Our sense of taste is changing. We’re becoming more health conscious of the foods and beverages we consume to living a better life. No more perplexing and hard-to-pronounce food labels. Rather, simplicity rules the day as consumers seek transparency in knowing the ingredients going into the products they eat and drink. Simple does not discount sophistication though. The demand is present for high-quality foods that are healthy, sustainable and of course, appease the tastebuds.Reassessing traditional food and beverage operations
So then, what does this all mean? Food and beverage companies have to think differently about infrastructure and plant operations to satisfy evolving appetites, from processed foods to healthier options. Manufacturing processes need to be structured to support plant-based foods and successfully manage fresh and short shelf-life products that do not contain artificial preservations or ingredients. This involves a fundamental shift in how food is produced, from shifting operating models to investing in new technology, to bring healthier, fresher foods and beverages to market.
The food manufacturing industry is highly competitive. In the United States alone, there are 27,000 organizations, generating annual revenue of nearly $790 billion. Being operational efficient to produce and distribute a complete, desirable and quality product while staying mindful of consumer tastes and nutritional trends ensures business longevity and its place among competitors.
This is no easy feat. There are many challenges and obstacles unique to the industry, including government guidance and regulations, food and beverage safety standards, extremely elaborate food processing machinery and sanitation equipment, and supply chain and logistical difficulties. In return, organizations may be reluctant to make changes and bring aboard new technologies, as this may be assumed as digital disruption, causing roadblocks in the form of production downtime and maintenance costs.
Improve product quality through condition monitoring
Adapting new technologies and processes will be a necessity for food and beverage. The integration of innovative applications, advanced equipment and better automation translates to an improved product (in regards to food taste and safety), an increase in productivity and efficiency, and reducing unscheduled machine downtime.
How can these initiatives be achieved while producing a superior product? The food and beverage manufacturing sector has the tendency to be late adapters of digital trends. However, the affordability of technologies coupled with improved software tools creates a compelling case for implementing the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. And the course of action to establish sound machines is with condition monitoring.
Simply put, condition monitoring is the process of observing the parameter of conditions in machinery and equipment (temperature, pressure, humidity, vibration, etc.) in order to identify performance anomalies during operation. Over time, these indicators of equipment and system health will become easier to predict, allowing for the appropriate measures to resolving issues before escalating into serious complications and resulting in machine downtime.Implementing a condition monitoring solution
Condition monitoring is achieved through sensors and software that is constantly capturing a variety of data points that can be utilized to monitor the health of an asset. For example, Parker’s SensoNODE™ Gold sensors and Voice of the Machine™ Cloud Software provide continuous condition monitoring of equipment. Together, they work in coherence to monitor temperature, humidity, pressure, current and vibration. These are critical parameters to measure in the food and beverage plants in establishing food safety.
SensoNODE Gold sensors can be attached anywhere on a machine, even in the most difficult-to-reach locations, transmitting real-time measurements to the Voice of the Machine Cloud web-based platform that allows viewing data 24/7 from anywhere with an internet connection. Workers can monitor asset conditions and changes among the different processes to identify abnormalities and resolve those issues through simple, wireless monitoring. This prevents unnecessary production downtime and costs associated with maintenance and repairs.
Voice of the Machine web-based solution presents data through easy-to-understand dashboards and provides notifications when measurement thresholds are exceeded. A user-friendly interface makes connecting sensors uncomplicated and measurements easy-to-read. Exporting of data is done with a click of one button, which sends a CSV file right to your email. The wealth of data collected can be leveraged to tweak existing processes, establish new systems, cut maintenance costs, increase product output, and utlimately increase the bottom line.
SensoNODE Gold Sensors and Voice of the Machine Software create a touch free experience, as up-to-date machine measurements are available to be viewed via an internet connection. Whether on the plant floor or out of the office, workers can monitor and analyze data from multiple assets and get alerts of deviations, which ensures continuous productivity, increased efficiency and eliminates downtime that improves the overall bottom line.
Contact Parker today to see how its SensoNODE sensors and Voice of the Machine software can improve condition monitoring for your food and beverage operations.
Article contributed by Westin Siemsglusz, IoT market sales manager, Parker Hannifin.
