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As a connector component, any fitting is only as good as the effectiveness of the assembly process and therefore depends on how it has been assembled. In recent years, new geometries and material compositions have increasingly improved performance, reliability and ease of assembly. In this field Parker has constantly set new standards in the marketplace.
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Hydraulic, pneumatic or lubrication systems should be efficient and leak free. Sometimes, they are not, because of improper tube line routing—the result of either lack of knowledge, or corners cut on planning time, or both. What can go wrong if routing is not done properly? All kinds of things! From not being able to access fittings for efficient maintenance all the way to leaking connections, inefficient or poor tube routing can create unintended issues that need to be addressed. An ounce of planning is worth a pound of troubleshooting.Leaking like a sieve
Case-in-point: A connection in a million-dollar test stand used to test transmission systems was “leaking like a sieve” according to a puzzled plant engineer. This involved two ports directly across from each other—a very short distance between them—connected by a straight routing using a large (2-inch) OD line. Everything was tightened properly, but the connections kept leaking. It turns out, vibration along the line caused the joints to loosen over time. So while the existing straight line seemed like the most logical design because it was the most direct path, actually the appropriate design necessitated adding a U-bend in the tubing and incorporating elbow fittings—providing “give” to the line. With this fix, the system no longer leaked.
Yes, planning tube line routing is a time investment, but it can have a big ROI—especially for complex systems. During system design, routing should be developed as the next step after sizing the tube lines and selecting the appropriate fittings.Match tube routing design to the application
Usually, when planning tube line routing, you should follow the rule that fewer joints = fewer leaks. (Makes sense, right? Minimize possible points of failure.) By following this rule, your routing design will often be less likely to leak, will take less time to assemble and maintain and will result in reduced pressure drop/turbulence. But, as the story above illustrates, simpler is not always better; the key is appropriate design for the specific application.
Here are guidelines for planning appropriate tube line routing:
So, although generally speaking you want to minimize joints, the the best (most efficient, least likely to leak) path for connecting tubing from one point to another isn’t always the most direct.