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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First aid for technicians: Professional O-ring tool kit from COG

Technical users know the problem all too well: Installing O-rings in cramped installation spaces without damaging them or the removal of stuck O-rings from grooves without causing damage to the machine is often a tedious and above all difficult affair. Often, screwdrivers or simple plastic tools are used to perform the task. These tools are […]

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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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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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How do I select a proper seal for my application?

A few of the important parameters that one needs to consider while selecting a seal are system operating pressure, seal material compatibility with fluid and fluid operating temperature, resistance against extrusion, expected service life, ease of installation, cost of procurement and logistics. System operating pressure is one of the predefined seal limitations. Different types of […]

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Trelleborg posts oil and gas sealing test certification online for almost 30 materials

As it prepares for the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in May, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions announced that it has posted test certification for almost 30 of its best-in-class materials for the oil and gas market for the first time ever. This data is made available online at Trelleborg’s dedicated oil and gas microsite for seals, reinforcing the […]

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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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MP Filtri highlights updated in-line contamination monitor at IFPE

MP Filtri has launched its new ICM-2.0 in-line contamination monitor at IFPE, to allow users to automatically measure and display particulate contamination, moisture and temperature levels in various hydraulic fluids. Company representatives told me that the newest features of this model include the ability to download data via a USB stick with new USB port […]

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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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Day 2 IFPE: Innovations in hydraulic sealing technologies

Mobile hydraulics, and those shiny clean cylinders that abound in them, could not function without good, quality hydraulic seals. That’s why I’ve already spent a fair amount of time chatting with some of the major sealing companies throughout the past two days of IFPE 2017. Here’s a brief round-up of some of the innovative sealing […]

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Trelleborg launches rotary seal that allows equipment to run faster, longer at high pressures

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions launches an its Roto Glyd Ring V, which is primarily intended for double-acting pressure within severe working conditions that require extended rotary service. The seal is specifically engineered for machinery where a high pressure to velocity value is required to allow equipment to run at the highest possible speeds in high pressures for […]

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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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Why should you consider operating temperature when selecting hydraulic fluid?

Hydraulic fluid selection criteria include the expected range of operating temperatures, available means of temperature control and fluid physical properties at expected temperature levels. Where ambient and structural temperatures are above hydraulic fluid flash and/or fire points in a compartment, the potential fire hazard must be considered. Fluid stability is affected by thermal stress, which […]

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Parker purchase of Baldwin Filters, CLARCOR expected to close tomorrow

The Kearney Hub reports that, based on comments made by Parker Hannifin’s CEO, that the company’s purchase of CLARCOR will be finalized on February 28th. According to the Hub: On Thursday, CLARCOR shareholders overwhelmingly voted to approve the merger, which will result in the Franklin, Tenn.-based CLARCOR becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Parker, headquartered […]

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Save the date: NFPA Minneapolis Regional Meeting slated for April 11

The NFPA will host its first Regional Meeting of 2017 at Hennepin Technical College’s Brooklyn Park Campus in greater Minneapolis on April 11 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Hennepin Technical College offers one of the premier A.A.S. fluid power programs in the country, and Instructor Jeannine Uehling and her students will provide an inside […]

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WIX Filters released 589 new parts in 2016

WIX Filters, a global manufacturer of filtration products, introduced 589 new parts in 2016, with more than half of the new numbers serving the light-duty automotive, heavy-duty, and international premium segments. This total includes 72 premium light-duty and 113 premium heavy-duty filter applications. “Last year included rapid growth for developing new parts as we’re constantly […]

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Trelleborg highlights sealing developments, supply chain services at IFPE 2017

At this year’s IFPE, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions will demonstrate the power of its Service PLUS program, which simplifies the workflow across every discipline of a fluid power professional’s value chain; from engineering to logistics, manufacturing to the aftermarket. In addition, design engineers working in power transmission, motion control and fluid power industries will see first-hand […]

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Where should you locate hydraulic filters in your system?

Is there an ideal location for placement of hydraulic filters in an operating system, and if so what is the correct type of filter to use? Is one filter sufficient, or should multiple filters be used? Can different types of filtration be combined? Matt Brown, Product Manager Filter Systems for Schroeder Industries explains that in […]

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How does fluid contamination cause components to fail?

Particulate contaminants that are circulating in fluid power systems cause surface degradation through general mechanical wear (abrasion, erosion, and surface fatigue). This wear adds to the problem because it causes increasing numbers of particles to be formed, the result being that wear also continually increases. If this “chain reaction of wear” is not properly contained—by […]

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Parker Hannifin planning sealing focus at Hannover Messe 2017

Cleveland-based Parker Hannifin has so many divisions—covering so many types of products—that it can be difficult to keep up with the company’s initiatives and products. But I had the chance to catch up with Christine Stehmans, Marketing Communications Manager for the Engineered Materials Group-Europe, at the recent Hannover Messe press preview. The Group was formed […]

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Graco to showcase lubrication equipment at CONEXPO-CON/AGG

Graco Inc., a  manufacturer of fluid handling equipment, will be showcasing its lubrication equipment for the heavy-duty construction and aggregate market at the upcoming CONEXPO-CON/AGG show March 7-11, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit booth C32811 to learn how Graco lubrication product solutions can help aid in implementing current construction and aggregate safety best practices. […]

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Long-term greases for actuators and seals offered by Klüber Lubrication

Klüber Lubrication, a worldwide manufacturer of specialty lubricants, has introduced Klübertemp GR M07, M30, M60, a series of greases are that are white, odorless and long-term, based on perfluorinated polyether (PFPE) oils and a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) thickener. The extremely high viscosity index, i.e. the very flat viscosity curve of the base oils, of Klübertemp GR […]

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How do you use Cleanliness Code Charts (ISO 4406)?

The objective of the ISO 4406:1999 is to classify particulate contaminants in hydraulic fluids. Particle counts are determined cumulatively, i.e. > 4 μm, > 6 μm and > 14 μm, and coded for easy comparison. Matt Brown Product Manager Filter Systems at Schroeder Industries gives the following table as an example. “This explains how the ISO […]

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New four-wheel lubrication filter cart

A  four-wheel lubrication filter cart is now being offered; the unit features transfer filtered lube oil to equipment components for top off, a kidney loop equipment through on-board filter, and ability to recirculate and filter the on board the 22 gal-storage tank. Other features include: • Filter new oil into the on board storage tank […]

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Clean systems start with hydraulic fluid storage and transfer

IsoLink Oil Transfer Containers from Des-Case play a critical part in keeping hydraulic fluids contaminant free and dry during small volume transfers from oil barrels to the system. Available in three sizes — 4, 7 and 10 liters, they feature a square design that provides 27% more storage capacity than round containers. These containers are used to transfer […]

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