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Big Tires Use Intelligent Control from Sun Hydraulics


The employees at Hedweld Engineering Pty Ltd., based in NSW, Australia, have designed their new TH15000 tire handler to be heavy duty with a narrow profile that would be suitable for a normal workshop environment and also meet the demands of the many mine operators and mining service companies that maintain these enormous material-moving vehicles.

Custom Fluidpower (CFP) has a team of Mechatronics engineers at its New-castle NSW branch that worked with Hedweld to specify, design, build, and provide the entire manipulator control system comprised of Sun Hydraulics’ valves, manifolds, High-Country Tek (HCT) controllers, touch-screens, and a two-way, multi-channel radio remote unit that allowed them to turn concept into reality.

Keeping this mobile hydraulics system light, compact, and easy to service while maintaining precision handling of the giant tires within the confines of a standard workshop bay is highly dangerous, complex, and demands precise controllability that could only be met by the use of Sun’s cartridge valves and HCT controllers on all operational functions on this project.

Each machine uses four main integrated manifold packages with 36 Sun proportional valves and multiple Sun check valves, while separate counterbalance valves are used with inline manifolds mounted directly on the cylinders and wheel hub motors for extra safety.

The machine is entirely controlled by six main HCT DVC 710 modules that network to each other using the SAE J1939 digital standard to minimize wiring and ensure reliability.

Production of this machine is expected to be several per year, and with this first project proving to be such a success, Hedweld is now working with CFP on several other machines that will use products from Sun and HCT in the future.
For more information on CFP, visit www.custom.com.au and for Hedweld, visit www.hedweld.com. Sun Hydraulics can be reached at 941-362-1200 or www.sunhydraulics.com.

Fluid Power Professional Publishes Historical Fluid Power Book

news-bookSteve Skinner has published Hydraulic Fluid Power – A Historical Timeline, a book that takes a light-hearted trip through the history of the power-transmission medium from its initial development at the end of the 18th century up until the modern day.

As a technology, hydraulic fluid power has been around for just over 200 years. Largely unnoticed, however, by the general public, it operates unseen and often unheard in the background of all our lives. Every time we travel by land, sea, or air, in some way or another we make use of its flexible and precise control. It helps build our roads, harvest our crops, organize our warehouses, and dispose of our rubbish. It’s involved in the production of our morning paper and our bedtime book, not to mention all of the glass, wood, concrete, metals, plastics, and textiles we come across in between. It provides us with thrills on our theme park rides and can even raise sunken ships from the sea. The story of its evolution is a fascinating one, not just from the point of view of the technology itself, but also its countless applications in just about every field of engineering. Many of these applications we think of as modern, but in fact the Victorians had excavators and the Edwardians had virtual reality rides all powered by hydraulics. Since its opening in 1894, London’s Tower Bridge has relied upon hydraulics to raise and lower its 1,200-ton bascules. Several cities in the UK and abroad also had extensive high-pressure hydraulic distribution networks with hundreds of miles of pipes supplying thousands of machines, and the last of these survived until 1976.

The 125-page book includes numerous full-color illustrations and can be ordered direct from www.lulu.com/shop. (Price: approx US$53.50.)

About the author: Steve Skinner’s 46 years of experience with hydraulics was gained mainly with Vickers and subsequently Eaton in the UK. Although having roles in applications, sales, and product management, for most of his time there Mr. Skinner was employed as European training manager. He is now a freelance lecturer but still actively involved in BFPA and CETOP fluid power certifications. Mr. Skinner can be reached at scskinner@sky.com or by calling +44(0)7813-664338. Visit www.steveskinnerpresentations.co.uk.

AST Acquired by TE Connectivity Ltd.

TE Connectivity Ltd. completed the acquisition of American Sensor Technologies, Inc. (AST), a manufacturer of pressure and position-sensing solutions. AST will become part of the TE Sensor Solutions business unit led by President David Coughlan. The Sensor Solutions business unit reports into TE’s Transportation Solutions segment.


Servi Group Expands into American Market

Servi Group, a provider of custom hydraulic systems, cylinders, and valves for the Norwegian offshore industry, will open a production facility in Houston, Tex. The site will offer the legacy Servi products, as well as providing for the global accumulator market. Kevin Rasefske will serve as executive vice president, and Rao Choday will serve as vice president of sales and marketing for Servi Fluid Power.


AVENTICS Celebrates 50 Years in Lexington


AVENTICS Corp., the former subsidiary of Bosch Rexroth, celebrated a fifty-year anniversary of the opening of the Lexington, Ky., manufacturing facility. An open house was held for associates and their families, retirees, and distributors. Activities included plant tours, a company history presentation, product demos, and factory floor presentations. A ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorated the beginning of once again producing NFPA pneumatic and hydraulic steel cylinders in the facility.


FPIRC 2014 to Offer Educational Events for Fluid Power Industry

Manufacturers, OEMs, researchers, and media from around the nation will convene in Nashville, Tenn., from October 13-16 for the Fluid Power Innovation and Research Conference 2014 (FPIRC14), an extended series of educational events hosted by the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP). The event will feature collaborative technical breakout sessions, networking opportunities, tours of local research laboratories, and panel discussions on the technologies and workforce skill transforming the fluid power industry. Attendees will learn the latest in creative solutions to overcome hydraulic and pneumatic technical challenges.

Participants include industry practitioners and leaders, government representatives, and academic fluid power researchers and students from around the world. Recommended attendees are fluid power engineers and technical leaders, human resource professionals, CTOs, and marketing personnel. Event highlights include the following:

  • High-caliber panel on public-private partnerships in innovation, teaching, learning, and research to marketplace
  • One-on-one meetings with fluid power experienced students
  • Over 40 fluid power technical research posters and presentations
  • Tour of Vanderbilt University fluid power laboratories
  • Special visit to Oak Ridge National Laboratory

For more information, visit www.ccefp.org.

Altec Announces Donation to Wounded Warrior Project

Altec Industries, Inc. made a $50,000 donation on behalf of its customers and associates to Wounded Warrior Project. Lee Styslinger III, Altec’s chairman and CEO, presented the check to officials of the Project at a formal ceremony in Washington, DC. “Altec is committed to supporting our troopers returning from service to our country,” said Styslinger. “America’s economic strength is a direct result of our armed forces fighting and sacrificing for our freedoms. The Wounded Warrior Project is fundamental to our values at Altec and our commitment to giving back to our communities and our country.”


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