Fluid Power Journal

Filtering Compressed Air to Protect Equipment & Processes

By Charles Werdehoff, IMI Norgren When using compressed air to open valves, move cylinders, or power pneumatic tools, good air preparation is critical to the …

Design Considerations for a More Efficient Power Unit Circuit

You’ve determined the power requirement for the next generation of your machine, and you’re ready to size the cooling circuit to achieve optimum energy …

Flow Means “Go”…Well, Not Exactly.

Fluid power has become a vital component in our ability to perform work: it harvests our crops, takes our waste to the landfill, moves the landing gear, …

Don’t Bring a Cannon to a Rabbit Hunt

How much power do you hold in that air gun in the palm of your hand? If you are the typical compressed air user, you will have no idea; most people think …

Watts It All About

It began well before 1994, but an event from that spring stands out as a turning point in my understanding of the need for energy awareness when designing or …

Outside the Box: Rethinking the Traditional Reservoir

This article will take a look at three alternatives to the traditional reservoir. First, we will look at a reservoir by Price Engineering that takes an …

Begin at the End

I was recently at a conference addressing the issue of efficiency in fluid power systems, specifically in hydraulics.  The conference was focused on existing …

A New Spin On An Old Idea

I am going to go out on a limb to make a suggestion. Now, for me, this is not all that unusual. I have been described as someone who thinks “outside the …

Quads and the Fluid Power Systems Conference

When I first heard the word “quadrillion,” I thought it was a fictitious number like “gazillion” or “bazillion,” but it turns out to be a real …

You Made the Mess; Now You Clean It Up!

Now, don’t laugh, but I once designed a hydraulic system for automatically cleaning horse stalls using the energy from the movement of the waiting horse. I …

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