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
Creating reliable and leak-free connections should always be a
primary goal for any hydraulic system. There are many different
types and styles of fittings from which to choose. Regardless of
On August 31, 2017
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
On April 19, 2017
Designing a reliable, leak free, and easy to maintain hydraulic
system is every engineer’s objective. Following these six basic
techniques can ensure you achieve that objective every
time. 1) Use...
On April 6, 2017
Though often underestimated, tube end preparation is one of the
most critical processes in obtaining an optimum seal of any
flanged, brazed, flared or preset tube end connection. When
On March 28, 2017
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
On July 5, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
On December 3, 2014
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
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
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
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,
On December 5, 2013
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
On November 14, 2013
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
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