Researchers push the boundaries of mobile machine performance

One of the major themes at the IFK 2018 fluid power conference in Aachen, Germany, is machine efficiency. In a presentation by researchers from the Technical University Darmstadt, “Integrated Fluid Dynamic Vibration Absorber for Mobile Applications,” researchers discussed how the setup of a suspension always leads to a compromise between comfort and safety. To counteract […]

Volvo’s Torbjörn Holmström headlines AEM Product Safety & Compliance Seminar

Hundreds of off-road equipment industry professionals will gather at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) product safety and compliance seminar in late April to sharpen their knowledge through expert-led sessions and invaluable peer networking. Torbjörn Holmström, senior technology advisor to the president of Volvo Trucks, will kick off the seminar sharing his experiences helping lead […]

Eaton recognized as a top performing supplier by PACCAR trucks

Eaton announced that its Hydraulics team has been named a Top Performing Supplier in North America by PACCAR, a global technology leader in the design, manufacture, and customer support of premium light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks. This is the second year in a row Eaton’s Hydraulics business has been named a top PACCAR supplier. Suppliers […]

AEM elects directors to AG and CE sector boards

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has elected Rusty Fowler, President & CEO of Krone NA, to the AEM AG Sector Board, and Rick Johnson, CEO of Charles Machine Works, and Bryan Rich, Chairman & CEO of SmartEquip, to the AEM CE Sector Board. The trio fills unexpired terms. AEM officers and directors provide strategic […]

Kraft Fluid Systems expands mobile hydraulic controls and valve product line offerings

Kraft Fluid Systems Inc. has added Danfoss Power Solutions Plus+1 controls and software to its ever-growing product line in Wisconsin. Additionally, Kraft has added Comatrol cartridge valve products to its emerging Wisconsin offering. Danfoss Plus+1 modular hardware and the user-friendly Plus+1 GUIDE programming environment enable Kraft to seamlessly integrate microcontrollers, displays, joysticks, sensors, and Plus+1 […]

Autonomous Solutions tech being used in New Holland, Case pilot programs

Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) technology will be used in two pilot programs with large scale commercial growers in California. A partnership agreement has been announced between ASI, New Holland Agriculture, and E. & J. Gallo Winery, the largest family-owned winery in the world, to operate the autonomous vehicles in their vineyard operations. Similarly, there has […]

Five companies reach milestone anniversaries with NFPA

Each year, the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) acknowledges fluid power industry companies that have reached a significant membership milestone with the organization. This year was no different; the recognized companies value the benefits they receive as NFPA members and see the importance of long-term support. Founded in 1953, NFPA is the only trade association […]

DOE supporting CCEFP Universities in mobile fluid power research

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the funding of two new cost-shared projects: Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana) will receive $1.5 million to research a new architecture for fluid power systems in off-road vehicles that significantly reduces power losses and lower energy consumption by 70%. University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minnesota) will receive $1.4 million […]

AEM nabs fast-growth awards for CONEXPO and ICUEE

Commitment to delivering a top-quality show experience and superior customer service were key to earning “fast-growth” awards from the exhibitions industry recently, says the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). AEM won Fastest 50 honors for the exhibit size of CONEXPO-CON/AGG and number of exhibitors and Next 50 kudos for ICUEE-The Demo Expo’s growth in exhibiting […]

A look ahead from Eaton Hydraulics’ Director of Technology Development

We recently spoke with Steve Zumbusch, Director of Technology Development fort Eaton’s Hydraulics business about current and upcoming trends that he sees in the fluid power motion control market. Here are his thoughts in three key areas. MHT: How is sizing software (both in-house and offered to design engineers) changing how design engineering is being done? […]

Bucher offers mini power pack

Engineers at Bucher Hydraulics, Klettgau, Germany, have developed the UP40 mini power pack with the aim of bringing hydraulic control closer to the drive while providing a more-compact envelope. Compared to other products on the market, the UP40’s dimensions have been reduced to a minimum, said company officials. The external dimensions of 80 × 80 […]

Countdown is on to opening of bauma CONEXPO Africa

The countdown has begun: the third bauma CONEXPO AFRICA opens its doors in one week. The largest trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines and construction vehicles in Africa continues to attract international participation, highlighted by four new joint pavilions and exhibiting companies from all over the world. bauma CONEXPO AFRICA will […]

