10 YEARS OF FLUID POWER KNOWLEDGE
Welcome to the tenth edition of the Fluid Power Handbook. It’s exciting to be part of this milestone, as we continue to update our information on hydraulic and pneumatic components and systems. This year, we’ve incorporated more technical sidebars with frequently asked questions, sizing and specification tips and looks at a specific components within each category.
Fluid power systems are comprised of components that include pumps, cylinders, valves, hose, fittings, gauges, sensors, filters, seals, and reservoirs. Some components are considered absolute necessities, while others are optional and used to refine the system for more precise operation or to increase the lifespan of the system or its individual parts. Throughout this handbook, we detail many of the more common and widely used components, explaining their operation, their place in the system, and how an engineer should correctly specify them.
While fluid power can be used in almost any industry or application, it is commonly seen in markets that include packaging, off-highway, mining, offshore/marine, medical, material handling, construction, aerospace, automation, robotics, and entertainment.
Although the world is continuing to open up after the Coronavirus pandemic, we know that the way engineers consume their information changes on a daily basis. The pandemic helped to speed this up, so while we will keep publishing the print and online basics in this Handbook as well as in all of our publications and websites, we still work to find new avenues to help current and future users of fluid power systems understand these technologies.
Last year, we turned our in-person event, the Fluid Power Technology Conference, into a series of virtual events, and those webinars have continued throughout this year; we have several slated in the coming months. Visit fluidpowertechconference.com for details on past and upcoming webinars. Additionally, we are continuing our partnership with LunchBox Sessions’ Carl Dyke, for his YouTube live series, in which he uses his on-site trainer and popular Live Schematics to bring specific technologies to life for viewers.
We plan to resume in-person events in 2022 and are currently in the process of developing more fluid power basics videos, kicking off with our symbology series, with more to come. And our Women in Fluid Power podcast is making a return in the near future, so visit fluidpowerworld.com often to see all that is new.
The fluid power industry has carried on as an essential business even during the tightest lockdowns. While our members are dealing with increased orders and supply chain issues, they persevere. That’s what fluid power does. It is strong, powerful and reliable.
Mary C. Gannon,
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