Fluid Power Journal

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Knowing Where to Look for Contamination

Proper training in preventative maintenance reduces system failures. By Sam Kaye, CFPS, CFPSD, Applications Manager, RHK Hydraulic Cylinder Services The …

4 Common Misconceptions About Cobots

By Buckley Brinkman, Executive Director/CEO of the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity It has been nearly six decades since the first …

The Right Hydraulic Fluid Reduces Fire Risks in Aluminum Plants

By Ronald Knecht, Global Strategic Product Line Manager, Hydraulics & Lubricants, Quaker Houghton Whatever the manufacturing facility, a fire is among the …

Seal of Assurance: Zero-Leak Systems Wipe Fluid ‘Weepage’

By Harlan Hart, Technical Manager, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, U.S. A variety of factors, such as a desire for higher efficiency, are driving manufacturers …

BionicSoftArm Lifts and Grips Like Nature Intended

By Karoline von Häfen, Head of Corporate Bionic Projects, Festo Like its two predecessors – the Bionic Handling Assistant (2010) and the BionicMotionRobot …

Test Your Skills: Size a Rotary Actuator

Rotary actuators are used to provide a partial rotation or pivoting action to a component where the space available is not practical for a cylinder and …

Pneumatics Gets a Grip on Robotic Tooling Applications

By John Ross, Vice President of North America Sales, PHD Inc. Most applications today incorporate both robotic and fluid power components. These two …

Understanding Current Loop Output Sensors

4 to 20 mA current loops made easy From Alliance Sensors Group For analog sensor data transmission, a 4-20 mA current loop is a very common method to convey …

Driving for Safety in a Truck Suspension

By Valerie Chhokar, Marketing Manager, Lynch Fluid Controls Buying a vehicle is a significant purchase. Consumers want to be sure the manufacturer has tested …

Fluorescents Shine a Light on Leaky Hydraulic Systems

From Spectronics Corporation Every year excessive volumes of hydraulic fluid are lost due to leaks, resulting in equipment downtime, contamination, energy …

Test Your Skills: Understand the Application of Regenerative Circuits

Regeneration is a general term that describes what happens when exhausting hydraulic fluid from the rod side of an actuator is directed back into the pressure …

Slip-In Logic Valve Circuits: An Art and a Science

By Jon Rhodes, CFPECS, CFPAI, President, CFC Industrial Training Art and science blend to form the efficient and demanding modern hydraulic circuits used in …

Predictive Intelligence and Monitoring Keeps Pneumatic Components Running

By Jeremy King, Product Manager for Vacuum and Sensing, Bimba For more than a century, workplace managers have pondered and proposed processes to increase …

2020 Tech Directory Company Listing

Download our 2020 directory listing below. Click on the image for a PDF file. Need to find a manufacturer? Search by product category

Vacuum Gripping and Pick & Place for Wood Surfaces

The following is an opinion article written by Dane Spivak of Davasol Incorporated, an industrial brand management firm with many clients, including Vacuforce …

Stepper Technology Boosts FireFighting Efficiency

By Pat Byce, Marketing Coordinator, Spartan Scientific Flames begin to blaze and a fire engine pulls up within minutes, complete with professionals ready to …

Optimizing Efficiency to Meet Emmissions Regulations

By Dierk Peitsmeyer, Product Portfolio Manager Bucher Electronics The European Union has stipulated that CO2 emissions must be significantly reduced. …

Hydraulic Cylinder Cushions Fight Mechanical Shock

By Tony Casassa, Application Engineer, Aggressive Hydraulics Every day, hydraulic cylinders work to push, pull, tilt, raise, and hold loads on diverse …

Eliminating Water Contamination in Air Systems

By Michael Schapoehler, Product Technology Manager, Airline Hydraulics Corp. In the dog days of summer, people often say, “It’s not the heat, it’s the …

Test Your Skills: Electric Flow Control Devices

Flow control valves influence actuator speeds in a fluid power system. Increasing or decreasing the opening to flow at a throttling point adjusts the flow to …

Bringing Reliability to High-Pressure Hydraulic Cylinders

By Ed Danzer, 6K Products As hydraulic system working pressures increase, component design details become more important. High system pressure, defined as …

Eliminating Water Hammer: It’s a Must

By Sheila Kennedy, CMRP, Additive Communications Managing Director and Brian Strait, Business Development Manager, Check-All Valve Mfg. Co. Water hammer can be …

Proper Check Valve Sizing Can Avoid Costly Problems

By Sheila Kennedy, CMRP, Additive Communications Managing Director and Brian Strait, Business Development Manager, Check-All Valve Mfg. Co. It is surprisingly …

The Top Three Reasons Cylinders Fail

By Ryan Roberts, Market Specialist, Parker Hannifin Cylinder Division Cylinders can fail for a number of reasons, from wrong specifications to operator error. …

Understanding the Function of Accumulators

Accumulators come in a variety of forms and have important functions in many hydraulic circuits. They are used to store or absorb hydraulic energy. When …

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