Construction

Central Tire Inflation System for Off-highway Vehicles

Parker's Central Tire Inflation System (CTIS) offers improved mobility when operating vehicles in severe off-road or soft soil conditions. Ideally suited for the agriculture and military markets, this...
On January 23, 2020

An IoT Gateway is the Central Nervous System for Smart Off-Road Equipment

The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing human lives and the way companies operate by continuously enhancing how we connect equipment. When the topic of IoT is discussed, the conversation typically...
On October 21, 2019

Dust is More Damaging Than You Think

Equipment in the field, including mining and construction, is subject to any number of conditions, from pouring rain to damaging winds, but dust is one factor that could be more damaging than...
On October 18, 2019

New Hydraulic System on Sugarcane Harvester Exceeds Performance Goals

Over the past few years, market demand has increased for mobile equipment that is powerful and more efficient. In response to this trend, an OEM of sugarcane harvesters began a redesign of...
On October 9, 2019

The Truth About Hydraulic Cylinder Drift

I had a brief career in construction. We used an old hydraulic manlift for elevated projects, and it had a problem – we would start the day eye-level with our work, and after an hour would realize we...
On October 3, 2019

Electrification Put to the Test

With increasing numbers of industries switching from traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) driven mobile machinery to electric, Parker has set about addressing concerns associated with proving...
On September 26, 2019

Connecting the Dots Between IoT Data and Equipment Efficiency for OEMs

Today, most connected things belong to the consumer IoT (with smartphones topping the list). But another, less visible industrial IoT, with its heavy-duty infrastructure (such as power...
On September 26, 2019

Five Ways QuickFit™ Oil Change System Can Increase Your Equipment ROI

It’s time for a scheduled oil change—a routine maintenance procedure critical to the operation and life expectancy of your company’s machinery and vehicles. A little downtime and a few hours of work,...
On September 25, 2019

Flow Force is Essential for Proper Cartridge Valve Function

Often times hydraulic components can begin to act differently or unpredictably when the conditions of the hydraulic system change from the expected. In some cases, when the hydraulic flow is...
On September 25, 2019

Engine Power Management in Construction Equipment

Backhoes are used more often in construction projects than larger pieces of equipment because of their agility and versatility. Backhoes can navigate narrow roads and tighter worksite...
On September 23, 2019

Cold Weather Challenges Spur Design of New Low Temperature Hose

When it comes to hoses and cold weather performance, force to flex is not as important as actual hose construction. In harsh winter temperatures, hose construction materials can be a major contributor...
On September 19, 2019

Filter Upgrade Improves Baghouse Performance in Industrial Manufacturing

A common goal shared by virtually all industrial manufacturing businesses is to assure safe and clean air quality throughout their production facilities. Using an inadequate air filtration system can...
On July 30, 2019

How IoT Systems Will Impact the Future for Off-Road Equipment

Bain’s projections show that the Internet of Things (IoT) market will grow to $520 billion in 2021. Specific to the construction market, 6.8 million connected heavy construction machines will...
On July 16, 2019

Key Design and Maintenance Challenges in Hose Applications

Formed hose and hose/tube assemblies have long been used to solve fluid handling system design challenges such as installation in confined areas or those necessitating a tight bend radius. While both...
On July 3, 2019

Replacement of Air Conditioning Hoses Made Simple

Air conditioning lines are one of the most critical components in an A/C system. They work as the central hub to deliver both gas and liquid refrigerant throughout the system. For a variety of...
On June 20, 2019

When the Heat is Turned up on Your Polyurethane Seals, Consider Resilon® 4350

Have you had problems with your polyurethane seals degrading, especially when exposed to higher heat creating the need to replace your seals more often than you would like? As you probably know, seal...
On April 16, 2019

Smart Sensor Enhances Material Handling Systems Closed-loop Control

Mobile equipment manufacturers are always striving to get the most out of their machines without overburdening the system with costly and complex mechanics. Moreover, performance expectations are...
On April 4, 2019

Check Valves Are the Unsung Heroes of Fluid Power

Check valves are unseen and undervalued. These valves are found in just about every mobile and industrial hydraulic system on the planet. Simply put, if there’s a pump, most likely you will find...
On April 4, 2019

Unique Valves Manage Flow Better in Construction Equipment

Frequently when designing simple hydraulic circuits that utilize low-cost solutions, system designers will often use fixed displacement pumps. One challenge associated with the use of...
On February 28, 2019

Thermal Capabilities & Polyurethane Seal Materials: What Do Temperature Ratings Mean?

Polyurethanes have been around for decades as a seal material for high pressure reciprocating mobile hydraulic applications. Original equipment manufacturers select it as their “go to” seal...
On January 22, 2019