MRO Magazine

Faster, more accurate and well-timed hose replacement


October 28, 2009
By PEM Magazine

WICKLIFFE, OH — The new Parker Tracking System (PTS) from Parker Hannifin Corporation, a global leader in motion and control technologies, will keep vehicles and machines running longer by increasing the speed, timing and accuracy of acquiring replacement hose assemblies. Using PTS can eliminate hours of costly equipment downtime, claims the company, helping customers achieve greater productivity and profitability.

PTS, developed for the United States by Parker’s Hose Products Division, has two key components. First are uniquely encoded tracking labels that incorporate visual data, barcodes and optional RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. The labels are generated by special printers and are affixed to the hose assembly at the time it is made. The second component is a Web-based PTS software system that can be accessed securely through an Internet connection.

Each tracking label code is cataloged in the PTS database. The code identifies several key pieces of information about the hose assembly – for example, where and when it was made; what hose, fittings and accessories were used; and the length of the hose. Special OEM features will include details about the asset in which the assembly is installed as well as other information.

Today, customers must typically remove old hoses, drive to their local store and wait while the new assembly is made. PTS dramatically expedites this process by making "call ahead" or "site delivery" service possible. The result is additional machine uptime that can dramatically improve the customer’s bottom line.


With PTS, customers can reference the code on the assembly tracking label and relay that information to their nearest Parker distributor, ParkerStore or mobile Parker HOSE DOCTOR. The Parker location can then prepare an identical replacement assembly before the customer arrives, or the HOSE DOCTOR can deliver the finished assembly directly to the customer’s site.

PTS users will also benefit from reporting tools that provide access to a variety of data that can be used to drive quality control and continuous improvement programs. Furthermore, documentation of the original bill of materials ensures hose assembly replacement to exact OEM specifications and compliance with applicable industry and safety standards. This is particularly important for mining, military, aerospace and other regulated industries.

Presently, PTS is in use in more than 18 countries, making the system a powerful resource for global OEMs seeking an intelligent tagging, tracking and reporting solution for fluid conveyance products.