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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 […]
NFPA Joins ARM (1/12/2018) - By Eric Lanke, NFPA President/CEO Three major government funding initiatives for fluid power research have so far come out of the fluid power industry’s successful partnership with the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP). One is the hydraulic research program for off-highway vehicles at the Department of Energy. The second is the inclusion […]
Next Generation Hydraulic Fluids: High-Performance & Environmental Safety (1/11/2018) - By Josh Green, EnBio Industries Selecting the right hydraulic fluid for an application is not always an easy task for a hydraulic system operator. When the application is ecologically sensitive, the selection becomes even more difficult, especially since there is no uniform set of tests that clearly indicate the fluid’s performance or the ecological effects […]
IFPS 2018 Spring Meeting (1/10/2018) - February 27 – March 1, 2018  •  Embassy Suites  •  Albuquerque, New Mexico Network with industry professionals during the IFPS Spring Meeting being held February 27 – March 1, 2018, at the Embassy Suites, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Get involved – there’s bound to be a committee that meets your interest, and we welcome your expertise! […]
Shot Blasting for Hard Surfaces (1/8/2018) - Shot blasting better protects powertrain components from damage, while increasing their cyclic loading capacity. Automobile manufacturers use shot blasting for metallic components, such as engine, chassis, and transmission parts that are subjected to high levels of stress in later use. For example, during the shot blasting process of shafts and pinions in the automotive industry, […]
Distribution Partnership: RG Group with Dynex High Pressure Hydraulics (1/5/2018) - RG Group, headquartered in York, PA, announced the agreement with manufacturer Dynex to distribute pumps, valves, motors and power units to the Mid-Atlantic market. Dynex products include high-pressure piston pumps, high-pressure directional and pressure control valves, heavy-duty piston motors and electrohydraulic actuators for remote control. They also build standard hydraulic power units or specialized systems.  […]
SFC KOENIG® Increases Plug Production In North America (1/5/2018) - SFC KOENIG®, a global supplier of sealing and flow control components, has added manufacturing equipment for KOENIG EXPANDER® pull-style plugs in its North Haven, Connecticut facility. The new equipment was custom built for SFC KOENIG and utilizes designs already in operation in the company’s Swiss production facility. North American-based production will include SK and LK […]
PIRTEK Expands Southeast Presence (1/5/2018) - The new PIRTEK location is its first hydraulic hose service location in South Carolina. Jason Barrs opened his franchise, PIRTEK Columbia, under the company’s Tier 2 model, which allows a franchisee to keep inventory in a small warehouse or storage facility and to lease two vehicles at a lower point of entry. Tier 2 franchisees are […]
Echo Engineering Acquires Ammex Plastics (1/5/2018) - Echo Engineering and Production Supplies, Inc. has announced the acquisition of Ammex Plastics, a full-service plastic components manufacturer, based in Monroe, Mich., near Detroit, and primarily serving the automotive industry. Echo Engineering, headquartered in Indianapolis, provides diverse industries with both custom and catalog parts. Moving forward, Ammex Plastics will operate under Echo’s umbrella, as Echo […]
Determine the Appropriate Solution to Control Air Cylinder Speed (1/4/2018) - Because air is a compressible fluid, controlling the speed of actuators is a unique problem. A pressurized air cylinder that is not under load will extend and/or return suddenly if the exhaust air is not controlled. This is often the case and is not likely to cause damage since most air cylinders are engineered with […]
Honorary Lifetime Membership Granted (1/3/2018) - Congratulations to James (Jimmy) Simpson, CFPAI, for his newly appointed Honorary Lifetime Membership status. A motion was made during the IFPS Annual Meeting nominating Jimmy for this honor for his contributions to the IFPS over many, many years. The motion was unanimously approved. IFPS Honorary Lifetime Membership is designed for a nominated professional member who […]
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