On April 8, 2024, a rare total solar eclipse will grace North America, traveling from Mexico’s Pacific coast and making its way northeast, crossing the U.S. from Texas to Maine. The celestial phenomenon will also cast its shadow over the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Newfoundland.
Push-to-Connect fittings are typically made of a glass reinforced thermoplastic or nickel-plated brass. They are commonly used with polyurethane or nylon tubing. However, some applications using brass Push-to-Connect may call for brass tubing and provide excellent leak-free and secure connections for gas, air or liquid flow line pneumatic applications. They are available in both Imperial and Metric sizes. Additionally, stainless steel Push-to-Connect fittings are used in special applications requiring increased durability, while providing good corrosion
Hydraulic systems are found in equipmentat virtually every manufacturing facility, from operating robots, forging presses and packaging machinery to powering conveyors.
Energyis transferred through hydraulic hoses, tubes, and pipes all connected by hydraulic fittings or flanges.The power within a hydraulic system is regulated by actuators and valves which apply fluidpressure to operate manufacturing equipment.
In most applications a pump pushes hydraulic fluid through the system, passing through fittings, hoses,and control valves to createpressure thatoperatesa cylinder. The cylinder rod then converts hydraulic energy into mechanical energy to create movement of equipment parts or components, such as the arm on a large pick and place robot or ram on a forging press.
The year 2023 witnessed a notable shift marked by the increased integration of advanced technologies. In this blog, we aim not only to briefly recap the year but also to delve into the reasons behind the surge in electrification in 2024—a trend that has significantly impacted various industries.As electrification undergoes further evolution, significant transformations in machinery are on the horizon, directly impacting daily life. This blog will examine key aspects, including stricter emission standards, the transition towards electrification, effects on traditional hydraulic equipment and the broader environmental implications associated with this transformative trend.
Hydraulic systems are the backbone of various equipment in many industries. In manufacturing, they drive the equipment that makes everything from car parts to appliances and components for oil and gas extraction. Properly maintaining hydraulic fittings, hoses, valves, pumps and cylinders is essential to ensure reduced downtime and equipment service life.
Protecting hydraulic components from cold weather conditions is crucial. Hydraulic fittings, hoses and other components can become brittle, seize up or clogged during the frigid winters. On oil & gas equipment in North Dakota, oil rigs in the North Sea, or construction equipment in upstate New York, keeping your hydraulic components from freezing temperatures is crucial. In cold weather conditions, hydraulic lines and reservoirs must be insulated to maintain the components’ rated temperatures. Furthermore, fittings can become clogged if the fluid is viscous, though hydraulic fittings themselves can withstand very cold temperatures, whereas:
- Brass fittings are rated at -325°F (-198°C)
- Carbon steel can withstand -65°F (-54°C)
- Stainless steel fittings are suitable as low as -425°F (-254°C)
The hydraulic equipment industry covers components such as valves, fittings, hoses, pumps, motors, cylinders, filters and accumulators. End-use industries comprise primarily of aerospace and defense, automotive, machine tools, material handling, hydraulic presses, shipbuilding, construction, oil and gas, agriculture, forestry and plastics.
Looking back at 2023, sustainability and eco-friendliness have risen as key influences across various industries, and the hydraulics sector reflects this trend. Withenvironmental concerns regarding energy usage and resource consumption, the hydraulic industry confronts rising demands to embrace sustainable technologies and practices. These initiatives aim to decrease emissions, minimize waste and reduce environmental impact throughout the entire product life cycle.
In this blog post, we delve into the significant advancements and trends possibly shaping hydraulic solutions in 2024. These developments are driven by the industry's heightened focus on adopting green initiatives that resonate on a worldwide scale.
Subscribe to Blog Notifications
Keep up to date with the latest from the Brennan Blog by subscribing to blog notifications below. Every month we will send you a brief digest of the latest posts with a link where you can read more.
Share this Post!
Share this post on social networks using the icons below.