustion turbine fuel supply lines require specialized tube fittings capable of handling...
On March 25, 2015