FluiDyne Vane Pump Used in Bus Engine
The company’s V10NF vane pump is being used as a power steering pump for heavy-duty trucks and interstate buses. Due to space constraints, this application requires the pump to be coupled directly to the motor in a high-temperature area. The design is available in seven different flow rates that come with an internal drain and integrated flow control, which saves the need for separate controls, saving space, but also reduces the labor involved in plumbing the extra connections.
AVENTICS Offers Free Valve Trial Program
AVENTICS (formerly Rexroth Pneumatics) announced the “Discover the Ceramic Advantage” program, which allows new customers in the U.S. and Canada to try a Ceram valve free of charge. The program requires minimal qualifications by the customer in order to receive the new valve. The valve offers a life expectancy of 150 million cycles.
Des-Case Acquires ESCO Sight Glass Product Line
Des-Case Corp. announced the purchase of the visual oil analysis product line of ESCO, based in Houston, Tex. Products acquired include the 3-D BullsEye™ Viewport, as well as its oil sight glasses, indicators, and oil level monitors. Oil sight glasses play a critical role in early detection of contamination and oil level problems, and allows for constant monitoring of what’s happening inside equipment.
Yates Industries Acquires Assets of Georgia Hydraulics International
Yates Industries has expanded to include Atlanta, Ga., by acquiring certain assets of Georgia Hydraulics International. Yates’ main plant is headquartered in Saint Clair Shores, Mich., with a second facility, Yates Cylinders, in Decatur, Ala. The company offers high-speed turnarounds on cylinder repairs and customized cylinder manufacturing.
Bosch Rexroth Expands Hydraulics Operation in Pennsylvania
Bosch Rexroth marked the opening of its new hydraulics manufacturing and distribution center in Bethlehem, Pa., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and facility tour for customers, distributors, and local officials. The new manufacturing facility houses the company’s valve and manifold manufacturing center for mobile and industrial hydraulics, while the new logistics and distribution facility handles shipments to over 500 customers, including its nationwide network of Drive and Control distributors.
The $2.2-million Brodhead Road expansion adds about 150,000 square feet, giving the company approximately 200,000 square feet over two buildings for the distribution and manufacturing operation.
In addition to valves and manifolds, the new manufacturing facility produces industrial, mobile, and compact controls, and provides testing and service support. The new distribution and logistics facility supports customers with functions such as shipping, receiving, logistics, quality control, traffic management, and accounting. The company’s overall Bethlehem operations also include production for large hydraulic systems and power units, which are produced in its City Line Road facilities.
The Manufacturing Institute Launches New Skills Certification System Toolkit
The Manufacturing Institute developed a short, animated video that illustrates how the Skills Certification System can be used to recruit a skilled workforce. In conjunction with the toolkit on Developing Skilled Workers, the video speaks to chief executives, human resource professionals, and operations managers. The toolkit also includes steps to take, partners to build, and templates to use to grow their own talent pipeline. Download the video and toolkit at www.nam.org.
KOMET and SCHUNK Hold Joint Distributor Event
KOMET, a global manufacturer for bore machining, reaming, and threading, and SCHUNK, a worldwide leader in clamping technology and gripping systems, held a joint distributor event on April 9, 2014 at KOMET of America’s facility in Schaumberg, Ill. The five-hour event consisted of morning presentations of products that were shown working together seamlessly in the afternoon in the machining center on the production floor. Three demos were displayed on the machining center using SCHUNK work holding and tool holding with KOMET cutting tools. All types of work pieces and various materials, such as cast iron and aluminum, were machined, showcasing both company’s tools and technology.
Steelhead Composites Purchases Advanced Metal Spin-Forming Technology
Steelhead Composites, a designer and manufacturer of lightweight pressure vessels, purchased and installed a heavy-duty CNC neck-forming machine manufactured by MJC Engineering and Technology. The machine is specially designed for manufacturing high-pressure cylinders, allowing the fabrication of aluminum cylinders up to 42 cm (16.7 in.) in diameter and up to 3 m (10 ft.) long. The acquisition coincides with the company’s recent award of a $500,000 grant from the state of Colorado as part of its Early Stage Advanced Industries Program to promote growth and sustainability across various industries.
KVT-Koenig Becomes SFC KOENIG
In April 2014, KVT-Koenig became SFC KOENIG, a result of the sale of its Fastening Division to the Bossard Group in October 2012. The name and logo are different, but the company will continue its focus and commitment to customer service and engineered solutions for sealing and flow control.
Eaton Strengthens Global Access to Pumps and Motors Technology
Eaton has extended its current alliance with Linde Hydraulics to ensure the long-term availability of its DuraForce™ family of piston pumps and motors. The technology offers performance and capability for applications in construction, agricultural, material handling, oil and gas, mining, and process industries. Its modular design promotes greater flexibility for a broad range of industrial and mobile applications.