If you are a reliability engineer you are responsible for guiding efforts to ensure reliability and maintain equipment, processes, utilities, facilities, controls and safety /security systems. You are the one charged with identifying and managing risks to your plant’s operation, with the primary role of keeping machinery like robots, presses, pumps, precision CNCs and assembly lines operating at their highest capacity possible.
It is important to detect and fix any failure with these assets before they evolve into malfunctions, contribute to defective components; shut down the production process altogether or, even worse, jeopardize worker safety.
You are the last line of defense between safety, productivity, catastrophes and a severe hit to revenueA cloud-based solution
Ensuring peak performance out of each machine requires diligent monitoring and data gathering, and early intervention if a problem arises that could negatively affect productivity. Before the technological breakthrough known as the Internet of Things (IoT), reliability engineers and their teams would employ a time-consuming manual inspection of a machine to determine its operational status. This system was not merely tedious; it was often prone to human error.
In the field of reliability engineering, IoT for asset monitoring is the new paradigm, and will only become more ubiquitous in the future. In the next five years, this technology is expected to generate as much as $500 billion in economic value. For the sake of efficiency and production continuity, the time to get on board with IoT is now.
Thanks to IoT, machines across the entire plant floor can be continuously monitored. Data collection and analyses are provided in real-time, with alerts for any data that falls out of established performance standards. A system such as this can be set up quickly with no upfront costs and a simple implementation process with an internet service provider.
Innovative hardware and software
Parker, a world leader in connected motion and control technologies, is well versed in cloud-based condition monitoring solutions utilizing IoT technology as the basis for its innovative hardware and software package that has wholly transformed operational efficiency. Parker’s SensoNODE™ Sensors are engineered to work in perfect harmony with the company’s Voice of the Machine™ Software. Capable of full-factory connectivity, this web-based platform reduces risk, maintenance and unplanned downtime.
Machine alert notifications can be sent to any internet-connected device, such as a computer, smartphone, or tablet via email, text or within the cloud. This provides engineers with the data needed to make confident, on-the-spot decisions.
Parker’s wireless SensoNODE Gold Sensors are designed to continuously monitor the most critical conditions that affect machine performance: vibration, pressure, temperature, humidity, and strain —any of which could cause a machine to perform poorly or put it out of action altogether.
The company’s Voice of the Machine Software’s incredible power resides in managing large amounts of streaming data with ease. On-screen widgets make for easy visualization, while dashboards provide the ability to add, remove, edit, and view both live and historical data in the cloud.
Industrial facilities around the world have chosen Parker’s system for a myriad of reasons, not the least of which is its easy setup and short learning curve. This allows the Parker machine monitoring system to be operational quickly. There’s no software to download or install and the web-based interface provides intuitive functionality. Since the Parker system requires less manpower to monitor assets and processes, more personnel are available to attend to other duties, resulting in higher efficiency and a healthier bottom line.
Helping engineers make better decisions
With many assets operating around the clock, reliability engineers need their assets’ status on an ongoing basis. This invaluable knowledge allows for better predictions when repairs are needed or when a machine is nearing the end of its lifecycle. Parker’s innovative SensoNODE Sensors and Voice of the Machine Software allows them to receive and review the data anywhere, anytime. The results are better, more timely decisions; a safer work environment; and fewer production interruptions.
As a leader in cloud-based machine condition monitoring, Parker is helping reliability engineers in industrial and commercial companies make the digital transformation to the Internet of Things and full-factory connectivity.
Article contributed by Westin Siemsglusz, IoT market sales manager, Parker Hannifin.
2 Apr 2020
Quick connections for high-pressure, hydraulic applications have evolved immensely over time to satisfy new processes and operational needs. As industries advance their capabilities, the demand grows for coupler capabilities. Today, couplers must ensure fluid handling applications meet both safety and regulatory standards while simultaneously provide optimized containment of a wide range of fluids that can have different operational conditions.
