What are the top 5 forms of hydraulic contamination?

By Josh Cosford Dirt. That’s what you think of when you hear the term contamination, especially as it relates to hydraulic systems. It is, of course, a common form of contamination. But ingested evils are not limited to the same types that turn your white Yeezys brown. In fact, contamination comes in many forms, some […]

Compressed Air Fail: Tale of two plants

By Ron Marshall A protein products processor has two plants, separated by a one hour drive, doing about the same thing. The first plant has a standard 60 hp fixed speed, load/unload compressor with dew point controlled heated air dryer, and a 600-gal receiver.  A compressed air assessment was done and the baseline for this […]

Bosch Rexroth celebrates 50 years in U.S.

2017 marks Bosch Rexroth’s 50th year of continuous operation in the United States. Starting with a small office in Easton, Pa. in 1967 and a handful of associates, Rexroth grew quickly enough to expand into a newly built hydraulics manufacturing facility 7 years later, the cornerstone of the company’s current manufacturing campus in Bethlehem, PA […]

Can you pneumatically, linearly control a hydraulic valve?

As far as positioning of the valve, hydraulic valves already exist in various ways of actuation. For example, you take a big DO8 valve which is a very large spool it’s an industrial valve. You would not make a DO8 with a lever because of what’s called flow forces. The pressure that is acting on […]

Muncie Power Products hires new executive

Muncie Power Products Inc. is pleased to introduce its new senior executive director of people strategy and general counsel, Damon Elmore. As the senior executive director of people strategy and general counsel, Elmore will serve as the company’s in-house legal counsel and liaison with all external legal firms representing Muncie Power Products as well as […]

Updated friction cups poster available

Piab offers an updated Duraflex Friction Cups poster, suitable for wall hanging. The poster shows all available suction cups with part numbers for 10 different types of fittings to suit your machine’s connection.  There is also a table of lifting forces and measurements to help guide your suction cup selection. This line of suction cups […]

Cryoflex hydraulic hose offers flexibility in low temperatures

With a continuous service temperature of -57º C (-70º F), the new Cryoflex hose line from Manuli Hydraulics is suited for use in the most demanding low temperature situations. At temperatures where other hoses would rapidly begin to fail due to cracking of the rubber, Cryoflex’s incredibly low glass transition point allows it to maintain […]

GlobalCore 187 high performance hydraulic hose released

Parker Hannifin has introduced the 187 Hose, a 7MPa / 1,000 psi constant working pressure hose. 187 Hose is designed to provide maximum performance, flexibility, and hose life in demanding hydraulic applications across a variety of markets. As the only 1,000 psi constant working pressure hose on the market, 187 Hose is a revolutionary product […]

Achieving required safety levels with pneumatic exhaust valves

By Linda Caron Global Product Manager, Factory Automation Pneumatic Div. Parker Hannifin Corp. As more companies increase their focus on machine safety, design engineers need a firm understanding of the Machinery Directive and how to comply with required safety levels. Installing a pneumatic safety exhaust valve can be a simple and cost-effective way to accomplish

Motion Industries names new VP/GM for Dallas division

Motion Industries, a major distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts based in Birmingham, Ala., has named Stacy Lenard Vice President/General Manager of the company’s Dallas division, effective October 1. A native of West Monroe, La., Mr. Lenard started his career with Motion Industries in 1989. He has since moved into various positions including […]

Friction cups grip slippery materials

Piab DURAFLEX friction cups provide a firm grip on slippery materials. To simplify the task of engineering them into a design, the Hingham, Mass. based company offers an updated DURAFLEX Friction Cups poster, suitable for wall hanging. The poster shows all available suction cups with part numbers for 10 different types of fittings to suit

New Leybold vacuum pumps are robust, flexible

Industrial and research applications increasingly rely on dry and robust vacuum systems that can be tailored to a specific task. The new air-cooled SCROLLVAC plus vacuum pump from Leybold, Cologne, Germany, is said to do just that. The SCROLLVAC plus, which is an oil-free, dry running “fore” vacuum pump, qualifies for a variety of demanding

Hydraulic cylinders crush bridges

Researchers at the Technical University (TU) of Munich have developed a new test stand for examining the behavior of concrete bridge beams. To better calculate the load-carrying capacity of these beams in future constructions, six hydraulic cylinders from Liebherr Components, Nussbaumen, Switzerland, are used to press down with full force until the element breaks. The

