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Advances in Engine Air Filtration Technology for Heavy-Duty Trucks_Fork-Lift_Parker Engine Mobile Aftermarket DivisionReducing routine service intervals is an important objective of any fleet manager. Preventing unscheduled maintenance is even more critical to keeping heavy-duty trucks and equipment operational. Methods and innovative product solutions that guarantee trouble-free operation offer tremendous value in ensuring productivity and customer satisfaction. Proper air filtration is paramount to preventing contamination from reaching the engine. Even the smallest amount of dirt can cause a huge amount of engine damage resulting in unscheduled, costly downtime and failure. When choosing an engine air filter, considering these factors will help ensure the best possible performance and engine protection:

  • Performance testing
  • Efficiency, capacity, structural stability and media strength
  • Reputation of the manufacturer
The importance of performance testing

An air filter must be highly efficient at capturing contamination throughout the full life of the filter. This makes structural stability and media strength critically important. Contaminant by-pass (going around, not through the media), failed seals or adhesives and microscopic holes in the media itself will render a filter practically useless. Rigorous testing under extreme conditions for longer than the typical service interval is an excellent indicator of how a filter will perform in its intended application.

Advances in air filtration technology Advances in Engine Air Filtration Technology for Heavy-Duty Trucks_EnduraPanel Quote_Parker Engine Mobile Aftermarket Division

Parker Engine Mobile Aftermarket Division has recently introduced a revolutionary new air filter technology, the Baldwin EnduraPanel™. EnduraPanel air filters combine high efficiency and maximum capacity in an extremely rugged, compact design that is up to 50 percent smaller than conventional engine air filters.

"EnduraPanel's single and dual element designs provide the maximum amount of filter media with ample air flow, even when space is at a premium." 

— Steve Zimmerman, head of product management and engineering, Parker Engine Mobile Aftermarket Division




Performance under the harshest conditions

Advances in Engine Air Filtration Technology for Heavy-Duty Trucks_EnduraPanel_Parker Engine Mobile Aftermarket DivisionEnduraPanel filters have been designed to withstand extreme conditions, such as vibration and high temperatures, for extended periods without rips, tears or structural failures — providing exceptional protection to heavy-duty trucks and equipment.

These filters deliver superior efficiency throughout the entire service interval with dirt holding capacity surpassing the OE filters. Even more importantly, structural endurance testing shows how Baldwin EnduraPanel exceeds the OE in durability. Baldwin filters protect equipment throughout the filter life, even under the toughest working conditions. See figures 1-3. 


Figure 1. Capacity (g) Baldwin EnduraPanel PA31010 vs. OE

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Figure 2. Efficiency (%) Baldwin EnduraPanel PA31010 vs. OE

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Figure 3. Structural Endurance (Cycles) Baldwin EnduraPanel PA31010 vs. OE

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Parker Engine Mobile Aftermarket Division

As a global provider of filtration products and services, our mission is to protect our customers’ engines and mobile equipment, from first to last use, through innovative filtration solutions and outstanding customer service. We have a worldwide customer base, superb product quality, an extensive distribution network and the industry's broadest product line. This comprehensive portfolio of filtration products and technologies offers customers a single streamlined source for all their engine and mobile filtration needs.

For additional information on the Baldwin EnduraPanel, please visit our website.


Advances in Engine Air Filtration Technology for Heavy-Duty Trucks_Fork-Lift_Parker Engine Mobile Aftermarket DivisionThis blog was contributed by Steve Zimmerman, head of product management and engineering, Parker Engine Mobile Aftermarket Division.






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 The trucking industry is experiencing tremendous growth. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for diesel service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow by 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. The demand has accelerated based on a variety of conditions, including a growing economy and increased vehicle complexity.


The future of trucking is here

Trucks are quickly transforming into rolling data centers that track everything from emissions to blind zone obstacles, to tire inflation and more. As a direct result, the skill requirements of technicians and mechanics are changing.

Efficient use of your skilled service team is key. One way to increase productivity and make the best use of your service team’s skills is to simplify the processes that are time consuming and routine, such as fleet vehicle oil changes.


Never change oil the same again

Parker’s QuickFit™ Oil Change System provides a path forward for better standardization of oil changes with a more efficient, cleaner and safer process. Whether a veteran mechanic or first-day-on-the-job technician, there’s only minimum training needed to perform an oil change using the QuickFit System. Only three easy steps will complete the process to purge, evacuate and refill oil. This is achieved through a single connection point that allows used oil to drain directly to the waste containment, and then apply a vacuum to extract the used oil from the filter. Finally, the same connection point is used to refill the system with new oil.


Step 1 – Purge Filter

Employs compressed air to purge the oil by pushing it through the filter into the engine sump.

Step 2 – Evac Oil

Oil is drained directly to waste containment, allowing for clean removal of the filter.

Step 3 – Refill Oil

New oil is pumped into the engine using the same connection point.


