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Lloyd's Register Type Approval Will Boost the Design-in of Parker's Unique Tube Connector in Marine and Offshore Equipment

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Parker Hannifin Corporation
6035 Parkland Blvd.
Cleveland, OH, 44124

Press release date: January 19, 2009

Barnstaple, UK, January 19, 2009 --- Lloyd's Register has granted Type Approval to the novel high-pressure Phastite tube connection system developed by the instrumentation products division of Parker Hannifin - the global leader in motion and control technologies. Lloyd's Register Type Approval provides unbiased, third party verification of a product's conformity to the producer's specification and relevant national and international standards, and is based on a design assessment and an agreed program of performance testing, to demonstrate the products suitability for use in general marine, offshore and industrial piping systems.

The certification covers 316 stainless steel versions of Phastite connectors for use on tubing with outside diameters up to one inch/25 mm.

"Phastite introduces some highly desirable performance attributes for higher pressure marine and offshore applications, compared with the commonly-used technologies of welded or cone-and-thread connections," says Parker's Jim Breeze. "Advantages include much faster assembly, without any need for 'hot work' permits, and a very high tolerance of vibration. Lloyds Register Type Approval is a very important influence for offshore designers and we anticipate that it will open the doors to many new applications for Phastite."

The Phastite connector has introduced a very simple compression assembly concept for high pressure connections up to 1,379 bar (20,000 PSI) that can greatly reduce installation costs. Phastite fittings are supplied as one-piece components. To make a joint, all that's required is to slide the fitting onto the tube end, and then push the collar along the fitting body until it reaches a dead stop. This assembly operation is performed by a simple handheld hydraulic tool, and takes a few seconds. The tool requires no skill to use, and assures users of right-first-time connections.

Phastite's sealing mechanism is based on a series of defined internal ridges that create a secure seal by radial compression, without weakening the tubing surface. The ridges effectively grip in a way that retains all of the tubing's strength. These profiles also make the fitting particularly suitable for vibration prone environments. Parker's unique sealing system has also been designed using a pressure safety factor rating of at least 4:1, the same level as used on the company's lower-pressure compression tube fittings.

About Parker

With annual sales exceeding $12 billion, 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 62,000 people in 48 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 52 consecutive years, among the top five longest-running dividend-increase records in the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit the company's web site at, or its investor information site at

Parker Instrumentation Products Division Europe Riverside Road Barnstaple EX31 1NP UK. Tel: +44 (0)1271 313131

Parker Instrumentation Products Division, 1005 A Cleaner Way Huntsville Alabama 35805-6708, USA. Tel: 256 881-2040

Parker Hannifin Middle East PO Box 46451 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates Tel: +971 2 6788587
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