Mini machines draw ICUEE crowds

A growing trend among many mobile equipment users is the move to smaller machines, as evidenced by the number of attendees flocking to OEM displays at the ICUEE show in Louisville, Ky. Caterpillar offered test drives of its upgraded 303E CR mini hydraulic excavator that the company says is built for productive work in confined […]

Compressed air fail: Saving money on compressor purchase

By Ron Marshall A mine located in northern Canada has a compressed air system used to generate 150 psi compressed air for diesel engine starting duty. Due to the failure of the original compressor, a new compressor was purchased as a replacement. The previous compressor operated in load/unload mode with timed shutdown. This ensured the […]

New M35 Series modular double valves ensure safety

Ross Controls has introduced its new M35 Series safety exhaust (dump) valve for Category-4, PL e machine guarding applications. The safety function of the M35 Series valve is to shut off supply of pneumatic energy and to exhaust any pneumatic energy from downstream of the valve. The Ross M35 Series double valve includes the 3/2 normally closed […]

How is sealing used in fluid power systems?

By Josh Cosford Seals are like car tires. They’re both absolutely essential to the operation of their respective accompaniment, yet are unappreciated by most, unless you’re a race car driver or fluid power engineer. And just like tires, seals used in fluid power have changed only by quantum leaps (the real use of the expression, […]

Gates acquires Atlas Hydraulics

Gates Corp. announced its acquisition of Atlas Hydraulics, a fully-integrated product engineering, manufacturing, and commercial business headquartered in Brantford, Ontario. With locations in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico, the company specializes in the design, manufacture, and supply of hydraulic tube and hose assemblies. Established in 1979, Atlas Hydraulics is a desired partner to several major […]

What you need to know about hydraulic flow meters

By Martin Cuthbert, Managing Director, Webtec Ltd What is flow? Flow is the measurement of the volume of a liquid that passes a fixed point in a unit of time. For most hydraulic applications, flow is measured in liters per minute (lpm), U.S. gallons per minute (US gpm), or, occasionally, U.K. gallons per minutes (UK

How do you choose the proper hose assembly?

The new hydraulic hose assemblies should be chosen with consideration to their specific application. If you’re creating a new hose from scratch, you need to, say, lay it all out to decide what kind of hose you need. You may have seen this trusty acronym, STAMPED. Every letter stands for something. We have Size, Temperature, […]

DOE releases Intent to Issue Funding announcement, with an assist from CCEFP

The CCEFP is pleased to share that the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Energy Efficiency R&D for Fluid-Power Systems in Off-Road Vehicles.” In the fiscal year 2017 budget signed by the […]

September 2017 issue: Couplings ensure smooth conveying + more

  Building a better event Although you may be thinking Fall, we’re already thinking Spring, because we’re knee-deep in the midst of planning for our third annual Fluid Power Technology Conference & Expo in Milwaukee. The conference, held at MSOE’s Kern Center, is already set for May 15-16, 2018. One of our takeaways after successfully

Hydraulic Supply Company announces location in Greenville, S.C.

Hydraulic Supply Company (HSC) has announced plans for the opening of its 27th location in Greenville, S.C. With the opening of its Greenville store at 5200 Pelham Road, the company will now have 25 Eaton Aeroquip Hose Center retail locations in addition to its Pompano, Florida Repair Location, and Sunrise, Florida Distribution Center. Currently, Hydraulic […]

Festo showcases VTEM Motion Terminal at PackExpo

The key to understanding the power of the revolutionary Festo VTEM Motion Terminal, introduced in North America at Pack Expo, Las Vegas, Sept. 25-27, is the platform’s first-of-its-kind digital valves. Valve functionality is controlled by downloadable apps so that one valve can potentially replace up to 50 different components, depending on the app or combinations […]

New Clean Line pneumatic ISO cylinders for hygienic applications

The new CCL-IC series of compact pneumatic ISO cylinders are suitable for applications with limited installation space, combined with increased hygiene requirements. Their hygienic design makes them suitable for applications in food and beverage. With nine bore sizes, the CCL-IC series of compact pneumatic ISO cylinder covers the broadest range available on the market for […]