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schunkSCHUNK Partners with World-Class Goalkeeper

SCHUNK in Germany has partnered with goalkeeper Jens Lehmann. Henrik A. Schunk, managing partner of the company, is an enthusiastic soccer fan and personally picked the athlete. As a brand ambassador for precision gripping and concentrated holding in the SCHUNK team, Lehmann is able to communicate the company’s worldwide competence leadership credibility due to his legendary role and proven competence in both soccer and society.


Whitmore Acquires Fluid Defense® Systems LLC

The Whitmore Manufacturing Co., a provider of products and services for mission-critical operating equipment, announced the acquisition of Fluid Defense Systems LLC, a manufacturer of fully integrated lubricant storage and handling solutions for industry. Since 2001, Fluid Defense has grown to become a recognized standard in lubricant handling and contamination control for industries ranging from food and beverage production to industrial manufacturing, power generation, and mining.


Norgren Expands Scott Industrial Systems Territory

Norgren has expanded its distribution agreement with Scott Industrial Systems to supply Norgren-brand components and solutions in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, and western Pennsylvania. Founded as a family business 65 years ago, Scott has grown as experts in fluid power, offering design and assembly services, as well as training to help customers maintain optimal equipment performance and reduce downtime.


Hercules Releases New Website Edition

Hercules Sealing Products released a new edition of its website. New features include a Spanish language version and the entire Bulldog product line, as well as updated seal images and expanded product dimensional information for individual parts.



HAWE Valves Assist Off-Road Motorsport Vehicles

HAWE Hydraulics took part in servicing the dual hydraulically mounted jacks for the Chevy Colorado Z71 Rally Raid prototype vehicles. Dakar 2014 is an intense off-road race made up of two marathon stages that stretch across miles of South America’s desert terrain. SG 1L – AKS valves were used for the racing vehicles. The SG directional spool valves allow up to 400 bar, 100 lpm, and serves to control the oil flow and directional movements of the jacks. Since the valve system is made of steel, the housing unit is resistant to pressure surges and leakages. This eliminates the chance of hairline cracks or other damages caused by the harsh desert conditions.


HAWK Acquires Aerospace Machine Shop

HAWK Manufacturing, Inc. acquired NQM, Inc., an aerospace machine shop that primarily manufactures metal components. Long-term agreements are in place for supplier work on various Boeing and Airbus projects, including work on most all of the civilian aircraft currently being produced by the two aircraft manufacturers. Based on current and expected sales, monthly revenues are targeted to be around $500,000 throughout the remainder of 2014 calendar year.


PIRTEK Gastonia Opens in Charlotte

PIRTEK USA opened a hose service center in Gastonia, N.C. Mike McArdle is the owner of the center and also of the established PIRTEK South End located in Charlotte, N.C. The new 6,000 square-foot center will serve as home base to the fleet of on-site Mobile Service Units. The facility will be stocked with a wide variety of hoses, fittings, and adapters for made-to-order hose assemblies for walk-in customers.


Eaton Provides Closed Circuit Piston Products

Eaton announced a contract with a mowing manufacturer to supply closed circuit piston products for lightweight fairway motors. The pumps will provide additional operational control, fuel efficiency, and reduced maintenance without additional costs. The new mower, which will be used by golf courses to groom fairways, is one of the first to feature a high level of cruise control for the operator whether cutting or driving. The closed circuit piston pumps eliminate the need to mechanically link the accelerator to the pump and reduce the number of parts on the mower. The mower is expected to go into mass production in 2014.


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