2015 Photo Contest
June 19th is Fluid Power Professionals’ Day – a day of recognition for all of us who work in the fluid power field!
It has been said that fluid power is a “hidden giant” because it is so common in every aspect of our day-to-day existence that we have simply overlooked the obvious. There is not a vehicle, ship, plane, or train that can operate without fluid power. There is no consumer item, no electronic gadget, and no morsel of food we grow that can exist in enough quantity at a cost we can afford without the use of fluid power and our efforts.
The photo contest was started to celebrate the wonder of fluid power and those in this industry. It’s a fun, creative way to get professionals involved and showcase what they accomplish everyday. The contest was a huge success this year with over 75 great entries. There were four categories for the photos – Fun with Fluid Power, Fluid Power Professionals in Action, Power Density, and Fluid Power in Motion. A new feature for this year was the People’s Choice Award, which is given to the photo that received the most votes from contest followers. Thank you to all those who participated and voted. Here are the results!
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People’s Choice Award: Voted by You!
Winner: Ultimate beach toy – submitted by Phillip Boyd, CFPMHM, Altec Industries, Inc.
Fun with Fluid Power
1st Place: “Building a great robot and competing in FIRST is a fun introduction to fluid power. Team Horsepower came to our office and presented themselves and their robot as part of their sponsorship drive.” – submitted by Karin Ferretti, PIRTEK USA
2nd Place: Learning Fluid Power – submitted by Dean Houdeshell, CFPAI, Danfoss
3rd Place: “I built this little 18 wheeler from scratch. It has a 6.5hp engine and it’s hydrostatic drive has plenty of power to haul all the kids in the neighborhood.” – submitted by Jeff Parker, Hennepin Technical College
Honorable Mention: “This is my gas-powered/hydrostatic-drive picnic table that my boyfriend and I built. It has a white piston pump and Eaton wheel motors. Top speed is about 10mph.” – submitted by Denise Lange, Hennepin Technical College
Honorable Mention: “This photo was taken as part of our troop’s Experimental Fluid Power Merit Badge requirement for operating hydraulic equipment.” – submitted by John Connor, BSA Troop 170, Cherry Hill, NJ
Fluid Power Professionals in Action
1st Place: Hydraulic technician makes adjustments on a portable hydraulic unit. – submitted by AliceAnn Strausbaugh, RG Group
2nd Place: Working on a big hydraulic manifold block – submitted by Robert Blom, Mabotec BV
3rd Place: Iowa State University Agricultural and Mechanical Engineering students in action learning about fluid power in the new Danfoss Fluid Power Teaching Laboratory in Ames, Iowa – submitted by Brian Steward, CFPHS, Iowa State University
Honorable Mention: IHMS Integrated Hydraulic Manifold Systems – submitted by Harold in ‘t Veld, Hydroplus BV
Honorable Mention: Scott Industrial’s production team welds together a power unit – submitted by Jenny Westfall, Scott Industrial Systems
1st Place: Powering levee gates in New Orleans – submitted by Tom Ferrara, Atlantic Industrial Technologies
2nd Place: “Who needs a dump truck? Not us!” – submitted by James Mullins, Hydrotech Inc.
3rd Place: “Why change houses when you can move your house thanks to the power of hydraulics? My brother’s house on the move after the city decided it needed his land to make room for a motorway.” – submitted by Gwyn O’Kane, CFPAI
Honorable Mention: “Large-and-in-charge hydraulic dump truck!” – submitted by Jeffrey Kolf, MFP Seals
Honorable Mention: “Only fluid power systems can move 50 ton!”- submitted by Hamed Shamsi khani, HEPCO
Fluid Power in Motion
1st Place: Poclain Hydraulics MSE05 and MS08 motors in action on a horizontal directional drilling application. – submitted by Jackie Olson, Poclain Hydraulics
2nd Place: Ultimate beach toy – submitted by Phillip Boyd, CFPMHM, Altec Industries, Inc.
3rd Place: Net power with hydraulics – submitted by Hamed Shamsi khani, HEPCO
Honorable Mention: Brand Hydraulics, Inc./fluid power in motion/ valves in wash before production. – submitted by Tim Cruz, Brand Hydraulics, Inc.
Honorable Mention: From 0 to 120 MPH with hydraulics at Cedar Point’s Top Thrill Dragster – submitted by Steve Phillips, ACE Controls, Inc.
Congratulations to all the winners!