Comau’s Racer 5 Small robot family grows for quick handling in tight spaces

After releasing its Racer3 robot last year, Comau is once again expanding its small robot family for quick applications in restricted spaces, including handling, assembly and pick-and-place operations. Two new robots—Racer5-0.63 and Racer5-0.80—are both controlled by the R1C 19-in. rack-mounted controller, which can be integrated into a single cabinet to control an entire line. The […]

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Dorner launches latest 3200 series conveyor, highlights others at PackExpo

The newest product line from Dorner — the 3200 series conveyor with Intralox Activated Roller Belt (ARB) Technology — was on display at PackExpo earlier this month, along with several other key technologies from the conveyor manufacturer. The 3200 series is ideal for moving boxes and packages in applications that require merging, diverting and alignment. […]

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Midland Metal launches updated 2017 catalog

Midland Metal Mfg. has launched its new 2017 catalog. The 576 page, full color catalog offers 14,000 products with over 1,300 new items. New products include truck and trailer accessories, hose clamps, pneumatic accessories, many new valves, and an all new LP Gas section of products. Midland Metal Mfg. partners with wholesalers and distributors nationwide that […]

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Applied Motion launches EtherCAT-enabled closed-loop stepper system

At PackExpo earlier this month, Applied Motion Products introduced its newest closed-loop stepper system, which comes with EtherCAT functionality. Its StepServo closed-loop motor and drive system for industrial Ethernet will be available soon. According to Eric Rice, Applied Motion Marketing Manager, the StepServo with EtherCAT “offers up to 50% more torque than traditional step motors […]

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Digital positioners for fluid-power actuators

Pneumatic and hydraulic actuators routinely operate damper drives, flow valves, vacuum controls and other devices in countless process applications. However, there can be a sizeable performance gap between conventional open-loop positioners and closed-loop digital positioners used in such tasks. The problem, explained Ed Steutermann, president of KyTronics, Prospect, Ky., is that open-loop controllers apply a […]

PTDA 2016 Industry Summit participants “Lead in Disruptive Times”

Seven hundred and fifty people from the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry, including nearly 590 delegates, came together October 19-22 in San Diego, Calif., where tools and information to “Lead in Disruptive Times” were delivered through cutting edge presentations, the latest in business and market information and multiple networking opportunities. The PTDA 2016 Industry Summit, […]

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PTDA Foundation builds awareness, recognizes achievements at PTDA Annual Summit

At last month’s Power Transmission Distributors Association’s (PTDA) Annual Summit at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, the PTDA Foundation shared how it is helping to increase engagement and connections in the industry through its educational endeavors as well as recognition of lifelong industry leaders. The PTDA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization with separate leadership from […]

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Lightning Hybrids named “Breakthrough Cleantech Company” by Colorado Cleantech Industries Association

Lightning Hybrids, a designer and manufacturer of the hydraulic hybrid ERS (Energy Recovery System) for medium- and heavy-duty fleet vehicles, has been named 2016 Cleantech Breakout Company by…

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Festo brings the German apprenticeship model to the U.S.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the need for a revolution in this country in post-secondary education, particularly related to STEM education. We should not be pushing…

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ICUEE — The Demo Expo Honored as “Gold 100” Top Trade Show

Just about 11 years ago, when I was a new technical editor covering fluid power technology, I attended my first trade show—ICUEE, the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition,…

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Eaton’s 4S/6S series spiral hose fittings are designed for high-pressure hydraulic systems

Eaton today announced the availability of the new 4S/6S series of spiral hose fittings, featuring major advancements to help provide a robust, practical and complete engineered hose assembly system. Designed for high-pressure hydraulic systems commonly found in mobile and industrial equipment used in the machine building, mining, metals and minerals, construction, agriculture and vehicle markets, […]

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A new (and old) way to look at STEM education

