HydraForce to acquire Hydraulic Designers Ltda

HydraForce, Lincolnshire, Ill., continues to expand its global hydraulics manufacturing capabilities with a key acquisition in Brazil. The independent manufacturer of hydraulic cartridge valves, manifolds and electro-hydraulic controls recently signed an agreement to acquire its current distributor and global systems integrator, Hydraulic Designers Ltda. This acquisition will give HydraForce a greater presence in the burgeoning […]

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Hengli America to open new, larger facility May 1

Hengli America will start operating from its newly acquired 47,000-ft2 facility located in Bolingbrook, Ill. on May 1st. Since 2012, Hengli America Corp., a subsidiary of Hengli Hydraulics’ headquartered in China, has focused on developing customers within the US hydraulics industry. As reported earlier this year, the new facility will allow Hengli to support all products […]

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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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Muncie expands its low-speed, high-torque motor line with MH series

Muncie Power Products Inc. has expanded its line of low speed high torque motors with its latest addition – the MH Series. The MH Series low-speed, high-torque motor is available in 16 displacement sizes. Its roller gerotor design reduces sliding friction between the rotor and stator. The roller gerotor design provides smooth performance, high efficiency […]

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Hannover Fair shakes up future line-up

The Hannover Fair, which takes place this week in Hannover, Germany, is reputed to be the world’s largest industrial trade show. But due to the rapid pace of technology developments and changing market demands, beginning in 2018 the annual expo will have somewhat different focus. According to officials at Deutsche Messe, the show’s organizer, IoT […]

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Complete Hannover Messe coverage from Fluid Power World and Design World

Hannover Messe, held each year in Hannover, Germany, is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. This worldwide industrial trade show is the largest such event on the planet, and is expecting more than 190,000 visitors over a five day span. There will be 6,500 exhibitors spread across an unbelievable 26 exhibition halls. During odd-numbered years, there is […]

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Komatsu acquires Joy Global to expand mining business

Komatsu America Corp., a subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd., has completed its acquisition of Joy Global Inc., a worldwide leader in high-productivity mining solutions. Retaining its headquarters in Milwaukee, Joy Global Inc. will be renamed Komatsu Mining Corp. and operate as a subsidiary of Komatsu. The company will continue to promote and invest in the P&H, Joy […]

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Parker releases direct-operated D1FC/D3FC proportional DC valve series

Parker Hannifin has completed its range of direct operated proportional DC valves with the new zero lap spools for the D1FC/D3FC series introduced last year. This option makes the use of the valves for closed loop controls possible. Parker is positioning its direct operated valve series with high dynamics and high volumetric flows between the […]

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How to quickly supply complex hydraulic systems

Edited by Mike Santora How does one ensure engineers can quickly supply complex hydraulic systems based on customer demand, each with their own unique applications? The German engineering company Viereck & Co has done so by making smart design software a key part of the supply process. Complicated hydraulic power sources and control systems require […]

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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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How is electro-hydrostatic actuation technology improving the global aviation industry?

In 2015, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicted that, by 2050 the net carbon emission of the global aviation industry could reach as high as 15% from the existing 3.5%. In this context, many major aerospace manufacturers are pursuing the philosophy of more electric, fuel-efficient, green aircrafts. One of the many technologies which […]

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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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Three-pump hydraulic circuit powers forest harvester

The new 8-wheel-drive 931XC (Xtreme Conditions) forestry harvester from Komatsu America, Chattanooga, Tenn., is reportedly built to deliver high performance, particularly on steep, rough or soft terrain. One notable feature, according to the company, is the 3PS three-pump hydraulic system. It provides significantly higher hydraulic working flow at low engine speeds than comparable machines—which combines […]

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Top 13 Cities for Engineering Professionals

Design World’s Editorial Director, Paul J. Heney, discusses his magazine’s rundown of the 13 best U.S. cities for everyone from recent engineering graduates to seasoned technical design professionals. The metro areas that make the list include Dallas, Dayton and Detroit, as well as Seattle and San Francisco. Check out our video below!

