Fluid Power Journal

Let’s Keep It Clean

It is well known within the Fluid Power Industry that the primary cause of failure in Fluid Power Systems is contamination.  So, how do you know if your fluid …

Kidney Loop

We are in the Fluid Power business.  We are convinced that Fluid Power is the right choice for transferring energy in this specific application.  We know …

What in the World Do Those Numbers in the ISO Cleanliness Code Mean?

We have been talking a lot about filtration here at the steel mill. My predecessor, Scott McLoughlin, had done a remarkable job in educating by example, …

Outside the Box: Rethinking the Traditional Reservoir

This article will take a look at three alternatives to the traditional reservoir. First, we will look at a reservoir by Price Engineering that takes an …

Begin at the End

I was recently at a conference addressing the issue of efficiency in fluid power systems, specifically in hydraulics.  The conference was focused on existing …

A New Spin On An Old Idea

I am going to go out on a limb to make a suggestion. Now, for me, this is not all that unusual. I have been described as someone who thinks “outside the …

Quads and the Fluid Power Systems Conference

When I first heard the word “quadrillion,” I thought it was a fictitious number like “gazillion” or “bazillion,” but it turns out to be a real …

So, You Say You Want to Make a Difference

One of the most rewarding things that ever happened to me in the field of fluid power was when a high school student spoke to me after a two-hour pneumatic …

You Made the Mess; Now You Clean It Up!

Now, don’t laugh, but I once designed a hydraulic system for automatically cleaning horse stalls using the energy from the movement of the waiting horse. I …

Use It or Lose It

We are planning on making a system more efficient here at the steel mill. Two overdesigned hydraulic power units are each operating continuously 24/7. Each one …

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