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 […]

AEM supports Hurricane Irma disaster relief with $5,000 donation

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has donated $5,000 to the American Red Cross to assist with Hurricane Irma relief efforts. This is in addition to the Association’s previous $5,000 donation in response to Hurricane Harvey. “These natural disasters have affected, and will continue to impact, hundreds of thousands of people, and we are glad […]

Nanovate CoP replaces chromium rod plating

Steel used in aggressive environments subjected to corrosion coupled with high wear have traditionally used electroplated “engineered” hard chrome (EHC) for surface protection. While other electroplated metals like cadmium and zinc-nickel provide good corrosion resistance, they wear off quickly, leaving the underlying steel exposed. And, in recent years, there has been a push to replace […]

Linde Hydraulics introduces new generation of bent axis motors

Linde Hydraulics GmbH & Co. KG presents the new generation of bent axis motors at Agritechnica 2017, continuing its tradition in this motor segment. The new bent axis motors—the variable displacement motors (CMV) and fixed displacement motors (CMF)—are characterized by their high power density and speed capability. Renown for use in agricultural and construction machinery, […]

Canfield Connector unveils initial product in new GatorMate solenoid connector line

Canfield Connector, Youngstown, Ohio, is launching its first product, a Deutsch-to-DIN electrical connector, under the new GatorMate brand. The money-saving 5JD adapter mates Deutsch DT04-2P wiring with readily available DIN 43650 Form “A” interfaced solenoid coils. “This connector enables manufacturers and processors to conveniently retrofit their Deutsch-wired applications with DIN coils, saving time and money,” […]

Reservoir designs for mobile machinery

Mobile hydraulic machines are the unsung heroes of the world, literally digging the trenches and taking abuse as they fabricate for us the asphalt and concrete world we take for granted. The extreme weather and extreme demands are waylaid by machines performing at extreme levels. That an excavator, skid steer or farm tractor can perform […]

Hannover Messe USA to premiere in Chicago in September 2018

Hannover Messe, one of the world’s largest industrial trade shows, is solidifying—and consolidating—its events in the U.S., with “Hannover Messe USA” premiering in September 2018, as a co-located event with IMTS at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The premiere is more a rebranding than an all-new show, as Deutsche Messe has been ramping up a series of […]

Kraft Fluid Systems expands into Wisconsin with acquisition

Kraft Fluid Systems Inc. has entered the Wisconsin market by acquiring Dynacom Inc. in Cedarburg, Wis. This move expands the company’s hydraulic component sales and service territory to 12 states, largely in the Midwest. Kraft Fluid Systems Inc., well known in the industry as mobile hydraulic experts, on September 1 acquired the assets of Dynacom, a […]

Parker launches cloud-based solution to track solar panels

Parker Hannifin has launched its new SCOUT Cloud Software and SensoNODE Gold Sensors, which provide a wireless, remote monitoring solution. By monitoring the pressure levels of the solar panel tracking system’s hydraulic loads, end users can calculate how much extra pressure is being put on the panels. That information helps them identify individual panels that […]

MSOE ranked 12th in “Best Bang for the Buck” in the Midwest

MSOE was ranked among the top 150 master’s universities in the nation, and the 12th “Best Bang for the Buck Midwest College” in the 2017 Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings. According to Washington Monthly, the Best Bang for the Buck Colleges listing is their “Exclusive list of schools that help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees […]

Enerpac launches new high tonnage cylinders

Enerpac has launched new High Tonnage Cylinders, designed to provide superior durability and side-load (eccentric load) protection. A wide range of new features will help maintain stability, increase wear resistance and corrosion protection and provide longer service life. Key features: Nitrocarburization surface treatment improves wear resistance and corrosion protection New bearing material and added bearing […]

Updates on 11th IFK conference in Aachen, Germany

The 11th International Fluid Power Conference will take place from March 19th to 21st, 2018 in Aachen. We cordially invite you to Aachen and hope you attend this conference to exchange technical expertise and talk with friends in the field. As one of the world’s largest conferences dealing with Fluid Power it gives users, manufacturers and scientists an ideal forum to discuss relevant issues […]

How do accumulators improve system performance?

