Trelleborg invests in high-end production for sealing solutions in Denmark

Trelleborg has—through its business area Trelleborg Sealing Solutions—decided to invest in a new state-of-the-art production facility for sealing solutions in Denmark, thus relocating its current manufacturing facility in the country. The move is intended to transform and further expand the current capabilities of the existing facility to demonstrate future manufacturing principles and technologies that enable […]

Overall takeaways from the IEOC

It was an interesting couple of days here at the National Fluid Power Association’s annual Industry and Economic Outlook Conference (IEOC) here at the Westin Chicago North Shore. Most of the analysts and economists roughly agreed that things will remain positive into the early part of 2018, with a modest downturn in 2018-2019. Some highlights […]

Efficient design in industrial hydraulics

Efficient– (of a system or machine) achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense. “Efficient.” en.oxfordictionaries.com. 2017. Sometimes a simple dictionary reference can explain better in a few words what may take me a paragraph or more. I think we can all agree on the definition of efficient, especially in this day and age, where cars,

Delta’s RMC 200 Motion Controller is ODVA certified for EtherNet/IP

Delta Computer Systems Inc. has announced that the company’s RMC200 motion controller passed EtherNet/IP certification in May 2017 at ODVA headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich., being tested to the most recent CT14 test specification. Delta also participated in the EtherNet/IP 2017 PlugFest to ensure that the RMC200, like Delta’s other motion controllers, meets or exceeds ODVA

Pack Expo returns to Vegas

Pack Expo will be held Monday, September 25th through Wednesday, the 27th at the Las Vegas Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The event brings together more than 2,000 suppliers of advanced packaging equipment, materials, containers, and automation technologies including several pneumatics and hydraulics manufacturers. Attendees run the gamut, from plant […]

Hydraulic symbology 101: Understanding basic fluid power schematics

By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor Out of any topic under the patio-sized umbrella of fluid power, hydraulic symbology garners the most requests from those wishing to learn more about fluid power. Reading any schematic with more than three symbols can be daunting if your experience is limited. But it’s not impossible to learn. In fact, […]

In-tank return line filter assemblies from Hy-Pro are ideal for high velocities

The TFR1 in-tank filter assemblies from Hy-Pro Corp. are ideal for particulate contamination removal in high-velocity hydraulic power unit return line and compact mobile hydraulic OEM installations. Featuring a maximum operating pressure of 150 psi (10 bar), they are rated for operating fluid temperatures of 30° to 225°F (0° to 105°C) and ambient temperatures of –4° to […]

Hengli America’s distribution network continues to grow with the addition of Higginson Equipment

Hengli America has added Burlington, Ont.-based Higginson Equipment to its North American distribution network. Higginson Equipment partners as a Gold Level Distributor with rights to the Ontario province of Canada for Hengli’s piston pumps, mobile and industrial valves, pneumatics, and full HPU systems. Higginson Equipment has been a Canadian fluid power distributor since 1945. Its […]

NFPA’s IEOC is back in the spotlight

The National Fluid Power Association’s annual International Economic Outlook Conference takes place this week, at the Westin Chicago North Shore in suburban Wheeling, Ill. This event, which I sort of see as the kickoff to the busy fall schedule of trade shows and conferences, is one of my favorites. The amount of industry data and […]

ASCO expands Numatics G3 and 580 Series to support 128 solenoid valves

ASCO has announced that its Numatics G3 Series and Numatics 580 Series electronic platforms have been expanded to control up to 128 solenoid valves on a single valve manifold assembly. The expanded G3 and 580 Series platforms feature flexible and cost-effective process control architecture that permits the design engineer or end-use specifier to optimize the […]

Edifica 2017 attendees can preview CONEXPO Latin America’s 2019 event

Preview the advanced technologies that the CONEXPO brand represents at the CONEXPO Latin America stand at Expo Edifica October 4-7, 2017 in Santiago, Chile. Visit the technology-focused and interactive CONEXPO Latin America stand to: Listen to forward-looking presentations from top global innovators Explore the jobs of tomorrow (and the skills needed) See the evolution of […]

Compressed Air Fail: A poor dryer choice

A grain sorting facility purchased a new, larger compressor to renew their compressed air system—as well as to prepare for future load additions. The previous compressor was a 50-hp size with a 200-cfm desiccant air dryer with dew point control. To prepare for future needs, a new 75-hp compressor was purchased with a new larger […]

How does humidity affect the performance of a pneumatic cylinder?

