Machine building is critical to countless industrial applications, from metals processing to rubber and plastics, food packaging to in-plant supporting operations. Equipment manufacturers are continuously seeking new ways to increase productivity and profitability while standing out as a key, reliable supplier. They face many obstacles, from supply chain to quality to plant capacity and safety, as they navigate through challenging times. The following post highlights our top ten blogs that showcase essential ways Parker’s core technologies are helping industrial manufacturers increase throughput and meet customer demand.
By Filtration Team
ISO (International Standards Organization) is the world’s largest developer and publisher of international standards. There are three ISO standards that relate to compressed air quality and testing — ISO8573 Series, ISO12500 Series, and ISO7183 Series. The most commonly used standard is the ISO8573 Series, in particular, ISO8573-1:2010. ISO8573 is the group of international standards relating to the quality (or purity) of compressed air. There are nine parts to the standard. ISO8573-1 (part 1) is the most commonly used and relates to quality classifications for compressed air. Parts 2 - 9 specify methods of testing for a range of contaminants. Continue reading.
By Techconnect Team
Wondering why your existing SAE J1926/ISO11926 or ISO 6149 ports are leaking? We receive this question quite a bit. It’s important to know what to investigate when looking for the problem. In this post, we will address some of the questions you should think about while you are troubleshooting this issue. Then we will address the steps, potential problems and a few possible resolutions. Continue reading.
By Hydraulics Team
Cylinders can fail for a number of reasons from wrong specifications to operator error. However, in this day and age with a number of engineering tools available to help reduce spec errors and strong expertise within the fluid power industry, one of the leading causes of cylinder failure is still seals. Whether the seals are sized wrong, incorrect material is specified, or just installed wrong, error in sealing can have a major effect on the entire cylinder operation. Cylinder operation is based on precise fluid pressure to both sides of the piston. If a seal breaks down and allows fluid to leak from one side of the piston to the other or out of the cylinder all together, the pressures change, and your cylinder will no longer operate as intended. Continue reading.
By Process Control Team
When designing a leak-free instrumentation system, one of the first steps to ensuring safety and reliability is to select the right tubing for the intended application. No system integrity is complete without this critical link and its compatibility with the rest of the components. In this post, we list four key parameters to consider when selecting quality instrument tube for use with Parker A-LOK® and CPITM tube fittings. Parker’s instrument tube fittings have been designed to work in a wide variety of applications that demand the utmost in product performance. Continue reading.
By Hydraulics Team
Configuring a hydraulic pump or motor to your exact machine requirements can be complex, time-consuming, and involve multiple points of contact with customer service. Our focused response to this challenge has been to create for our customers and business partners a more efficient on-line experience when configuring the product. Our engineers and product managers at Hydraulic Pump and Power Systems (HPS) created a new online eConfiguation tool now available for its Gold Cup Pump and Motor Series. The new configurator online tool will provide a more enhanced user experience and greater efficiency than the prior version. The new tool enables users to more easily configure a hydraulic pump or motor specific to their exact requirements. Continue reading.
By Filtration Team
Today, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping workers, patients and families safe from the spread of disease in facilities is more important than ever. For facilities managers, this means employing various strategies that can reduce the threat of transmission in: hospitals and healthcare facilities, hotels and entertainment complexes, food processing facilities, microelectronics manufacturing plants, data centers, commercial office buildings, schools and universities, clean manufacturing facilities, government institutions, industrial manufacturing plants. Continue reading.
By Electromechanical Team
Motors and sensors go hand in hand. The EX range of motors already feature a wide range of sensors that deliver feedback on various parameters and, now, Parker has added a HIPERFACE DSL® encoder to the EX range of motors with explosion-proof enclosures. This makes it even simpler to control and monitor the EX servo motors using a Parker Servo Drive controller. The High Performance Interface Digital Servo Link protocol runs on a standard RS485 connection to add the level of robustness needed to use it in almost any application. This includes industrial machinery, robotics and chemical and waste processing plants. Continue reading.
By Process Control Team
Mixing high- and medium-pressure fittings or incompatible parts makes systems unstable, inefficient and potentially dangerous. At worst, it can cause a potentially fatal explosion. At Parker, we’re all about making our products safe as possible and helping customers to minimise risk. Safety doesn’t happen by accident, so you need to know how to avoid the risk and what to do if you come across a mixed-pressure connection that could be hazardous. Continue reading.
By Fluid and Gas Handling Team
Push to connect fittings have grown in popularity due to their ability to efficiently couple fittings to thermoplastic tubing while maintaining performance. Invented in 1969, push-to-connect fittings were first used for industrial pneumatic applications, typically at the point-of-use. In 1997, that technology was applied to compressed air aluminum piping, creating the Transair® product line. The connection technology of Transair changes as the diameter size increases: push-to-connect is used for 1/2" to 1-1/2" pipe, snap ring is used for 2" to 2-1/2" pipe and clamshell for 3" to 6". Continue reading.
By Pneumatics Team
Starting from agriculture and food processing arriving at the packaging operation, automation is everywhere in the modern food plants and plays a fundamental role to address the required control movement quality, production speed, labour savings, and overall profitability. Especially for food zones and wash areas, where there are multiple national and international standards to take into account and frequent cleaning and sanitising cycles to support, pneumatics offers a cost-effective choice. Applications in food production typically require specific certification for air motors, pneumatic cylinders, and other associated equipment and special clean design features that minimize entrapment points for bacteria. Continue reading.
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