17 Jan 2020
Seal-Lok for CNG Fittings and Adapters provide reliable natural gas fuel conveyance in CNG applications with an O-ring face seal design that incorporates an elastomeric seal compound made of hydrogenated nitrile. Tested and certified by TUV for applicable industry standards, these O-ring face seal fittings offer many benefits like, zero clearance for easy plumbing, resistance to over-tightening and vibration, and unlimited remakability, which make it an ideal hydraulic fluid connection solution. Seal-Lok for CNG leak-free connections reduce warranty costs and maintenance expenditures while providing a competitive advantage for customers in the CNG market.
Below are the most frequently asked questions about Seal-Lok for CNG to give you a better understanding of this reliable leak-free connection solution.
HNBR compound, 85 durometer, rated for -58ºF to 300ºF (-50ºC to 148ºC). Parker also has other CNG approved compounds available as specials. Please contact TFD directly if you have specific compound requirements at 614-279-7070.
316 Stainless Steel and Carbon Steel with Parker’s XTR (Zinc-Nickel) plating are both approved.
Yes. It is approved in -12 and smaller by ANSI NGV 3.1-2014/CSA 12.3-2014 for on-vehicle applications.
One of Parker’s three Parflange machines will need to be used to flange the end of the tubing:
Through your local Parker distributor. Find the nearest Parker distributor now: Parker Distributor Locator.
Q: Can I use a Parflange machine to flange coiled tubing? What sizes are available?
Yes. Parker has specifically designed one-piece pins for CNG coiled tubing.
Q: Can standard stainless steel Parflange pins be used for coiled tubing?
No. Use Parker’s special CNG pins for coiled tubing.
Yes. Both Parflange machines and tooling can be rented directly from a local Parker distributor.
Yes. Replacement O-rings can be purchased from TFD. Available O-rings are in Parker Catalog 4300. CNG O-rings will need the CNG suffix added to the p/n. For example, 2-014 CNG or 3-906 CNG.
Q: Having passed the bonfire test, Seal-Lok for CNG fittings are approved for use on refuse trucks. What is the bonfire test?
This is a required test for the Pressure Relief Devices (PRD) used on CNG pressure cylinders. At a customer’s request, this test was adapted by Parker TFD to test the performance of Seal-Lok for CNG
fittings in a similar scenario. Seal-Lok fittings were tested with the CNG HNBR seals in a worst-case (1200ºF) fire, followed immediately with a cold-water purge while being continuously monitored for leaks.
Seal-Lok for CNG PASSED the requirements of no leaks and held pressure throughout the required duration.
For more information on bonfire test and specifics about why this was needed, please see our blog post with a test summary: Seal-Lok ORFS CNG Fittings Pass On-Vehicle Fire Safety Test.
Refer to the Assembly Section of Parker Tube Fittings Division Catalog 4300. You can also refer to blog post and video “Assembly Instructions for Ensuring Leak-Free O-ring Face Seal Fittings.”
Yes. Parker’s stainless (SS) Seal-Lok for CNG fittings come with pre-applied Lube-SS on the tube nuts to prevent galling. In addition to the pre-applied product, it is always good practice to use anti-galling lubrication where connecting two SS threaded connections.
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Contributed by Cody Yarletts, product manager, at Parker Tube Fittings Division
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2 Dec 2019
GlobalCore is the future that OEMs and end users around the world have been asking for: a unified family of robust hydraulic hoses designed to endure the tough conditions where work gets done.
Specified by working pressure, not construction, GlobalCore is the world’s first high-performance cohesive hose and fitting system. Designed, built, and tested to the ISO 18752 specification, the GlobalCore system simplifies specification for OEMs and end users around the globe by providing a comprehensive family of products for the most commonly used constant working pressure classes.
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21 Nov 2019
We’re in the midst of our own gold rush of sorts. Rather than fleeing to California in search of prosperity through extraordinary and precious assets, businesses are looking above to achieve their good fortunes. The cloud as it’s become known has empowered organizations with vast amounts of invaluable data to better serve the needs of customers while increasing the all-important bottom line.
Every second of every day, billions of people are seeking information through computers, mobile devices and the Internet of Things (IoT). This translates to massive amounts of unstructured data being collected and stored with the intent to leverage these variables to support decisions and actions that best satisfy a need or demand. We have come to know this as the big data boom.
