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Sizing Tubes for Hydraulic Systems

Tubing must meet two requirements: The inside diameter must be large enough to provide the flow area needed to assure that fluid velocity does not exceed the …

2013 Salary Survey Results

Fluid Power Journal, in collaboration with the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS), established an online salary survey for 2013 in order to create a …

Motion Control Technology Advances Aid Precision Automotive Manufacturing

Sometimes it’s not enough to simply close the control loop. Traditional control algorithms rely on eliminating an error between what is happening (as …

Position Sensor Technology Comparison for Hydraulic Cylinder Feedback

Position feedback sensors for hydraulic or pneumatic cylinders have used one of three traditional technologies:  magnetostrictive, variable resistance, and …

Vacuum Hose and Fittings

Most applications involving vacuum pick-and-place components utilize small-diameter hose and tubing—the same hose and tubing used on similar-sized pneumatic …

Establishing a Fluid Power Program at Alfred State College

A Case Study of IFPS Certification in Post-Secondary Education Alfred State College is a state university of New York College of Technology located in the …

Optimizing Pulse Dust Filters

High flow-short duration pulses caused by compressed air-powered dust filter cleaning can cause excessive pressure differentials in a compressed air system and …

2013 IFPS Spring Meeting Recap

Special thanks to the 35 International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) professional members who recently met in San Antonio, Tex., to conduct the IFPS 2013 spring …

An Introduction to Hydro-Mechanical Transmissions

Fuel cost and the fuel-saving characteristics of continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) have increased the pressure to provide CVT capability to larger and …

2013 Offshore Technology Conference

Purpose: The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) showcases state-of-the-art technology for offshore drilling, exploration, production, and environmental …

The IFPS Certification Challenge

Are You As Well Rounded As You Think You Are? If you are one of those individuals who are convinced that you know everything there is to know about fluid power …

Mobile Market Q&A

John Treharn, Vice President Business Development – Hydraulics Group, Parker Hannifin Corp.  John works with the company’s divisions to advance long-term …

Good Housekeeping Keeps Solenoid Valves Happy

The health of any motion control system is only as good as the health of its components. Because of their small size, solenoid valves can sometimes get …

Fan Drives in Mobile Hydraulic Applications

With increasing demands on mobile equipment manufacturers to produce emissions-compliant and highly efficient machinery, new methods for saving energy have …

Vacuum Cup Materials

Vacuum cups are available in a wide variety of compounds or materials, which are chosen based on the application for which they are intended to be used. There …

USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo

Join the IFPS at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Annual Conference & Stage Expo, the entertainment and theatre industries’ …

Why Certification Is Important

Do you want your employees to be over-the-top quality? Want your vendors to be outstanding? Want every mechanic, engineer, and technician working on every one …

Analysis of a Hydraulic Oil Failure

I recently conducted failure analysis and a reliability audit on a 300-kilowatt (400-hp) hydrostatic transmission. This hydraulic system was running a …

Basic Vacuum Components

Over the last 30-something articles I’ve written for the Fluid Power Journal, I have discussed various product overviews and specific applications offering …

Self-Closing Valves

In most vacuum-handling applications, the end-of-arm tool (EOAT) is designed specifically for the product being handled by the automated material-handling …

Conductor Face-Off: Hose Versus Tube

What do lifting chains, bladder-type accumulators, and hydraulic hoses all have in common? Well, they typically have only one mode of failure—and that’s …

Energy Efficient Hydraulics and Pneumatics Conference Grows in Second Year

Organized by the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA), the Fluid Power Distributors Association (FPDA), and the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS), …

IFPS Membership

IFPS membership provides the benefit of IFPS’s 50+ years of expertise. Your membership supports a non-profit organization dedicated to the unique interests …

Striking Gold With Compressed Air Training

Employees of New Gold’s New Afton copper/silver/gold mine, located just west of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, have recently completed an intensive …

Advanced Pump Control for Energy Savings in Intermittent Hydraulic Systems

Many hydraulic systems are only required to deliver flow at pressure during certain stages in a machine cycle. This is even more prevalent in the theme park …

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