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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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Like many industrial markets, the heavy truck market utilizes brass fittings for a variety of applications. With composite fittings gaining traction in the arena, why do many truck OEMs continue to use brass fittings?
Like many industrial markets, the heavy truck and transportation markets utilize brass fittings for a variety of applications. Brass fittings have the strength, corrosion resistance and machinability in a variety of shapes and sizes to provide cost-effective solutions; making them an ideal material for many truck applications. It is common to find brass fittings in the air brake systems, cab controls, fuel systems, engine, transmission, cooling and air tanks on a heavy-duty truck and they meet DOT and SAE requirements. Let’s take a deeper look into why brass is an ideal material for this market.
Brass is comprised of approximately 60 percent copper, 38 percent zinc, and 2 percent lead. Brass fittings are characterized by their strength and ability to handle high as well as reasonably cold temperatures. They have good conductivity, excellent corrosion resistance, and low magnetic permeability. Brass not only is easy to machine, but it has great plating, joining, polishing and finishing characteristics all packed into a relatively low cost material for manufacturing.
In manufacturing, there are two methods for creating a brass fitting, one from extruded bar stock and the other through forging. A fitting made from extruded bar stock is created from bar stock in round, hexagon or shaped bars. These bars began as a solid round billet that is heated to a pliable state and forced by approximately 80,000 pounds of pressure through a die resulting in a bar, shaped to the desired external dimensions. That bar is then cut into slugs and machined into fitting components. The process produces a dense, nonporous material.
A forged fitting is made from an extruded round bar that is cut to length and straightened. After straightening, the bars are cut into slugs, much like a fitting from extruded bar stock, but at this point, rather than machining, the slugs are reheated to a pliable state and pressed under approximately 25,000 pounds of pressure per square inch between an upper and lower die cavity into the desired fitting shape. After cooling, the flash, or excess, is trimmed away and the forging blank is ready for machining.
The forged fittings produce a uniformly dense material of exceptional strength from forming under extreme pressure. Since the grain flow follows the contour of the fitting shape, the fitting has high impact strength and resistance to mechanical shock and vibration. You can easily spot the difference between a forging and an extruded part by looking at it. A forging will have rounded edges characteristics of the forged shape from the die and an extruded part will have squared off corners that resemble the original bar stock they originated from. Brass fittings can have components from both manufacturing methods that are assembled together to create a finished part.
"Brass compression style fittings, which have been used in the industry for decades, remain a low-cost fitting option for truck and trailer OEMs." Tom Cook, product sales manager, Fluid System Connectors Division, Parker.
Some applications, like diesel fuel applications, require additional corrosion resistance above and beyond the capabilities of brass alone. The great plating characteristics of brass, allow nickel-plating to original brass fittings to accommodate fuel systems.
Parker’s Fluid System Connectors Division offers the widest range of brass fittings for the transportation market. From extruded, forged, plated, and even composite materials, we make connections to bring increased efficiencies and higher productivity. Our vast offering of NTA, Transmission, Vibra-Lok, Prestomatic, PTC, Air Brake Hose Ends and PMH and Pipe fittings can fit the needs of the heavy truck market with superior quality.
For more information about our vast offering of transportation fittings, please visit our DOT Fittings Website or contact Parker Fluid System Connectors Division at (269) 694-9411.
Article contributed by Samantha Smith, marketing services manager, Fluid System Connectors Division
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Safety in your factory or test stands should always be a priority. Anywhere high pressure or high velocity are at play, being able to monitor the process and changing conditions, with accuracy, while your team members stay at a safe distance is key.
According to OSHA,
"Twenty-two million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year. In 2017, U.S. business paid more than $1.5 million in penalties for not protecting workers from noise." OSHA.gov
One key area that OSHA discusses is engineering controls that can be implemented in a manufacturing environment to reduce noise levels at the worker's ear such as:
Modifying or replacing equipment;
Making related physical changes at the noise source;
Making changes along the transmission path;
Choosing low-noise tools and machinery;
Maintain and lubricate machinery and equipment (e.g., oil bearings);
Placing a barrier between the noise source and employee (e.g., sound walls or curtains);
Enclose or isolate the noise source.
Download the Success Story - Avoiding High Decibels to Monitor Motor Performance.
A customer manufactures high-pressure hydraulic power units (HPUs) for testing ram airplane turbines (RAT) to verify performance. Motors are mounted to an adapter and mating shaft, connected through a torque/speed sensor, and loaded using a water brake dynamometer. The RAT must reach 5,000 rpm for a successful simulation. A pyrometer monitors the water temperature in the RAT.
