Fluid Power Journal

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Keeping Customers Engaged in a Changing World

By Hakan Erdamar, Group President, Discrete and Industrial, Emerson Automation Solutions No one could have foreseen the enormous personal, financial, and social damage of the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses and livelihoods have been disrupted around the globe, presenting challenges beyond those brought by new technologies, climate and demographic change, and government regulations. But with those challenges […]

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Hydrostatic Gear Drives and Evolving Electrohydraulic Applications

By Jon Frey, Head of Engineering Systems and Solutions, Bosch Rexroth When faced with the opportunity to develop a circuit or system design, application engineers can choose from a mechanical, electric, or hydraulic solution. But what if the desired outcome does not fit neatly in one of these three options, or if the application requires […]

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Stewardship

By Dan Helgerson, CFPS, CFPAI, CFPJPP, CFPSD, CFPMT, Fluid Power Journal Technical Editor I am not an environmentalist. I do not believe the earth is my mother. I am convinced that we have been placed here to “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28). So what does that have […]

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Responsibility and Restraint Can Land You a Good Job

By Randall D. Smith, Supply Chain Liaison, Marine Systems, Northrup Grumman Corp. At the beginning 2020, I thought that cannabis products and legalized marijuana would have been the big news. States were asking, if it’s legal in some states, should it be legal in ours? How can we generate a sin tax to fund our […]

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Succeeding in Hydraulics Certification Exams

By Dan Fernandes, CFPS, Sun Hydraulics It was 9:00 a.m., Oct. 10, 2012. I was fresh out of college and four weeks into my fluid power career. I saw a dozen of my new colleagues around the room diligently working on pressure and flow calculations while I was pondering the true meaning of psi. We […]

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Not All Training Is Created Equal

By Denis Poirier Jr., CFPAI/AJPP, CFPHS, CFPCC, CFPIHM, Eaton Corporation Hydraulics Group Certification can be defined as “a benchmark that validates a minimum level of understanding through academic and performance-based testing.” Certification is at the foundation of the International Fluid Power Society. The society offers multiple certifications designed to satisfy an array of industries. If […]

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Passing the Torch and Core Values

By Gordon Kauffman, CEO Baltimore Hydraulics Inc. What a difference 50 years makes. For those of you who have been in the business as long as I have, you can probably remember when 2500 PSI was considered high pressure, seals were made of leather, and check valves were the size of your two fists. I’m […]

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2020 IFPE Features First-Ever Networking Reception

By Michael Degan, Editor, Fluid Power Journal Well it’s hard to believe that three years have flown by and we find ourselves days away from the 2020 International Fluid Power Exposition (IFPE), March 10–14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in conjunction with CONEXPO-CON/AGG. Of course, this is our show—the largest North American exhibition bringing […]

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Entrepreneurship is Not for the Faint of Heart

By Valerie Bahoric, Marketing Manager Lynch Fluid Controls Entrepreneurs are the economic risk-bearers who forgo the safety of traditional employment out of passion or pride, because they have something to prove, something to contribute, or a burning desire to make a difference. The importance of entrepreneurship is employment: when the risk-bearers succeed, everybody prospers. I […]

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Preventative Maintenance: The Key to Keeping our Industry Growing

By Jeffrey Kenney, CFPIHM, CFPMHM, CFPMHT Over the past 10 years, as I have visited customer sites to review issues for leaks, engineering services, and reverse engineering of hydraulic and pneumatic. I have heard a growing number of customers and end-users voicing their concerns about how messy their equipment is, how costly hydraulic oil is […]

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Mentorship is the Way Forward

By Timothy White, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPS, CFPECS, CFPMIH, CFPMMH, CFPMIP, CFPMT, CFPMM, The Boeing Company I can’t believe it has been a year since I took over as President of the IFPS. Time sure does fly. The annual meeting in Seattle has just wrapped up and it was another productive one. At this meeting, I had the […]

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Empowering a Cultural Revolution in the Industrial Revolution

By Will Healy III, Industry Marketing Director, Balluff Inc. Like it or not, we are leading organizations through an industrial revolution. Digitization, Industrial IoT (IIoT), Industry 4.0, Smart Manufacturing (or whatever buzz word is your favorite) are having a major impact on our organizations. The desires of consumers for more choice, more information, and faster […]

