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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 June 14, 2016

Tube Routing Tips for Hydraulic, Pneumatic and Lubrication Systems

Hydraulic, pneumatic or lubrication systems should be efficient and leak free. Sometimes, they are not, because of improper tube line routing—the result of either lack of knowledge, or corners cut...
On March 24, 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

10 Things Not to Do When Your Hydraulic Fitting Leaks

Myth and misapplication are abundant when it comes to hydraulic fitting leaks. From small operations to global corporations, we’ve seen and heard it all. Let’s clear up some misconceptions....
On June 24, 2015

What You Need to Know About Testing Your Hydraulic System for Particle Contamination

A $1 hydraulic fitting can ruin a $10,000 valve or other expensive component(s) in your system. Microscopic metal flakes that fall off tube fittings during installation can travel through the...
On April 6, 2015

Hydraulic Fittings: Don't Stack, Jump!

As engineers, we know that it pays to plan ahead.  There simply isn’t a better business rule that will help us save time and money, avoid problems down the road or just build a better solution.  Case...
On December 3, 2014

The Truth About Pressure Ratings for Hydraulic Fittings and Adapters

Most people are aware that hydraulic fittings such as 37° Flare (JIC), O-Ring Face Seal, or Metric Flareless (DIN) tube fittings are designed to industry standards, such as SAE J514 or ISO...
On November 5, 2014

How Many Times Can I Reassemble a Hydraulic Fitting?

Wouldn’t it be nice if leak-free connections could last forever? Nice, yes, but not exactly realistic. The good news is that fitting designs have improved significantly over time, making it easier to...
On March 18, 2014

BSPP 60° Cone Fittings: Looks Can Be Deceiving

Not all BSPP 60° cone fittings are created equal, nor are they always interchangeable. Questions often arise regarding compatibility and interchangeability between different kinds of BSPP 60° cone...
On February 24, 2014

Sizing Tube to Maximize Hydraulic System Efficiency

Hydraulic systems using properly sized tube will perform more efficiently and cost-effectively. Tube that is too small can increase fluid velocity causing pressure drops and heat generation, and in...
On December 5, 2013

Four Easy Steps to Identify Hydraulic Threads

Industrial machines and equipment are designed and manufactured in every corner of the world. The hydraulic systems alone use countless different types of fittings and adapters with different sealing...
On November 14, 2013

A Dollars and Sense Approach to Preventing Hydraulic Oil Leaks

What’s so bad about a few drops of oil? Try this: Three drops of oil a minute leaking from one connector in your hydraulic system will cost you $168 a year just in replacement oil. And how...
On October 30, 2013

New Tech Blog for Engineers Launches

We are happy to announce that Parker techConnect – the articles written by engineers, for engineers – will be launching the week of October 28th.  This article, and all future articles, will...
On October 24, 2013