New Parker Technologies and Products Protect Environment and Improve Fuel Efficiency for Customers in the Global Marine Market

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Oct. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE: PH), the global leader in motion and control technologies, today unveiled a variety of products and technologies that protect the environment and improve fuel efficiency for customers in the global marine market. The company is launching the products at the International Boatbuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) being held in Miami Beach this week.

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    Going Green

    -- Reducing Engine Crankcase Emissions -- Contaminated crankcase emissions
       are a serious problem for diesel engine owners. Environmental concerns
       and legislation to control crankcase emissions have increased
       significantly. To reduce the total emissions of engines, it is becoming
       necessary to close the crankcase breather system, routing these gases
       into the air intake system. The Parker Racor Closed Crankcase
       Ventilation System offers an effective solution to reduce contaminated
       crankcase emissions.

    -- Preventing Fuel Spillage Into Waterways -- Often, during marine
       refueling, fuel is spilled overboard out of the vent line. Fuel
       spillage is not only expensive and wasteful; it is harmful to fragile
       lakes, rivers and waterways. When installed in the fuel tank vent line,
       Parker Racor's Lifeguard Fuel/Air Separator efficiently separates air
       from fuel forced into the line. Only air is vented, and all fuel is
       returned to the tank.  Reduced spillage also reduces annual fuel costs
       for users.

    -- Enabling Ethanol Blended Fuels -- Use of ethanol, an environmentally-
       friendly, alcohol-based fuel produced by fermenting and distilling
       starch crops such as corn, barley, and wheat, has increased
       dramatically in recent years.  One effect of ethanol-blended fuel is
       fuel tank and fuel system component "cleansing" resulting in more
       contaminates in the fuel stream. Parker Racor filters trap particles in
       their Aquabloc II filtering media which also repels the damaging water
       into a drainable collection bowl. This enables engines to perform at a
       higher level.

    Improving Fuel Efficiency

    -- Combating Bacteria, Fungi and Sludge Formation -- Bacteria, fungi and
       sludge in fuels can drain system performance.  Parker Racor Diesel
       Biocide, a multi-functional petroleum additive, can be used to
       eliminate and/or prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi. The product
       also acts as a corrosion inhibitor.  It is approved by the U.S.
       Environmental Protection Agency as both a biocide and aftermarket fuel

    -- Helping Engines Breathe -- Marine engine performance can suffer
       dramatically in areas with unclean air.  Parker Racor's latest engine
       air intake filters, the ECO II Series, feature high soot capacity
       marine-grade filter media. The filters perform longer than conventional
       heavy-duty, paper-type air cleaners while increasing engine capacity
       and lowering pressure differential for improved horsepower and fuel

    -- Improving the Refueling Process -- Water and particulates in fuels can
       sap engine performance and efficiency.  Parker Racor FBO high-flow fuel
       filtration systems remove these and other contaminants from diesel and
       other fuels during the refueling process, a time when fuels can easily
       become contaminated.  The FBO design offers the added advantage of
       allowing filter change-outs without tools.   The filters provide users
       with clean, dry fuel and have received Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
       listing for marine vessel or fuel dispensing applications.

"Protecting the environment and improving fuel efficiency are increasingly important objectives for our customers in the global marine market," said Robin MacDonald, Marine Market Manager. "Parker's ability to develop innovative products and deliver premier customer service is helping them to meet these goals."

With annual sales exceeding $10 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 commercial, mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs more than 57,000 people in 43 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 51 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

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