IsoLogic connected desiccant breather from Des-Case is first IIoT breather on market

Des-Case Corp. today announced the launch of IsoLogic, the first connected desiccant breather. The patent-pending device is Des-Case’s first entrance into the rapidly growing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) space, expanding on the launch of the first desiccant breather by the company in 1983 and its many innovations since. It is projected that 20.4 billion […]

Registration now open for FPDA/ISD Joint Industry Summit

Registration for this year’s FPDA/ISD Joint Industry Summit is now open. Join the Fluid Power Distributors Association and the International Sealing Distribution Association in beautiful Lake Tahoe from September 23rd– 26thfor this can’t-miss industry event. It goes without saying that everyone seems to be getting busier—that’s a good thing! However, it is important to make time […]

Precision Associates announces new president

Precision Associates Inc. (“PAI”) announced in April that Bradley Arnold Kadue has been named its new President effective 12/14/2017.  This announcement represents the conclusion of the transition plan which was announced to the company in mid-2017. Brad started his career as a CPA performing audit work in the Atlanta office of Deloitte.  He left Deloitte […]

Why is seal compatibility important in fluid power?

Compatibility for fluid power seals means—does the chemical composition jibe with the fluid composition? Chemical composition is the composition of the seal itself, so what type of rubber, essentially, it’s made from. Back in the day, fluid power seals were made of things like leather and natural rubber, which had poor composition completely across the […]

Freudenberg showcases latest high-tech sealing technologies at OTC2018

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies is highlighting its latest products and technologies specifically designed for oil and gas customers at the 2018 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) through tomorrow, May 3 in Houston. The company will also introduce customers to its new accumulator manufacturing and service facility in Houston during the show. During the event, customers and media […]

What functions do hydraulic fluids perform in a system?

Contributed by Carl Dyke, CD Industrial Group Hydraulic fluid is the energy transfer medium in all hydraulic systems. This simple function is only achieved by a fluid that does not easily trap gasses. Trapped gas and foaming problems would bring a higher level of compressibility to a fluid that is usually relied upon to support […]

Marine-safe hydraulic oils from Lubriplate are inherently biodegradable

Marine-safe hydraulic oils from Lubriplate are inherently biodegradable and non-toxic to aquatic life, exceeding U.S. EPA LC50 and U.S. Fish and Wildlife requirements. Formulated with premium USP white mineral oils and a zinc-free anti-wear additive package, these high-performance hydraulic fluids meet or exceed the performance requirements of most types of hydraulic equipment while providing an additional […]

Echo Engineering to invest $24 million, add jobs to its new Michigan-based location

As previously announced, Echo Engineering, Indianapolis, recently acquired a Michigan-based plastics injection molder, Ammex Plastics, as it aims to grow its presence in the automotive industry. As a result, Echo Engineering is investing $2.4 million into 60-plus full-time jobs with additional real estate and automated manufacturing equipment in the two facilities in Michigan. The two facilities, […]

Microfiltration reduces microplastics in bottled water

Media outlets across the globe recently reported on the disquieting news that most commercial bottled water contains microscopic bits of plastic. According to a study released last month, researchers at the State University of New York at Fredonia looked at 259 bottles of water from 11 producers, including such well-known brands like Aquafina, Dasani, Evian, […]

Save the date for the NFPA’s 2018 IEOC

The Industry & Economic Outlook Conference (IEOC) is NFPA’s highly anticipated economic event for everyone in the fluid power supply chain – NFPA members and non-members alike are all invited to attend. The 2018 event will take place August 13 – 15, at the Westin Chicago North Shore. Registration for the conference will open in […]

Echo Engineering broadens its capabilities by acquiring Ammex Plastics

Echo Engineering and Production Supplies Inc., Indianapolis, has acquired Ammex Plastics, a full-service plastic components manufacturer based in Monroe, Mich. Echo provides both custom and catalog parts which focus on masking, protecting, and hanging, as well as rubber and plastic OEM components aligning with five core competencies – connecting technology; sealing technology; fastener, clip, and […]

Des-Case acquires RMF Systems from Doedijns Group

Des-Case Corp. today announced its acquisition of RMF Systems, a specialist in desiccant breathers, filtration systems, analysis and monitoring solutions to maintain hydraulic oil and lubricant cleanliness. With the addition of RMF, Des-Case will provide a broader range of solutions, greater customer convenience and deeper professional expertise. Des-Case holds the leading position in the North American breather market and […]

SFC KOENIG LLC names Deniz Bütüner President and General Manager

SFC KOENIG, a global supplier of sealing and flow control components, is pleased to announce the appointment of Deniz Bütüner as President and General Manager of the company’s North and South American branch. Bütüner brings to the position more than 20 years of experience at industrial companies, with a specialized expertise in shaping growth, go-to-market […]

Hallite, MSOE partner for continued hydraulic seal testing

Cold cylinder start-up hydraulic seal testing is the latest in Hallite’s third-party validation for the integrity of its sealing materials and designs. After successful completion of a new test method in 2015 for assessing the amount of dirt and dust that enters a typical hydraulic system through the rod wiper, Hallite Seals decided to continue […]

Where should I locate my hydraulic filter?

