PIRTEK expands South Florida presence with new location in Palm Beach

PIRTEK has expanded its South Florida presence with a new location in Palm Beach. Owner Sam Belin opened PIRTEK Palm Beach earlier this month, staffing it with three technicians and two Mobile Service Vehicles. He plans to add a third vehicle in a few months. PIRTEK is the only franchise of its kind in the […]

PIRTEK Hose Replacement operation opens in Austin

The owner of the PIRTEK franchise in San Antonio, Tex., has expanded his hose-replacement business by setting up a new location in Austin. “I expect rapid growth,” said Dean Akin, owner of PIRTEK Broadway in San Antonio. “We’re going to push forward in everything we do there.” The only franchise of its kind in the […]

Guide helps to select the proper pneumatic fitting

A new guide from Beswick Engineering Co. explains the various choices faced when you are selecting pneumatic fittings for your product. There are three common fitting types: barbed, push-to-connect, and compression. Each has advantages and disadvantages. How will you select the best type for the long term success of your design? The Beswick Fitting Selection Guide […]

Increase in awareness of industrial distribution as career path

A recent survey of “right fit” 16-24-year-olds found a 6.7% increase in their awareness of industrial distribution as a career field, compared to a similar survey commissioned three years ago by Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP). The November 2016 survey targeted young people who are not planning on attending a four-year college and self-identified as having […]

Brennan Industries achieves Nadcap, AS9100 aerospace accreditations

To demonstrate its continued commitment to quality, Brennan Industries announces that the company has achieved Nadcap and AS9100 accreditation for fluid system manufacturing—including fittings and other components. Brennan Industries has received international recognition for this initiative and is now qualified to supply their manufactured hydraulic fittings and other components to customers in the aerospace and defense markets that […]

NAHAD names new officers, board members

More than 930 NAHAD members from around the world recently convened at the JW Marriott Hill Country in San Antonio, Tex. for the association’s 33rd Annual Convention. The leading manufacturers and distributors of hose assemblies and related products and services participated in four days of educational sessions, networking programs and the annual Showcase of Hose Solutions […]

Gates introduces new line of XtraTuff abrasion resistant spiral wire hoses

Gates Corp. has released a new, powerful abrasion resistant XtraTuff cover for spiral wire hoses in 4,000 and 5,000 psi configurations. The Gates XtraTuff cover offers 25 times more abrasion resistance than the standard hydraulic hose cover as per ISO 6945 standard. While fully maintaining the Gates MegaSys hose performance and flexibility, the new cover provides […]

NFPA: Registration for 2017 Industry and Economic Outlook Conference

The Industry & Economic Outlook Conference (IEOC) is the National Fluid Power Association’s highly anticipated economic event for everyone in the fluid power supply chain – NFPA members and non-members alike are all invited to attend. The 2017 event will take place August 14 – 16, 2017 at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, […]

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 […]

Yokohama Rubber launches high-pressure hose, “Versatran”

The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., announced the addition of “Verstran” to its existing product lines, new high pressure hose that meets the requirements of SAE and EN standard. In the global high pressure hose market, SAE and EN standard products are widely used in hydraulic products, offshore oil field, construction and industrial machinery for both OEM and […]

Ritter Technology acquires Tri-State Hose & Fitting

Ritter Technology, LLC, a distributor of industrial motion and control products, announced that it has acquired Tri-State Hose & Fitting located in Munster, Ind. This acquisition strengthens Ritter’s commitment to provide fluid power hose and connector products to its customer base in the greater Indiana/Illinois region with a special focus on Northwest Indiana. Tri-State was […]

ContiTech showcasing variety of hose products at NAHAD

ContiTech, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of industrial hose and fittings for a variety of applications, is showcasing a variety of products and services at the National Association of Hose and Accessories Distributor’s (NAHAD) 33rd meeting in san Antonio this week. “This meeting affords us the opportunity to meet with our key hose distributors and […]

