ISO 14001 is recognized as the international standard for environmental management systems and provides organizations/businesses with criteria to follow, which will identify, control, and reduce their environmental impact. Becoming ISO 14001 certified has numerous benefits to businesses, sectors, and activities large or small. ISO 14001 is a voluntary standard that hundreds of thousands of companies worldwide have chosen to become certified in, uniting them in a global goal to reduce the environmental impacts created by companies and businesses, to preserve the natural Earth for future generations.
ISO 14001: was recently updated to ISO 14001: 2015, which introduces a few requirements to a universally beneficial certification. Key benefits of ISO 14001: 2015 include:
Parker reducing environmental impact
When becoming ISO 14001:2015 certified, Parker set ambitious goals. Parker's Precision Fluidics Division was getting two trash and one recycling pickup each week. The goal was to reverse those numbers. It was achieved in 18 months by training, raising awareness to all employees, increasing recycling bins throughout the facility with signs/labeling, and constant monitoring. Goals of this magnitude take time and planning, but the environmental rewards are immense.
Helping our customers and our team
Parker Precision Fluidics is a great example of a company set on reducing its environmental impact. A goal was set to improve the durability of product packaging and eliminate landfill waste at a customer location by introducing recyclable materials. A few simple adjustments were made such as using recyclable trays instead of bubble wrap, bubble bags, and foam inside each shipping container. The change resulted in energy savings, trash reduction, and reduction in the weight production needed of each box. The total result was almost 64,000 pieces of foam a year eliminated from landfill, 100% percent recyclable packaging, and a simpler tray packaging system.
Transitioning to a tray system reduced the weight the production team needs to handle when transporting from the production cell to shipping, providing a much-appreciated safety and ergonomic improvement. Another exciting feature of the new packaging is that our product is even more secure during shipment. Following the ISTA (International Safe Transit Association) test procedure, Parker validated the new packaging to be an improvement over the non-recycled foam — reducing the risk of shipping damage and increasing the product quality when it's received at our customers' locations.
Reduce, reuse and recycle
Another simple adjustment Parker Precision Fluidics has made is utilizing reusable packaging for component parts from repeat vendors.
The picture to the left is a rack of recycled plastic trays on Parker Precision Fluidics production floor. These trays come from various vendors that make parts for Parker. After the trays are empty, they are shipped back to the vendor and reused. This is a great example of a very simple way to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Parker Precision Fluidics is an ISO 14001: 2015 certified division of Parker Hannifin that has set both large and small goals that have been beneficial to the company as a whole, our customers, and best of all, the environment. The above examples show how ambitious yet simple goals can have great impacts. The main objective in ISO-14001: 2015 is having continuous improvement and never being content with what you have achieved.
The first step in becoming ISO 14001:2015 certified is to define your objective. What does your company want to achieve by getting this certification? Make sure you have the support of senior management. Take the time to review any existing processes and systems pertinent to environmental impact. If desired, third-party certifications are available that will conduct audits of your practices against the requirements standards. ISO does not perform certification. For more information about the certification process, visit www.iso.org.
To learn more about Parker Precision Fluidics Division, visit our website or call 603-595-1500 to speak with an engineer.
Article contributed by Jamie Campbell, pump product manager, Parker Precision Fluidics Division, Mooresville, NC. Jamie is constantly looking for new ways to reduce and recycle at the Mooresville location.
11 Jul 2019
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 approaches have specific benefits—ease of replacement for formed hose and smaller allowable minimum bend radius for tube assemblies—they also introduce some potentially costly drawbacks:
When combined with the other environmental and usage factors that can adversely affect hose performance and life expectancy, it’s clear that better solutions are needed to improve hose performance while avoiding costly downtime and system repair.
Issues affecting hose performance
While hoses have a finite lifespan under normal conditions, it is helpful to understand that their service life can be adversely affected by a variety of factors.
These factors include:
“Fluids are the lifeblood of industrial and mobile equipment, and as conduits for these fluids, hose assemblies are critical to system performance.”
Jeff Grau, engineering manager, innovation, Parker’s Hose Products Division
The frequency of the occurrence of many of these issues has been increasing due to continuing end-product evolution that has generally reduced available space and increased the ambient temperature within that space.
Three key hose-related equipment requirements
Recognizing that the market needed a safer, more reliable and cost-efficient alternative to formed hose and hose/tube assembies, Parker developed the E-Z Form hose series: a system-based solution to challenging application problems. This provides a single-source reliable solution that meets all requirements effectively and economically. These are the requirements we focused on:
Requirement #1: Withstand extreme bends and tight routing without kinking
Requirement #2: Reduce potential for leaks in assemblies with multiple connections
Requirement #3: Eliminate the need for extensive and costly replacement inventory and related replacement time
To learn more about the issues affecting hose performance, benefits of formed hose and key hose-related equipment requirements, download our whitepaper, Overcoming Three Common Design and Maintenance Challenges in Hose Applications.