“Reducing the number of steps in the process eliminates any risk of safety hazards or spills, which creates less consumable waste and is more environmentally friendly. The QuickFit System three-step process helps to lower operating costs, increase profitability and reduce oil change times by about 50%.” 
Mario Calvo, division marketing manager, Parker Quick Coupling Division


 QuickFit features an ergonomic design that allows for easier access to even the most cramped and isolated engine compartments. This greatly reduces exposure to fluids and lowers the possibility of slips, falls and burns. Plus, oil changes can be completed from start to finish in less than 30 minutes.

The QuickFit system provides a solution that is incredibly easy to use. Maintenance becomes simple, productivity goes up, the risk of spills and contamination is virtually eliminated and it works for engines and machinery across multiple applications.


The future is bright for the trucking industry, as the demand for experienced technicians and mechanics has never been higher. To properly maintain vehicles, fleet service centers must invest in the latest tooling, equipment and software to keep up with the rapid pace of technology and change. The QuickFit Oil Change System greatly simplifies a crucial aspect of fleet maintenance by allowing technicians and mechanics to change oil in a matter of minutes and focus more time on other key components of equipment maintenance and repair. Simplifying this one process will increase efficiency to allow better use of your highly valued service team.

Ready to get started or have questions? Locate the Parker Distributor near you.

Learn more about Parker's QuickFit™ Oil Change System.


Matt Walley, product sales manager, Quick Coupling Division, Parker HannifinContributed by Matt Walley, product sales manager, Quick Coupling Division, Parker Hannifin






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Three things to consider when choosing a specifying a sensorThe latest generation of smart sensors for actuators are able to share information with the controller, typically via technologies such as IO-Link. They can also receive commands and parameter information from the controller and thus adapt to new requirements on a continuous basis. 
This two-way data flow helps facilitate what can be defined as a true Industry 4.0 environment. The upshot for manufacturers is considerable gains in efficiency, alongside greater flexibility and better planning with regard to maintenance.
However, to maximise the gains, engineers need to consider several factors:
1. Rugged design is a requirement 
A smart sensor that will likely spend its working life in an environment that may see wide variations in temperature, vibration, and even exposure to aggressive fluids or chemicals, needs to be able to keep operating reliably.
Smart sensors may be offered with specific IP ratings to denote suitability for use where different degrees of exposure to moisture are an issue. In addition, automated applications in which the smart sensor might be used may be operating 24 hours per day, seven days per week. 
As well as making operation more demanding, this also means that sensor failure leading directly to downtime, can be extremely costly in terms of lost production. So, as well as having a long service life in the toughest use scenarios, smart sensors must be quick to change or swap-out in order to keep any downtime – scheduled or unscheduled – to an absolute minimum. This type of operation must be able to be completed without the requirement to the remove cylinder end caps or any other ‘strip down’ of the assembly.
2. The sensor needs to be able to fit securely on the cylinder body
3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Smart Sensor - P8S CPS on ISO cylinder - Parker Hannifin Pneumatic Division EuropeExternal profiles may include linear slides, T-slots and dovetails. The sensor body of course needs to correspond to the profile, and the use of adaptors or some form of gripper may be needed to secure the sensor in place. 
Alternatively, a combination screw combining an Allen key head and slotted screw can provide a convenient, simple, and fast method of locating and securing the sensor. Instead, retaining ribs on the side of the sensor are a feature that can hold the device in the desired position even before the screw is tightened. By using this approach, sensors can be quickly and accurately secured in the cylinder slot with just a single quarter turn of the fixing screw.
3. Adjustment and configuration of operating parameters is essential
During installation and at points in the sensor’s operating life, adjustment and configuration of operating parameters will be necessary. For systems designers, how they wish to do this is an important consideration. Typical approaches are either via the IO-Link, or some kind of portable ‘teach pad.’
From an electrical standpoint, the ready availability of a supply voltage for the sensor is an absolute requirement. And finally, knowing that the sensor is working is of course important, and therefore a visual cue of an active state or output in the form of an LED can be of value to operators. 
Smart sensors, such as Parker’s P8S CPS series, are increasingly important and relevant as Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things begins to gain real momentum. Where there is emphasis on process and quality control and where maximising uptime is important, smart sensors can provide the information required to monitor and control processes. The selection and implementation of smart sensors is important to get right if the benefits to be enjoyed are to be optimised.  
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Continuous position sensing devices can make a significant contribution to creating a smarter, more efficient factory environment. To find out more,  download our CPS Smart Sensing Brochure that covers continuous position sensing using analogue signal or IO-Link communication for linear actuators, and discover how you can better schedule corrective maintenance and reduce your downtime.
3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Smart Sensor - Franck Roussillon - Parker Hannifin Pneumatic Division Europe Article contributed by Franck Roussillon, product manager, actuators, Pneumatic Division Europe, Parker Hannifin Corporation. 
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