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Danfoss Power Solutions introduces new Fan Drive Control for axial piston pumps

Danfoss Power Solutions has developed a fan drive control feature for the Series 45 portfolio of open circuit axial piston pumps to increase system efficiency and improve machine performance. Available on K2, J and F frames, the fan drive control is an intelligent thermal management solution that can maximize cooling efficiency, decrease fuel costs, and […]

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Danfoss launches K2 axial piston pump

Danfoss Power Solutions is updating the Series 45 pump portfolio with the addition of the K2 frame axial piston pump. The smaller K2 frame, 25-45cc, has been reduced in length by up to 20%, width by up to 10%, and weight by up to 30%, offering customers a smaller solution that continues to provide maximum […]

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Linear displacement transducer from Ametek Factory Automation resists shock, vibration

The new GEMCO 958A embedded Linear Displacement Transducer (LDT) from AMETEK Factory Automation was designed specifically with the needs of the mobile hydraulics market in mind. The rugged, rod style LDT is designed to fit entirely inside a hydraulic or clevis style cylinder and provide absolute analog feedback in the most-demanding applications and extreme operating […]

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Danfoss to highlight connectivity, Industry 4.0 at Hannover Fair

Communication is at the heart of increased productivity: Whether it’s controlling machines and entire production lines, monitoring modern traffic systems, or controlling energy distribution – connectivity makes it possible to extensively measure, analyze, and use data. Without efficient networking, it would be impossible to sustainably optimize industrial processes, off-road vehicles and machinery, supermarkets, and much […]

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12 new machines at Conexpo/IFPE

Powerful and exacting hydraulics were center-stage at this year’s Conexpo/IFPE, as exhibitors showcased hundreds of machines, big and small. Here’s a quick look at a dozen new ones worthy of attention. 1. Hydraulic demolition machine The Brokk 500 remote-controlled demolition robot offers 40% more power than previous models. The machine’s three-part arm reaches 24.3-ft vertically […]

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FluiDyne Fluid Power expands its stock A4V Series

FluiDyne announces the re-launch of its A4V series piston pumps. They carry a complete line of A4V piston pumps that are available in displacement of: 40, 71, 125, 180, 250. Their units are used in many different applications: agriculture, forestry machinery, construction, on-highway, commercial vehicles, offshore, marine, wind/ocean energy, automotive and more. FluiDyne’s A4V pumps […]

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Mayer named VP, General Manager of Kaman Fluid Power

Kaman Distribution Group, the distribution segment of Kaman Corp., has announced that David Mayer will become VP and General Manager of the Kaman Fluid Power (KFP) platform effective April 3, 2017. “Fluid Power has become an integral component of the Distribution Group and we see future strategic growth opportunities to develop it further. David has played […]

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Dana Rexroth introduces new versions of R2 hydromechanical variable transmission

Dana Rexroth Transmission Systems has introduced a short-drop version of the R2 hydromechanical variable transmission (HVT), with pre-production testing by original-equipment manufacturers expected to begin by the end of this year. The short-drop version of the HVT R2 is ideal for a range of material-handling, pushback, and forestry applications. Featuring a modular configuration with a redesigned transmission case that reduces input/output […]

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Bosch Rexroth launches A30VG variable axial-piston pump

The A30VG, a new axial piston variable pump from Rexroth, is universally compatible with the BODAS mobile electronics product range. It’s compatible with controllers from series 3x and higher, as well as current pressure sensors. The pump can be adjusted mechanically, the output flow of the pump is proportional to the swivel angle of the […]

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AEM elects new Director: Brad Boehler of Skyjack

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has elected Brad Boehler, President of Skyjack Inc., to the AEM CE Sector Board to fill an unexpired term. AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers, with more than 900 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, […]

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Dana shows off its Brevini acquisition at IFPE

One of my more interesting visits at the IFPE show in Las Vegas was with Dana—the company announced its pending acquisition of Brevini at bauma in November. That transaction went through on February 1st, so this was really the first public opportunity for the two companies to show the value of the integration. A large […]

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