Humidity in the atmosphere affects cylinder performance in two ways because humidity in the air—it’s moisture that is trapped in atmospheric air. One, you’re compressing it, so when you compress it into a air compressor, it tends to settle out and you have to do something with it. Any type of air compressor system has […]

NAHAD announces new Executive Vice President

The NAHAD Board of Directors recently announced the successful conclusion of a multi-year transition of the association’s executive leadership with the appointment of Molly Alton Mullins to the position of NAHAD Executive Vice President. Joseph Thompson, who has served as NAHAD’s EVP since 1990 will continue to support the association as General Manager through June, […]

Rob Clippard is semi-finalist for University of Cincinnati Rising Leader award

Rob Clippard, VP of Marketing and Sales at Cincinnati-based Clippard Instrument Laboratory Inc., is one of nine semi-finalists for the University of Cincinnati’s Rising Leader award. The judges selected Rob as on of the first Rising Leader awards for his demonstrated success advancing one of the Goering Center’s 10 Best Practices – Dynamic Business Strategy. Nominees […]

Parker’s ToughJacket hose is designed for construction industry, tough applications

With a 4,000 psi constant working pressure, the Parflex 594TJ (ToughJacket) hose is a cost effective hydraulic hose solution for the construction industry, especiallyfor those working with telescoping boom applications requiring a durable and light weight bonded assembly solution. The 594TJ hose can be provided in bonded twin-line and multi-line (up to ten hoses or 10-in. wide) […]

Hose fabrication machines help company serve diverse hose needs

Working with the right suppliers is key to the growth of Geib Industries, which focuses solely on fabricating hose assemblies and hose-related products. With 70 years in business, the company was able to expand into a 74,000 ft2 facility in Bensenville, Ill., last year. The company said this longevity is due to its dedication to […]

What are solenoid valves?

A solenoid valve is an electrically activated valve, typically used to control the flow or direction of air or liquid in fluid power systems. Solenoid valves are used in both pneumatic and hydraulic fluid power systems, and most often in either poppet or spool configurations. The spool or poppet of the valve is connected to […]

Move toward IoT continues, with CAT/Stena agreement for monitoring systems

Stena Line, one of the world’s largest ferry operators and Caterpillar Marine, together with Pon Power, have entered into a digital partnership where the Cat Asset Intelligence solution will provide vessel monitoring of multiple Stena new builds with planned delivery during 2019 and 2020. The vessels will be optimized for efficiency and flexibility and will […]

Rexroth’s North American GoTo program now up to 5,000 items

For the 8th consecutive year, Bosch Rexroth’s GoTo Focused Delivery Program continues to grow, now offering more than 5,000 Drive & Control products for fast delivery. More than 99% of the products in the program ship in 10 days or fewer, with the same lead times in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The latest round […]

Top 7 pro tips to improve your hydraulic knowledge

Nobody is born with innate knowledge of fluid power. It’s a tricky business, and is sometimes difficult to learn, especially if you don’t have an engineering background. The basics are clouded with misinformation, and even when you’re past the basics, there are infinite combinations of hydraulic components, requiring a deep understanding of not only each […]

How does a hydraulic accumulator work?

Hydraulic accumulators are energy storage devices. Analogous to rechargeable batteries in electrical systems, they store and discharge energy in the form of pressurized fluid and are often used to improve hydraulic-system efficiency. An accumulator itself is a pressure vessel that holds hydraulic fluid and a compressible gas, typically nitrogen. The housing or shell is made […]

Soft pneumatic actuator generates cyclical motion

A new study has demonstrated the advantages and potential applications of an innovative multi-chambered soft pneumatic actuator. Researchers described how the actuator generates cyclical motion and characterized its trajectory and force output in an article published in Soft Robotics. Coauthors Alar Ainla, Mohit Verma, Dian Yang, and George Whitesides of Harvard University detailed the actuator’s […]

IFPS unveils new logo design

The International Fluid Power Society unveiled its new logo today, replacing the familiar red circular logo that it has used for decades. The old logo incorporated a white triangle, evoking the symbol for a hydraulic pump. The new version, reminiscent of a pennant or medal, incorporates several themes: • A gold burst represents a radiant […]

IMI Norgren introduces ISOLine range of cylinders

Built on reliable and robust technology, the ISOLine of pneumatic cylinders offers a fit and forget system that simplifies installation, with new technology as standard. It also provides a longer service life and reduced maintenance costs. Features include: • Comprehensive range for all applications • Cylinders and mounting that conform to ISO 15552 • All […]