Cylinders — whether they are hydraulic or pneumatic — are critical components in most fluid power applications. Cylinders are the workforce in any linear application — mobile, industrial or pneumatic — and they create the mechanical force in a linear motion to move loads.
That’s why it’s no surprise that three of our presentations at the Fluid Power Technology Conference (FPTC 2019), running May 13-15 at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, will educate attendees on cylinders, with updates on modern technologies, tips on selection, and automation.
Up first will be Tony Casassa, Application Engineer with Aggressive Hydraulics. He presents Tuesday, May 14 at 3:15 p.m. with his presentation, “Put your cylinder on stage: introducing today’s telescopic cylinder.”
Multi-stage telescopic cylinders, best known for the role they play on dump trucks, have historically had design limitations that kept them off the “main stage” and limited their use in other mobile and industrial applications. Today, there are several design options and features that can make telescopic cylinders a “Rockstar” in a variety of applications where the stroke length needs to be long relative to the retracted length. OEMs, fluid power distributors, and maintenance personnel should attend to find out why critics are raving about telescopic cylinders’ recent performances holding loads, operating at low speeds, fitting tight spaces, and also appearing in corrosive environments.
Casassa began his career out of Purdue University by working at Parker Hannifin in the Hydraulics Group in a combination of sales and engineering positions, involved in complete hydraulic systems for mobile equipment. He then moved over to the OEM side and worked at Tadano Mantis as the Hydraulic Engineer for the mobile telescoping boom crawler cranes products — including working to improve the production roll-off cleanliness of the hydraulic systems. He joined Aggressive Hydraulics in 2014 as an Application Engineer and works with customers on custom cylinder applications for a variety of mobile and industrial applications. His experience has taught him the importance of hydraulic fluid cleanliness for the reliability of mobile and industrial systems from multiple perspectives: component manufacturer, OEM, and end user.
On the morning of May 15, at 10:00 a.m., Milwaukee Cylinder’s Douglas Lacina, Commercial Director and Pete Frymark, Product Engineering Manager, hosting a technical discussion and presentation titled, “Automating hydraulic cylinders – 5 things to consider.”
Automation has become a foundation in modern industrial applications, often demanding precise control of a cylinder. If the cylinder and system are not designed correctly, the automation won’t work as required, or have a reduced life. This presentation will discuss 5 considerations important to designing a robust, fast, accurate automated hydraulic cylinder solution.
“This is our fourth year participating in the FPTC,” said Lacina. “We believe this is a great forum to help inform engineers, designers and managers on the benefits of hydraulic-based solutions.”
Lacina has a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois and a MBA from the University of Chicago. He has spent his career in operations and B-to-B business management.
Frymark has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University with 34 years of experience in the fluid power industry. He leads the engineering team at Milwaukee Cylinder, and has personally designed thousands of cylinders, from standard applications to highly specialized cylinders.
Finally, Bill Terrill, Territory Manager for Fabco-Air, will give users a hands-on tutorial at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15. His presentation, “Making configuration and CAD easy for everyone” will teach attendees how to best use web-based CAD configurators to make pneumatic selection easy. Attendees should bring their laptops or tablets to work alongside him throughout the half-hour session.
Terrill has been in fluid power sales since 1977 and has sold both pneumatic and hydraulic systems and components. He has worked for both distribution and manufacturers. He has been with Fabco-Air since February 2015.
For more information on FPTC 2019, visit www.fluidpowertechconference.com for more details and to register.
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