Hannover Messe update, Day 3: A sneak peek at Rittal before the show

Prior to my visit to the Hannover Messe this week, I had the chance to visit several Rittal factories in central Germany, including the company’s world headquarters, global distribution center and new innovation center. It’s always incredible to visit a manufacturing plant where you can watch raw materials—here, 5-ton coils of steel—be turned into a […]

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Hannover Messe update, Day 2: So many countries, so little time

Hannover Messe is, at its heart, an international show. There are 6,500 exhibitors here from across the globe … let that sink in for a minute. Here’s a rundown of what some different countries are highlighting here in Germany this week: Poland We have to start with Poland, as this European neighbor of Germany is the official […]

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Hannover Messe update, Day 1: IoT takes center stage

There’s always so much to see at the Hannover Messe, and this year is no exception to that rule. Some of the highlights: Parker unveils new “Voice of the Machine” platform Parker Hannifin Corp. unveiled its Voice of the Machine IoT platform today. This is an open, interoperable and scalable ecosystem of connected products and services. As […]

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Globally compliant materials for producing high purity products

The newest globally compliant materials from Minnesota Rubber and Plastics produce high purity and differentiated products with the added benefit of helping to reduce stock-keeping units (SKU’s) and product inventory in multiple markets and countries. These new globally compliant materials give designers greater design flexibility while providing efficiencies of fewer material and end-product requirements. Minnesota […]

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Podcast: Allen Carlson, upcoming FPTC Keynote Speaker, on engineering education challenges

I recently spoke with Allen Carlson of the University of Florida—you may know him as the retired CEO of Sun Hydraulics—about engineering education and what new opportunities there are for students applying to land grant institutions today. Carlson will be one of our Keynote Speakers at the upcoming Fluid Power Technology Conference in Milwaukee on May […]

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Will Eaton be in hydraulics for the long haul?

Recently, I read an interesting piece in Bloomberg about Eaton’s potential for a partial breakup in the near future. Specifically, the author surmises about the industrial giant’s eventual sale or spinoff of its vehicle division, which some analysts see as too cyclical of a market—and a bit of a drag on the company’s more robust […]

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Parker’s O-Ring Division changes name to O-Ring & Engineered Seals Division

The O-Ring Division of Parker Hannifin Corp. announced that it is changing its name to the Parker O-Ring & Engineered Seals Division. The new name reflects the vast product line offered following the consolidation of Engineered Material Group’s four divisions: O-Ring, TechSeal, Engineered Seals and Integrated Sealing Systems Divisions. This unification leverages technologies and expertise, providing […]

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Lesson from NAHAD: Maintaining relevance in the midst of change

Change in the fluid power industry is almost always through gradual evolution, and not in huge jumps and starts. Our technology is a mature one, and there’s comfort in that—but we also need to be wary of complacency. At this month’s 34th Annual Meeting & Convention of NAHAD in San Antonio, attendees heard a fascinating […]

Update from NAHAD: Things looking positive for Stauff in 2017

When I think of Stauff Corp., a few things come to mind—maybe clamps, connectors and valves are foremost to me. So it was interesting to talk to the company’s president and CEO, Jeff Behling, at this week’s NAHAD convention in San Antonio. Behling told me that one of the company’s focuses right now is its […]

AMT Elects new Board of Directors and officers

AMT, The Association For Manufacturing Technology has elected its 2017-2018 officers and directors. The 2017-2018 board year begins April 1, 2017. The AMT board of directors, which represents more than 600 builders and distributors of machine tools, manufacturing machinery and related products, named Ronald S. Karaisz II to serve as Chairman. Mr. Karaisz is president […]

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Saving air with a pulsating flow

We’ve written quite a bit lately about Parker Hannifin’s air saver unit (ASU), which decreases compressed air waste and can increase productivity. Through manual adjustment, ASUs can save energy by interrupting compressed air flow. These series of impulses are said to be mechanically more advantageous because the ASU can recover during the “off” period of […]

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Catching up with Continental ContiTech

Fairlawn, Ohio-based Continental ContiTech is a manufacturer of industrial and hydraulic hoses. At the IFPE show in Las Vegas this month, I had the chance to catch up with Randy Kish, the company’s Manager, Distributor Marketing for Industrial Hose & Hydraulics. Kish noted that while “everybody in hydraulics follows SAE standards” for hose—meaning that the […]

