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Reducing 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:
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.
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
EnduraPanel 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
Figure 2. Efficiency (%) Baldwin EnduraPanel PA31010 vs. OE
Figure 3. Structural Endurance (Cycles) Baldwin EnduraPanel PA31010 vs. OE
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.
This 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.
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.
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.
Employs compressed air to purge the oil by pushing it through the filter into the engine sump.
Oil is drained directly to waste containment, allowing for clean removal of the filter.
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.
Contributed by Matt Walley, product sales manager, Quick Coupling Division, Parker Hannifin
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