Operators have continually depended on reliable connections for a “non-spill” experience under the most extreme conditions, such as temperature or high pressure. Manufacturers saw this as an opportunity to introduce new and enhanced couplers to the market.Flush face valving delivers near-zero spillage
Couplings, specifically non-spill, are engineered to combat hydraulic leaks and spills with a unified design incorporating sophisticated components. For reference, the term “non-spill” regarding a coupling means a specific type of connector can reduce fluid spillage to near zero whenever a coupling is connected and disconnected. Designed initially as heavy-duty metal couplings for high-pressure, industrial applications, non-spill couplings have evolved into a variety of materials to complement a wide range of applications requiring minimal spillage and air inclusion.
The flush face design became a significant advancement in quick coupling architecture. A “no-drip” valve means no more than a coating of liquid will appear on the valves’ surface, establishing repeated dripless connections and disconnections for a cleaner, safer work environment. Also, inclusion, which represents the air put into the fluid system during each connection, is drastically reduced through a flush face valve. The benefits of near-zero spillage and air inclusion have become critical in many applications, from heavy-duty construction equipment to hydraulic hand tools and general industrial machinery.Parker’s non-spill quick couplings
Parker is the global leader in quick couplings, delivering a spill-free and lasting performance, with a wide range of non-spill coupling solutions to fit versatile fluid applications. The FEM Series, FET Series and 59 Series all provide minimal fluid loss and air inclusion, as well as chemical compatibility when necessary.FEM series
This non-spill quick coupling satisfies the design and performance requirements set forth by the ISO 16028 International Standards for quick coupling interchangeability. Featuring a push-to-connect design, FEM Series delivers an extra level of security for simple connections without causing any joining, crimping or soldering materials, eliminating spillage and air inclusion during connecting and disconnecting.
In addition, Parker provides an optional FEC male nipple, which allows connect-under-pressure capabilities with the FEM female coupler. This option is designed for applications where residual pressure makes connection difficult.FET series
The FET Series non-spill quick coupling, engineered for reliable performance with equipment experiencing powerful impulses, accommodates the most demanding hydraulic applications. Parker’s FET Series couplings connect under pressure at 6,000 psi and disconnect up to 2,500 psi in environments that desire the security of a threaded connection under residual pressure. These couplers are built to operate under high-impulse mobile circuits, including excavators, and oil and gas equipment, such as umbilical lines and mobile drill rigs. Constructed of high-grade materials and a stainless steel valve, the FET Series features a robust Brinell resistant design and plating for extended durability and corrosion resistance.59 series
Ideal for use in high impulse applications with multiple high-pressure hydraulic lines, the 59 Series ensures consistent connections and disconnections under residual pressure. A powerful ACME thread utilizes a double start feature and allows a full connection to be completed in 2 – ½ turns, saving time and eliminating frustration. Its size and shape of the heavy-duty ACME thread make the coupling resistant to damage, easier to clean and ready for operational use.
An internal bearing between the collar and body eases resistance and minimizes the challenge of handling pressurized lines. In addition, the coupler and nipple have non-spill stainless steel valves and can be connected under pressure up to 5,000 psi and disconnected under a pressure of 2,500 psi.
Contributed by Lori Aus, product sales manager, Quick Coupling Division, Parker Hannifin.
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25 Mar 2020
Since the advent of the semi-automatic water conditioning control valve followed by the automatic control valve, a common weakness has been the brine tubing connections between the brine valve and the brine tank. This circuit functions in two ways and is exposed to both a vacuum during the brine draw cycle and water pressure during a refill. A loose-fitting at either of these locations would cause loss of vacuum and/or a water leak, neither of which is acceptable and the result is often an unscheduled service call.
