To conform to new European standards, Pirtek USA has changed the plating on its hydraulic fitting lines.
The European automotive industry is leading these changes with an “The End of Life Vehicle Directive” which went into effect in July 2007.
With these new regulations any company who wishes to export to a European Union member state will have to abide by these new Cr6 regulations.
To clearly identify the difference in the product that has the Cr6 Hexavalent Chromium removed, Pirtek has changed the color of the plating on its fittings and ferrules from a gold to a silver finish.
All fittings and ferrules currently being manufactured now have the new silver Cr6 free plating. This new silver plating is more environmentally friendly than the previous plating methods and has superior corrosion protection, according to the manufacturer. This change does not change any of the assembly processes or crimping diameters of the fittings and ferrules currently being used.
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