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 […]

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

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

What makes a seal for hydraulics different than a seal for pneumatics?

With seals for pneumatic application uses, one consideration to think about is the severeness of the duty. Obviously, the durometer is very important. When you get into a 70, 80, or 90 durometer seal, it becomes very resistant to being smooshed. As the pressure increases—say 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, or maybe even 10,000 psi or more—it […]

Compressed Air Fail: Valve issues

A milk processing and packaging facility had two independent compressed air systems that were running inefficient modulating style compressors to produce the air needed to keep the compressed air powered machines running smoothly. With the help of their power utility, they were able to consolidate their two systems into one using a new variable speed […]

Parker Hannifin unveils metal seal design for extreme temperatures

U.S. Patent No. 9,453,600, for a new stainless steel flat face sealing ring for use with tube fittings in extreme temperature applications, was recently issued to Parker Hannifin Corp. The new seal design was developed by engineers at the Parker Tube Fittings Division and is a principal design feature of the Parker Seal-Lok Xtreme line […]

The value of associations is in participation

I’ve been a big proponent of associations over the course of my career covering the world of fluid power. They’ve helped me meet and interact with important industry leaders, network with readers, and understand the critical issues facing manufacturers today. I recently had the chance to catch up with Joe Thompson, the Executive Vice President […]

Rexroth control system finds correct setting for profile extrusion presses

Foshan Nanhai Jinli Machinery Manufacture Co., Ltd. is a manufacturer of aluminum and copper profile extrusion presses. The company switched to variable speed pump drives a few years ago, including Sytronix from Rexroth. With its dynamic characteristics, the efficient combination of highly dynamic servo drive and fixed displacement pump fulfills the requirements of plastic processing

Triumph to provide hydraulic actuation systems for Boeing 777X

Triumph Group Inc. has signed an agreement with Boeing to provide various hydraulic and mechanical actuation assemblies for legacy Boeing programs, including the Next-Generation 737, 737 MAX, 747-8, 767, 767-2C and 777, and for the 777X, Boeing’s newest family of twin-aisle airplanes. “This agreement demonstrates our commitment to the ‘Partnering for Success’ program and follow-through […]

SFC Koenig launches flow rate calculator and orifice size calculator

SFC Koenig has created a restrictor Flow Rate Calculator and a restrictor Orifice Size Calculator that are publically available on the company’s web site. The calculators assist customers in the design process as well as with product selection. http://www.sfckoenig.com/en/re-orifice-size-calculator-mm http://www.sfckoenig.com/en/re-flow-rate-calculator-mm “These online calculators are great tools for engineers and designers,” said Tom Ryan, Head of

Kaman appoints VP, General Manager of its Automation group

Kaman Distribution Group, the distribution segment of Kaman Corporation has announced the appointment of Jeff Ames as VP, General Manager of its Automation platform effective as of July 10, 2017. Kaman Distribution Group operates through three product platforms: Bearings & Power Transmission, Fluid Power, and Automation. Jeff will report to Steve Smidler, Kaman Distribution Group’s […]

Tana Utley of Caterpillar to speak at Pack Expo’s Women’s Leadership Network Breakfast

The Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN) — sponsored by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies—will host an exclusive breakfast featuring Tana L. Utley, VP, Caterpillar Inc., at PACK EXPO Las Vegas on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 a.m. This event is part of PPWLN’s ongoing efforts to address the gender gap […]