Results of poor connections during brine draw
Brine is drawn from the brine tank when the control valve cycles to provide motive flow and pressure to the injector assembly (venturi) in the control valve while simultaneously opening the drain line to allow displacement of the accumulated hardness and metals from the resin bed during the service run. An injector consists of a nozzle and throat. The injector is selected based on the size of the media tank square foot (ft2) surface area. A venturi combines a narrow tube called a nozzle that restricts the flow of water which increases the velocity and decreases the pressure of the water passing through it, creating a partial vacuum immediately after leaving the nozzle. As water passes through the injector nozzle, the high velocity creates a vacuum which draws the brine from the brine tank, mixing with the water as it enters the throat. The brine is mixed with the water to dilute the brine from 100% concentrated brine to a 30% concentration. This diluted brine is introduced into the resin bed where it releases the calcium and magnesium from the resin and flushes it to drain. Maintaining the proper mixture is very important to ensure optimal regeneration. If the brine draw is weak due to poor vacuum, the brine is diluted below 30% and the result is a partial regeneration and potential salty water to service after the regeneration cycle is complete. Further evidence of poor connections includes overflowing brine tank, where a complete loss of vacuum won’t permit brine draw. However, the brine refill cycle will add additional water to the brine tank which could result in an overflow condition. Different manufacturers offered what they thought was the best connector based on what was available at the time. Let’s look at some of the options that were available.
The different types of brine tube connections
Brass compression-style fittings were the most common and have been used for decades. In the early days, some valve manufacturers molded the 3/8” compression connection directly into the brass valve body produced at the foundry. The nuts, sleeves and tube supports were shipped with the valve to the assembler or were included with fully assembled softener/brine tank or cabinet style softeners. The brass compression-style connections are trusted for their dependable performance in virtually all conditions where temperatures range between 350 – 1200 F for domestic tap water applications. They also work very well for hot water softener applications where water temperatures can reach 1800 F. Attention to proper assembly is important because of the use of soft polyethylene or polypropylene tubing. Tube support is required to prevent distortion of the plastic tubing which guarantees effective gripping and a robust seal.
The connection is made by sliding the nut and sleeve onto the tubing, inserting the tube support into the plastic tube, inserting the tubing into the fitting until it’s bottomed on the seat, then tightening the nut until finger tight. The nut is then wrench-tightened with a specific number of wrench turns dictated by the specific fitting type and the size of the tubing. Based on their highly specific assembly instructions and the multiple components involved, brass compression-style fittings not only take time to assemble – around 40 seconds per connection – are labor-intensive - but also run the risk of being assembled incorrectly. For this reason, assemblers require some level of expertise when using this fitting type.
While brass compression fittings are viewed as highly dependable joint connections, with sealing performance that is second to none, higher labor costs are forcing manufacturers and assemblers to look for more cost-effective and less labor-intensive connection options.
Thermoplastic compression fittings
Plastic compression fittings have been used for over 40 years and vary in style and material composition. As with the brass compression-style fittings, tube support must be used with soft tubing. Plastic compression fittings are corrosion resistant and simple to install. The advantage is that there is no need to disassemble the fitting because all that is required is to cut the tubing square, insert tube support, insert into the fitting and hand tighten the ferrule nut to seal the connection. There is however a distinct disadvantage with these plastic fittings. They are prone to becoming loose with ambient temperature changes that coincide with seasonal weather patterns. Historically, it is necessary to retighten these plastic fittings to prevent the vacuum and water leaks previously mentioned.
Plastic Hose Barb Fittings
Plastic hose barb fittings are corrosion resistant and are not generally used for the brine valve connections. Typically, vinyl or polyurethane tubing or rubber hose is used with a hose clamp to ensure maximum grip and sealing power. Because vinyl or polyurethane or rubber hose is soft, it is subject to collapse during the vacuum phase of the brine draw cycle. Polyethylene tubing is not recommended because it will crack and leak.
Push-to-Connect (PTC) plastic fittings for water service have been available since the mid-1980s. There are many companies that offer competitive products. Many of those products require a locking clip where a vacuum service is required to prevent the collet from retracting which allows the entrance of air. To combat this problem, some competitive products use a double “O”- Ring seal to solve vacuum-loss. The double “O”- Ring makes it harder to insert the tubing and unless full insertion depth is achieved by engaging both “O”- Rings, connection failure may result. Additionally, debris entrapment between the “O” – Rings may promote bacterial growth in the fluid stream. The problem of collet retraction may persist during vacuum service and therefore, a clocking clip may be required to prevent seal loss during vacuum.
An innovative alternative
Parker LIQUIfit fittings and one-piece cartridges feature a D-Seal that maintains a bubble-tight seal around the tubing to prevent liquid by-pass. The stainless-steel grab ring is fixed to the cartridge body which prevents the tubing from “pumping” or retracting during vacuum up to 28 inches of mercury (Hg) at room temperature without the need of a retaining clip.
