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Manufacturing Q&A

Manufacturing Q&A

Jeff Cox Jeff is executive vice president of Coxreels. He manages the manufacturing operation, overseeing everything related to the …

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The 2017 FIRST Championship Brings Double the Fun (8/23/2017)

More than 60,000 people attended the 2017 FIRST Championship presented by Qualcomm Inc., held for the first time across two cities. Combined, FIRST Championship Houston (April 19-22) and FIRST Championship St. Louis (April 26-29) brought together 30,000 students on 1,400 teams from 62 countries, plus 6,000 mentors/coaches/adult supporters and 2,400 volunteers, among other special guests—and […] Read More

Six Reasons to Attend the 2017 IEOC Invitational Golf Tournament (8/22/2017)

2017 Industry & Economic Outlook Conference (IEOC) August 15 – 16, 2017 Golf & Welcome Reception: August 14 Westin Chicago North Shore Wheeling, IL The 2017 IEOC Invitational Golf Tournament is just around the corner. You won’t want to miss all the great networking opportunities and fun activities this event has to offer. Here are six […] Read More

History of the ISO 3601 Series of Standards for O-Rings (8/21/2017)

By Ronald E. Zielinski, President, PolyMod Technologies, Inc., Chairman of the U.S. TAG for TC 131, U.S. Expert and Project Leader to TC 131 SC7, and Christa M.A. Chilson, Specialty Products Manager, PolyMod Technologies, Inc., U.S. Expert and Project Leader to TC 131 SC7 In 1939, Niels A. Christensen was granted a U.S. Patent for […] Read More

Reed Switch Developments Corp. Announces Distribution Agreement with Amazon (8/20/2017)

Reed Switch Developments Corp., Racine, Wis., has established a North American sales and distribution agreement with Amazon.com for its magnetic reed switch sensor and actuator kits. The kits, developed for and available to customers exclusively on Amazon, include popular selections of individual standard model combinations. The kits are designed as a means of offering North […] Read More

Des-Case Repeats as a Top Workplace (8/19/2017)

Des-Case Corp., Goodlettsville, Tenn., has been named a Tennessean Top Workplace for the third year in a row. The annual nationwide selection program, implemented by a group of regional daily newspapers across the country and WorkplaceDynamics, an employee survey firm, named the most desirable places to work in the U.S. To be nominated, a company […] Read More

PIRTEK Opens New Location in Palm Beach (8/19/2017)

PIRTEK has expanded its South Florida presence with a new location in Palm Beach. Owner Sam Belin opened the location earlier in April, staffing it with three technicians and two Mobile Service Vehicles. He plans to add a third vehicle in a few months. Palm Beach marks the eleventh location for PIRTEK in Florida. Belin […] Read More

Motion Industries Opens Dallas Distribution Center (8/19/2017)

Motion Industries successfully moved into its newly built distribution center in Grand Prairie, Tex.—in the center of the DFW Metroplex. New hanging and roller conveyor lines, as well as a bevy of forklifts efficiently move product orders throughout the warehouse portion of the 156,000 ft2 facility, which nets the company almost 50,000 ft2 over the […] Read More

FIRST Student Innovator Presents TED Talk on Success and Failure (8/18/2017)

When Ashton Cofer, 14, stood on the TED stage at TED-Ed Weekend in December 2016 and delivered a TED Talk to a live audience, with cameras rolling, the accomplished innovator shared a lesson he learned from nearly a decade of watching and performing in FIRST LEGO League: “You can’t have success without failure.” Ashton’s inspiring […] Read More

PHD, Inc. Celebrates 60 Years in Business (8/17/2017)

PHD, Inc., Fort Wayne and Huntington, Ind., was founded in 1957, and its first product, the Tom Thumb® pneumatic cylinder is still popular today. The company now manufactures a broad offering of products used for industry automation—actuators that provide the motion to push, pull, lift, rotate, turn, grip, and orient parts or materials in a […] Read More

Belden Universal Announces Relocation, Expansion of Production Facility (8/17/2017)

Belden Universal, Broadview, Ill., plans to relocate into a 40,000 ft2 factory, which is currently under construction, in Hillside, Ill. Relocation will proceed in staged phases this fall and is expected to conclude by late 2017. The newly constructed facility will accommodate leading-edge manufacturing technologies, lean equipment layout and automated workflow, resulting in increased efficiency, […] Read More

Hydraulic Basics: Recognizing Hydraulic Symbols (8/17/2017)

This new series of articles, compiled by Fluid Power Journal Technical Editor Dan Helgerson, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPS, CFPECS, CFPSD, CFPMT, CFPCC, will include selected excerpts from the IFPS Study Manuals. Study Manuals may be downloaded by visiting www.ifps.org. (IFPS members may download for free; non-members may purchase.) The easiest method to learn hydraulic symbols is to […] Read More

2017 CFPA Annual General Meeting (8/17/2017)

Blending Influential Keynote Speakers, Fabulous Dining, and Exciting Team-Building Exercises The Canadian Fluid Power Association (CFPA) is a membership of Canadian companies committed to the development of fluid power technology in the North. The CFPA is a non-profit association of manufacturers and distributors that focuses on relevant industry insight, communication, and resources to its members […] Read More

Problem: Car Tires (8/16/2017)

How many car tires of the following approximate size can be filled with one tank of nitrogen with the following given specs? Tank Size: 200 scf (Standard Cubic Feet) Tire Pressure: 35 psi Starting Pressure: 2000 psi Rim Diameter: 18″ Tire Diameter: 30 (Assume the inside of the tire is round like an O-ring.) Example […] Read More

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