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 […]

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

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 […]

Trampoline generates compressed air for dental use

A group of engineering students at Seoul National University has developed a trampoline designed to produce compressed air and power high-speed dental tools. According to university officials, the set-up would help dentists in developing countries, where reliable power sources may be lacking. A team led by Kim Jae-in, a student in the Mechanical Aviation Engineering […]

Troubleshooting tales from the trenches

One of Fluid Power World’s resident technical experts, Carl Dyke, has related a number of field-service issues he’s come across over the years. In a presentation at the 2017 Fluid Power Technical Conference in Milwaukee, he enlightened us on one mobile application that had the machine owners scratching their heads. This one cropped up last […]

Gates offers tips on hydraulic safety

A free Quick Reference Safety Guide is now available from Denver-based Gates Corp. The handy reference outlines preventive maintenance practices and offers safety tips for anyone working with and around hydraulic hoses and couplings—including machine operators, service technicians and even equipment designers. According to the company, Gates experts created the Guide to help improve hydraulic […]

IMI agrees to acquire Bimba Manufacturing

IMI announced that it has agreed to acquire Bimba, a market leading manufacturer of pneumatic, hydraulic and electric motion systems with an extensive distributor network principally servicing the North American Industrial Automation market. Bimba will become an integral part of IMI Precision Engineering and the acquisition represents a significant strategic step for the division. According […]

Trelleborg finalizes acquisition of advanced composites manufacturer

Trelleborg, a worldwide provider of engineered polymer components and systems, has through its business area Trelleborg Sealing Solutions fully acquired U.S.-based privately-owned Automated Dynamics, an advanced composite components manufacturer. According to Trelleborg officials, the “bolt-on” acquisition provides new, strategic technology to develop next-generation composites to solve a myriad of challenging applications in industries such as […]

In-line contamination monitor offers user flexibility

The ICM – 2.0 in-line contamination monitor, developed by MP Filtri in Milan, Italy, automatically measures and displays particulate contamination, moisture and temperature levels in various hydraulic fluids. It is designed specifically to be mounted directly to systems, where ongoing measurement or analysis is required, and where space and costs are limited. Sensing technology is […]

Servo-electric pump drive optimizes hydraulic presses

A hydraulic pump directly coupled with a servomotor delivers highly dynamic performance, often with sizeable energy savings. Machine-tool manufacturer Lasco Umformtechnik, based in Coburg, Germany, is taking advantage of such servo-electric pump drives in its latest solid and sheet-metal forming presses. Lasco recently delivered a deep-drawing press supplying 800 tons of force at up to

Delta enhances support for test system applications

Motion controller manufacturer Delta Computer Systems, Battle Ground, Wash., announced that its RMCTools motion control software now features XY plotting, in addition to plotting variables over time. Engineers value XY plots in a number of ways in manufacturing and testing applications, according to Delta officials. The tool can now produce stress-strain curves. It can be […]

Bucher flow dividers offer higher precision

With a deviation of just 1.5%, new flow dividers from Bucher Hydraulics, Klettgau, Germany, offer higher precision compared to their more-conventional counterparts. The new versions complement an extensive product family of the company’s MT series of flow dividers. These automatically operating units split a volume flow into two part-flows that can vary within certain limits. […]

Daman Products supports Fluid Power Action Challenge

Daman Products is committed to improving the educational experiences of young people in the community, and one way it is stepping up to the plate is by supporting the Fluid Power Action Challenge. The NFPA’s Fluid Power Action Challenge helps seventh and eighth grade students build critical thinking and problem solving skills by using mechanical […]

Holmbury couplers make simultaneous hydraulic connections

The MP series of multiplate couplers from Holmbury, Eastlake, Ohio, lets users simultaneously connect multiple hydraulic lines. The MP Series inherits the benefits of Holmbury’s flat-face coupler design. The product is currently available with a 4- or 6-port design. The devices feature connect-under-pressure male couplers that permit bidirectional flow. The couplers are circlip mounted and […]

Hydraulic valves for explosive atmospheres

Potentially explosive mixtures of gas, vapor, mist or dust aren’t unusual in many chemical and petrochemical plants or, for example, in mines. Thus, it is necessary to ensure a high level of protection against explosion for every component on equipment used in these industries, according to officials at ARGO-HYTOS, Zug, Switzerland. When using hydraulic components, […]

Soft robotics design winners announced

The third annual Soft Robotics Design and Research Competitions rated projects that exhibited novel and innovative approaches to soft robotics components and research. Winners of the contest have just been announced. The competition is sponsored by the Soft Robotics Toolkit, a team that grew out of research at Harvard University and Trinity College Dublin that […]

Duo-material seals combine strength and flexibility

Fluid-power engineers who design sealing systems always have to weigh the trade-off of minimizing leaks versus shorter operating life. In hydraulic applications, seals made from two polyurethane components could resolve the conflict between sealing tightness and strength. Freudenberg Sealing Technologies, Weinheim, Germany, is now conducting research on rotating seals in which polyurethanes are bonded with new […]

Achieving required safety levels with pneumatic exhaust valves

By Linda Caron Global Product Manager, Factory Automation Pneumatic Div. Parker Hannifin Corp. As more companies increase their focus on machine safety, design engineers need a firm understanding of the Machinery Directive and how to comply with required safety levels. Installing a pneumatic safety exhaust valve can be a simple and cost-effective way to accomplish

Motion Industries names new VP/GM for Dallas division

Motion Industries, a major distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts based in Birmingham, Ala., has named Stacy Lenard Vice President/General Manager of the company’s Dallas division, effective October 1. A native of West Monroe, La., Mr. Lenard started his career with Motion Industries in 1989. He has since moved into various positions including […]

Friction cups grip slippery materials

Piab DURAFLEX friction cups provide a firm grip on slippery materials. To simplify the task of engineering them into a design, the Hingham, Mass. based company offers an updated DURAFLEX Friction Cups poster, suitable for wall hanging. The poster shows all available suction cups with part numbers for 10 different types of fittings to suit

New Leybold vacuum pumps are robust, flexible

Industrial and research applications increasingly rely on dry and robust vacuum systems that can be tailored to a specific task. The new air-cooled SCROLLVAC plus vacuum pump from Leybold, Cologne, Germany, is said to do just that. The SCROLLVAC plus, which is an oil-free, dry running “fore” vacuum pump, qualifies for a variety of demanding

Hydraulic cylinders crush bridges

Researchers at the Technical University (TU) of Munich have developed a new test stand for examining the behavior of concrete bridge beams. To better calculate the load-carrying capacity of these beams in future constructions, six hydraulic cylinders from Liebherr Components, Nussbaumen, Switzerland, are used to press down with full force until the element breaks. The

Mini machines draw ICUEE crowds

A growing trend among many mobile equipment users is the move to smaller machines, as evidenced by the number of attendees flocking to OEM displays at the ICUEE show in Louisville, Ky. Caterpillar offered test drives of its upgraded 303E CR mini hydraulic excavator that the company says is built for productive work in confined […]

CASE displays the small and powerful at ICUEE

CASE Construction Equipment recently introduced a range of new machines, including mini excavators and powerful skid steers. They’ll be up and running October 3 to 5 at the ICUEE show in Louisville, Ky. The C Series mini excavator family expands the CASE lineup and provides a more-comprehensive and feature-driven machine for the construction, landscaping, utility […]