Hydraulic accumulators are pressure vessels that store and discharge energy in the form of pressurized fluid. In essence, potential energy is stored in a compressed gas and released on demand to force oil from the accumulator and into the circuit. Here are some important benefits accumulators provide, and how they make hydraulic systems better. Energy […]

What disruptions will the future bring? Three things you need to know from the IEOC

At the National Fluid Power Association’s recent Industry and Economic Outlook Conference in suburban Chicago, Kevin Surace of Appvance spoke about the amazing disruptions that technology will play in our lives over the coming decades. The future is both scary and amazing, but we have to prepare ourselves and our businesses for it. Here are […]

AKG of America nears completion of construction on new cooling systems R&D facility

AKG of America, a manufacturer of cooling solutions including heat exchangers used in mobile machinery, is in the process of completing construction on a new 32,000 ft2 Research and Development (R&D) center located on its Mebane, N.C. campus. The new R&D center will allow AKG to expand new product introduction (NPI) within the worldwide group […]

5 things your father never told you about mobile hydraulic fluids

Josh Cosford • Contributing Editor Dad was a lot of things, but he was no hydraulic expert. However, that doesn’t mean he (and everyone else) didn’t have an opinion on hydraulic oil. The problem with opinions is that they come from persons with enough knowledge that people listen—but enough knowledge to be potentially dangerous with misinformation. Here

What is a linear position sensor?

Several technologies exist to provide position feedback or data of a cylinder’s position. Linear position sensors convert the position into a proportional analog or digital signal. LVITs—Linear Variable Inductive Transducers—are contactless position sensing devices, with sensing ranges up to 30 inches or more. Most designs feature an inductive probe surrounded by a conductive tube. This is […]

bauma CONEXPO India and iCEMA sign cooperation agreement

bauma CONEXPO India and iCEMA, the Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers’ Association have announced that the events will cooperate closely in the future. A corresponding Cooperation Agreement was signed in Delhi at the start of August by Bhupinder Singh (CEO of bC Expo India) and Arvind K. Garg (President of iCEMA). The cooperation between the two […]

Bosch Rexroth expands laser cladding capabilities for cylinder rods

Prof. Dr. Eckhard Beyer, head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden, officially released the upgraded laser cladding process at Bosch Rexroth’s cylinder plant in the Netherlands. To develop and install this upgraded process, Bosch Rexroth and the Institute have closely worked together. The result: a unique machine which is […]

Bucher safety valves deliver energy savings

Safety valves are critical for protecting equipment and personnel. And, according to officials at Bucher Hydraulics, Neuheim, Switzerland, they can also play a major role in the global competitiveness of mobile machines like cranes and excavators when the focus is on high performance and availability. The company offers an extensive portfolio of safety valves that […]

ICUEE offers a hands-on look at new products, machines

The International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE), slated for October 3 to 5 in Louisville, Ky., will let industry professionals and engineers explore some of the latest technology innovations related to mobile equipment and fluid power. Of particular interest will be the opportunity to get a hands-on look at hundreds of new machines ranging […]

NFPA education roundup: STEM initiatives abound in fluid power

High school students engage at Manufacturing Day Event On Manufacturing Day 2016, Paragon Technologies invited 35 students from Centerline High School to participate in hands-on, interactive tours of its Warren, Michigan facility. Paragon partnered with Macomb County Economic Development Committee, the Macomb County School Superintendents, and educators with a goal to engage 2,000 local students by opening the […]

ICUEE expands with more education and demo space

ICUEE 2017, the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition, opens its doors October 3-5 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. It only comes around every two years, but this year’s ICUEE 2017, the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition, is looking to be bigger and better, with more exhibit space, education opportunities and networking […]

Next-generation electrohydraulic controls for off-road machines

Integrated hardware and software replace traditional mobile-hydraulic control systems. Today’s mobile-equipment manufacturers, for the most part, face a number of common challenges. OEMs want to streamline engineering and production processes yet build machines that are highly efficient, reliable and productive. And, increasingly, their customers want to monitor and track how these products operate—to ensure they […]

DGI Logan acquires Hadco Services as part of its diversification strategy

Doedijns Group International (DGI), through its US subsidiary Logan Industries International Corp. (DGI Logan), has acquired Hadco Services Inc., a specialized repair and service company based in Mobile, Ala. The acquisition is supported by DGI’s shareholder, the IK 2007 Fund, which is advised by IK Investment Partners (IK). Diversification DGI, headquartered in the Netherlands, is […]