Parker Follows Success of Braze-free ZoomLock™ Products with Line Expansion

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Award-Winning Technology Introduced for Refrigeration, More Commercial HVAC Applications

ZoomLock fitting_wballvalveLAS VEGAS, January 30, 2017 – With more than 1 million braze-free ZoomLock™ fittings already successfully installed, Sporlan Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, is expanding its line-up of connectors, tools and ZoomLock compatible components for more HVAC/R uses.

A winner of the 2016 AHR Expo Innovation Award, ZoomLock products are popular with HVAC/R contractors and technicians who are looking for more flexibility, safety and efficiency, and with distributors and wholesalers who carry them.

ZoomLock technology works in both residential and commercial applications. The new tools are expected to be popular in large facilities such as supermarkets, hospitals, data centers, etc., where flame can be a problem. And with the variable refrigerant flow (VRF) market expected to grow to $9.65 billion by 2021, ZoomLock products are positioned to be an extremely popular facility solution.

Using specially designed ZoomLock crimping tools, technicians just connect the deburred tube ends into the fitting (which has o-rings inside) and press the assembly into place for a secure, leak-free seal. Additionally, it requires no brazing or adhesives, just the crimping tool and the fitting.

Parker braze-free connectors are currently available in straight couplings, long radius 90-degree elbows, tees, reducing couplings, slip couplings and cap connectors from 1/4” to 1-1/8”. Now access fittings (extended couplings with Schrader Valve) and Y fittings are joining the line-up, which will allow technicians to reduce time they have spent brazing these fittings in the past.

Another exciting addition, a RIDGID® compatible jaw set that is compatible with the RIDGID® RP-200-B, RP-210-B, and RP-100-B Press Tools, will be available soon for those who already own the RIDGID® tools.

The next generation 19kN tool that can accommodate 1-3/8” connectors along with the present offerings is expected in March.

Press-to-connect fittings were developed more than 20 years ago and have been widely adopted in the plumbing industry due to the significant timesaving, repeatability, and simplicity of installation. However, ZoomLock’s patented design is the ONLY press-to-connect technology that is approved for HVAC/R operating pressures up to 700 psi. This truly is a groundbreaking technology for the HVAC/R industry aimed at increasing technician productivity. One technician can quickly do the connecting job alone, with no torch, no hot-work permits, no safety equipment, and no special experience. In just minutes, ZoomLock provides a clean, leak-proof connection. By eliminating concerns about gas and flames, ZoomLock also gives you more flexibility in where and when you can work, with no need to nitrogen-purge the lines.

“To make a system convenient to install, there are ZoomLock compatible components including ODM x ODM ball valves, Catch-All® filter-driers, See-All® sight glasses, and solenoid valves,” said Steve Schuster, ZoomLock Product Manager.

“The value is best captured in applications where multiple braze joints must be made quickly, cleanly, and leak free allowing over a 50 percent timesaving,” he added. “The benefits translate to increased profits for contractors and technicians and the distributors who are providing them with these tools.”

“We found that with ZoomLock, we are able to get our technicians in and out of jobs a lot quicker and with fewer expenses,” said Don Fowler, Service Division President of Main Enterprises. “There is no nitrogen needed for purging or the other expensive items associated with brazing. The whole process, including the clean up, is a lot quicker.”

Joe Kokinda, President and CEO of Professional HVAC/R Services, Inc., says that what surprised him most was how ZoomLock reduced safety risks and how easy it was to use. “Why someone who runs pipe in the HVAC/R trades doesn’t use ZoomLock, is beyond me.”

Parker is exhibiting the new products at the 2017 AHR Expo in Las Vegas (Booth # C3306).

Visit http://www.zoomlock.com for additional information.

Parker Hannifin is a Fortune 250 global leader in motion and control technologies. For 100 years the company has engineered the success of its customers in a wide range of diversified industrial and aerospace markets. Learn more at http://www.parker.comor @parkerhannifin.

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New Sporlan Refrigeration Troubleshooting App is Now Available for Download

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Washington, MO, March 2016 – Sporlan Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, is proud to announce that the Sporlan Refrigeration Troubleshooting App, designed to assist field technicians of all skill levels with troubleshooting components of a Direct Expansion (DX) refrigeration system is fully released and available for download for both Apple and Android devices.

