April 2018 Issue: Hydraulic hybrid powers fuel-efficient tug

Boston Dynamics talks fluid power, 3D printing at IFK More than 650 fluid power manufacturers, users and academics came to Aachen, Germany last month to talk about the future of hydraulics and pneumatics technology at the 11th IFK. Aaron Saunders, VP of Engineering of Boston Dynamics gave a memorable keynote address. Boston Dynamics is the

February 2018 Issue: How automated air control valves can replace VFDs

Fluid power continues to evolve   Fluid power has somewhat of a reputation for being mature and un-changing, but at least from a corporate perspective, changes do happen and sometimes they can happen fast. After covering this industry for more than two decades, it’s amazing to think of the brand names that have come and

December 2017 Issue : Hydraulic seals battle extreme cold – Robots and fluid power + more

At first blush, the industrial robotics market doesn’t appear to be a place for fluid power. Walk through an industrial trade show, and you’ll see a multitude of Delta, SCARA, Cartesian and other types of robots busy demonstrating their skills. And each of them is run by electric drives— certainly not hydraulics or pneumatics. But

November 2017 issue: Mobile machines in extreme enviroments + more

  Will automation make too many jobs irrelevant? 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

September 2017 issue: Couplings ensure smooth conveying + more

  Building a better event Although you may be thinking Fall, we’re already thinking Spring, because we’re knee-deep in the midst of planning for our third annual Fluid Power Technology Conference & Expo in Milwaukee. The conference, held at MSOE’s Kern Center, is already set for May 15-16, 2018. One of our takeaways after successfully

Parker opens additive manufacturing facility to accelerate innovation in product design

Parker Hannifin Corp. has opened a new state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing learning and development center, located at Parker’s Corporate Technology Ventures facility in Macedonia, Ohio. The facility will serve as a center of excellence where Parker engineers can explore new applications of emerging technologies such as additive manufacturing and collaborative robotics. The investment in cutting-edge additive […]

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Tampere University of Technology among three schools to get €1 million Metso donation

In the fluid power world, the Tampere University of Technology in Finland is well known as one of the hosts of the biennial Scandinavian International Conference on Fluid Power. Now the school is one of the recipients of a large donation from Metso, the international mining equipment manufacturer. Metso is donating a total of EUR 1 […]

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Russian construction show indicates that market has stabilized

CTT 2017, the 18th International Trade Fair for Construction Equipment and Technologies, was successfully held between May 30 and June 3 at the Crocus Expo IEC in Moscow, Russia. The slowly stabilizing economic situation and the gradually rising demand on the Russian construction machinery market formed the background against which the exhibition took place. CTT […]

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COPT Center, Leybold shoot vacuum videos in perfect laboratory setting

Cooperation between Universities and industrial enterprises are much more common in other countries, such as Great Britain and the United States. In Germany, cooperation is mostly restricted to the technology level and the subsequent transfer of basic research knowledge gained at the universities to the mass production opportunities of industry. Vacuum technology of Leybold is an elementary factor in […]

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Dellner launches new heavy duty SKD disc brakes

Dellner Brakes AB, a Swedish manufacturer of advanced braking systems, has introduced two new heavy-duty disc brakes to its SKD range that, through a new modular design, are set to deliver more choice and stopping power at extremely competitive prices for large industrial, marine and offshore applications. The new brakes are designed for stopping rotary […]

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Muncie Power Products continues to innovate with product updates

Muncie Power Products Inc. continues to innovate with updates to current products—the 82 Series, CS40/41 Series and CS10/11 Series power take-offs—within the last year. In the first quarter of 2017, updates were made to Muncie Power’s 82 Series power take-off. A new housing was created, allowing for a five-assembly to be offered in addition to […]

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PACK EXPO in Las Vegas is coming up quick

PACK EXPO in Las Vegas is coming up fast … in a little more than 100 days, the event will be upon us! Sustainability, efficiency and product safety are among the top issues to be addressed at the show in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Sept. 25–27. Co-located with the Healthcare Packaging EXPO, the event is […]

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New diaphragm-operated pressure switches for tough environments

For operation in tough environments, Sigma-Netics Inc. has added two diaphragm-operated options to its portfolio of ruggedized pressure switches. Similar products were only previously available in piston-based operations. The new 745 and 785 series of pressure switches are designed for low-pressure, high-sensitivity applications, including off-road or industrial OEM equipment, train braking systems, compactors, compressors and […]

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Do you have to clean your hose assemblies?