New Parker-Prädifa compound, nobrox, useful for Seals, engineered components

Parker Hannifin has introduced its new nobrox compound, which exhibits excellent wear resistance, chemical resistance and resilience, reliability, ease of assembly and economy. The new material is particularly well suited for use as a sealing element, guiding element and anti-extrusion element for hydraulic as well as many other sealing technology applications. With its potential as […]

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Fluid Power Industrial Consortium to be held March 31 in Milwaukee

The National Fluid Power Association is a supporting partner of the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) Fluid Power Industrial Consortium (FPIC), allowing NFPA member companies to participate in FPIC seminars at no cost. FPIC seminar topics are a great way to learn of the technological advancements that will help meet the future needs of fluid […]

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Freudenberg offers low-friction sealing solutions at IFPE

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies showcased a new generation of low-friction transmission seals designed to save fuel, lower emissions and extend the operating life of industrial powertrains at the 2017 International Fluid Power Expo in Las Vegas. Freudenberg’s Levitas and Levitorq components are part of the company’s Low Emission Sealing Solutions (LESS) product portfolio. Seals are responsible […]

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CCEFP Industry-University Summit is just around the corner

The spring CCEFP Industry-University Summit at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, April 4-6, 2017 is coming up fast, and the hotel reservation deadlines are almost here: Country Inn & Suites Cut off date:  Friday, March 24, 2017 Hampton Inn Cut off date:  Friday, March 24, 2017 Hilton Garden Inn Cut off date:  Tuesday March 21, […]

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Making technical education more local

Talk to many component manufacturers and you’ll hear the phrase “local for local,” meaning that they’re strategically placing facilities near their customers. So, instead of one manufacturing plant in China, they may have one in China, one in the U.S., one in Brazil and one in the Czech Republic. Now, the University of Florida is […]

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FPW team uses FB Live to cover IFPE highlights

Fluid Power World’s editorial team used a new tool—Facebook Live—to connect readers with the exciting happenings that were all part of last week’s IFPE show in Las Vegas. My postings were shared on the Design World Network’s Facebook page, while Senior Editor Mary Gannon’s videos were featured on the Fluid Power World Facebook page. (If […]

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Applied Industrial Technologies acquires Toledo-based Sentinel Fluid Controls

Applied Industrial Technologies has acquired Sentinel Fluid Controls, a distributor of hydraulic and lubrication components, systems and solutions. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed. “The addition of Sentinel complements and enhances our fluid power market leadership,” said Neil A. Schrimsher, President & CEO for Applied. “Their experience and expert fluid power solutions enrich our […]

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ASTM International calls for nominations for new emerging professionals program

After two successful pilots, ASTM International, a global standards organization, is expanding its Emerging Professionals program. The program will provide free airfare and lodging this year for up to 24 participants to attend a leadership development workshop held during an ASTM International conference—“committee week”—where technical experts in their industries create and revise standards. D. Thomas […]

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Freudenberg Sealing Technologies showcases new accumulator design and assembly process at IFPE

To enable new opportunities for diaphragm accumulator applications in the industrial and automotive industries, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has developed a new concept for the manufacturer of these parts. The company is presenting this concept along with its portfolio of hydraulic accumulator solutions at the 2017 International Fluid Power Expo (IFPE) in Las Vegas March 7-11. “Diaphragm […]

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IFPE Day 2: Learning about radio remote controls

I had a great chat with Scott Pastorius of Ikusi at IFPE, and he filled me in on his company’s line of ergonomically designed radio remote controls for the mobile market. “We invested a lot of time and money in the ergonomics, because operators are using these controls more and more as a point of control. They’re […]

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Wrap-up of Day 1 at IFPE

Hopefully you mapped out your first day at IFPE well—there was certainly a lot to see, and I know I only covered a fraction of what I want to experience! Thank goodness this show continues on all week … Well, one thing that is sure to attract people to a booth is golf, and Manuli […]

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2017 Fluid Power Technology Conference now open for registration

I’m happy to report that registration is now open for our great annual fluid power event! If you didn’t make last year’s FPTC, you missed out on a fantastic educational opportunity, not to mention the chance to network with some of your peers. We’re coming back to beautiful Milwaukee this year, and I hope that you’ll […]

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WIX Filters gives $34k to national FFA chapters

WIX Filters, a global manufacturer of filtration products, has awarded $34,347.25 to national FFA chapters through a box-top redemption program in partnership with the National FFA Organization. “As a former member of FFA, I know what a great opportunity it is for local chapters to raise money and build momentum for their ongoing initiatives. This […]

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