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 […]

How do you clean hydraulic hose assemblies?

Anyone who works in the hydraulic industry knows the importance of reducing contamination. Particles, dirt, debris and even water that enter a system can quickly wreak havoc, causing system failure and even possibly destroying a component or machine. This is why it is essential to keep these contaminants out. To ensure hydraulic fluid remains contaminant […]

NewAge Industries achieves landfill-free status

NewAge Industries is proud to announce that it is now a zero-waste organization. All of the tubing manufacturer’s waste is reused, recycled or disposed of by combustion at a local EfW (Energy from Waste) facility. “This has been a goal of ours as part of our sustainability program,” said Ken Baker, CEO. “We went solar […]

How do I crimp my hydraulic hose the right way?

Crimped-on fittings are permanent. This requires a bit of machinery. You may have seen reusable hose ends, where one end will go on the hose itself. The other end simply gets inserted into the hose. The special machinery required if you are doing a permanent crimped hose, can be a a hand pump style crimping […]

Hydraulic Supply Company announces two new Miami locations

Hydraulic Supply Company (HSC), a leading fluid power distributor of hydraulic, pneumatic and industrial products across the Southeast, announces 2 new locations coming soon to Miami, Florida.  The new locations opening this November will be located near the Miami airport at 7202 NW 25th Street @ Milam Dairy Road and at 10100 NW 116th Way, Medley […]

NFPA hosting regional meeting in Milwaukee

The National Fluid Power Association will be hosting its latest Regional Meeting in its home city of Milwaukee. When: Tuesday, October 10 from 11am-2pm Where: Friday’s Front Row Grill at Miller Park NFPA Regional Meetings are open to both NFPA members and non-members alike and not limited to those in the host area. And the […]

NFPA’s Cleveland Regional Meeting date announced

This fall, NFPA’s schedule of Regional Meetings again includes Cleveland, with the second annual Cleveland Regional Meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 9.  Just as last year, it will be held at The City Club in downtown Cleveland. NFPA Regional Meetings offer a chance to meet with other area fluid power professionals over lunch.  NFPA members and non-members alike are welcome to […]

Safeplast to expand its South Carolina headquarters

Safeplast NA Co., a manufacturer and provider of hose protectors and hose binding products, is establishing a new facility in Pickens County, SC. The $4.3 million investment is expected to create 30 new jobs. The new facility will function as its North American headquarters Affiliated with Safeplast Finland, Safeplast NA began manufacturing and distributing its […]

STAUFF appoints new director of sales – key accounts

STAUFF Corp. announces the appointment of Chad Phillips to the new position of director of sales – key accounts. With his solid industry experience coupled to his energetic approach to business, he will strategically drive STAUFF’s efforts in gaining market share in the important off-highway OEM sector. Previously, he served as the VP of sales […]

IFPS to hold annual meeting in September

The IFPS 2017 annual meeting will be held September 25-28 at The Alexander in Indianapolis. In addition to committee and board meetings, optional events are planned throughout the week. A Technical Workshop,  “International Standard IEC 61131 for Programmable Logic Controllers” will be presented on Monday. This workshop will present complete coverage of the syntax, operands, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gates upgrades it eCrimp mobile app to simplify hose assemblies

Gates Corp. has upgraded its eCrimp mobile app with a new and expanded database of the most current crimping specifications on the latest equipment for hydraulic and industrial hose products. The eCrimp app is an extension of the company’s online eCrimp database. The upgraded mobile app allows users to quickly access the latest crimping specifications […]

CEJN to host a hydraulics symposium for the energy market

CEJN North America will host its Energy Market-Hydraulics Symposium August 23-24, in Houston. CEJN’s ultra high-pressure safety experts will offer informative, educational presentations focused on ultra high-pressure hydraulics and the energy market. In addition, experts from a variety of industries will be on hand with presentations during the two-day free event. Networking opportunities will be available […]

Pirtek expands in Western United States

In the past week, Pirtek has announced two new locations in the Western United States, with its 7th service and supply center in Orange, Calif. and its first location in Salt Lake City. Pirtek provides onsite hydraulic and industrial hose replacement sales and services to a number of different industries. Kelly Curran, the owner of Pirtek […]

Bridgestone HosePower acquires Seattle-based Fittings Inc.

Bridgestone HosePower, a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp., today announced it is expanding its hose solutions business in the Pacific Northwest by acquiring Fittings Inc., a hydraulic and industrial hose sales and service company based in Seattle, becoming one of the largest networks specializing in hose sales and service in the United States. According […]

Eaton’s M-R7 cutting ring machine improves final assembly

Eaton has introduced its Walterscheid M-R7, an innovative cutting rind pre-assembly machine that provides customers with improved assembly technology and safety during installation of the Walterscheid system trilogy tube fitting systems with prefabricated tube ends. The solution is designed for controlled final assembly of Eaton’s Walterscheid cutting ring systems WALPRO and WALRING, and optimizes performance […]

How are caps and plugs used to protect hydraulic systems from contamination?

Although seemingly simple devices, protective plastic caps and plugs are critical in protecting hydraulic systems from dirt, moisture, corrosion and damage during manufacturing, shipping and storage. Experts agree that 75 to 85% of all hydraulic system failures are a result of contaminants circulating within the hydraulic system. And while this contamination can occur during operation, […]

How can quick couplings improve hose safety?

Hydraulic and pneumatic hose safety can be ensured by using quick-connect fittings or quick couplings that make a repeated connection and disconnection between fluid lines and the equipment they are attached to. Quick couplings are used in both hydraulic and pneumatic applications, and are designed for easy hand operation. These safety devices feature a male […]

What happens if you don’t measure your crimp fitting?

If you don’t measure your crimp fitting—after you crimp a hose and you don’t measure it—you could get lucky; if you set up your machine properly and it’s calibrated, it probably will be very close to that every single time. In many cases, the tolerance is plus or minus eight thousandths of an inch. You […]

NAHAD announces APPI Energy as newest value partner

One of NAHAD’s goals is to bring members programs and services that benefit their businesses. The association recently announced its newest NAHAD Value Partners program, APPI Energy. NAHAD’s Value Partners program is a members-only benefit that provides valuable discounts on relevant business services. APPI Energy is a natural fit for this program, as it provides […]

Hose wraps mean hose safety

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Jerry Pawluk, President of Safeplast NA, a manufacturer of hose guards and sleeves. The oil and gas sector is a big one for the company, and Pawluk said the company has seen a big uptake in the sector over the past few months. In fact, the company […]

Miniature 10-32 compression fitting for use with 1/32-in. OD tubing from Beswick

Reducing dead-volume and overall component size to improve product performance can by achieved by switching to smaller diameter tubing. You may have considered switching from 1/8 or 1/16 in. OD tubing to ultra-miniature 1/32 in. OD tubing but have not switched yet because you were not certain how to connect to the smaller 1/32 in. […]