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CCEFP and the power of working together

In case you hadn’t noticed the story this week, the DoD announced a new Advanced Robotics Manufacturing center in Pittsburgh. It’s great news, for sure, but you may not be aware of the interesting role that fluid power played here. According to Kim Stelson, Director of the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), the  grant will […]

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FPDA announces new executive director

Annapolis, MD – The FPDA Motion & Control Network (FPDA), a national trade association serving motion solution providers, including distributors and manufacturers of fluid power, automation and electro-mechanical technologies has announced the appointment of Barbara Dunlavey, CMP, CAE as their new Executive Director. Ms. Dunlavey replaces Trish Lilly, who served the association since 2009. With […]

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Piab acquires Sweden-based Vaculex

Piab has acquired Sweden based Vaculex, a leading manufacturer of lifting equipment based on vacuum technology. With 30 years of experience, Vaculex designs, manufactures and sells ergonomic lifting systems for various applications—e.g. baggage handling, packaging, distribution and logistics. Piab and Vaculex have complementary product offerings and the combination will enable accelerated growth. Both companies have […]

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Our countdown to IFPE begins!

Arguably the most important event on the fluid power calendar is the triennial IFPE show, held in conjunction with CONEXPO/CON-AGG at the Las Vegas Convention Center. These sprawling shows attract well over 100,000 visitors with each iteration, with exhibitors and attendees coming from all over the world. This year’s IFPE will run from March 7-11, 2017. I’ve […]

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Bailey International announces strategic partnership with Axiomatic

Bailey International, a mobile hydraulic components manufacturer and hydraulic systems provider, has announced the company has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Axiomatic Technologies Corp. The partnership with Axiomatic, a global electronic controls designer and manufacturer, allows Bailey to expand its offering of complete hydraulic control solutions. “We are very happy to announce this partnership,” […]

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HydraForce makes key management changes

HydraForce announced several key changes to its management structure at the corporate level, at HydraForce Inc. in the USA and at HydraForce Ltd. in Great Britain. Tony Casale, who is currently Executive Vice President of HydraForce, will become General Manager of the U.S. operations, HydraForce Inc. Peter Macdonald, who served as Managing Director of the […]

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The state of fluidpower research at CCEFP

The Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power is a network of academic researchers and industry experts advancing hydraulic and pneumatic technology and developing fluid-power systems that are more compact and better-performing than anything currently available. The Center’s director, Professor Kim A. Stelson of the Univ. of Minnesota, recently outlined research activities at the organization, […]

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Peninsular Cylinder launches new website

Peninsular Cylinder Co. has launched its new website, a fully redesigned platform packed with many new features, including homepage access to its configurator, client testimonials, and a blog. According to Peninsular’s President and General Manager, Bud Haver, the new website is critical to the company’s growth, “We are confident that this new platform will help to provide […]

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NFPA to host World Fluid Power Summit at IFPE 2017

The world of fluid power is already making its plans to gather at IFPE 2017, the leading international exposition and technical conference dedicated to the integration of fluid power with other technologies for power transmission and motion control applications. But one event currently being organized and hosted by the NFPA will truly bring the world […]

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Fabco-Air, Inc. aquires the Humphrey Cylinder Product Line

Fabco-Air has announced the acquisition of the Humphrey Stainless Steel, Disposable Cylinder product line. This also includes the Humphrey Volume Chamber product line as well as all relevant cylinder accessories. The transition of the product line to F...

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Bimba adds vacuum technology through Vaccon acquisition

Bimba announced the acquisition of Vaccon Company Inc., an innovator in vacuum technology that includes vacuum pumps, vacuum cups, end-of-arm tools, and accessories. Bimba currently does not offer any vacuum gripping technologies, so this will open up new opportunities in an adjacent, related pneumatic space. Vaccon products are esteemed for their rugged yet simple “straight-through” […]

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Hydraulic fluid test matches real-world conditions

Thanks to higher operating pressures, power density in many hydraulic systems has increased significantly in recent years. That can mean higher performance, smaller and lighter components and better efficiency, although it can also increase the susceptibility to wear and premature failures. Newer pumps and motors are built to handle higher loads and still offer long […]

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