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Do You Know These O-Ring Failure Prevention Tips?

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When any piece of equipment fails it can be annoying at best – but when your o-ring seal fails, it can be catastrophic. Here are seven tips you can use to help prevent o-ring failures. Spiral Failure Spiral failure typically occurs on long stroke hydraulic piston seals and rod seals. This usually occurs when the o-ring twists …

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Here’s How to Make An Accident Preparedness Plan

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Accidents happen regardless of the precautions taken. A quick response is imperative for the safety of your employees, and getting business back on track. Before creating your accident preparedness plan, consider including these vital steps. Create/Review Preventative Measures Every workplace starts with preventative and safety precautions in place. Unfortunately, when accidents it can mean that the …

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One Big Way to Reduce Operational Costs

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Reducing operating costs is always a hot topic of conversation regardless of business or industry. But, the power generation industry is a good case study. A vast array of challenges can wreak havoc on hydraulic cylinders and send operating costs through the roof. If this sounds familiar, then you should read our product spotlight on Parker …

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7 Things to Know When Choosing Hydraulic Hose

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You need to know seven basic pieces of information make up your need to know when looking for a hose assembly. In fact, these 7 questions have become a standard in the industry and are denoted by the acronym S.T.A.M.P.E.D. STAMPED stands for Size, Temperature, Application, Media, Pressure, Ends and Duplication. Here’s how it works. Size Before …

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What You Need to Know About FSMA

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The FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) is a pretty intense read. While it may be a confusing mess to wade through, it’s imperative you understand exactly what has changed, and how it affects you and your business. Let’s break it down and find out what you really need to know.   Who is Affected? For all …

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Avoid These Inventory Management Pitfalls

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Inventory management sounds easy enough until one day you find yourself in a bind and are unsure how you got there. Common pitfalls have snared more than one company, but the good news is once you’ve identified the risks, you can prepare.  Here are some of the most common inventory management mistakes and how to avoid …

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Five Ways to Make Your Job Site More Productive

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One of the biggest ways to go over budget and get behind on a job is time-wasting activities. Makes sense, of course, but the problem for some businesses is identifying those time wasters – and stopping them before they start. Here are the five biggest factors that lead to wasted time, and more importantly, ways …

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What you need to know about Clean Diesel ISO standards

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We get a lot of questions about ISO standards – and some of the most common questions are about clean diesel, or ISO 4406. The standard 4406 basically calls for a quantifiable measurement of particulate contamination to achieve maximization of equipment performance and minimize repair and replacement issues and expenses. But, there’s a lot more that goes …

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What’s the Difference Between AN and AND Fittings?

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A common question we get is, “What is the difference between AN and AND fittings?” It can be a particularly confusing area, so you’re not alone. It’s confusing for some because AN fittings are Air Force – Navy Aeronautical Standard fittings and AND fittings are Air Force – Navy Aeronautical Design Standard fittings. Kinda close, right? Let’s take …

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Top 6 Reasons Hoses Fail

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Nothing lasts forever. Sadly, many of the reasons a hose fails has less to do with product life cycle and more to do with avoidable mistakes. Proper hose maintenance can lengthen the life of the hose and keep your equipment up and running. Let’s take a look at the most common reasons hoses fail – and …

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How Do I Choose Hydraulic Fittings?

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Three Things To Know When Choosing Hydraulic Fittings Trying to choose the right hydraulic fitting can sometimes feel like you are on a game show. Close your eyes, turn around three times and pick one. The best you can hope for is that the one you land on is not a complete fail. With all …

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VMI: 5 Benefits You Need to Know

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Vendor managed inventory, or VMI, is an inventory agreement where the buyer purchases a certain amount of product from a supplier, and keeps the inventory on-hand. The management of the inventory and purchase orders is controlled by the vendor, refilling/restocking as necessary, whether it’s on a weekly, bi-weekly or customized schedule. Products can range from small items …

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