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Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration Highlight the Fall CCEFP Summit

Last October, the Center for Compact and Efficient  Fluid Power (CCEFP) held its biannual summit at the University of Minnesota. This network of fluid power …

Beyond Ra: Why Surface Finish Matters in Seal Performance

By Michael Cook, Fluid Power Technical Specialist, and Kelly Volpenhein, Product Engineer, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Longevity of seals is not just about …

Select Components for Pneumatic Systems: Sizing an Air Motor

Although electric motors are very commonly found in many varied applications, and hydraulic motors are well known for their high power density, air motors fill …

2019 Systems Integrator Directory Listing

Download our 2019 directory listing below. Click on the image for a PDF file. Need to find a systems integrator supplier? Search by product category HERE. …

Compressed Air Maintenance: Stop, Look, and Listen

By Ron Marshall Stop. Look. Listen. These are important words of advice if you want to keep your compressed air system running in a trouble-free manner, and at …

A Cost-Effective Alternative: Multiple-Position Pneumatic Linear Slides

By Carey Webster, Engineered Solutions Manager, CFPPS, PHD, Inc. Pneumatic linear slides are used in a wide range of applications throughout many industries. …

Vacuum Pick and Place: High-Speed Cycle Time Reduction

By Dane Spivak, and illustrations by Daniel Pascoe, Davasol Inc. In the world of high-speed factory automation, speed is everything. Manufacturing processes …

Strong, Tough, and Reliable: Linear Displacement Transducers Take on the Most-Demanding Applications

By Blake Cawley, Product Manager, AMETEK Factory Automation The importance of automation is greater than ever, as is the role played in automation by linear …

Filler Filter/Breathers

By Dan Helgerson, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPS, CFPECS, CFPSD, CFPMT, CFPCC, CFPSOS LLC I once worked at a blow-molding facility with 16 hydraulic power units. The units …

Preparing for Success: The Hydraulic Specialist Certification Study Manual Update

By Denis Poirier, Jr., CFPAI/AJPP, CFPS, CFPCC, CFPHS, CFPIHM, Vice President of Certification, The Eaton Corporation – Hydraulics Group Advancements in …

Then and Now: CRDV, CRDV/S, and CRDV/S with WiFi

By Patrick Byce, Marketing Coordinator, Spartan Scientific Spartan Scientific, an American manufacturing facility located in Northeast Ohio, specializes and …

2019 Photo and Video Contest

Take your best shots!  The IFPS and the Fluid Power Journal are excited to announce the addition of a video contest to its annual photo contest. Both contests …

Vacuum Measurement

By Dan Pascoe Often missing from a vacuum system is something to measure the vacuum level such as a vacuum switch or a vacuum gauge such as shown in Fig. 1. A …

Don’t Follow The Crowd, Mount Your Hydraulic Pumps…For Life

By Brendan Casey An essential requirement for the optimum performance and service life of a hydraulic pump is that its pumping chambers fill freely and …

Cycle Rates

20By Daniel Pascoe In modern day manufacturing, quick cycle rates are key to profitability and eventual production facility success. This is no different in …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Developing Electrohydrostatic Actuation to Improve Ring Rolling Production

By Dr. Erkhard Siemer, General Manager for Design Hydraulics and Electrical Engineering, SMS Group GmbH, and Achim Helbig, Dr.-Ing, Innovations Projects …

Research to Watch: Control and Diagnostic of Electro-Hydraulic Machines

This column will bring you the progress of the pre-competitive research being conducted at member universities that are part of the CCEFP network. This …

IFPS 2018 Annual Meeting

The IFPS 2018 Annual Meeting recently took place in Williamsburg, VA where the 2019 Board of Directors nomination slate was approved. The 2019 Board positions …

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