After you create a hose assembly, you need to clean the hose. If you are a large company that has a lot of hydraulic machinery and a lot of highly trained hydraulic individuals, you know how important it is to have clean hydraulic oil. One of the sources of hydraulic contamination is from ingression. Ingression […]

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Taimi’s swivel fittings business continues to grow

I recently had the chance to speak with Sébastien Tremblay, managing director of Taimi, a Canadian manufacturer of swivel fittings. Taimi has been making these fittings for 10 years and today the company sells them in 25 countries. “It was a pretty innovative design with no ball bearings with a system we call Pressure Spike […]

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Registration is open for ICUEE, The Demo Expo in October

Registration is officially open for ICUEE 2017, the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition. Attendees can look forward to new education opportunities, streamlined registration and enhanced peer networking events. ICUEE 2017 opens its doors October 3-5 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville as the largest event for utility professionals and construction contractors seeking comprehensive […]

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CEJN encourages compressed air safety for National Safety Month

National Safety Month creates the perfect opportunity to evaluate safety and performance in the workplace, especially if when using compressed air. While it may seem like everything is humming along fine, employee safety must be a priority. As a result, CEJN is committed to improving workplace safety for its customers with its safety-focused pneumatic products that […]

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Parker’s Intellinder absolute position sensor suitable for industrial, mobile applications

Parker Hannifin has introduced a new integrated absolute position sensor that can provide improved application productivity while offering low installation and maintenance costs. Intellinder equipped cylinders provide a rugged, damage resistant solution for use in OEM equipment that requires precise linear feedback of the cylinder position. Intellinder equipped Parker cylinders are able to support a […]

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Parker presents hose and classification system for easier selection

Parker Hannifin has introduced a new system of three hose classifications: Good – Better – Best. The classification aims to simplify the selection of appropriate hose for different applications. The classification “Good” includes the newly developed medium pressure BCH1 und BCH2 hoses, combined with the series 16 fittings. This new fitting series has been developed […]

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J1939 sensors measure hydraulic flow, temperature, pressure

Webtec has introduced a series of new SAE J1939 CAN hydraulic sensors for OEM mobile and industrial applications where customers require real-time monitoring of hydraulic flow, pressure and temperature around the clock. Designed for closed loop control on high-pressure hydraulic systems, the sensors help users predict imminent hydraulic failure or they can be used to […]

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May 2017 issue: Electrohydraulic drives interface with the IoT, Industry 4.0 + more

  A cause for optimism? It’s been the heart of trade show season the last few months, with the triennial IFPE, the annual Hannover Messe and Offshore Technology Conference keeping the fluid power manufacturing community—not to mention us in the media—quite busy. It is always great to get out and see the new technology firsthand,

Original equipment gauges meet a higher standard

Ashcroft introduces the 8008A pressure gauge to industrial OEMs looking for a cost effective high quality gauge. This new durable instrument meets the recognized specifications of EN837-1 and ASME B40.100, ensuring accuracy and long term performance. A corrosion resistant stainless steel case along with liquid fill vibration dampening help extend the service life. The Ashcroft […]

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Dana showcasing company’s integration with Brevini

Dana Inc. recently debuted comprehensive offerings for the global construction, mining, and material-handling industries that include Spicer drivetrain solutions and newly acquired Brevini power-transmission and fluid power solutions. Dana has demonstrated a complete drive and motion system for 55- to 110-ton (50- to 100-tonne) wheeled and crawler cranes that highlights the company’s market-leading position for managing power conveyance to move machines […]

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Pressure transducer provides performance, flexibility in compact package

The Ashcroft G2 is an economical pressure transducer specifically engineered for critical OEM applications. With accuracy rated at 1% Total Error Band, the G2 unites an advanced polysilicon thin film pressure sensor with an ASIC enhanced circuit. This field-proven design assures an unprecedented combination of stability, performance and reliability, especially in applications where the transducer is […]

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Eaton’s Flat Face Series quick disconnect hydraulic couplings offer performance, reliability

Eaton has introduced its redesigned FF-series Quick Disconnect Couplings to help mobile machine manufacturers meet market demand for high pressure and high pulse pressure solutions. Eaton’s flat face, quick-disconnect couplings portfolio features an enhanced flow rate of up to 25% and a high performing pressure rate of up to 400 bars to maximize machine performance […]

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