By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor We use metric fittings to connect and seal hydraulic valves, pumps or actuators to their respective plumbing in a metric-based circuit. They prevent leaks in hydraulic systems by providing a leak-free seal at the component’s fluid port. There are several types of metric fittings, including compression fittings, flare fittings, bite-type […]
Enhanced hose cover provides protection in harsh environments
Parker’s Critical Protection (CP) hose cover establishes a new standard for preventing hose failure. CP prevents damage to the hose cover by incorporating a patent pending technology that prevents breakage. Other less effective options are used today, but they limit hose flexibility, increase the labor needed to build and install the hose, make routing difficult, […]
What are metric hydraulic fittings and how do you specify them?
By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor I vividly remember visiting my stepfather’s auto shop as a kid, where he’d worked on what was primarily American iron. Being the 80s, most vehicles were American-made, so his familiarity with imperial nuts, bolts and tools was understandable. When Japanese cars permeated the market, he was ill-prepared in both knowledge […]
When should you use permanent hose fittings?
By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor Hose fittings (also called hose ends) are crimped or threaded onto either end of a hydraulic hose assembly and provide the technician with an interface to connect the system’s conduits. Hose end fittings come in two primary styles; field-serviceable screw-on and permanent crimped-on. This article discusses when you should use […]
The case for push-to-connect pneumatic fittings in industrial automation
Contributed by John Joyce • Global Marketing Director, Brennan Industries Industrial automation requires a high level of performance while enhancing safety, saving time, boosting quality, and lowering costs. Pneumatics is used heavily in automation to provide gripping, clamping, pick-and-place, and more. As a result, reliable, efficient, and leak-free systems are imperative. Pneumatic fittings […]
IFPE 2023 wrap-up: Hose Box keeps equipment running with Emergency Hydraulic Kits
If you stopped by the Brennan Industries booth at IFPE 2023, you might have had the same chance I did — to meet Perry Detton, founder of Hose Box. Hose Box has brought to market a series of Emergency Hydraulic Repair Solutions. Hose Box products are targeted for use by end users, such as construction […]
Pop-lock hose catch prevents defective hoses from dangerous whipping
Whether in an excavator, tractor or production machine, if a hose detaches from its connection during operation, this can be dangerous for personnel, customers, and passers-by. The loose hose acts like a whip. Pop-Lock from UNIFLEX effectively and reliably prevents a defective hydraulic hose line from becoming an injury risk and the spread of the […]
What impacts hydraulic hose life?
Hydraulic hoses are critical components of any hydraulic system, and their lifespan is essential for the system’s efficiency and longevity. Several factors impact hydraulic hose life, from environmental conditions to maintenance practices. If you heed the tips below, you can enjoy long life from your hoses. One of the most critical factors impacting hydraulic hose […]
How can you prevent pneumatic tube failure?
By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor Pneumatic systems are common in various industries, including automation, food & beverage, and packaging. They’re preferred over other systems for their simplicity, efficiency, cleanliness and versatility. Pneumatic systems rely on hoses to transport compressed air from the compressor to the devices that use it. There are many types of hose, […]
Hydraulic fittings and couplings trend toward safety
Hydraulic fittings and couplings are often overlooked in mobile machinery design, yet they play a critical role in any fluid power system. In extremely high-pressure hydraulic applications, a leak or accidental disconnection can cause serious personal injury or damage to machinery. Therefore, machine builders must select fittings of the correct size, material, pressure and temperature […]