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Here’s to the Next 25

By Robert McKinney, Associate Publisher, Fluid Power Journal As I reflect upon this year with Fluid Power Journal thus far, my mind travels back to last fall when we were planning for the 2019 Editorial Calendar. We set three goals—the first of which was to reach out to more of fluid power’s ever-increasing markets such […]

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Propelling Fluid Power into the Future through Human Connection

By Andy Patel, Marketing Manager, Hercules Sealing Products In regards to user engagement and social media, the fluid power industry is moving at a slower pace than other highly reputable industries. My point of view, however, is that the frontrunners of any industry should work toward understanding their audience and connecting with them through a […]

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25 Years of Fluid Power Journal

By Paul and Lisa Prass Here we are with 25 years behind us since our journey began creating and producing the best industry trade journal. As I write this for our 240th issue, I reflect on our teams’ journey.  It has indeed been quite an adventure. In the early beginnings circa 1993, my then-fiancée Lisa […]

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Looking Back As We Move Forward

By Donna Pollander, ACA, Executive Director of the International Fluid Power Society As the Fluid Power Journal celebrates its 25th anniversary next month, it got me thinking about what I was reading 25 years ago. Since I was celebrating my 6th wedding anniversary, working full-time, and raising three boys (we added another boy a few […]

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The Value of Connected Hydraulics

By Keaton Holappa, Applications Engineer, Connected Hydraulics & i4.0, Bosch Rexroth Corporation When people think about hydraulics as a fluid power solution, many picture a hydraulic system from the 1960s and ‘70s that’s noisy, hot, and oily, but also robust and powerful. Back in those days, mechanical and electrical valves were used to control a […]

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The Value of Investing in Wind Knowledge

By Nikki Walker, Wind Market Manager, Hydac The Wind Industry continues to grow year after year, racing against time to meet the next PTC (Production Tax Credit) expiration date (currently the end of 2020), and gambling on the next PTC extension, if any. Chasing this deadline goes hand-in-hand with conserving profitability. Companies scrutinize where and […]

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New Ideas Take Shape in the Industry

By Jeff Herrin, Vice President of R&D, Danfoss Power Solutions Change is the only constant. While this statement rings true for every industry, those of us in off-highway equipment may be better acquainted with that fact than most. We’re coming out of a phase of fairly steady, consistent evolution of our core fluid power technology. But […]

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Grow Your Career With Intention

By Alan Froslie, CFPHS, CFPAI, Airline Hydraulics George Burns once joked that the first thing he did in the morning was check the obituary section of the newspaper. If he wasn’t in it, he got out of bed. I also read through obituaries, but not for the same reason George did. Instead, I like reading […]

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Transforming Fluid Power Systems through Collaboration

By Zongxuan Sun, Director of Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota Fluid power is one of the three ways for power transfer: electrical, mechanical or fluid power. The key advantages of using fluid (pneumatic or hydraulic) to transmit power include superior power density and flexibility. These advantages […]

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Giving Back And Paying It Forward

By Timothy White, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPS, CFPECS, CFPMIH, CFPMMH, CFPMIP, CFPMT, CFPMM, The Boeing Company I recently read a quote that got me thinking about how we interact with others in the fluid power industry: I know many of us think this way in our personal lives, whether it is through your church, family, coaching, or […]

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Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

By Dean Houdeshell, PE, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPE, CFPS, CFPIHT, CFPMHT, CFPMHM, Cemen Tech Inc. What would be your answer if you were asked: “Do you want to grow?” For most, if not all of us, I’ll bet the answer would be a resounding “Yes!” Yet many times, we choose to stay in our comfort zone because […]

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Success in Fluid Power 

By Lisa Debenedetto, CFPS, Sales Application Engineer Midwest USA, Argo-Hytos When I was asked to write this article, after the initial panic attack, I struggled for three months on what to write about. For the most part, I was thinking, “Why me?” Then it finally dawned on me, “Why not me?” I am a very successful […]

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The Value of Fluid Power Certification That Speaks to the Customer

By Robert Sheaf, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPE, CFPS, CFPECS, CFPMT, CFPMIP, CFPMMH, CFPMIH, CFPMM, CFC Industrial Training When I started CFC Industrial Training in 1990, we were known as Certified Fluid Consultants and commonly referred to as “CFC.” In 1999, my brother and I combined our two businesses and were known as CFC-Solar, again often referred to […]

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