Retrieving data involves a similar approach miners used way back when for discovery and exploration. The process involves mining, processing, refining and extracting unfathomable amounts of information with hopes of discovering valuable intelligence into customer behaviors and trends and all facets of business performance. As with the California Gold Rush, organizations across industries – from manufacturing to finance to healthcare – are in search of these golden nuggets of information, to achieve a significant advantage over the competition.Demand for meaningful data
Our reliance on the internet has never been greater, and our accessibility has never been easier. According to a 2019 study by Pew Research, 81 percent of Americans are going online on a daily basis, with half utilizing the internet multiple times throughout the day. The barrage of IoT devices presents both extraordinary opportunities and difficult challenges.
As of 2017, an estimated 2.5 quintillion bytes of data was being generated and that number will only accelerate. By the year 2025, the International Data Corporation (IDC) believes IoT devices will generate more than 79 zettabytes (ZB) of data. That’s a whole lot of information to sift through, and therein lies the challenge for businesses. A majority of this data is unstructured, meaning it can come in any size, shape or form, making it extremely difficult to manage and analyze. So then, as the internet rapidly grows, how can organizations effectively manage data to gain valuable insights?Cloud computing bridge
It’s true you can have too much of a good thing. In relation to data, consumers and businesses are generating so much of it, there’s a formidable strain being placed on the internet infrastructure. So then, as cloud technologies evolve, how can companies alleviate the data pressure and effectively collect and manage valuable insights? That’s where cloud computing plays a role in solving the data crunch.
Cloud computing, better known as “the cloud,” serves as a virtual bridge to seamlessly transport data from IoT applications to a desired destination. Variable expenses, tailored-built capacity, imminent deployment of applications and exceptional speed and agility are several key advantages and benefits as to why organizations favor this approach to collect, process and store tremendous amounts of data. The desired destination to house all of this data is in a public cloud that we refer to as a data center.Data centers proven critical to the success of IoT
Data centers are the keystone of the big data boom. These technology havens are vital to organizations as they store, communicate and transport the information we generate each and every day. However, most data centers today are outdated infrastructures with inefficient systems, having failed to adapt to emerging technologies. This notion, as a result, limits the capacity to produce meaningful information.
As data centers transition to satisfy the growing demand, processes within its ecosystem will need to be modernized. Racks of servers and computing equipment require abundant power demands, making them susceptible to extreme heat. That’s where innovative cooling systems can play a role in ensuring these supercomputers continue to operate without overheating.Air-based cooling
Unfortunately, traditional data center cooling systems waste a lot of energy, money and prove insufficient. One of the most common methods is air-based cooling, more specifically, cold aisle / hot aisle. Simply put, the configuration is to conserve energy and lower cooling costs by managing air flow through the separation of cold air from hot air.
The cold aisle/hot aisle process involves server racks being lined up in alternating rows with cold air intakes facing one way and hot air exhausts facing the other. In theory, this creates a convection system where server racks cool themselves, but this does not always work, causing more cold air to be pumped into the room. While this approach will bring the room temperature to an ideal setting, excess cooling capacity breeds hot spots in the data center. When all of the cooling units are running simultaneously, this creates a surplus of air flow, which causes hot spots to develop and form in racks and across equipment. Instead of cool air being pushed past servers and then staying by the servers, that air is pushed up and away from the servers.Liquid-based cooling
And this brings us to liquid-based cooling. Viewed as the successor and far more efficient solution to air-based cooling, this technique allows specific system components to be cooled to a greater degree utilizing water. Liquid-based cooling is used to cool the hot side of the server rack to bring the temperature down. Since water conducts electricity, the liquid never touches the actual components themselves. Basins accommodate water, which is carried through hoses and into cooling tower pumps, then runs alongside the server. This helps keep the temperature of the components inside the server rack cool.
Now, there is a conflict with this approach. There will always be that risk of water leaking, especially at the point of connection between components, which spells disaster for server racks. Connections are ever so critical for continuous operations of liquid-based cooling. Companies demand a connection leveraging maximum reliability and efficiency coupled with durability and compact design. Most importantly, eliminating the chance of a drip, spill or leak. And that’s where Parker’s liquid cooling coupling solutions satisfy the need.
Featuring an advanced internal design and robust functionality, these couplings incorporate non-spill valving, meaning no spillage during connection and disconnection. The key is a flat-sealing valve design, preventing any type of fluid loss against sensitive electronics and all electrical connections. This ensures the highest level of compatibility with the broadest range of liquids and the application environment.Parker’s liquid cooling coupling advantages
To learn more, visit Parker at SC19, November 17-22, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. View demos of the liquid cooling connection solutions at Booth #557.
