Minnesota Rubber and Plastics Receives Excellence Award
Minnesota Rubber and Plastics (MR&P) has been awarded the Supplier Quality Excellence Award by General Motors. The annual award is presented to suppliers achieving zero defects in a year. MR&P is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and employs over 1,000 people in sales and manufacturing locations in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Bosch Rexroth Approves Houghton Fluids for Filter Select Tool
Bosch Rexroth will include Houghton International hydraulic fluids in its Filter Select sizing software program. The program allows users to input varying fluid types, viscosities, and temperatures, and evaluates the pressure drop across Rexroth filters. With close cooperation between the two companies, an extensive database of fluid information was developed and loaded into the program.
Curtiss-Wright Sells Douglas Equipment Business
Curtiss-Wright Corp. sold the assets of its Douglas Equipment business to a subsidiary of Textron Inc. The transaction was in alignment with the company’s operating margin improvement initiatives and enables it to focus on its core commercial aerospace business. Located in Cheltenham, UK, Douglas Equipment is a supplier of commercial aviation ground support vehicles, including a range of towbarless and conventional aircraft tractors and runway friction measuring devices.
Servi Fluid Power Opens New Facility
Servi Fluid Power, a division of the Servi Group, has moved into a new assembly plant in Houston, Tex., consisting of approximately 20,000 square feet of combined office and manufacturing space. The executive team has implemented new operations to streamline the assembly process while bringing new innovation to the high-pressure testing requirements for several regulatory bodies, such as DNV, ABS, and CE/PED.
New Installation Video Shows Proper Mounting of Electric Clutch to Hydraulic Pump
Ogura Industrial has created installation videos to help customers who may have questions regarding proper installation and mounting of electric clutches used on hydraulic pumps. The first video covers the installation of smaller torque clutches that are typically mounted to an L-shaped bracket with a hydraulic pump mounted onto one side of the bracket. The videos show the proper installation of the clutch field assembly to the bracket and the mounting of the clutch rotor/pulley along with the correct bolt tightening torques. The second video covers the installation for the higher-torque hydraulic pumps that can be found on fishing vessels, heavy-duty mobile applications, and marine generator sets. Most of these large clutches also require a universal joint attachment, and this video shows the proper mounting of the u-joint flange to the Ogura clutch.
The videos are available at www.ogura-clutch.com and on YouTube.
Ultra Clean Technologies to Attend CONEXPO Latin America
Ultra Clean Technologies will be an exhibitor at the first-ever CONEXPO in Latin America. The event will mark the first time the company has attended any show in South America and is an important step in the company’s plans to expand in the Latin American market.
Hydraulic Supply Company Opens Retail Store in South Carolina
Hydraulic Supply Company opened its 22nd retail store in its extended new domestic territory covering South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee. The new store displays more than 8,000 products in stock and offers numerous in-store services, including hose assembly, tube bending and flaring, and manual valve assembly. All stores are supported by the company’s central distributor center, which offers more than 17,000 products in stock for quick delivery to any of its locations.
Norgren Announces Name Change
Norgren is now part of a new division under long-time parent company, IMI plc. All of IMI’s fluid power businesses will be brought into a single division called IMI Precision Engineering. Norgren’s range of products will become IMI Norgren, one of a portfolio of flagship product brands that also includes IMI Buschjost, IMI FAS, IMI Maxseal, and IMI Herion.
ASCO Numatics Announces 2015 Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarships
ASCO Numatics has begun accepting applications for its 2015 Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarship program. The company will award two $5,000 scholarships to U.S. engineering students, provide $1,000 grants to their college’s engineering departments, and host the students at “The Amazing Packaging Race” at PACK EXPO International 2015 in Las Vegas, Nev., in September. The deadline to apply is April 3, 2015.
GHN Announces New company Direction
Galland Henning Nopak, Inc. (GHN) started this year by unveiling a new direction for the brand that capitalizes on their two product lines: Nopak Fluid Power Solutions and Galland Henning High Density Baling Solutions. This was followed by a move to a new facility in Franklin, Wis. that sits on six acres of land and houses cutting-edge CNC machinery. All company literature has been updated, which is available on the company’s website or in print through mail. The website allows users to search for a nearby distributor, and with the 3D product configurator, customers can build, price, and generate CAD models and drawings in multiple formats.
ASCO Numatics Announces Industrial Automation Scholarship Winners
ASCO Numatics announced the recipients of the 2014 Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarship. The first recipient, Nicholas Aerni, is from Taylor Mill, Ky., and a senior at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. The second recipient, Kaitlyn A. Martin, is from Baytown, Tex., and is a senior at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Co. They were each awarded a $5,000 scholarship towards their Bachelor’s program degrees in electrical/computer engineering and mechanical engineering. The company will further support the winners’ studies with an additional $1,000 grant to the engineering departments of each of their universities.
The scholarship winners were announced at Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI)’s annual Amazing Packaging Race at PACK EXPO 2014 in Chicago. The Amazing Packaging Race, sponsored by ASCO Numatics, is a fun and educational event that pits teams of packaging students, from programs around the country, against each other in a race to gather points by completing tasks at specific PACK EXPO booths. The race helps support the PMMI Education and Training Foundation, which provides scholarships to packaging students from PMMI partner schools.
The scholarship program, now in its seventh year, has awarded a total of $70,000 in merit-based scholarships to 14 students based on their potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the industrial automation engineering profession, particularly as it relates to the application of fluid control and fluid power technologies. The company has provided an additional $14,000 in grants to 12 schools of engineering.
HAWE Offers Hydraulics Apprenticeship Program
In the process of expanding its assembly, light manufacturing, and distribution process in Charlotte, N.C., HAWE Hydraulics North America found it increasingly difficult to find local workers with hands-on experience in the hydraulics skill set. Therefore, in June 2012, the company sought out an opportunity to develop an apprenticeship program that would benefit both the company and the apprentices.
The company has partnered with Central Piedmont Community College and developed an educational program allowing apprentices to gain both hands-on experience in the fluid power industry and, at the same time, obtain a degree in the mechatronics engineering program. This is a means for HAWE Hydraulics to build a talent pipeline of technicians who are willing to grow with the company while gaining the technical experience necessary to support the value-added services extended to its customers.
HAWE Hydraulics is now two years into the program with four talented students who play an integral part in the company’s processes. In more recent months, they have taken on additional responsibilities, such as the restructuring of its safety manual, conducting safety training, learning in-depth quality assurance processes, and assisting the customer service department.
For more information, contact HAWE Hydraulics North America at www.hawehydraulics.com.