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 […]

COG FKM seal material Vi 840

One of the central demands from the valve sector and gas industry has been for a seal material that has suitable low-temperature flexibility, and which conforms to the DIN EN 14141 standard. Up until now, there simply hasn’t been a suitable FKM seal material available. But now, the independent seal manufacturer COG has developed a […]

In-line contamination monitor offers user flexibility

The ICM – 2.0 in-line contamination monitor, developed by MP Filtri in Milan, Italy, automatically measures and displays particulate contamination, moisture and temperature levels in various hydraulic fluids. It is designed specifically to be mounted directly to systems, where ongoing measurement or analysis is required, and where space and costs are limited. Sensing technology is […]

Freudenberg’s seals helping increase agricultural productivity

‘Green Future—Smart Technology’—that is the central theme of AGRITECHNICA 2017, which opens its doors Sunday in Hannover, Germany. The leading global trade fair for agricultural technology is focusing on forward-looking technologies and development trends that make sustained increases in agricultural productivity possible. That is the exactly the mission of Freudenberg Sealing Technologies. Its sealing specialists […]

MSOE holds 10th annual Fluid Power Action Challenge

The Milwaukee School of Engineering recently held its 10th annual Fluid Power Action Challenge. Prof. Tom Wanke called this year’s program “the best ever.” There were 36 teams from seven school: Elkhorn Area Middle School Elkhorn, WI 4 teams; Humboldt Park School Milwaukee, WI 8 teams; Lake Country School Hartland, WI 6 teams; St. Joseph […]

Freudenberg-NOK announces supplier excellence achievement award winners

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies (Freudenberg-NOK) has announced the recipients of its 2016 Supplier Excellence Achievement Level (SEAL) Awards. Freudenberg-NOK runs the business operations for Freudenberg Sealing Technologies in the Americas and is a leading global specialist in sealing applications across multiple industries. Now in its 10th year, Freudenberg-NOK’s SEAL awards recognize raw material and metal fabrication […]

SFC Koenig increases plug production in North America

SFC Koenig, a leading global supplier of sealing and flow control components, has increased its North American production capabilities by adding manufacturing equipment for Koenig Expander pull-style plugs in its North Haven, Conn. facility. “I’m excited to announce the installation of this new production machinery,” said Tom Ryan, Head of Product Management at SFC Koenig. “Our […]

Scott Durand of Kraft Fluid Systems appointed president of FPDA

Scott Durand, VP of sales and marketing at Kraft Fluid Systems Inc. was appointed president of the Fluid Power Distributors Association after a unanimous vote by its members. Durand will serve as president of the FPDA until September 2018. The FPDA was founded in 1974 by a group of hydraulic and pneumatic distributors who wanted […]

Motion Industries names new GM of Dallas Division

Motion Industries Inc., a distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts and a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, has named Stacy Lenard VP/General Manager of the Company’s Dallas Div., effective October 1. A native of West Monroe, La., Lenard started his career with Motion Industries in 1989. He has since moved into […]

Echo Engineering acquires Ammex Plastics

Echo Engineering and Production Supplies Inc. has announced the recent acquisition of Ammex Plastics, a full-service plastic components manufacturer based near Detroit. Echo Engineering, headquartered in Indianapolis, has experienced exceptional growth over the last decade and looks forward to accelerating this success with a manufacturing facility located in the heart of the automotive industry. Moving […]

What is Beta Ratio?

Beta Ratio refers to the efficiency in which a given filter element removes particles of a given size. The Beta Ratio is calculated using the ISO multi-pass test standard 16889:1999. The test involves adding particles of a known size to the test fluid until the fluid reaches a saturation point, and then bringing the filter […]

NFPA planning Chicago Regional Meeting on December 7

NFPA’s 2017 Chicago Regional Meeting will convene at Moraine Community College in Palos Hills, easily accessible right off I-294. Moraine County is the second largest Community College in the state of Illinois. Moraine Valley is one of 12 community colleges nationwide recognized as a national Vanguard Learning College. This designation indicates that the college is learning-centered […]

Duo-material seals combine strength and flexibility

Fluid-power engineers who design sealing systems always have to weigh the trade-off of minimizing leaks versus shorter operating life. In hydraulic applications, seals made from two polyurethane components could resolve the conflict between sealing tightness and strength. Freudenberg Sealing Technologies, Weinheim, Germany, is now conducting research on rotating seals in which polyurethanes are bonded with new […]

NFPA’s Cleveland Regional Meeting presentation announced

NFPA’s schedule of Regional Meetings continues in Cleveland, with the second annual Cleveland Regional Meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 9th. The meeting will be held over lunch at The City Club in downtown Cleveland and will feature a presentation from Reed Stith, the Senior Growth Advisor for Marketing and Sales at MAGNET: Presentation: B2B Innovation and Product Launches This presentation will explain why […]