Fluid Power Journal

Hydraulic Oil vs. Seal Lip Material

By George Barbin In a perfect world, our bodies would be able to rehydrate with either fresh or salt water, our skin would not be affected by UV rays, and …

Beware of Getting HOSED

By Jamie Vokes Various kinds of mobile and industrial equipment use hydraulics in one form or another. While hydraulics is a very efficient use of energy to …

Fluid Power’s Uncertain Future

By Brendan Casey In October 1991, at a meeting of the Buffett Group, Warren Buffett’s inner circle, Bill Gates was asked what he thought of Kodak as a …

Handling Large Loads

By Daniel Pascoe Most vacuum pick-and-place applications involve the handling of small parts such as semiconductor components or food packaging items, which …

What’s Your Standby Efficiency?

By Brendan Casey We are conditioned to think a variable displacement pump is more efficient than its fixed displacement counterpart. As a generalization this …

NFPA Foundation Awards 10 Fluid Power Research Supplements

NFPA Members Invited to CCEFP Summit to Review Projects and Presentations By Eric Lanke, NFPA President/CEO The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation is …

Compressed Air Systems: Are You Draining Away Your Profits

By Ron Marshall Air compressors create water, there is no way around it, the ambient air is squeezed, like wringing a sponge, and cooled, creating a constant …

Large Punch Press Cylinder Stutters On Downward Extension

An OEM had a hydraulic distributor design an HPU for a punch press he wanted modified to punch large stainless-steel discs that were then sent to a forming …

Fluid Power Sales by Major Customer Markets

The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) recently released 2017 Survey Data on the segmentation of U.S. fluid power sales to major customer markets. The …

Fluid Power Industry Creates ISO Standards that Impact Our World

By Denise Husenica, NFPA International Standards Development Manager, Secretary, ISO/TC 131 and Administrator, U.S. Technical Advisory Groups The International …

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