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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reddy added to sales team at Stucchi

Stucchi Inc., a global leader of hydraulic quick coupling products, has added Chuck Reddy to their sales team. Reddy joins as Northeast Territory Manager and is based in Pittsburg. Scott Rolston, President of Stucchi Inc., said, “We are thrilled to further expand Stucchi’s sales team, especially with the addition of someone so well versed in […]

Continental hose plant in Iowa celebrates 40th anniversary

Continental’s Mount Pleasant, Iowa, plant, its premier North American manufacturing facility for industrial and automotive hose products, celebrated its 40th anniversary last week. “We are proud to share in this celebration of a highly versatile and productive facility,” said Jim Hill, ContiTech CEO for the North America Region. “This plant has made hose for a […]

Parker Aerospace Group, Lufthansa Technik announce agreement for Airbus A350 support, service

Parker Aerospace, a business group of Parker Hannifin Corp., has announced an agreement with Lufthansa Technik for long-term collaboration for Airbus A350 component maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services. The agreement, being announced at MRO Europe 2017, covers the majority of repairable components for the Parker-designed A350 fuel, hydraulic, and fuel tank inerting systems. The […]

PackExpo Day 2: Believe it or not, more robots—and pneumatics, too!

So much happened at this year’s PackExpo Las Vegas, here are some additional thoughts and sights from this year’s very crowded show: The AMK Automation booth was focused on flexible machine automation solutions, both centralized and decentralized. AMK showed a centralized single-cabinet design as well as a working decentralized machine, where a single cabinetless controller from […]

PackExpo Day 1: Smart machines … and a whole lot of robots

  Pack Expo’s back at the Las Vegas Convention Center this year, and it’s looking like a good show thus far. PMMI, which runs the annual event, said that this is the largest Las Vegas iteration of the show in history—more than 30,000 attendees are expected, including 5,000 from outside the United States. The exhibit […]

Building a better fluid power 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 in Milwaukee. The conference, held at MSOE’s Kern Center, is already set for May 15-16, 2018. One of our takeaways after successfully running two of these events was that […]

The gravity of precise boom control

By Eko Prasetiawan, Chief Hydraulics Engineer, JLG Industries Inc. Telescopic handler (telehandler) operators have been searching for a solution that would give precise boom control when paired with a boom suspension (ride control) system. Traditional load hold valves have limitations due to high pilot pressure requirements and techniques used to improve stability—such as pilot damping […]

Changing market demands drive increase in inventory and production for fittings manufacturer

Product demand can be difficult to predict. With China championing itself (quite successfully) as the new leader of globalism and uncertainty happening in the Eurozone—as well as South America and part of Asia—manufacturers are finding that sourcing through traditional suppliers has become challenging. Companies are struggling to provide accurate forecasts in a timely manner, limiting […]

Hannover Messe announces 2018 theme: “Integrated Industry—Connect & Collaborate”

Humans, machines and IT – these are the cornerstones of tomorrow’s factories. However, only with networking will they reach their full potential. “The new connectivity—that is, the organization of networks—is taking Industrie 4.0 to the next stage,” said Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Managing Board, Deutsche Messe AG. “With ‘Integrated Industry—Connect & Collaborate’ we […]