Fluid Power Journal

White Papers

White papers on hydraulics and pneumatics.

Oyster-Wave Energy Power Plants: A New Challenge for Hydraulic Cylinders
by Hunger Hydraulics

Flexible and Modular for all Industrial Automation Applications
by Norgren
Flexibility and modularity have reached new levels with the Norgren VR Valve Manifold range. A simple plug-in, sub-base style design allows for valves to be easily exchanged for easy installation and maintenance. Expanding the size and functionality of your valve manifold to match the changing demands of your application is a simple “plug-and-play” experience.

Five Steps To Making Efficient, Error-Free Process Adjustments
by Festo Corp.
The ongoing need to make process adjustments in modern automation systems opens itself up to unwanted device tampering. This white paper outlines a five-step process to ensure effective, error-free process adjustments of pneumatic components. They include:

Hydraulic Cylinder Design: Preventing Side Loading
by Peninsular Cylinder, Co.
Quality-built hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders are designed to last for long life, and when installed and maintained properly, cylinders are expected to meet or exceed projected lifecycles. However, misalignment or side load on the rod bearing or the piston can cause premature damage leading to cylinder failure.

Keep Your Machines from Going Down the Tube
By Festo
This white paper explores the various environmental and mechanical causes of pneumatic tubing failure, which can cause downtime and costly production losses.

Robots. There’s one for every job – How to choose the right one
By Festo
This whitepaper includes information on:

  • Automation 3.0: History of robotics
  • Different types of robot technologies
  • Benefits and limitations of each technology
  • Factors to consider in selecting the right robot for the job

Considerations for choosing pneumatic guided drives and slides
By Festo
This whitepaper includes information on:

    • How pneumatic guided drives and slides work
    • Pneumatic or electric? Where pneumatic excels
    • Guided drive or slide? Which to choose
  • Customization possibilities: bearings, cushioning and more
  • Models for special situations
  • Sizing the drive or slide for your application

The Difference Between: Bellows Technology
By BellowsTech
BELLOWS—flexible, spring-like, precision-engineered components—are used in pressure or volume compensation applications. They are also used as actuators, seals, feedthroughs, and more in industries including aerospace, semiconductor, medical, and industrial. The term “bellows” encompasses several unique technologies, each with its own performance characteristics, materials, and manufacturing techniques. Read on to learn the differences between electrodeposited, edge-welded, and hydroformed bellows.

Contamination Control in a Hydraulic System
By Flow Ezy Filters
Each year thousands and thousands of dollars are lost because of inadequate filtration and through the lack of pro-active maintenance. Think about it, with 80% of all system downtime due to contamination, why wait until you are in a crisis mode having to deal with emergency breakdown maintenance problems? There should be 5 areas in a typical hydraulic system where some sort of filtration device should be placed. Let’s take a look at each of these locations.

Filtration and System Design
By Flow Ezy Filters
When a circuit design is in the planning stages, it is much more than determining what the real purpose of the system is going to do.  Look at the application and think, how are we going to achieve our goal?

Why Bigger is Not Always Better
By FluiDyne
Hydraulic orbital motors are common actuators found on a variety of hydraulics systems, from conveyers in factories, to wheel drives on mobile equipment. When orbital motors wear out over time their efficiency drops. The tell-tale symptoms of lost of power, speed reduction, and leaking seals manifest. The first thought is that this motor must not be large enough, but this is not always the case.

Measuring Flange Bolt-hole Patterns
By Main Manufacturing Products
So you need a new hydraulic flange for a port on an existing part – how do you get the right flange for the job?

I Need a Pump!
By FluiDyne

Rewards of Purchasing Reman Units
by Scott Mason CFPS

Hydraulic System Contamination, Where does it come from?
by Scott Mason and Gary Ashley, FluiDyne Fluid Power

Cold Hard Facts: Five Key Criteria for Selecting Low-Temperature Valves
by Bob Cadwell, Business Development Manager, ASCO

Asset Utilization: The Key to a More Efficient Operation
By the International Fluid Power Society

Utility fleet managers are challenged every day to keep vehicles safely on the road to complete repairs and service your customers. But how do you accomplish that year after year—knowing that your company counts on you to contain costs and improve performance? What are other utilities doing to “rightsize” their fleet? What investments will make good sense? What metrics are important to measure?

  • Understand what an Asset Utilization program can deliver
  • Review what metrics matter most to improve performance
  • Discover new ways you can contain or cut costs

Go to www.ifps.org/fleet to download this white paper.