This article was contributed by Jeff Grau, engineering manager and Jeff Berger, product sales manager, Hose Products Division, Parker Hannifin Corporation.
3 Jul 2019
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 reasons, A/C lines can fail over time causing costly replacements and lengthy lead-times for the end user. All vehicles can experience some leakage through seals and hose crimps, but as vehicles age, seepage increases. Repairing leaks is crucial since low refrigerant fluid levels prevent an A/C system's compressor from turning on.
Leaks can be easily detected by spraying hoses and couplings with soapy water and using the bubbles to pinpoint leaks. Often end-users are faced with the challenge of needing a high-quality replacement part that can be assembled quickly in the field. They may need a product which solves difficult applications like tight routings, or one that eliminates the need for crimping machines and dies which may be unavailable on site.Parker's solution
Parker's A/C Clip stands out in quality, value and performance in even the most demanding applications of R134a and R1234yf air conditioning and refrigeration systems worldwide. The design is simple and only requires readily available hand tools. Parker also offers a comprehensive line of A/C style end connections available to meet the needs of many different applications.
This innovative product meets SAE J2064 standard and provides an end-to-end solution with Parker’s 285 Refrigeration hose. The hose/fitting combination guarantees the lowest possible refrigerant permeation along with superior hose flexibility as compared to existing products in the market.Assemble in six simple steps
For the A/C clip installation guide, you will need the following to get started: hose, hose cutter
Step 1: Cut hose to proper length with hose cutter
Step 2: Place two A/C clips on the A/C clip chamber
STEP 3: Slip assembled A/C Clip Chamber with A/C Clips onto the hose until the closed end of the Chamber contacts the end of the hose.
STEP 4: Replacement of Air Conditioning Hoses Made Simple Step 3 Hose Products Division
STEP 5: Insert fitting until the hex contacts the hose end with the A/C Clip Chamber.
STEP 6: Tighten A/C Clips with the pliers until the ear clamp ends make contact or meet. Expect a slight “spring back” or gap once the pliers are released. If you are using pneumatic pliers (Optional) to close the A/C Clips, the pliers open themselves when the correct closing force has been reached.
Parker’s Hose Products Division delivers unparalleled quality and reliability in products engineered for the success of your application. Learn more here about the innovative A/C Clip.
Article contributed by Tanya Christian, digital marketing specialist, Hose Products Division, Parker Hannifin Corporation.
20 Jun 2019
Representing up to 40% of the electricity consumed by a company, compressed air is a fluid with many challenges. Poor management of this fluid and/or the design of its distribution network results in significant additional costs, but also low availability with negative consequences on production.
One of the challenges for industrial fluid networks is to integrate into a new industrial dimension of total automation for optimal productivity.
The compressed air network becomes an interconnected system in its industrial environment.The means for the designer to achieve optimal productivity:
Each compressed air network is unique, as user needs are variable, and the configuration possibilities are large. The main priorities for their operation are focused on the qualities intrinsic to the design of the compressed air network.
In a fully automated environment, other areas of improvement are made available for greater productivity:
Flexible and modular production methods and therefore completely reconfigurable.
Analysis of information, cloud, production line performance.
The implementation of means to ensure predictive maintenance.
Efficient monitoring of energy consumption and raw materials.
The use of virtual means for process simulation.
The integration of the Internet of Things into manufactured products.
It, therefore, becomes essential for an installation to interact with its environment.
What monitoring brings to the user and designer:
All companies try to keep downtime to a minimum. The best tool for this is preventive maintenance. It consists of shutting down the installations according to plans, performing scheduled maintenance and restarting without complications.
Preventive maintenance systems (condition monitoring) are based on value history, which originates from the phase of correct operation of the machines. Real-time measurement of values ensures that they are as close as possible to any variations and can be analysed as soon as they appear in order to refine the maintenance plan, create alerts or intervene in real time.
Moreover, having this information available in a given environment allows the designer to make changes to the system so that it can be even more adapted.
Monitoring will ensure greater responsiveness and understanding of processes and systems at two levels. That of the users and that of the designers. Monitoring is optimally integrated into the continuous improvement plan within and outside the company and can become a tool for interconnectivity between companies.
Parker Transair's proposal:
Parker Transair brings to its customers a new evolution in the field of compressed air networks with its condition monitoring technology, which allows end-users to monitor their compressed air network systems and maintain their productivity, anywhere and anytime.