The app includes a guided mode and expert mode to aid the different skill levels of technicians. For the less experienced technician, the guided mode in the app walks the user through a series of questions with only “Yes” or “No” answers leading the user the correct action required. The questions follow flow diagrams that were created to cover all aspects of a direct expansion refrigeration system. For the more experienced technician, the expert mode breaks down troubleshooting into 6 sections to quickly get to the root cause of the problem. The app allows users to go through the troubleshooting process, get to a corrective action and capture any notes including pictures, videos, voice memos, and text.

The app received the 2016 AHR Expo Innovation Award Honorable Mention for the Software Category. The annual awards competition honors the most inventive and original HVACR products, systems, and technologies showcased at each year’s AHR Expo. Winners are selected by a panel of third-party ASHRAE member judges who evaluated all award entries based on innovative design, creativity, application, value, and market impact.

Steve Schuster, Food Retail Market Manager, commented, “Service companies spend countless hours troubleshooting refrigeration systems. By reducing the amount of misdiagnosed problems, time and money can be saved, helping the service company’s bottom line.”

“Users can become more efficient and accurate with their troubleshooting skills by acquiring the information that will help reach a diagnosis quicker and more accurately,” Schuster added.

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With annual sales of approximately $13 billion in fiscal year 2015, Parker Hannifin is the world’s leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs approximately 55,000 people in 50 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 59 consecutive fiscal years, among the top five longest-running dividend-increase records in the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.parker.com, or its investor information website at www.phstock.com.

Parker Sporlan Products Introduced for Low-GWP Refrigerants

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Washington, MO – February 29, 2016 – Sporlan Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, has released products designed for next-generation low-GWP refrigerants. These product offerings address systems designed for CO2 (carbon dioxide), hydrocarbon, HFO (hydrofluoroolefin), and lower-GWP HFC refrigerants.

New products for transcritical CO2 systems include 140 bar (2030 psi) MRP-rated gas cooler/flash gas bypass valves, and filter-driers. Products for subcritical CO2 applications include electric expansion and pressure regulating valves, solenoid valves, filter-driers, check valves, and sightglass moisture indicators rated up to 70 bar (1015 psi) MRP.

ATEX compliance under EU directive 94/9/EC, certified by an independent laboratory, assures that Sporlan products are safe to use in systems with flammable refrigerants such as hydrocarbons. ATEX compliant thermostatic expansion valves, solenoid valves, filter-driers, and sightglass moisture indicators for use with A2L and A3 refrigerants, including R290. Certifications are underway on additional product lines, including electric valves.

Sporlan is “ready to support” the refrigeration industry with products optimized for R448A and R449A, as high-GWP HFCs are phased out of use in medium and low-temperature refrigeration. Products are also available for R1234ze, R450A, and R513A for use in chillers and many other high and medium-temperature applications. New thermostatic charges for TEVs have been developed where appropriate to deliver the best broad-range superheat control with these new refrigerants. Parker ZoomLock and ZoomLine products are approved for use with HFOs, as well as most HFCs. Extensive material compatibility testing has been done by Parker, with support by Chemours’ and Honeywell’s labs to ensure long-term reliability and leak-free performance with HFOs and HFO-blends.

While much of the industry focuses on these new refrigerants, lower-GWP HFC refrigerants continue to play an important role in both new installations and retrofits. Sporlan offers a complete range of products for R407A, R407C, R407F, and other environmentally friendly replacements for high-GWP HCFCs and HFCs.

“Parker strongly supports the global initiatives underway to reduce the effect of refrigerants on the environment in which we all live. This comprehensive range of products, along with expert technical support is key to helping our OEM and wholesale customers smoothly and quickly transition to the future with next generation low-GWP refrigerants.” said John Withouse, Refrigerants Technical Lead for Parker.

Sporlan Division of Parker Hannifin is a Bronze Winner in ACHR News 2015 Dealer Design Awards

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Washington, MO,July 20, 2015 – Sporlan Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, was recognized for excellence in product designin the 12th annual Dealer Design Awards Program sponsored by The Air Conditioning Heating & Refrigeration News magazine. An independent panel of contractors acted as judges in the contest that had 107 entries. The company’s SMART Service Tool Kit was the Bronze Award Winner in the Electronic Tools category. The ACHR News is the leading trade magazine in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration industries.

News Publisher Mike Murphy stated, “These awards give us a unique opportunity to recognize the outstanding research and development efforts that go into many of the products serving the HVACR industry and the awards issue gives our readers an opportunity to read about innovative installation and service solutions.”

