Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Work and Pleasure Boats Need Reliable Fuel Filtration

Dani Morse, Marine Filtration Specialist
The Hope Group

Engine protection begins with good fuel filtration understanding. Without proper care of the engine, no vessel is really ready to launch. In a recent blog report from Parker Racor, the authors commented on the several aspects of fuel filtration that every skipper needs to focus on.

Filters and Water Separators
Fuel filters and water separators protect vital engine components from the damage caused by dirt particles, salt-water and other contaminants in the fuel system.

Spin-on Series Filters
The spin-on filters from Parker Racor have a clear contaminant collection bowl for outboard applications and metal bowl units for inboard applications. The Racor filters have a drain valve or plug, ten micron Aquabloc media, 98 percent efficiency, and corrosion resistant construction.

Turbine Series
The Turbine Series filter assemblies from Parker Racor are designed to be installed on the vacuum side of the fuel transfer pump for best efficiency and to protect precision engine components from dirt, rust, algae, asphaltines, varnishes, and especially water.

Turbine Series Elements
The filter media from Parker Racor is engineered to repel water and remove solid contaminants before they can damage precision engine components. They are available in different lengths for various flow rates and are color-coded.

In its recent blog, the experts from Parker’s Engine Mobile Filtration Team go in more detail about how the Parker Racor product meets the requirements of boat owners seeking improved fuel economy and better performance. Read more about Fuel Filtration for Marine Applications at

Friday, July 1, 2016

You May Want To Seek Out The Hydraulic Authority To Solve Challenges Such As Leaking Power Units

Ray McCann,
 Sales Engineer
The Hope Group

Every day, Hydraulic specialists at The Hope Group solve design and construction problems for complex hydraulic power units, lubrication units, and pneumatic systems.

In a recent blog post, Ted Amling, Sr. Project Engineer at Parker Tube Fittings Division wrote about how a leaking test stand was repaired by actually lengthening the connection between two ports rather than keeping the original short, straight connection. It takes a lot of experience and expertise with hydraulics to understand that the leak-free distance between two points may not be the short route.

As the Hydraulic Authority in New England, The Hope Group represents Parker hydraulic components for its customers and specializes in the design and build of complex hydraulic power units for a wide range of commercial and industrial customers in the food and beverage, life science, transportation, machine tool, defense, and marine/mobile markets.

The example that Ted Amling wrote about was an expensive test stand intended to test transmission systems, which was leaking. He described that it, “involved two ports directly across from each other – a very short distance between them – connected by a straight routing using a large, two-inch OD line.” He described that everything was tight, but it kept leaking. It turns out, according to Ambling, vibration along the line caused the joints to loosen over time.

So, the irony of the situation was that to solve the problem, a u-bend was added to the tubing, including elbow fittings, which provided enough give in the line to cure the leak. The longer route was the leak-free route. Ambling described that planning tube line routing, “is a time investment, but it can have a big ROI, especially for complex systems. It’s in cases like this, which have complex design and build requirements that The Hope Group engineers, technicians, and specialists can make a difference for its customers.

You can read more about the case study that Ambling was referencing on his blog at Parker Blog and you can read more about the many complex design/build success stories of The Hope Group at Engineered Systems.

For more information on The Hydraulic Authority can help you with your complex hydraulic system requirement, contact us at