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2018 OTC Celebrates 50 Years

Offshore energy industry experts and leaders from across the world came together at NRG Park in Houston 30 April–3 May to celebrate the 50th edition of …

Seeing the Light: Indicator-Light Technology Reduces Time, Cost for Fluid Power Managers

By Fred Behnke, Engineer, Canfield Connector Imagine being responsible for a large fluid-management system that relies on dozens of solenoid valves, many of …

Compressed Air Systems: Check Your Assumptions

By Ron Marshall When it comes to compressed air, it is best not to assume too much. Many people think that their compressed air system is running efficiently …

Identify Hose Assembly Terminal Ends and Determine Compatibility of Hose and Fittings

Consult SAE J517 and manufacturer’s guidelines to determine pressure ratings of the fittings, hose and their suitability for a specific application. Hose …

The Effect of High Temperature on Sealing Material

Comprehensive Test of Water Glycol Fluids on Common Seal Materials Reveals Temperature-Related Issues By James Simpson, CFPAI, CFPS, CFPMM, Sales Manager, Oil …

Pneumatic Cylinder Cushioning: Increasing the Efficiency of Your Entire Pneumatic System

By Mike Guelker, Product Manager – Pneumatic Actuators FESTO Corporation With the right end-position cushioning, you can significantly increase the …

Results from the 2018 Minnesota Skills Competition

Master of Ceremonies: Chris Mabin, CFPS, Fleet Pride Truck & Trailer Parts Host School: Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park Student of the Year …

Demystifying Pilot Ratios in the Overcenter/Counterbalance Valves

By Maurice A. J. Ashmore, Global Chief Engineer SICV & HIC, Eaton’s Hydraulics Business, Warwick UK A common challenge in the design of hydraulically …

What is the Real Size of that Pump?

Revisions to ISO 8624: A standard for determination of the derived capacity of hydraulic pumps and motors By Jose M. Garcia-Bravo, CFPS, and Jason Nicholson …

Hydraulic Circuits: Industrial Valve, Mobile Valve, or Diverter Valve?

By Paul Badowski, CFPS, Cross Company – Mobile Hydraulics & Control Systems Group Industrial Hydraulic Valves Industrial hydraulic valves are available …

Understanding The Characteristics of Pressure Regulators

Air regulators are pressure reducing valves. They keep the downstream pressure constant, regardless of fluctuations in either the upstream pressure or the rate …

Why Differential Pressure Gauges?

Reduce Errors, Improve Operations and Protect Equipment with DP Monitoring By Jim Gill, Director of Sales & Marketing, Orange Research In the world of …

Research to Watch: 16HS1: Hybrid MEMS Proportional Fluid Control Valve

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 …

2018 Manufacturing Q&A

Larry Davis, CEO of Daman Products, started the development of Daman’s continuous improvement culture in the fluid power industry over 40 years ago. He has …

2018 Photo Contest Winners

Each year, the International Fluid Power Society and the Fluid Power Journal hold a photo contest in honor of Fluid Power Professionals’ Day. This …

2018 Manufacturers Directory Listing

Download our 2018 directory listing below. Click on the image for a PDF file. Need to find a manufacturer for a specific product? Search by product category …

Don’t Forget to Celebrate!

Here are some ideas to get you started, but it’s your day to celebrate your

Research to Watch: Free Piston Engine Based Off-Road Vehicles

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 …

Technical Cleanliness: Examining the Use of ISO 18413 for Pressure Rinsing

By Brian Schreiber, CFPS, HYDAC Technology Corporation 1. Introduction In the Fluid Power Industry, hydraulic fluid cleanliness is most commonly associated …

Hydraulic Accumulators Pre-Charge Maintenance

By Rao Choday, VP Sales & Engineering, Servi Fluid Power, Inc. A very common question asked by people in the fluid power industry is: How often should …

Land & Sea: Adapting Land-based Pressure-sensing to Deepsea Technologies

By Greg Pinto, Product Manager, Electronics (Sensors and Diagnostics), Hydac USA Some advances in safety and innovation in the Oil & Gas industry were …

Understanding the Application of Fluid Conditioning: The Effect of Contamination

Water: In hydraulic fluids, excess water can degrade the fluid and the system in numerous ways, even  though water may be present in small quantities. In …

Using Incremental Costs for Compressed Air Projects

By Ron Marshall Nobody likes when a compressor goes down and needs to be replaced due to some sort of age-related component failure. Then comes the challenge …

OTC 2018

30 APRIL–3 MAY 2018  ///  NRG PARK  ///  HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is where energy professionals meet to exchange …

Double Acting Telescopic Cylinder Halves Oil Rig Decommissioning Time

By Steven North, Design and Project Engineer, Apex Hydraulics Ltd Dismantling expired oil rigs is a costly and time-consuming operation. After decades in the …

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