The compact cartridge design allows machining or molding of a cavity for the cartridge which enables automation of manufacturing processes, reduces the labor cost of assembly, reduces leak paths, and gives your product or equipment a new, clean profile. By eliminating the need for threaded connections, tube connections are made quick and easy without the need or use of tools.
With Parker LIQUIfit, gone are virtually all labor costs associated with compression-style fittings and assembly time can be reduced by as much as 90%. Seasonal retightening of the plastic compression nuts due to temperature variations is no longer a concern. Hose clamps are no longer needed when using polyethylene tubing, and locking clips aren’t necessary to prevent retracting collets. LIQUIfit fittings and one-piece cartridges solve the challenges associated with other styles of brine tube connections and improve the integrity and reliability of your component, product, or system.
Attending WQA Convention and Exposition?
Visit us at WQA April 1-3, booth 638 to learn how Parker is improving operational efficiency and reducing costs for the commercial and residential water treatment market. The WQA Convention has been the signature event of the water treatment industry, connecting dealers, manufacturers, and consultants with the latest trends, research, education, and networking opportunities.
Post contributed by Gary Battenberg, 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.
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5 Mar 2020
Vibrations might be inherent for industrial machinery, but in an automotive production plant, this could mean faulty products coming down the assembly line, leading to costly rework translating into downtime and delays in delivery. Whether you’re an automotive OEM or a Tier 1/Tier 2 Supplier, machine health is a huge deal.
Imagine the advantage of discovering a deteriorating process quality before real problems occur. Maintenance engineers, whose essential job is to prevent any disruption in the manufacturing process, could better plan the replacement timeline and make the necessary workarounds until new equipment is installed.
The Parker solution
To stay ahead of machine vibration and other issues, automotive factory engineers have turned to an early-warning system developed by Parker: SensoNODE™ Gold Sensors and Voice of the Machine™ software. This uninterrupted, real-time condition monitoring technology can be implemented throughout automotive production facilities to automate measurement taking and alert of trending situations. An additional advantage is the elimination of the tedious manual review of each device, freeing up the engineering team to attend to other tasks.
Parker’s robust automotive production machine monitoring system provides data that extends well beyond vibration. SensoNODE Gold Sensors monitor and transmit pressure changes, temperature, humidity, flow, current, displacement and analog signals—all to any internet-connected device via the cloud or localized edge applications. This Internet of Things (IoT) enabled solution allows plant managers to easily monitor process parameters that reveal changes in machine health as they develop, giving them the time and information needed to prevent failures.The heart of the system
Parker’s Voice of the Machine condition monitoring software provides machine alerts, status, and analytics in real-time on your desktop. The software can publish data to the cloud or most edge devices. The interface is simple to connect to the sensors, and measurements are displayed in a highly readable style. Users can customize dashboards and alarms. In only one click, data is sent via a .csv file to be shared from the cloud or via FTP on the edge.
Multi-department automotive plant monitoring
Pressure, level, temperature and other condition monitoring sensors can (and should) be implemented throughout automotive production facilities to automate measurement taking. They do so safely as well as providing early warnings of deteriorating process quality. Wherever a vital production process is taking place, SensoNODE Gold Sensors can ensure machines are operating at an optimum level.Metal forming and stamping
Monitoring fluid quality or ISO count can alert to declining oil quality before it reaches an unacceptable condition
Tracking hydraulic fluid temperatures can prevent overheating conditions by allowing maintenance engineers to identify and troubleshoot changes earlier
Monitoring hydraulic pressures alert to worrisome changes known to precede faulty manufacturing operations
Monitoring humidity in pneumatic lines prevents rusting, clogging and damage to equipment, as well as product defects
Tracking pneumatic system pressures help keep power tools operating at peak efficiency by indicating pressure drops
Observing motor temperatures to indicate the need to troubleshoot mechanical components of conveyance systems
Gauging filter performance and air quality
Indicating the presence of clogs sooner by monitoring differential pressures of multi-stage filtration processes
Monitoring air temperature and humidity within paint booths alert to preserve finish quality and keep drying times consistent
Injection molding temperatures and fluid level
Adhesion system temperatures and pressures
Plating operation parameters and chemistries
Die casting gas detection
Heat treating temperatures and chemistries
Vacuum and cooling system efficiency
Vibration in production assets such as robots is usually the result of worn gears or loose joints. A little lubrication or a mechanical tweak here and there can be a temporary fix, but they only delay the inevitable—a complete replacement of the affected machinery. Regular inspection of these huge machines requires a labor-intensive, time-consuming process to discover and address any issues before they become a real threat to production.