General Rubber joins NAHAD

General Rubber Corp., a manufacturer of performance rubber expansion joints, is pleased to have recently joined NAHAD. While we may be new to NAHAD we are well established in the industrial hose and distribution markets. We are also proud to have been at the forefront of innovative rubber expansion joint and other mechanical rubber product […]

Kurt Hydraulics publishes 2017 Catalog for an expanded line of hose and couplings

Kurt announces publication of its 180-page catalog featuring an expanded and full line of standard hose and couplings designed for a broad range of hydraulic applications. This 2017 catalog edition is indexed to make selection fast and easy. The catalog contains hundreds of coupling styles ranging from braided hose couplings and spiral hose couplings to […]

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 […]

How do I pick the right hydraulic hose?

By: Eric Durrant, senior global product manager, Eaton It’s happened on every job. A piece of machinery goes down, and operators need to get it back up and running to keep work moving. The hose assembly shop is closed or doesn’t have the right fitting in stock, so the team does whatever they need to […]

Parker’s SplashShield hose sleeve protects environment, shields equipment

Parker Hannifin has introduced SplashShield hose sleeve, a new abrasion-resistant, protective sleeve that serves as a splash container to deflect hot oil or other fluids conveyed by the hose away from sensitive controls and reduce the need for hazardous material cleanup. Not only does it protect the hose from fluids spraying on the hose, but it also […]

What hydraulic hose assembly works best for my design?

At some point during the design and build of new equipment, the question arises of which hydraulic hose assembly to choose. The market offers numerous options in a wide range of price points. With seemingly endless hose and fittings options, how do you select the best product for your application? Specifying the right hose In […]

UID sees record-breaking attendance

Last week a record number of NAHAD attendees traveled to Indianapolis to attend NAHAD’s University of Innovative Distribution (UID)—March 5-8 at the beautiful JW Marriott Indianapolis. For the fourth  year in a row, UID saw record-breaking attendance, with 616 attendees participating from around the world. The event included more than 40 classes focused on the unique needs of the wholesale-distribution […]

NFPA announces dates for Spring regional meetings

The NFPA will be hosting two Regional Meetings this Spring in Minneapolis and Detroit. The Minneapolis meeting will be held April 11 at Hennepin Technical College’s Brooklyn Park Campus and the Detroit meeting will be held May 17 at the Somerset Inn in Troy. The Minneapolis meeting will include lunch catered by Hennepin’s culinary students, a tour of the […]

Safety on the IFPE show floor: a look at Ryco hose protection devices

A resounding theme at IFPE 2017 this week has been talk about safety. With high-pressure hydraulics, one must always think about the dangers presented, particularly with hose, when fluids can escape and cause leaks and even cause a hose to burst, creating dangerous hose whip. That’s why one of the most prominent displays at Ryco […]

IFPE giving back to military veterans through charitable events

Did you know that unemployment among post-9/11 veterans remains 2.6 times greater than the national average? However according to a CEB Corporate Leadership Council analysis, veterans, on average, perform at higher levels and are less likely to turnover generating significant business outcomes. As we look ahead to IFPE/CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017, the industry has an incredible opportunity […]

Parker introduces new line of Push-Lok hoses

Parker Hannifin has introduced a more application-focused range of Push-Lok hoses, designed to ease the selection of the correct product for the specific applications. Supporting all current needs combined with improved functionality, the new hose range eliminates product duplicates and is enhanced by the introduction of a new high temperature Push-Lok hose with lower fitting […]

India’s Vertex Industries readies for IFPE

At a press meeting held at the company’s headquarters in Gujarat, Vertex Industries, announced that they are ready to participate in IFPE 2017. Their latest CNC machinery and upgraded quality measuring devices and can achieve a stunning accuracy as low as 0.010 mm on everyday basis. The company is one among the 400+ manufacturers who will be sharing their innovations and […]