Evonik Expands Oil Additives Capacity in Singapore
Evonik Industries announced a significant expansion of its Jurong Island, Singapore oil additives plant to be completed in early 2015. With ongoing improvement and debottlenecking projects scheduled to be finalized during the first half of 2014, these optimizations and the planned expansion will nearly double the capacity of the plant. The company’s initiative is a response to the above-average growth in the oil additives market due to expanding mobility and increasing demand for high-performance lubricants with higher additive content in Asia.
Sauer-Danfoss Begins New Chapter as Danfoss
Sauer-Danfoss officially changed its name to Danfoss and now operates as a new business segment called Danfoss Power Solutions within the Danfoss Group. Experts at the company will continue to provide mobile hydraulic solutions. OEMs will be able to work with existing contacts on new and ongoing product development projects. Technical service, application know-how, and a focus on advanced hydraulic and electrohydraulic components and systems continue to be key elements in the company’s strategy.
Cowan Dynamics Launches Spring Return Pneumatic Valve Actuator
Cowan Dynamics launched its AS Series spring return pneumatic valve actuator. The newly designed series offers advanced safety features and provides lower costs and faster turnaround time. The company developed a standardized, catalogue-based spring return actuation solution where customers can now simply refer to a dimension table and order products according to the required dimensional size and thrust. The spring is installed within a factory-sealed canister, allowing safe in-field service of piston packing, rod seals, and bushings.
Bimba Acquires Acro Associates
Bimba Manufacturing Co. acquired Acro Associaties, Inc., headquartered in Concord, Calif., a manufacturer of pneumatic and solenoid pinch valves, and occlusion devices for flexible tubing paths and control boards. Its products and contract manufacturing services have been used globally by the medical device and bioprocessing industries for more than 30 years. Acro will continue to operate at its present location.
Omega Engineering Opens New Office
Omega Engineering Inc. opened a new office in Singapore to coordinate its business throughout the Southeast Asia region. This is part of a multi-phase plan to expand its global presence and footprint across Asia. The company has appointed Michael Lopez as the general manager of Southeast Asia. The business unit will have more than a dozen employees, including well-trained applications and technical support engineers.
Employee Owned Holdings, Inc. Acquires Gulf Controls Company, LLC
On July 12, 2013, Employee Owned Holdings, Inc. (EOHI) acquired 100% ownership of Gulf Controls Company, LLC, headquartered in Tampa, Fla. Gulf Controls is a factory-authorized distributor of pneumatic, hydraulic, and electro-mechanical motion control products. The acquisition includes the Action Hydraulics Division, which performs quality service and repairs for the Florida and southern Georgia regions. Gulf Controls will continue to operate as before but as a subsidiary of EOHI. Currently, the company serves Florida, southeast Georgia, and Puerto Rico. EOHI is the parent company for Supreme Integrated Technology, Inc.; Hydraquip Distribution, Inc.; and Hydraquip Custom Systems, Inc.
Analytical Flow Products to Join Norgren in IMI Fluid Power Group
IMI plc, the international engineering solutions group, is enhancing the capabilities of its fluid power subsidiary, Norgren, through the acquisition of Analytical Flow Products (AFP). Founded in Quebec in 2007 by Yves Gamache and André Fortier, AFP manufactures precision fluid control products, including a family of highly specialized diaphragm valves critical to chromatography (separation sciences), as well as a broad range of other analytical platforms. Yves Gamache and other AFP employees will stay with the company and customers may continue to do business through the usual AFP channels during the transition.
Eaton’s Hydraulics Group Hosts Instructor Symposium
Eaton held an Instructor Symposium from June 18-20, 2013, hosted by Eaton’s Hydraulics Training Center in Maumee, Ohio. The Hydraulics Group conducted this opportunity for instructors and educators who teach in the fluid power industry. The event was designed to expose industry professionals working with academic and commercial training operations to the latest in emerging hydraulic technologies and teaching methods.
Through a variety of training techniques, including lectures and hands-on lab exercises, participants engaged in topics such as leaks, causes, cures, and hose routing; systemic contamination control; logical troubleshooting; vehicle drive calculations; aeration and cavitation; thread identification and tube bending; and the cardinal sins of hydraulics.
“With over 150 years of combined experience in the fluid power industry, the educational value of the Eaton instructors is immeasurable,” Bill Hotchkiss, CFPHS, CFPPS, CFPAI, technical training manager, SunSource, explained after attending his second annual Eaton Hydraulics Instructor Symposium. “If there are fluid power instructors not attending this annual event, they are missing the boat.”
Eaton also supplied all attendees with valuable training materials, including reference books, CDs and videos.
“This symposium demonstrates Eaton’s leadership in training the next generation of hydraulics professionals,” said Tom Blansett, CFPS, CFPAI, CFPCC, manager, Training Services, Eaton’s Hydraulics Group. “Each year we add new topics and exercises based on changes in the industry. This year, the logical troubleshooting exercise allowed participants to apply what they learned during the instructional course to a hands-on practical session.”
“I think that every instructor accredited by the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) needs to take advantage of the benefits this symposium has to offer to be able to understand all aspects of the ever-changing fluid power industry,” said Jimmy Simpson, fluid power instructor, Northwest State Community College and chairman of the Fluid Power Educational Foundation. He continued, stressing the importance of the symposium, “It can only make instructors better, which will help promote future growth.”
Eaton’s Hydraulics Group is recognized for its longstanding history in fluid power education, starting when the original Vickers’ Training Center was founded in 1945. Eaton acquired Vickers in 1999.
For more information about Eaton’s Hydraulics Instructor Symposium, please visit www.eaton.com or call 800-413-8809.