“The SMART Service Tool Kit includes the only wire-free sensors available in the HVAC/R industry,” said Matt Wehmeyer, product manager. “The sensors achieve an Ingress Protection rating of IP-65, which allows them to be used in the rain and dirty environments. This feature, along with the long battery life and robust designs are what sets the sensors apart from the competition.”

“The sensors from the SMART Service Tool Kit can be easily attached to the refrigeration or AC unit. Once the app is activated, the pressures and temperatures will be displayed right on your smart phone or tablet. The app also calculates superheat and subcooling, records and stores the data in a .csv file, and quickly prepares an email to send your data to anyone. It’s that simple,” said Wehmeyer. “We are happy to be recognized as a leader in the Electronic Tools category and as we continue to enhance the product, we are sure that contractors will want to add this to their toolbox.”

Winning entries in the Dealer Design Awards were featured in the July 20, 2015 issue of The ACHR News, which is distributed nationally to over 33,000 HVACR contractors, wholesalers, and other industry professionals. For more information and further coverage, visit www.achrnews.com.

Sporlan Division of Parker Hannifin is a Gold Winner in ACHR News 2015 Dealer Design Awards

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Washington, MO,July 20, 2015 – Sporlan Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, was recognized for excellence in product designin the 12th annual Dealer Design Awards Program sponsored by The Air Conditioning Heating & Refrigeration News magazine. An independent panel of contractors acted as judges in the contest that had 107 entries. The company’s ZoomLock was the Gold Award Winner in the Components and Accessories category. The ACHR News is the leading trade magazine in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration industries.

News Publisher Mike Murphy stated, “These awards give us a unique opportunity to recognize the outstanding research and development efforts that go into many of the products serving the HVACR industry and the awards issue gives our readers an opportunity to read about innovative installation and service solutions.”

“The ZoomLock’s patented RLS technology was developed with contractor productivity in mind,” said Scott, Junkin, product manager. “Brazing has been used in HVAC systems for more than a century and takes years to master. With modern-day safety regulations and municipal codes requiring hot work permits, fire spotters, deactivating fire suppression systems, etc., brazing has become much more cumbersome and labor intensive.”

With the ZoomLock fittings, time is saved, consistency is improved, and there are significant increases in safety, resulting in total installation cost reduction that will be instantly seen in the bottom line on every job, Junkin said. “ZoomLock fittings have gone through extensive third-party tests for quality, durability, corrosion resistance, and ease of installation. We are thrilled to be recognized for this game changing product.”

Winning entries in the Dealer Design Awards were featured in the July 20, 2015 issue of The ACHR News, which is distributed nationally to over 33,000 HVACR contractors, wholesalers, and other industry professionals. For more information and further coverage, visit www.achrnews.com.

New Parker Sporlan SMART Service Tools; Read, Record and Export HVAC/R System Temperatures, Pressures, Superheat and Subcooling Faster and Easier

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Washington, MO, October 6, 2014 – Sporlan Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, releases the innovative SMART Service Tools that display, record and export HVAC/R system temperatures, pressures, superheat and subcooling using a free app.

SMART Service Tools are lightweight wireless sensors that conveniently sync with an iPhone or iPad app, enabling you to read a system’s real-time pressures and temperatures without using cumbersome hoses or manifold gauges.

Parker Hannifin Introduces ZoomLine, a Light and Flexible Refrigerant Line to Replace Copper

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New York, NY, January 21, 2014 – Parker’s innovative refrigerant line assembly, a time saving, easy to install, and flexible line-set substitutes for copper tubing and directs refrigerant to system components in low and medium temperature refrigeration applications. This 6-layer flexible rubber tubing includes the patent pending Flexible Aluminum Barrier and is designed to withstand environmental, temperature and pressure extremes while providing excellent installation flexibility and long life. The flexible line eliminates coupling and elbow brazing operations and/or tube bending in long tubing runs as well as refrigerant leakage associated with brazing leaks.

The unique couplings that connect the ZoomLine assemblies to the system connections have multiple barriers and entire assemblies have been rigorously tested using the latest leak detection technologies to ensure no leakage.

Glen Steinkoenig, Sporlan Division Product Manager, commented, “Users find the vibration absorbing ZoomLine® easily pullable like wire because of it’s flexibility and it comes in extended length options.”

He added, “The simple connection and speed of install makes copper tubing obsolete by reducing installed costs, eliminating installation errors and rework resulting in a better bottom line for customers.”

Visit the Parker Sporlan Booth (#1657) to learn more.