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Transforming Air and Light into Art

Transforming Air and Light into Art

At the annual Amsterdam Light Festival, the best light artists from around the world light up the Amsterdam canals. From November 20, …


Problem: Calculate SCFM (2/15/2018) - Calculate SCFM: 50 Pound Spring 2″ Diameter Cylinder 6″ Stroke 1 Second to Extend 1 Second to Retract No Dwell Time Hose is 3/8″ diameter and 6″ long between valve and cylinder Neglect air in fitting or valve Think you know the answer? Submit by e-mail to jhoffman@ifps.org This teaser is printed in the Fluid […]
Dan Perry Named President/COO; Kim Gubera Promoted to CFO as PIRTEK Continues Franchise Growth (2/14/2018) - PIRTEK announced executive promotions on its leadership team as the company launches into new markets and continues its growth of new franchises. Dan Perry has been promoted to president in addition to his current role as chief operating officer (COO). The company has promoted Kim Gubera to vice president and chief financial officer (CFO). PIRTEK […]
Scott Industrial Systems Acquires Sun Coast Hydraulic Electric Manufacturing Inc. (2/14/2018) - Scott Industrial Systems, a full-line fluid power distributor, headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, is proud to announce their acquisition of Sun Coast Hydraulic Electric Manufacturing Inc. Established in 1993, Sun Coast specializes in development and commissioning of custom-engineered industrial control panels, VFD control systems, industrial PLCs, HMI interface packages, odor control systems and hydraulic power units. […]
Millennial Feedback Report (2/12/2018) - Responses from the Society of Women in Industrial Distribution By Chauntelle Baughman, CFPHS, President and Co-Founder of OneHydraulics, Inc. based in Houston, TX I conducted an anonymous, seven-question survey at the Society of Women in Industrial Distribution (SWID) at Texas A&M University, where I was a guest speaker. The survey was given to women ranging […]
New ‘Mobile-only’ Cartersville Location Expands PIRTEK’s Presence in Metro Atlanta (2/7/2018) - Technician at PIRTEK Red Oak starts his own franchise under Tier 2 program PIRTEK, a fluid transfer solutions company, has added a mobile-only franchise in Cartersville, GA, north of Atlanta. Owner Matthew Gary worked as a technician at PIRTEK Red Oak in Atlanta before deciding to start up a location of his own. PIRTEK Cartersville […]
Hydraulic Controls and Filters for Custom-Formulated Concrete (2/5/2018) - ProAll Reimer Mixers operate on an entirely different principle than does the typical concrete truck one might see on the road. Instead of mixing the cement, aggregate and water while on the road, a Reimer Mixer delivers the constituents to the job site in separate bins and mixes them on-the-spot. This approach offers several advantages, […]
2018 Systems Integrator Directory Listing (2/1/2018) - Download our 2018 directory listing below. Click on the image for a PDF file. Need to find a supplier for a specific product? Search by product category HERE.
NFPA Members Inspire the Next Generation (1/31/2018) - Throughout the month of October, NFPA members opened their doors to expand knowledge about and improve general public perception of careers in the industry. Each experience was unique. Companies found it beneficial to establish relationships with educational institutions, and some took it a step further and connected with the local chamber of commerce and elected […]
The Value of Fluid Power Training and Certification (1/31/2018) - by D. Dean Houdeshell, PE, CFPAI, CFPE, 2018-2019 President, IFPS If your experience is at all like mine, you entered your first fluid power job with little experience and understanding of hydraulics or pneumatics. Scarcer yet was an understanding of fluid power system design. Fortunately for me, I landed a job early in my career […]
ICUEE 2017 (1/29/2018) - The International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) 2017 Delivers Innovative Industry Trends, Hands-On Experiences, and Enthusiastic Crowds Running from Oct. 3-5, the 2017 installment of the Exposition, also known as the Demo Expo, was the largest in the show’s history with 28-plus acres of exhibits (nearly 1.24 million net square feet) of the latest […]
Registration Open for 2018 NFPA Annual Conference (1/26/2018) - Join us in Orlando for the NFPA 2018 Annual Conference. Scheduled for February 20-22 at the Four Seasons Resort–Orlando at Disney World, this is an event you don’t want to miss! We’ve expanded the General Session programming with more speakers on more diverse topics to provide solid takeaways for companies throughout the fluid power supply […]
Research to Watch: Investigation of Noise Transmission through Pump Casing (1/25/2018) - This column will bring you the progress of the pre-competitive research being conducted at member universities that are part of the CCEFP network. This research will help give insight into the future direction of fluid power. The Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) holds a monthly forum, highlighting research, workforce, and special topic […]
Essentra Components Celebrates 50 Years of Manufacturing Excellence (1/24/2018) -   Essentra Components has come a long way from its days as a local three-man shop. In 1968, those three men formed their own business, dubbed Alliance Plastics. The company became a leader in the production of injection molded and dip molded plastics for the automotive, heavy equipment and oil & gas industries. In 1987, […]
Online Live HS and PS Certification Review Training (1/24/2018) - Need a Review for the new Hydraulic Specialist or Pneumatic Specialist Certification Tests? Use our Distance Learning collaboration. An Accredited Instructor will engage you in a live online experience with all the energy and expertise of traditional classroom training conducted from the comfort of your own location. There is no travel or lost work time. IFPS […]
Directional Valve Seals Failing (1/22/2018) - I was asked to help inspect a 4″ bore, 2″ rod cylinder that had a 40″ stroke and an 8″ stop tube. It had a D05 size mounting pad machined into the blind-end cap of the cylinder with a steel tube connection from the rod cap to the blind-end cap. The cylinder shop had repaired […]
ISO Standards Development Continues in Switzerland (1/19/2018) - The Swiss Association for Standardization (SNV) in Winterthur, Switzerland was the host of the fall TC 131 fluid power systems ISO standards development meetings. Two subcommittees (Connectors and Contamination Control) and 11 working groups met to further the developmental progress on new work item proposals, systematic reviews of published standards, interlaboratory testing to validate current […]
Hold It Right There: Methods for Stopping a Linear Pneumatic Actuator’s Movement in Mid-stroke (1/18/2018) - By Richard Bullers, SMC, CFPPS A machine operator defeats a guard and reaches his hand into a machine to reset a part in a nest, but misjudges the speed of the press. Does the pneumatic actuator driving the tooling cause a serious injury or were other steps taken to stop the actuator in time? As you […]
Updated IFPS Accredited Instructor Certification (1/17/2018) - The IFPS Certification Committee recently updated the requirements for becoming an Accredited Instructor (AI) as well as the AI Instructor Training Workshop framework. The AI workshop is a two-day workshop to acquaint you with the IFPS certification program and to assess your instructional abilities. It is not a program to teach instructor skills, but rather […]
Have a Knack for Training? Get Certified as an IFPS Accredited Instructor (1/17/2018) - IFPS will hold Accredited Instructor and Job Proctor workshops in Detroit, Michigan on the following dates: March 19-20, 2018: Accredited Instructor Training Workshop March 21, 2018: Mechanic and Technician Job Performance Proctor Workshop March 21, 2018: Connector and Conductor Job Performance Proctor Workshop IFPS Accredited Instructors (AI) are certified professionals who educate, train and prepare candidates for IFPS […]
Quick-Changing Robots (1/15/2018) - Enabling a single robot to exchange end effectors during a manufacturing or assembly process, much as a human is capable of operating different tools, increases robot flexibility. When there are a multitude of applications that require tool-changing, automating this process translates into a significant reduction in expensive, non-productive tool-changing time. A case that illustrates the […]



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