Article contributed by Cameron Koller, market development manager, Quick Coupling Division, Parker Hannifin.
28 Oct 2019
In clinical diagnostics, the fastest-growing segment is point-of-care testing (POCT). POCT consists of medical diagnostic testing performed close to the patient, instead of a traditional centralized hospital lab or offsite laboratory. Driving this growth and market demand is the ability to bring convenient testing and almost immediate results to the physician and patient. The market is also very broad, as point-of-care tests can be developed for many clinical indications including infectious diseases, glucose, cholesterol, cancer (tumor marker testing), urinalysis, diabetes, cardiology and blood screening. The ability to quickly diagnose a wide variety of diseases closer to where patients are enables improved patient outcomes, increased patient access and lower total cost of care. This market shift is changing clinical diagnostics device manufacturers' needs and approaches to design. This blog investigates a common POCT technique and the innovative components being designed specifically for these devices.
Molecular diagnostics technique
Molecular diagnostics techniques have become a common enabling technology in the point of care market. In its most basic terms, molecular diagnostics typically involves matching the DNA found in a patient sample (the patients own DNA or DNA from organisms in the sample) to target disease in a DNA test cartridge. If no match is found in the test, the patient doesn't have the targeted virus, bacteria or cancer marker, but if a positive match is made the patient can be quickly treated for that illness. Molecular diagnostics enables smaller diagnostic devices because all of the chemistry can be completed in a small compact cartridge. It also provides the ability to detect multiple targets at one time with one sample, referred to as multiple testing. Below is a basic example of a multiplexed point of care instrument by using Molecular Diagnostics techniques, and the types of components that are often involved in this circuit.
In the above diagram, you see a simplified fluidic circuit where a multiplex test would be completed in a micro-fluidic cartridge. In this example system, fluids in the cartridge are piloted by air pressure supplied by an internal pump and controlled using various valves and pressure control methods. This circuit includes the Parker Helix pump (a miniature high-pressure pump) to supply the gas pressure to an accumulator volume to store compressed air. A Parker OEM-EP pressure controller or VSO LowPro proportional valve is then used to maintain steady pressure in the accumulator for precise control of the microfluidic circuit. Miniature solenoid valves such as the X-Valve, C7, Series MX, are used to dispense specific reagents and move the sample through the process. These fluidic components have a compact and efficient design which helps reduce instrument size and are offered with a variety of features to meet the needs of the application. Two specific parts of this fluidic system that will be examined in greater detail are the Helix Pump and the X-Valve.
The Helix Pump
The Helix pump is a compact, high-pressure pump that is designed to enable the smallest and fastest point of care instruments with a width of only 49 mm [1.9"] height of 84 mm [3.3"], and a length of 87 mm [3.5"]. The Helix pump delivers more than 5.5 LPM flow and pressures up to 100 PSI to pilot micro-fluidic cartridges with narrow passages. This compact pump was developed specifically for point of care test devices with limited available space and high-performance demands. The pump also includes an integrated Parker X-Valve to relieve pressure on the pump between cycles, this integration further reduces the footprint of the pneumatic system.
The increased performance of the Parker Helix pump also enables operation in challenging high-altitude environments with lower atmospheric pressure, allowing POCT systems to function in a broad geographical range, further increasing patient's access to life-saving diagnostic testing. The Parker Helix pump uses a controllable brushless DC motor designed to operate at a wide range of speeds to reduce noise in a system during times of lower demand. Additional accessories include a filter muffler, which provides further noise reduction and filters debris.
The X-Valve is described as a miniature valve but it is tiny — measuring 7.87 mm [0.31"] width, 12.20 mm [0.48"] height, 23.37 mm [0.92"] length, and weighing only 0.16 oz (4.5g).This valve is ideal for portable applications with limited space and power (power requirement from 0.5W to 1W). The X-Valve was designed to reduce system size and weight while providing pneumatic solutions in one package. This valve includes various mounting options available to ensure compatibility with any point-of-care system. The X-Valve is designed for direct tubing or manifold mounting, and can even be placed directly on a PCB. These options allow for mounting in tight limited space and numerous valves to be mounted together.
The demand for more point-of-care testing has driven medical device manufacturers to design smaller components and devices with the capability to replace traditional in-vitro diagnostics systems. The advancements in molecular diagnostics and miniaturization will continue to change the industry in the future. These changes will make testing more convenient and generate immediate results for patients and physicians; this will decrease the cost of care and increase early detection to improve patient outcomes. Point of care testing is one of the most promising solutions to serve an expanding population by increased patient access, improved patient outcomes with early detection, lower total costs and overall improving the lives of patients.
