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 […]

Trelleborg expands HiMod Slydring wear ring range for hydraulic cylinders

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has expanded its HiMod Slydring HC wear ring range. It is introducing more than 180 additional part numbers in outer diameters from 1 to 12 in. The enhanced range becomes available early 2018, serving various fluid power applications including off-highway, material handling, industrial machines, mobile hydraulics, agricultural equipment, and other industries. According […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Spectronic’s Oil-Glo and Water-Glo fluorescent leak detection dyes quickly find leaks

The Spectroline Oil-Glo and Water-Glo series ultraviolet fluorescent dyes are designed to detect leaks in all circulating fluid systems, including fuel, synthetic, lubricant, petroleum, water, and water/glycol-based systems. Just add a small amount of dye to the system and let it circulate. All leaks will glow brightly when scanned with a high-intensity Spectroline leak detection […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

High-tech compounds against explosive decompression

Sealing compounds used in the applications above often create a barrier against gaseous media if highly pressurized gas falls to a very low-pressure level within a very short period of time. The result of this process is often a damage of the sealing. The elastomer material is either torn in various places or blistering on […]

Custom-made seals for the pharmaceutical industry

The EPDM high-performance material for the medical technology, pharmaceutical industry and biotechnology The special material in the COG HygienicSeal series has been granted the most important approvals for application in these highly demanding industries. As well as the harmlessness test according to FDA 21. CFR 177.2600, AP 306 is approved according to USP class VI […]