The Transair Condition Monitoring System (TCMS™) uses wireless sensor technology to monitor the compressed air piping system, alert the end-user to system changes and provide critical data that helps reduce downtime and increase productivity.
A user-friendly web interface allows users to easily view and analyse the data to ensure that the system is operating at optimal levels of pressure, power, temperature, humidity and flow.
A 4-20mA wireless transmitter allows other equipment to be connected to the system to make their data available at the interface.
Transair Condition Monitoring System (TCMS™) helps to reduce overall costs by avoiding unnecessary downtime and extending the life of sensitive equipment.
"It is essential for end-users to be able to accurately monitor this data, because compressed air systems are very complex and highly scalable."
Guillaume Tetard, Director of the Transair Business Unit.
Transair Condition Monitoring System (TCMS™) complements the Parker Transair Aluminum Network System, known for its high performance, corrosion resistance and efficient use in a wide range of industries.
"Thanks to the light weight of Transair components and the instant connection technology, manpower is reduced to only 20% of overall installation costs, which saves money right from the start."
Françoise Lunel, Transair Communication Manager.
Combining a Transair system with the Transair Condition Monitoring System (TCMS™) will save the company money by finding ways to increase air supply efficiency, reduce maintenance costs and prevent unwanted scrap, thereby reducing the overall cost of the plant.
This article was contributed by Laurent Orcibal, eBusiness manager, Low Pressure Connectors Europe Division, Parker Hannifin Corporation.
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18 Jun 2019
When selecting the right coupling, the frequency of hose connection and disconnection is a major factor in the type of coupler that should be used. For example, at workstations where pneumatic tools are being changed many times throughout a shift, a quick connect coupler allows rapid tool replacement and provides a significant increase in productivity.
Another example is hydraulic testing processes. Quick couplings significantly reduce the time required to test each assembly. If technicians were required to tap into systems using a wrench to connect and disconnect, valuable time would be added to each testing procedure. Again, productivity increases with the use of quick couplings.
Many industries are rapidly adopting quick couplings for this very reason, realizing the increase in efficiency far outweighs the increased costs.What is a quick coupling?
A quick coupling, often referred to as a quick coupler, QD or quick-acting coupling, is a mechanical device that provides a fast, easy, sure way to repeatedly connect and disconnect almost any fluid or gas line. All quick-connect couplings have two parts: a plug and a socket. The plug is the male half and the socket is the female half. When connected properly, these parts seal and lock the joint effectively to contain internal pressures and resist any tensile forces that tend to pull the joint apart.
The most significant advantages of a quick couplings over standard hydraulic connections are:
Time of connection/disconnection
Prevention of fluid leakage
Cost is a factor that prevents quick connect couplings from being more widely used. These couplings contain many more components such as valving and locking mechanisms, which means higher material and assembly costs.
Secondly, there is an issue of pressure drop. Media flowing over the internal valves causes turbulence in the media - either fluid or gas. Think of the effect rocks have on the flow of a river. This can cause a slight drop in pressure that can be measured as ‘pressure drop’ (PSID).
Choosing the right coupler for the job
Before selecting a coupling, important questions must be answered regarding performance:
Once these questions have been answered, a preliminary selection of coupling type can be made: one, two or no shutoff valves, and the type of connect and disconnect mechanism. Keep in mind that one style may offer the greatest convenience in service, but a different model's lower pressure drop may be more desirable for the application.Single shut-off couplings
Single shut-off couplings are primarily used for pneumatic or gas applications, connecting air tools, hoses or other implements to compressed air and gas supplies. In these applications, the coupler half (female) is valved while the nipple half (male) is un-valved or “straight-through.” Upon inserting the nipple, it opens the valving on the coupler, which allows flow. When disconnecting the nipple, the valve on the coupler automatically closes which stops flow from the coupler.Double shut-off couplings
Both coupling halves are frequently valved in the case of hydraulic applications. Double shut-off couplings minimize fluid leakage while limiting the amount of air, dirt and water that can become trapped between valves during reconnection. To address these concerns, many manufacturers offer flat-faced couplings that reduce fluid spillage to a drop or less every time the coupling is disconnected.Parker solutions
The impact of employing quick connect couplings will make a difference in any operation where reliability, time and productivity are of the utmost importance. Parker’s Quick Coupling Division is the largest quick coupling manufacturer in the world, providing quick disconnects and accessories that are appropriate for use in countless applications across widespread markets where fluid lines are connected and disconnected. These markets include aerospace, subsea gas and oil exploration, agriculture, electromechanical, filtration, thermal management and all others that require reliable, safe connections.