Contributed by Josh Cosford Are filters a one-size fits all type of product? Certainly not. When selecting a filter, you must understand where the ideal location for that filter will be. You also need to do an overall assessment to determine if one filter is enough or if you should multiple filters throughout your system. […]

What types of hydraulic filters are available?

Contributed by Josh Cosford Many fluid power systems fail simply because there is too much particle contamination in the fluid medium. In fact, some estimate that 75% of all fluid power failures can be attributed to contamination-related issues. Thus you, as an engineer, technician or end-user, who ignores filtration does so at the peril of […]

Registration open for NFPA’s Detroit Regional Meeting

Registration is now open for the upcoming Detroit Regional Meeting of the National Fluid Power Association. These meetings are free of charge and a great opportunity for networking with other fluid power professionals. When: Thursday, April 19 Where: The Westin Southfield Detroit in Southfield, Michigan NFPA’s Regional Meetings are returning to Detroit, Michigan, for a […]

WIX Filters introduced 585 new parts in 2017

WIX Filters, a global manufacturer of filtration products, introduced 585 new parts in 2017, with more than half of the new SKU numbers serving the light-duty automotive segment. This total includes 401 premium light-duty and 103 premium heavy-duty filter SKUs. “Last year’s launch of a new smart filter sensor, Senzit, was a significant milestone for […]

Trelleborg releases new rotary seal for high-pressure oil and gas applications

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions announces the launch of the new polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) based O-ring energized single-acting rotary seal, Turcon Roto Glyd Ring DXL. This seal is specifically designed to meet the demands of high-pressure rotary applications within the oil and gas industry. The Turcon Roto Glyd Ring DXL provides improved dynamic sealing efficiency and reduced friction by balancing […]

O-ring selection made easy

Parker Hannifin’s O-Ring Selector is an engineering tool which offers O-ring material and size selection combined in one software package. Both are interlinked, thus helping ensure the best possible combination of the calculated O-ring size and material choice. The O-Ring Selector covers both imperial and metric standards. The program lets users find the most suitable […]

Track contamination, not people

Nobody likes a micromanager. A boss constantly looking over your shoulder is at best annoying and more often counterproductive, demotivating and the root cause of high turnover. Yet in recent head-scratching news, Amazon has patented a tracking wristband that monitors a worker’s every move and vibrates when they do something wrong. Ostensibly, Amazon warehouse personnel […]

What types of seals are used in hydraulic cylinders?

Hydraulic cylinders are used to perform work in a bevy of different situations and applications every day. Whether it’s the plow truck clearing the road, a utility vehicle fixing an electrical issue, or a compactor at the local recycling center—hydraulic cylinders are in motion almost everywhere. With hydraulic cylinders, there is more than meets the […]

What’s the difference between single acting and double acting piston seals?

Piston seals or piston rings are used in hydraulic cylinders for fluid sealing. They are designed to ensure that pressurized fluid does not leak across the cylinder head as the system pressure pushes the piston down the cylinder bore. There are two main types of hydraulic cylinder piston seals—single-acting and double-acting. Single-acting piston seals are […]

Fire-resistant, non-toxic hydraulic fluid available from Bel-Ray Co.

Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. announced that Bel-Ray Co. LLC, a high-performance lubricant manufacturer, has released its No-Tox BioFR Hydraulic 46, a nontoxic fire-resistant hydraulic fluid. This new industrial lubricant is designed for severe operating conditions in hydraulic applications where petroleum and other synthetic hydraulic fluids create a potentially unsafe environment and where a fire […]

Hydraulic seals battle extreme cold

Low-temperature chemistry and innovative hydraulic seal designs prevent weeps and leaks. By Ryan Webster, Hallite Seals Americas and Mark Haggerty, Hallite Seals Canada Equipment used in industries like construction, transportation, forestry, agriculture, mining and mineral extraction requires hydraulic seals fit for extreme temperatures. Whether due to subzero outdoor conditions or cold hydraulic fluid flowing through a […]