Recently, one manufacturer of trucks and SUVs that relies on robotics throughout the plant, looked to eliminate the inefficiencies related to the manual inspection. They called on Parker for a solution.
SensoNODE Vibration Sensors were placed on the joints of both new and older robots, recording vibration signatures in real-time. Measurements were compared on good and bad robots, establishing a threshold of when to service or replace a robot. Employing the Voice of the Machine software provided technicians with alerts of when thresholds were exceeded.
SensoNODE Sensors and Voice of the Machine Software provide this manufacturer with the ability to monitor asset conditions and view real-time data to diagnose issues before spiraling into a production catastrophe.
This is just one of many successful automotive industry installations Parker has performed. Maybe it’s time for your plant to get on board with this innovative technology.
For additional information on Parker’s IoT-based condition monitoring solution, read the Automotive Industry case study.
Contributed by Westin Siemsglusz, IoT market sales manager, Parker Hannifin
4 Mar 2020
Highly sensitive instruments and equipment used in analytical chemistry and medical device applications require extreme capabilities. To provide unique differentiation of their products and meet their customers' challenging requirements, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) rely on versatile state-of-the-art components.
One such component, the solenoid valve, provides precision control in gas and liquid handling applications. As market demand continues to push for increasing capabilities of these instruments, OEMs encounter the need for fluidic components that also push performance boundaries, such as lower leak rates, higher temperatures, and higher pressures.
This blog presents examples of how a high performance solenoid valve serves as a solution to challenging engineering requirements in critical applications such as gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (GC/MS), laser therapy and home hemodialysis.
Gas chromatography and mass spectrometry
Gas chromatography utilizes two physical properties of gases to separate and detect gas concentrations. The first of which is the boiling point. A small sample, often less than 1ml of liquid in size is prepared in a known solvent. The mixture is then presented against the near-vacuum of the flowing column causing the mixture to boil and enter the column (a long tube) in a predictable manner based on the pressure and temperature of the sample. The second property is the compound's mobility within the carrier gas of the flowing column. Compounds with a greater affinity for the carrier gas will reach the other side of the column quicker. At this point, in the case of a regular GC, the compound would reach a detector, be observed and measured. In the case of a GC/MS, the output of the GC is connected to an ionizing chamber of a mass spectrometer.
Mass spectrometry is again based on two physical properties of a compound, in this case, the molecular weight and the charge generated during ionization of the molecules in the compound based on the chosen ionization method. A mass spectrometer uses an electric field to generate or influence the flight of these ionized molecules. Since all molecules are influenced based on the charge that they have, the heavier molecules are affected less by being slower. These molecules are then detected usually by their charge at the end of their flight based on the time it took for them to fly that distance. Thus, this method is called the time of flight or TOF.
Since the basis for mass spectrometry requires the isolation of the molecular weight as a property, it is important that there be no resistive fluid within the chamber. A mass spectrometer must operate in a vacuum; different types of these systems require more severe types of vacuum. A solenoid valve with a very low leak rate, such as Parker's Series 9 Miniature Calibrant Gas Valve may be used to backfill the chamber with inert gas, such as nitrogen, during downtime or maintenance. This is especially important in a time of flight or cryogenic mass spectrometry where vacuums of 1 x 10-8 to 1 x 10-10 torr can be observed. This greatly reduces the pump downtime of a given system so long as nitrogen saturation is maintained between sessions since less vacuum boilable compounds can contaminate the system. A normally open configuration is also used as a safety mechanism in the event of a power failure.