This creates a potentially unsafe situation for manual monitoring:
High-velocity shrapnel and hot liquids in the event of a failure
Noise as loud as 90-95 dbA
Technicians monitor the gauges from a distance in a remote test lab using a video camera pointed at the measuring devices. However, vibrations from the motor made the analog gauge difficult to read accurately.
Installing a SensoNODE™ Blue pressure sensor and temperature sensor gives technicians a wireless solution that eliminates the need for the video setup. Technicians can run tests while viewing the readings from the lab using their mobile devices with SCOUT™ Mobile software. The digital readout ensures an accurate reading.
Condition monitoring is done easily and at a safer distance.
Technicians get immediate and accurate readings while varying the flow and load on the motor being tested.
Readings can be recorded and stored for documentation.
SensoNODE Blue sensors and SCOUT Mobile software improved the efficiency of the diagnostic process, allowing for reduced process time. Operators can run the needed tests without exposure to the high-decibel noise or flying parts/liquids in the event of a product failure.
SensoNODE™ Blue is Parker’s series of Bluetooth-powered sensors. Compact, energy-efficient, and wireless, they are designed to provide simple and useful solutions for diagnostic and condition monitoring applications. SensoNODE monitors assets to help predict problems and prevent downtime and delivers the information to your mobile device.
SCOUT™ Mobile software gives access to machine and process measurements right on your mobile device. The user-friendly interface makes connecting to sensors uncomplicated and measurements easy-to-read. With customizable dashboards and alarms, you can focus on the data that’s most important to you and be alerted when your measurement thresholds are exceeded. Exporting of data is done with a click of one button, which sends a .csv file right to your email.
Article contributed by David Shannon, business team manager, Parker Quick Coupling Division
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Changing the oil in your engines and machines sounds simple right? But we know the process can be complicated, messy and dangerous.
Even routine maintenance oil changes bring challenges such as:
To alleviate these time-consuming challenges, our engineers designed the QuickFit™ Oil Change system -- a standardized, all-in-one solution that revolutionizes the process with a faster, cleaner and safer way to change the oil in engines and machines. The QuickFit™ system provides an accessible, single point connection that allows oil extraction directly into the final waste containment. That connection point is then used to refill the system with new oil. This reduces the total number of steps in the oil change process and eliminates any risk of safety hazards or spills. With less variability during routine maintenance, you can change engine and machine oil in three quick steps without ever spilling a drop!
Attach compressed air supply to filter purge tool.
Attach purge tool to QuickFit Valve.
Hold lever on filter purge tool for 10 seconds to push oil through filter into engine sump.
Disconnect filter purge tool.
Attach waste oil reel (with FEM female quick coupler) to QuickFit valve.
Turn waste oil pump on to remove oil from engine sump.
When oil is removed from engine sump, disconnect the waste oil line.
Replace the oil filter.
Attach clean oil hose (with FEM female quick coupler) to QuickFit valve.
Turn on oil pump to refill clean oil through new oil filter.
When oil is refilled to capacity, disconnect the oil line.
The QuickFit™ kit contains everything you need to convert your system:
Parker QuickFit Valve.
Parker Push-Lok Hose.
Parker QuickFit Bracket
Equipment specific installation guide with images and detailed instructions
The QuickFit™ oil change system makes changing your engine and machine oil a faster, cleaner and safer process. Now, maintenance becomes simple, your productivity goes up, and risk of spills and contamination is virtually eliminated with this one standardized solution.
Learn more about Parker's QuickFit™ Oil Change System.
Article contributed by Matthew Walley, product manager, QuickFit product. Quick Coupling Division.
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As we look back on 2017, increased demand contributed to technology advancements and higher productivity across a range of industries including oil and gas, power generation, life science, construction, agriculture, and manufacturing. Design engineers and MRO managers placed a priority on the proper design, assembly and installation of fluid transfer components to ensure optimal performance of equipment and machinery. Here, we've compiled a list of the most read fluid and gas handling technology blogs for 2017 featuring tips, methods and solutions to optimize the function and reliability of hydraulic systems for maximum productivity and profitability. In these blogs you'll learn:
Many hose installers are not trained on how to correctly measure and specify hose length. As a result, a replacement hose may end up being either a little shorter or a little longer than the original part. When inches matter, the confusion about properly measuring hose length can result in delays and extra expense. In this blog, you'll learn how to correctly measure hose length.