New quiet power take-off from Muncie features latest in noise-reduction techn

Muncie Power Products Inc. has introduced its new, quiet power take-off – the FR6Q – designed to fit Ford 6R140 transmissions. The FR6Q features the latest in noise abatement technology. With the FR6Q’s patent-pending spring-loaded rocker mechanism, virtually all gear rattle noise is eliminated for a quiet power take-off. Muncie Power’s FR6Q fits 4X2 and […]

Four tips for selecting the right mobile hydraulic repair

Kraft Fluid Systems—a factory authorized service center for Danfoss Power Solutions, Oerlikon Fairfield, and Schabmüller Electric Drives in North America—weighs in on four criteria users should consider when seeking a repair or rebuild of their hydraulic components. “A repair or rebuild performed by an authorized service center offers your equipment longer life and better performance […]

Motion Industries’ Green is named GPC’s Manager of the Year

Motion Industries Inc., a distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts has announced that its parent company, Genuine Parts Company (GPC), named Motion’s President & CEO Tim Breen as its 2017 GPC Manager of the Year. It is the single highest individual recognition in all of Genuine Parts Company. Breen began his career with […]

Should I install more electronic pressure sensors on my mobile hydraulics to help with troubleshooting?

Pressure sensors can be very valuable. You will find them more often in the plant and mill environment but showing up more commonly now in mobile hydraulics equipment. If that information is being logged somewhere—and if there is a reference that can indicate what normal should be—then, yes, sensors can be very powerful. You see […]

Wire-actuated encoder as integrated position sensor for hydraulic cylinders

The new SGH25 wire-actuated encoder from SIKO is characterized by a measurement range up to 2.5m and an extremely long service life. The variety of interfaces meets the very highest requirements, even in applications that are critical for safety. With this performance profile, the wire-based position sensor is suitable for applications in mobile machines such […]

Hydraulic tiltrotators add to excavator versatility

A tiltrotator is a hydraulic attachment between the arm and bucket of an excavator or backhoe loader. As the name implies, it permits the operator to tilt the bucket side-to-side and rotate on its axis, much like a human wrist. The device provides an excavator with more versatility and lets the operator perform more tasks […]

Sun Hydraulics acquires quick coupling leader Faster Group

Sun Hydraulics Corp. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the shares of Faster Group from Capvis Equity IV LP, a fund advised by the Swiss private equity firm Capvis Equity Partners AG, and other co-investors for €430 million (approximately $531 million) in cash. The acquisition is expected to close in […]

New electrohydraulic cylinder from Eaton features valve integration

Power management company Eaton today announced the launch of a new electrohydraulic cylinder featuring valve integration. The new product comprises a high-performance industrial cylinder, precision feedback transducer and control valve in one package to create a single-source solution offering significant cost savings over custom assemblies. “With our latest electrohydraulic cylinder, customers and distributors no longer […]

NFPE control option for MP1 pumps

Danfoss Power Solutions introduces a new Non-Feedback Proportional Electric (NFPE) control option for its MP1 closed circuit axial piston pumps. The MP1 already provides modular configuration for manufacturers seeking a reliable pump, and the NFPE control expands the MP1 control portfolio for further customization. The NFPE control will be available in the first quarter of […]

Danfoss introduces new NFPE control option for MP1 pumps

Danfoss Power Solutions has introduced a new Non-Feedback Proportional Electric (NFPE) control option for its MP1 closed circuit axial piston pumps. The MP1 already provides best-in-class modular configuration for manufacturers seeking a reliable pump, and the NFPE control expands the MP1 control portfolio for further customization. The NFPE control will be available in the first […]

Doering Company’s redesigned manual cartridge valve now includes a zero-leak option

Doering Co. has redesigned its manual cartridge valve to include extremely low- and zero-leak options. The company’s zero-leak technology is integrated in the Doering valve used for manual fire suppression in the International Space Station and was specifically engineered to hold pressure for 15 years. The demand for Doering’s redesigned manual cartridge valves has grown […]

Are hydraulic sequence valves dead?

By Josh Cosford A sequence valve is a pressure valve designed to open when its set pressure is reached, providing a path of flow alternate and sequential to the primary circuit. In some ways, a sequence valve is a directional valve, allowing flow to occur. However, it’s just a relief valve with some added features. […]

Scott Industrial acquires Sun Coast Hydraulic Electric Manufacturing

Scott Industrial Systems has announced its acquisition of Sun Coast Hydraulic Electric Manufacturing Inc. Established in 1993, Sun Coast specializes in development and commissioning of custom-engineered industrial control panels, VFD control systems, industrial PLCs, HMI interface packages, odor control systems and hydraulic power units. Their odor control systems destroy lift station and headworks odors without […]