Laser therapy coolant control
Laser therapy is used to treat everything from cancer to tattoo removal to reducing age-related skin damage. Lasers are used in one of three ways on the human body. They can stimulate repair and growth of human tissue in the case of anti-aging treatments, to focus on specific compounds in the cases of tattoo or hair removal, or for laser ablation therapy in the cases of cancer treatment and removal.
Laser treatment can be uncomfortable or painful, especially where laser ablation is required. That is why some companies have chosen to add the dispensing of refrigerants at the site of treatment as the laser fires. Refrigerants are expensive, have the potential to damage the atmosphere. Consequently, it is important to dispense the correct amount of coolant gas to the site. It is very important as well that no additional refrigerant escapes when the system is not in use. As many refrigerants degrade, small concentrations of corrosive gases begin to appear, posing a shortened lifetime to many materials. Because of its compact size, low weight and extremely low leak rates, the Series 9 valve is ideal in this application to precisely deliver the coolant when the device is in use. The valve can be built directly into the hand-held wand delivering the laser treatment so that the valve is right at the point of dispense and ensures that none of the coolant leaks, whether the unit is in use or not. This reduces the cost to the laser therapy operator and ensures that the patient and environment are minimally impacted using the coolant.
With home hemodialysis, patients can be treated daily in their homes using much simpler, less costly equipment. The result is less patient discomfort and disruption of life. Technical challenges to this method of care are the ability to generate dialysate and dialyze at home. Originally, generating dialysate at home was done in small batches ranging from 5-20 liters. Advanced filtration was used to make sterile de-ionized water, which was then mixed with pre-measured concentrate, and shipped. Since the concentrate involved mixing, then testing, setup time was required prior to treatment
In the last 10 years, a new technology for on-demand dialysate has been introduced where the solution is generated using similar filtration technology and small amounts of the required chemicals are added as the mixture is tested, used and disposed of. The addition of these chemicals to the mixture must be in precise amounts — requiring fast response times and low internal leak. The need for sterility demands stringent external leak, and the corrosive nature of both dialysate and the sterilizing chemicals used to clean the devices after treatment requires corrosion-resistant hardware. The Series 9 is made of 316 stainless steel and has FKM seals to insure corrosive resistance to cleaning chemicals.
The Series 9 valve is a truly versatile product that has been proven to solve extreme engineering design challenges in some of the most innovative analytical and medical devices. Its low leak rate is rivaled by few other products on the market and its unique construction using non-corroding passivated 316 stainless steel and FKM seals render it a great match for aggressive chemicals.
The Series 9 valve can also be offered with analytically clean service or as part of an integrated sub-assembly module. Our expert team of engineers are available for further consultation regarding any required customizations.
Solenoid valves can be designed with a specific application in mind and over time become applicable to other applications due to its high quality and durability. In the Series 9 case, the valve was constructed with extremely low leak rates, high repeatability, non-corroding materials, high pressure and temperature, versatile fittings, orifices seals and voltages. In addition, the valve has the option to be built in a subassembly subsystem and analytically cleaned. All this is packed into a miniature lightweight design. The Series 9 valve is truly an amazing design that will continue to be used in different applications due to its remarkable versatility.
Parker Precision Fluidics has over 30 years of experience in developing valve and pump technologies. Our engineers specialize in helping OEMs update original valves that are producing low yields.
Our applications engineering team is always available to provide recommendations and customize equipment to customer specifications.
To learn more about Precision Fluidics' miniature valves, flow controllers, pumps and accessories, please visit our website, or call 603-595-1500 to speak with an engineer.
Article contributed by Collin Creegan, valve customs engineer III, Precision Fluidics Division, Parker Hannifin.
3 Mar 2020
Any business relying on a fleet of vehicles to operate understands that fleet-related costs are one of the most substantial expenses it will incur. Most often, controlling these expenses is the job of the company's fleet manager. The fleet manager's job description is most frequently quite lengthy, but ultimately it all comes down to improving efficiency, reducing costs, and providing compliance with government regulations. The responsibility of keeping vehicles on the road and generating revenue rests squarely on this individual's shoulders.
