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.”
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.
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.