5 factors to consider when designing FDA seals for food contact

When considering seal design for FDA seals, specifically for food contact, there are 5 factors that must be considered: 1. Operating conditions This might sound obvious, but a seal designer may focus on different concerns than you would with regard to the operating conditions. Too often a seal designer is asked to focus on one […]

Webinar: Hydraulic System Troubleshooting – February 13

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT     Even with the best maintenance program in place it is inevitable that some breakdowns and malfunctions will occur. Without a sound strategy and methodical approach, hydraulic system troubleshooting can turn into many hours of guesswork with the costly replacement of unnecessary components. What is

Balluff launches in-cylinder rod-style linear position sensor with IO-Link

Balluff has expanded its IO-Link sensor portfolio with the addition of the BTL6 rod style linear position sensor with IO-Link 1.1 interface. Ideally suited for continuous hydraulic cylinder position feedback, the BTL6 rod style sensor uses field-proven, time-tested magnetostrictive technology to provide accurate, continuous position and velocity measurement at stroke lengths up to 180 in.

Top 5 reasons to pursue a fluid power career

By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor If you ask a career counselor what field to get into, chances are a fluid power career will be the last recommendation given to you. Not only have the technical trades lost their glamour, but they also get forgotten while computer sciences, information technology and electronic engineering fields are given […]

Tribute adds new functionality to Trulinx Software for distributors’ fabrication operations

Tribute Inc. has added new functionality to its flagship business management software for the fluid power, motion control and automation distribution marketplace. New functionality has been added to TrulinX Software in 2017 that enhances its powerful system for tracking and managing of inventory, labor, and burden to the component level for industrial distributors who have

The baffling, ballooning cylinder

Fluid Power World contributing editor, Carl Dyke, founder of CD Industrial Group, has related a number of field-service issues he’s come across over the years. One was discussed in the recent post, “Troubleshooting tales from the trenches.” Here’s another real-world application, from Carl’s presentation at the 2017 Fluid Power Technical Conference in Milwaukee. This one […]

Cleveland-based Applied Industrial Technologies celebrates 95th anniversary

Applied Industrial Technologies is celebrating 95 years of success and leadership in industrial distribution, specializing in providing bearings, power transmission products, engineered fluid power solutions, and other industrial supplies to MRO and OEM customers in virtually every industry. Since its beginning in 1923, Applied has focused on being a value-added distributor of high-quality products from […]

Expanded piFLOWp offers wet-in-place function

Ensuring a safer working environment in food and pharmaceutical processing plants, Wet-In-Place (WIP) functionality has been added to Piab’s popular piFLOWp vacuum conveyors. WIP spray nozzles are now available for inclusion/retrofitting in new and existing piFLOWp conveying systems. The water sprayed by the WIP nozzles will wet any dust from food or pharmaceutical materials left […]

Hard cash for soft robotics

The recent announcement of $26 million in funding from the National Science Foundation for soft robotics research is welcome news for the fluid-power community. NSF’s Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program plays a critical role in helping interdisciplinary teams push the frontiers of engineering research, and one area of key interest is compliant

Upbeat future for fluid-power research

In a recent webinar, Kim Stelson, Director of the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power, reviewed the operations, accomplishments and vision of the CCEFP. Here are some of his comments about current activities and an upbeat assessment of future prospects. “The state of our Center is strong and, in fact, we’ve moved from a

PRC Industrial Supply acquires Ace Conveyor Services

PRC Industrial Supply, headquartered in Portland Maine, has announced a deal with ACE Conveyor Services of Belgrade, Maine to acquire all of its assets and hire its entire staff effective immediately.  The move comes after negotiations between the two companies over the past few months. VP and GM of PRC, Kevin Easler, says it was […]

MSOE’s Fluid Power Industrial Consortium announces half-day seminar on smart sensors

The Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) Fluid Power Industrial Consortium (FPIC) has announced the next in its series of informative technical seminars.  The March 2, 2018 half-day seminar, to be held at the downtown Milwaukee Intercontinental Hotel, will feature a keynote address by sensor industry marketing expert Roger Grace of Roger Grace Associates. The title […]

2018 NFPA Annual Conference to offer expanded program, networking

Industry leaders from across the fluid power supply chain will convene at the Four Seasons Resort – Orlando at Disney World on February 20-22 for the National Fluid Power Association’s 2018 Annual Conference.  According to the NFPA, this year’s program features an extended general session as well as numerous networking opportunities. Conference attendees will be […]