By now, companies have reviewed the numbers from 2019. One line item highly scrutinized by management was more than likely 'Maintenance Costs.' Whether the bottom line is red or black, companies want to cut the costs of keeping vehicles on the road. Streamlining regularly scheduled maintenance is the most obvious place to make that happen.What's a fleet manager to do?
The responsibility for cutting costs in the maintenance department falls squarely on the shoulders of commercial fleet managers. So, where to begin? The labor-intensive oil change is an excellent place to start.
The frequency of oil changes is dependent on how a fleet operates. Typically, the low-end for oil changes are somewhere between 13,000-16,000 miles for heavy-duty vehicles and 3,000-5,000 miles for light-duty vehicles. It doesn't take long for most fleet equipment to rack up that amount of mileage, so scheduled oil changes are a significant part of a service department's routine.
In the past, maintenance technicians would spend hours removing plugs and draining oil into a container, then unscrewing the used filters--all while trying not to cause a spill that would have the EPA knocking on the door. Finally, out came a funnel, and fresh oil added to the engine. Fortunately for fleet managers and their technicians, new technology has made oil changes faster, safer, and cleaner.
Enter the Parker QuickFit™ Oil Change System
The QuickFit Oil Change System from Parker is a self-enclosed, single-point connection that allows oil to extract directly from the vehicle to the final waste containment. By employing the same connection point for extraction and oil refill, the oil change process is controlled and simplified, as well as eliminating any risk of safety hazards or spills.
When used appropriately, the QuickFit System greatly reduces oil spills, and because the system creates less consumable waste, it promotes environmental sustainability. The safety factor is significantly improved as well because less spillage means workers won't be slipping and falling.
In a recent article published on VehicleServicePros.com, Matthew Walley, product sales manager for Parker, advises that even with a closed-loop system, technicians need to be aware of all parts of the system. For example, making sure the hose on the other end of the fluid being evacuated is securely positioned in the final waste drum to prevent any spilling. Walley also mentions devices or features that can be included on fluid exchange equipment, such as non-spill valves, which can help prevent spills during the disconnect.Time and safety—the big advantages
What are the advantages of the QuickFit System? First and foremost—TIME! Most oil change times are reduced by approximately 50 percent with Parker's innovative system. This time savings is due to its ergonomic design, which provides easier access within engine compartments.
Here are some staggering statistics: In the United States, data shows that a workplace injury occurs every seven seconds, and about 65 percent of all workdays or 95 million workdays are lost due to slips, trips, and falls. That's reason enough for worker safety always being on the mind of the fleet manager. Injuries mean downtime, and downtime equates to a loss of productivity and, ultimately, revenue. Employing the QuickFit Oil Change System improves safety conditions by eliminating spills and leaks, and that translates into fewer injuries to the maintenance team.
Moreover, with fewer connection points, the chance of an operator suffering a burn is lessened, as is exposure to fluids. The bottom line is the QuickFit System keeps workers safer, cleaner, and more productive.
A big win for the environment
In the United States alone, 61 percent of used oil is disposed of improperly. Since QuickFit eliminates all consumable waste, it's not just a big win for the fleet manager and the company. The environment, too, comes out ahead; the system makes it much easier for the maintenance department to adhere to strict regulations covering the disposal of used oil.
You'll never change oil the same again
So, as a fleet manager, is the QuickFit Oil Change System the right choice for your shop? The numbers speak for themselves:
Parker's QuickFit Oil Change System revolutionizes the process with a faster, cleaner and safer way to change engine oil. In three easy steps, technicians can purge, extract, and refill a vehicle's system with new oil without ever spilling a drop. This revolutionary process means money saved, and that’s a good thing for fleet managers when the year-end 2020 budget review takes place.
Learn more about implementing QuickFit for your fleet.Planning on attending IFPE 2020?
To learn more about Parker’s off-road machinery solutions stop by booth #S80245 at IFPE (International Fluid Power Exposition) in Las Vegas March 10 – 14.
Contributed by Matt Walley, product sales manager, Quick Coupling Division, Parker Hannifin
17 Feb 2020