Many of Parker’s coupling products are available with unique non-standard options well suited to very specific applications. Examples of unusual end-use applications might include: high temperatures (above 250° F), extremely caustic/corrosive solutions passing through the coupling, external/environmental corrosion situations or other high wear and tear situations such as dragging the product along the ground.Learn more about Parker’s Quick Couplings.
Article contributed by Anthony Mistretta, product sales manager, Quick Coupling Division, Parker Hannifin.
18 Jun 2019
Ready or not, the age of the ‘smart’ factory is upon us in ways only a few short years ago were inconceivable. Today, any industrial sector business whose plant floor is not online may well find itself struggling to maintain a competitive advantage. Machine Condition Monitoring is being revolutionized by the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, quickly replacing traditional monitoring of assets—gathering data through a time-consuming manual or semi-manual process—where manpower, time and other resources are required.
Cloud-based IoT advanced condition monitoring utilizing sensors, mobile devices and the cloud can assist in predicting equipment failures, save money and allow employees to do a lot more with less. Considering these facts, it makes perfect sense for a plant utilizing the ‘old way’ to make the move to this latest technology. So, if your business is considering making the upgrade, there are few things you need to know before getting aboard this hi-tech juggernaut.Define desired outcomes
When considering the implementation of a cloud-based IoT machine condition monitoring system, a strategy must be in place that will best define what you want to achieve.
What are you trying to impact? How will success be measured? Who will be responsible for the system?
Other factors that need to be evaluated at the beginning of the process include cost and ROI. While the cost has decreased significantly over the years, companies must take a hard look at not just the initial investment in hardware and software, but the downstream expenses as well: retrofitting, planned downtime versus unplanned downtime, consulting and subscription costs.
Of course, there are operational considerations—staff training, redeployment of existing resources, scheduling, management support, etc. Once you develop a plan of action and set goals, you will be better prepared to make the IoT decision that’s best for your operation.
Start small and simple
The process of launching and maintaining an IoT program can be intimidating - to engineers, maintenance staff, and to management as well. The answer is to start off on a level which allows you to focus on mission-critical assets and key plant floor issues. It’s also important to create an accurate baseline measurement of process functionality before the new technology is employed.
Easing into IoT, installing the system on a limited number of machines, will also set the stage for long-term success. This modus operandi will allow the entire team to better understand the hardware, software and critical processes without the inherent large-scale frustrations and defeatist attitude that could lead to disaster.
Chances are, you are not going to be able to make the leap to IoT machine condition monitoring on your own; there’s just too much ‘under the hood’ that only a true expert in the field will understand. The company from which you purchase the technology is your most likely source for providing the consultation necessary to keep your investment on track.
But you also need to lean on the experts in your organization that can speak to maintenance and technology needs that will make the implementation of an IoT condition monitoring system valuable.
Embrace the technology
Often the Achilles’ heel in the process of introducing this technology onto the plant floor is employee buy-in. In the mind of many workers, ‘new’ does not always mean better, and there’s the question of how this technology will affect ‘my current job.’ An explanation of the technology and its benefits is a critical step to make the transition as smooth as possible with these stakeholders.
Skills and knowledge will breed success. This may require new positions to be created—data analysts and networking engineers for example. Retraining of maintenance technicians will be critical. Ultimately, the goal for everyone will remain the same—keep the plant floor running smoothly.It’s a journey, not an event
If you’re expecting immediate gratification—financially and operationally— from your shiny new IoT investment, you will most likely be disappointed. Most companies report a time period of months, sometimes a year or two, before the system is operating at its fullest and most efficient. Staying the course and heeding the advice of experts will provide your company with a significant advantage over the competition.
The Parker solution
Parker can help companies—large and small alike—navigate their way through this new technology. Our easy-to-use cloud-based condition monitoring solution is ideal for accurate and reliable data gathering for predictive maintenance solutions. From the planning stage through full operation, the Parker team will be there.
Parker’s innovative SensoNODE™ Gold Sensors and Voice of the Machine™ Software utilize cloud technology to monitor machines continuously and remotely. With a web-based platform, users can get data from anywhere, anytime.
Facilitating the digital transformation
As a leader in cloud-based machine condition monitoring, Parker is helping industrial and commercial companies make the digital transformation to the Internet of Things (IoT) and full-factory connectivity.
View the comprehensive overview of Parker’s complete line of condition monitoring products or see the Parker solution at Booth #730 at Sensors Expo in San Jose, June 25 – 27.
Article contributed by Westin Siemsglusz, IoT market sales manager, Parker Hannifin Corporation.
11 Jun 2019