New hydraulic brake packages from Twiflex

Twiflex now offers a variety of  standard and custom hydraulic brake packages to meet the static holding and dynamic (emergency) stopping duty requirements of many types of applications including elevators, ship loading gantry cranes, escalators, metal mill ladle cover hoists, amusement rides, conveyors, cold steel mills, ski lifts, and more. Twiflex brake packages combine world-class Twiflex spring […]

Green hydraulic power in a quiet system

The manufacturing industry has seen vast improvements in technology over the past 30 years. Machines are faster, quieter, and more versatile than ever before. However, the hydraulic power unit, famous for occupying the dirtiest and noisiest corner of any shop, has changed very little. An electric motor drives a hydraulic pump, which pressurizes a fluid

Hydraulics help take athletic track to the next level

The University of Michigan’s new athletic facility features a hydraulically operated running track that can be elevated and banked. To create the track, Beynon Sports Surfaces, a manufacturer of athletic surfaces and indoor running tracks, went to long-time partner, Mitchell Machine Works. MMW is responsible for creating the hydraulics system that adjusts the shape of

Non marking, high temperature resistant vacuum pads

As most of the COVAL product, the SITON material was created due to clients’ request. The cosmetic industry needs non-marking suction pads, along with a capacity to resist high temperatures. Once the product is developed and tested, it was not by surprise that COVAL observed in addition to SITON’s high temperature resistance, it offered a high resistance […]

Motion Industries announces three senior management changes

Motion Industries, Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts and a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Co., has announced three management changes, effective December 11, 2017. Tim Breen, Motion Industries President and CEO, announced the following promotions: Randy Breaux was promoted to EVP of Marketing, Distribution, and Purchasing. The increased […]

Smart vacuum-handling regulation boosts productivity

Feedback in a vacuum-handling system limits product damage and energy consumption. By Josef Karbassi, Vice President Automation Division, Piab AB, Täby, Sweden It goes without saying that optimized systems are the most productive. But optimizing an automated, vacuum-based handling system that must deal with a variety of products and operating conditions is no simple task. […]

CylinderFinder online tool from Aventics simplifies pneumatic cylinder selection

Aventics aims to simplify configuration and ordering processes for complete pneumatics solutions through digitalization. All its tools are available free of charge online, from configuration programs to product information, CAD data and calculation tools, up to the energy savings calculator. Engineers and buyers can use its “CylinderFinder” to simplify selection of the right cylinder for their […]

Continental investing $9.3 million to expand Nebraska rubber operations

Technology company Continental has announced a $9.3 million expansion of the rubber mixing operations at its industrial hose plant in Norfolk, Nebraska, to accommodate its North American manufacturing facilities by providing rubber for industrial hoses and whitewall tires for passenger cars. “We have plans to add in excess of 19,000 square feet to expand our […]

Microtrenching lets utilities keep pace with internet demand

It’s not exactly news that the demand for instantaneous, high-speed internet connections is growing by leaps and bounds with no sign of easing up anytime soon. As a result, the number of fiber-optic installations is rapidly increasing as carriers scramble to bring fiber cable directly to homes, businesses, schools and government facilities. In North America […]

Y2K Fluid Power changing name to Y2K Filtration

Y2K Fluid Power, a company specializing in filtration and fluid conditioning products for almost 20 years, is now changing its name to Y2K Filtration. The company said this name rebrand better describes the direction of Y2K products and better suits its customer’s needs in the filtration and lubrication industry. The company also announced that it […]

Spectronic’s Oil-Glo and Water-Glo fluorescent leak detection dyes quickly find leaks

The Spectroline Oil-Glo and Water-Glo series ultraviolet fluorescent dyes are designed to detect leaks in all circulating fluid systems, including fuel, synthetic, lubricant, petroleum, water, and water/glycol-based systems. Just add a small amount of dye to the system and let it circulate. All leaks will glow brightly when scanned with a high-intensity Spectroline leak detection […]

New spool valve line offers versatility, flexibility

Wandfluh has completely reworked its range of NG10 spool valves and has launched a new portfolio of high-performance products onto the market. They feature an optimized cast body, which has improved performance-to-weight ratio, ΔP values, and maximum flow. Direct-operated valves The range is based on a cast body design, which is used both for direct-operated