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Hose manufacturers each use a diverse range of materials that can result in a variety of hose styles. Hoses from various manufacturers may have similar dimensions and constructions, but different rubber compounds and reinforcement materials make a huge difference when it comes to hose failures and every manufacturer's "recipe" is unique. Read this blog to get a look behind the scenes of hose manufacturing.
OEMs and fitting manufacturers are constantly finding new ways to stump us with different threads and new ways to seal them. When making hydraulic fitting connection choices today, there are several features to research and understand for your application. We highlight connections, attachment styles and the 5 most important factors you need to consider for hydraulic fittings in this blog.
Employees often overlook hoses during routine maintenance checks for material handling equipment, which can lead to machine downtime and lost productivity. If a hose fails, it creates a potentially hazardous situation for anyone operating the unit or in close proximity. Read these 8 simple tips to properly maintain your mast hose.
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Having potable water at our fingertips is something many of us take for granted. For those in facility management, this can be a significant challenge. Water pressure, temperature, environmental conditions and hostile environments can all affect a facility’s water. Only with the proper water solutions will a facility be able to count on dependable, treated potable water.
Following is a case of an existing system that eventually broke down due to poor planning and component selection, and the steps taken to rectify the problems.
Download our whitepaper with two case studies on potable water systems and choosing the right connectors, tubing and accessories.
This case involved a community center that was used by residents and businesses for various events and activities. A service director from a water treatment company was dispatched to the community center to investigate a complaint of “bizarre-smelling water” from a central RO system. Upon inspection of the entire potable water system, the service director discovered the root cause of the offensive smell in the water was directly related to hostile environmental conditions that contaminated the system and purveyance plumbing.
The centralized RO system was installed in the center’s mechanical room, which was separated by an open breezeway to the main structure that housed the kitchen area, ice makers, steamers, pot fillers, coffee makers, soda machines and drinking fountains.
The accumulated RO water entered a bank of activated carbon filters and then exited the mechanical room through a hole in the outside wall and then to direct burial of the tubing in the ground, where it continued for 90 feet (27.4 meters) before rising out of the ground to enter the back wall of the community center for access to the kitchen area. The purveyance tubing was clear 0.75-inch (19.05-mm) ID-braided, reinforced PVC hose, connected with plastic barb fittings and hose clamps. There was evidence of damaged hose due to sunlight exposure, as well as damage from grounds maintenance and other routine activities at the facility.
Inside the kitchen areas, inspection revealed algae growth in the tubing branches that serviced the POU connections.
The RO system was in good working order, requiring only the replacement of TFC membranes with commercial-size CTA membranes. Restoration of the purveyance piping would comprise the bulk of the work.
The reconfiguration and restoration consisted of:
This case was an actual event that clearly shows what is required to provide dependable, treated potable water service for health-related and food-service establishments. It is also an example of installations where flexible tubing or hose products may only be a part of a total material selection for a given project. The convenience of flexible tubing and hose products may make short work of a project, but in many cases fail because of poor project planning and understanding of environmental conditions that will affect the long-term performance of a potable water system.
The water usage, in this case, is what is referred to as “intermittent usage” where there may be as little as one day or as many as several weeks when there is no water usage. For that reason, it was important to maintain detectable chlorine throughout the accumulated water tanks and purveyance piping. Therefore, the CTA membranes were specified to allow chlorinated water to permeate the (chlorine-tolerant) membranes. Just as in a municipal water system where water is chlorinated to prevent bacterial contamination, these systems benefited from residual chlorine in the purveyance plumbing to maintain bacteriostasis of the RO water. The chlorine is then removed just prior to dispensing at the POU fixture(s) by the CTO filters.
The importance of assessing a project and selecting the right components for any application should never be taken lightly. Final selection of thermoplastic fittings, tubing and accessories is the responsibility of the person(s) specifying them for a particular application.
Author, Gary Battenberg is a technical support and systems design specialist with the Fluid System Connectors Division of Parker Hannifin. He has 35 years of experience in the fields of domestic, commercial, industrial, high-purity and sterile water treatment processes. Battenberg has worked in the areas of sales, service, design, and manufacturing of water treatment systems and processes utilizing filtration, ion exchange, UV sterilization, reverse osmosis and ozone technologies.
Submitted by Traci Simmons, marketing services specialist at Fluid System Connectors Division, Parker Hannifin.
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