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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

AEM acquires data analytics company Hargrove & Associates

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announced that it has purchased Minneapolis-based Hargrove & Associates, Inc. (HAI) a data processing and business analytics company. At a time when the innovative use of data is transforming the manufacturing industry, the acquisition allows AEM to enhance and build upon its statistics program to better meet the needs […]

Contamination begets contamination

By Josh Cosford What I’m about to tell you could be the most profound concept of hydraulic fluid contamination control. Without this understanding, you and your hydraulic system will be forever plagued by contamination-related failure and decay. It’s obvious a hydraulic system requires contamination control, but less obvious how far you should take it. When […]

When should I change my compressed air filters?

The short answer to when you should replace your air filters is when the cost of operating with clogged filters exceeds the cost to replace them. Compressed air filters are very important to the quality of air produced by the air compressor and dryer, and the condition of these filters can also effect the energy […]

How to choose pneumatics in food and beverage processing

With issues such as temperature extremes, washdown capabilities and cleanliness considerations, components for this industry must be thoughtfully selected. By Richard McDonnell, Market Development Manager, Motion Systems, Parker Hannifin Corp. Recently, a food processing OEM was designing and installing a new line of extremely high-speed filling machines intended to deliver higher performance with a smaller

Proper hydraulic contamination control

(Following is the unedited transcript from a recent webinar, with Josh Cosford as the presenter.) We’re going to talk about proper contamination control today, and what that means to your hydraulic system, how you can apply it, and what it all means in the end. Controlling contamination is the single most important consideration for ensuring […]

Gates Industrial going public, files for IPO

Gates Industrial, the Denver-based manufacturer of hydraulic hose, tubing, couplings and accessories—as well as other industrial, automotive and power transmission products—filed an Initial Public Offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on December 27th. The company, formerly known as Gates Rubber, is currently owned by Blackstone, and has grown significantly in the past few […]

The 5 most read pneumatic stories of 2017

From IFPE to Hannover Fair to PackExpo Las Vegas, 2017 has been a busy year in the world of pneumatics! Here’s a look back at the most-read stories to appear on PneumaticTips.com during this past year …   5. Should I use a wet or dry storage receiver? Having both wet and dry receivers takes […]

The 6 most popular mobile hydraulic stories of 2017

So-called IFPE years are always new generators in fluid power—and mobile hydraulics in general. And true to form, it’s been an active year, from product introductions to corporate mergers. But what were the most viewed stories posted this year on Mobile Hydraulic Tips? We did some research, and interestingly, they were mostly basics-type features. Here’s […]

Air Hydro Power acquires Powermotion Inc.

Air Hydro Power Inc. of Louisville, Ky., has acquired the assets of Powermotion Inc. of Birmingham, Ala. This acquisition included a ParkerStore in Birmingham. With the addition of AHP’s product lines, Powermotion will have a complete automation, hydraulic, pneumatic, and hose and fittings offering. Beau Carter, current president of Powermotion, said that the acquisition is, “a […]

Robots and fluid power

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 a […]

Tubing vs. hose in mobile machinery

By Josh Cosford In this world, there are as many preferences as choices. Dark meat vs. white meat. Baths vs. showers. Wagons vs. SUVs. Every one of these choices is personal, and every one is inconsequential. You don’t care that Bob likes white meat and drives a Volvo station wagon. It’s his choice doesn’t matter […]

What is surface media vs. depth media?

Inside of any filter assembly resides the material intended to trap undesirable particle contamination as hydraulic fluid passes through the filter element. Although filter elements often look similar at first glance, the construction and quality of each can vary widely. The two types of filter media construction, surface media and depth media, offer advantages and […]

FAMTEN expected to bring new talent to NFPA members

FAMTEN is the Fluid Power and Applied Mechatronics Training and Employment Network, and its focus will be on developing and introducing NFPA members to new technical talent entering the fluid power job market. Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) in suburban Milwaukee has been selected as the first FAMTEN tech school. Due to its proximity to […]

Teams progress ahead of NFPA’s 2017-18 Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge

  The NFPA Vehicle Challenge kicked off this September with twelve teams from universities across the United States participating. The teams just recently completed their individual Midway Review calls in which they were judged on their design objectives, vehicle design, fluid power circuit design, selection of hardware, results and incorporation of analyses, and stage of […]