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Building a better fluid power event

2017-09-25 12:06:23

Although you may be thinking Fall, we’re already thinking Spring, because we’re knee-deep in the midst of planning for our third annual Fluid Power Technology Conference in Milwaukee. The conference, held at MSOE’s Kern Center, is already set for May 15-16, 2018. One of our takeaways after successfully running two of these events


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The gravity of precise boom control

2017-09-25 12:06:23

By Eko Prasetiawan, Chief Hydraulics Engineer, JLG Industries Inc. Telescopic handler (telehandler) operators have been searching for a solution that would give precise boom control when paired with a boom suspension (ride control) system. Traditional load hold valves have limitations due to high pilot pressure requirements and techniques used to


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Hannover Messe announces 2018 theme: “Integrated Industry—Connect & Collaborate”

2017-09-20 15:06:02

Humans, machines and IT – these are the cornerstones of tomorrow’s factories. However, only with networking will they reach their full potential. “The new connectivity—that is, the organization of networks—is taking Industrie 4.0 to the next stage,” said Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Managing Board,


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Pneumatic design 101: Go with the flow

2017-09-14 21:06:26

The benefits of pneumatic power can be realized by following some basic pneumatic design rules for specifying air preparation units, actuators and valves. Contributed by Chip McDaniel, Educational Specialist at AutomationDirect Compressed air use by industrial machines is a close second to the use of electricity in terms of cost, and well ahead of


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Canfield Connector unveils initial product in new GatorMate solenoid connector line

2017-09-12 16:36:24

Canfield Connector, Youngstown, Ohio, is launching its first product, a Deutsch-to-DIN electrical connector, under the new GatorMate brand. The money-saving 5JD adapter mates Deutsch DT04-2P wiring with readily available DIN 43650 Form “A” interfaced solenoid coils. “This connector enables manufacturers and processors to


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Reservoir designs for mobile machinery

2017-09-07 18:06:05

Mobile hydraulic machines are the unsung heroes of the world, literally digging the trenches and taking abuse as they fabricate for us the asphalt and concrete world we take for granted. The extreme weather and extreme demands are waylaid by machines performing at extreme levels. That an excavator, skid steer or farm tractor can perform at such a


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How do accumulators improve system performance?

2017-09-01 21:05:28

Hydraulic accumulators are pressure vessels that store and discharge energy in the form of pressurized fluid. In essence, potential energy is stored in a compressed gas and released on demand to force oil from the accumulator and into the circuit. Here are some important benefits accumulators provide, and how they make hydraulic systems


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NFPA publishes update to its “Technology Roadmap”

2017-08-30 16:36:05

A new publication, the 2017 NFPA Technology Roadmap: Improving the Design and Function of Fluid Power Components and Systems, has been published by the National Fluid Power Association. Copies can be downloaded after a brief registration process from the following website: nfpa.com/fluidpower/fluidpowertechnologyroadmaps.aspx  The purpose of


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Bosch Rexroth expands laser cladding capabilities for cylinder rods

2017-08-28 15:06:21

Prof. Dr. Eckhard Beyer, head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden, officially released the upgraded laser cladding process at Bosch Rexroth’s cylinder plant in the Netherlands. To develop and install this upgraded process, Bosch Rexroth and the Institute have closely worked together. The result: a


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How does a hydraulic accumulator work?

2017-08-07 18:06:21

Hydraulic accumulators are energy storage devices. Analogous to rechargeable batteries in electrical systems, they store and discharge energy in the form of pressurized fluid and are often used to improve hydraulic-system efficiency. Bladder accumulators from Accumulators Inc. An accumulator itself is a pressure vessel that holds hydraulic fluid


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Rexroth’s North American GoTo program now up to 5,000 items

2017-08-07 18:06:21

For the 8th consecutive year, Bosch Rexroth’s GoTo Focused Delivery Program continues to grow, now offering more than 5,000 Drive & Control products for fast delivery. More than 99% of the products in the program ship in 10 days or fewer, with the same lead times in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The latest round of GoTo updates features


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Top 7 pro tips to improve your hydraulic knowledge

2017-08-03 15:07:19

Nobody is born with innate knowledge of fluid power. It’s a tricky business, and is sometimes difficult to learn, especially if you don’t have an engineering background. The basics are clouded with misinformation, and even when you’re past the basics, there are infinite combinations of hydraulic components, requiring a deep


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How can hydraulic pressure intensifiers improve your system design?

2017-07-28 21:06:34

Reciprocating hydraulic pressure intensifiers generate higher pressure from a low-pressure hydraulic power source, helping to conserve energy, cost and space. By Anders Levinsen, Sales & Marketing Manager, ScanWill Hydraulic pressure intensifiers from Scan Will are available in many sizes, pressures and for a


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Rexroth control system finds correct setting for profile extrusion presses

2017-07-27 19:36:27

Foshan Nanhai Jinli Machinery Manufacture Co., Ltd. is a manufacturer of aluminum and copper profile extrusion presses. The company switched to variable speed pump drives a few years ago, including Sytronix from Rexroth. With its dynamic characteristics, the efficient combination of highly dynamic servo drive and fixed displacement pump fulfills


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Spartan Scientific introduces IoT-enabled “Green and Dry” drain valve technology

2017-07-25 13:36:49

Marking a move forward with IoT-enabled technology, Spartan Scientific, Youngstown, Ohio, has introduced its new condensate removal drain valve technology with Wi-Fi capabilities that saves time and money with preventative maintenance. The CRDV/S and CRDV/S Wi-Fi Series keeps pneumatic systems, air compressor tanks and air lines free of


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