In celebration of our parent company’s 10th anniversary, our entire editorial staff authored forward-thinking columns, examining how we think the world and the manufacturing industry will be different in another 10 years. Here’s my take … I am a big believer in the need of a good education for all young people. And there has been […]

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Balluff hosts Manufacturing Day Event with over 200 students and community members

Balluff hosted its second annual Manufacturing Day event on October 7. Over 200 students and local community members attended the event to learn more about modern manufacturing and…

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Permco Inc. announces a long-term strategic alliance with China’s XCMG

Permco Inc. has announced that it has developed a long-term strategic alliance with XCMG, the ninth largest construction equipment maker in the world. XCMG was ranked the number one brand name in…

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Kurt launches total hydraulic solution with two hose and one coupling styles

Now hydraulic system designers can handle the most common pressure ranges for their applications selecting from just two different hose styles and a single coupling style from Kurt Hydraulics. For pressure ranges of 3,000 to 6,500 psi, Kurt Tuff and E-Z Bend hydraulic hose along with W-Style couplings provide a “Total Hydraulic Solution,” according to Scott […]

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Eaton highlights reliability of Delta Motors in new giveawaypromotion

Power management company Eaton today announced a new promotional campaign highlighting the reliability and efficiency of the company’s Delta motors for agricultural and industrial applications. As part of…

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Continental introduces line of extended life, constant-pressure spiral hydraulic hose

Continental has introduced three new series of Constant Pressure Spiral hoses to expand its hydraulic product offering in the high-pressure hose range. Launched at MINExpo 2016 this week, the Constant Pressure Spiral hoses are XCP4S, XCP5S and the XCP6S. “These are for use primarily in very high pressure hydraulic applications that require extra abrasion resistance,” said […]

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Hydraulic Supply Co. announces new location in Knoxville

Hydraulic Supply Co. (HSC), a distributor of hydraulic, pneumatic, and industrial products located in Sunrise, Fla., is announcing plans to open its 23rd Eaton Aeroquip Express location in Knoxville, Tenn. The new retail store will be located at 5227 N. Middlebrook Pike, Suite B, Knoxville, TN 37921 and is scheduled for opening in late November with store hours […]

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Continental launches new products and services, including hydraulic hose, at MINExpo

Continental is using MINExpo 2016 to showcase its broad portfolio of products and services specifically designed for the mining industry to reaffirm its commitment to that industry. “In…

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Fabco-Air releases new 3-way, lock-out/tag-out valve line

Fabco-Air Inc., Gainesville, Fla., is pleased to announce the launch of the new RLT Series Lock-Out/Tag-Out Valve product line. The 3-way, rotary turn, lock-out/tag-out valve product line is…

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AKG America develops new oil cooling options for mining applications

AKG America is launching several new products at MINExpo 2016. The MCS Series (multiple cooler systems) is a new large cooler suitable for a wide range of harsh…

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ZSi-Foster appoints David Sack Vice President and General Manager

ZSi-Foster announced that David Sack, an accomplished leader in the industrial and fluid power marketplace, has joined the company as General Manager and Vice-President Foster / Industrial Fluid Power. Sack is a demonstrated professional with comprehensive industrial hydraulic experience beginning in plant operations, plant management, and later expanded into sales, where he served as National […]

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When should you use high-pressure motors?

High-pressure motors are able to accomplish more in a smaller package compared to medium-pressure technology. When it comes to enhancing performance of both mobile and stationary hydraulic systems,…

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What are cylinder stop tubes?

Cylinder stop tubes are simply metal collars or tubes that are placed around a hydraulic or pneumatic cylinder’s rod between the piston and head. They are designed for…

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John Deere hydraulic coupler allows easy attachment switches on compact excavators

Switching buckets has never been easier with the new John Deere hydraulic coupler (16GE23) for compact excavators. Operators are no longer required to exit the cab to switch buckets, so site clearing can continue with high productivity and minimal interruptions. The hydraulic coupler is designed for 35G, 50G and 60G excavators, and is compatible with John […]

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