These are only a few examples of Parker Precision Fluidics pumps and valves that are offered for Point of Care Testing devices. Follow this link to view more Parker Precision Fluidics point of care testing solutions.
This post was contributed by Don McNeil, Strategic Marketing Manager, Parker Precision Fluidics.
Our applications engineering team is always available to provide recommendations and customize equipment to customer specifications.
To learn more, visit Parker Hannifin’s Precision Fluidics Division or call 603-595-1500 to speak with an engineer.
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24 Oct 2019
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates there are more than 100,000 car wash facilities throughout the country with Americans spending $5.8 billion annually to have their vehicles cleaned and detailed. In fact, over the last two decades, the number of car owners opting for car wash and auto detailing services has increased exponentially, and industry revenue growth is forecasted to grow at an average yearly rate of 3.3 percent. This will continue to rise as automatic car washes become more affordable and environmentally friendly.
With tremendous growth comes increased competition to provide the most convenient and specialized car wash process for the modern vehicle. For decades, full-service, in-bay automatic (IBA) and self-serve car wash services dominated the landscape. Today, they are competing with express exterior and flex-serve washes implementing modern systems and processes that greatly enhance the car wash experience for a better and longer wash while utilizing virtually no labor.Performance problems that can wash away business
Machines are the lifeblood of modern professional car wash facilities. Success is dependent on the performance of the equipment. As the demand grows for vehicle washes, system components are being used at a much higher pace and volume which can result in faster wear and tear of machinery. Automated conveyors, for example, can fail to operate on high traffic days due to insufficient pressure issues. If mechanical problems persist due to poor performance, this may lead to car wash downtime resulting in a huge loss of profit.
Along with machines, car wash owners and operators must be mindful of car care applications. Modern chemical systems are essential to wash performance. Running out of soap or wax can also lead to downtime. The ability to monitor liquid levels can ensure the car wash process is performing at an optimum pace. These liquids can also be affected by variables beyond control, such as the weather. The most important agents, soap and water, under the most extreme conditions can induce havoc on a car wash facility. Car washes can shut down from frozen waterlines, ice buildup, bay door malfunctions or equipment freezes. Being offline temporarily can have permanent consequences for owners and operators.
Despite industry advancements, car washes remain subservient to other variables such as air pressure and water temperature. Innovations in advanced condition monitoring and the advent of the internet of things (IoT), equip owners with data and analytics to diagnose machine health, detect issues before they arise and monitor equipment in all weather conditions.Condition monitoring for car wash facilities
One car wash equipment manufacturer for automotive dealerships wanted to provide preventative maintenance on its systems. They were seeking a remote monitoring solution that would allow them to monitor a variety of conditions:
Real-time information would enable technicians to effectively and efficiently service equipment. Additionally, the capability to sense chemical levels would allow owners to know exactly when soap, conditioner, pre-soak and other cleaner replenishments need to occur, reducing system downtime and lost revenue.Preventive maintenance ensures continuous operations and machine performance
The local Parker distributor suggested a continuous remote monitoring solution that could monitor the system including liquid level sensing. SensoNODE™ Gold Sensors and Voice of the Machine™ Software is a low-cost monitoring system with superior flexibility that can be incorporated throughout the car wash process in new or existing systems. By installing the wireless SensoNODE Gold Sensors, service technicians can monitor the bay for changes in pressure, temperature and humidity with instant data and conduct accurate diagnostics to pinpoint any potential issues without having to be on-site.
Chemical levels can be tracked with Parker’s liquid level sensor which identifies chemical fluid levels within barrels. This sensor is non-invasive and attached to the outside of the chemical container. This reduces the opportunities for spillage and employee health mishaps. This helps alleviate material and equipment issues while also providing service technicians with critical information to know exactly when they are needed to be on location.
Together, SensoNODE Gold Sensors and Voice of the Machine Software create a touch-free experience for the dealership as up-to-date machine measurements and chemical levels are available to be viewed via an internet connection. Access to this information eases concerns over inadequate car washes, equipment malfunctioning or low chemical levels. Learn more.
Article contributed by Westin Siemsglusz, IoT market sales manager, Parker Hannifin Corporation.
14 Oct 2019