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NFPA report shows 3.4% increase in fluid power shipments in October

The latest data published by the National Fluid Power Association shows industry shipments of fluid power products for October 2014 increased 5.0% compared to October 2013, and increased…

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Not your grandfather’s gear pump, part 2

Continuing the discussion from last week, the past fifty years saw a continued evolution of the gear pump, which has resulted in higher efficiency, higher pressure and more…

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Not your grandfather’s gear pump, part 1

The venerable gear pump is so strongly associated with hydraulics that perhaps only cylinders are more prominent in this industry. There is good reason for the popularity of…

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Bosch Rexroth’s largest hydraulics production facility in the Americas celebrates 25 years of operation

Opened in 1989, the facility was originally made up of a single 250,000 sq. ft. building and specialized in manufacturing hydraulic pumps. Now, the Fountain Inn facility is…

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The importance of pressure compensation

When I was a Padawan Learner of hydraulics, I found the concept of pressure compensation to be difficult to understand. Part of my difficultly was also a result…

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Understanding beta ratios

I wrote about the ISO 4406 cleanliness code in my last two blogs here and here, and today I’d like to take it a bit further and discuss…

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Engine actuator controller designed for rugged applications

The On Engine Actuator Controller features two control inputs, CAN communications and one current controlled output to drive actuator coils up to 3A. It allows for flexible use…

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One valve, three functions

Comatrol, a global leader in the design, manufacture and sale of engineered hydraulic cartridge valves and hydraulic integrated circuits (HICs), today introduces the new SVP08-NCF solenoid valve. Recognizing…

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Linear sensors to be embedded in hydraulic cylinders

Alliance Sensors Group is pleased to announce the ME Series Linear Position Sensors for embedded use in measuring the ram position of hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders in industrial,…

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Why the ISO code matters

Earlier this month, I explained the meaning behind the ISO 4406 contamination code, so now I’m explaining why it matters, and how you can apply it to your…

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Highly customized hydraulics delivered in one week

Danfoss Power Solutions has launched the Rapid Delivery Center (RDC) Program. Danfoss Rapid Delivery Center distributors offer delivery of highly customized hydraulic components in about a week, enabling…

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Explosion proof pressure transmitters for Zone 1 environments

American Sensor Technologies, Inc. has achieved ATEX certification of its Explosion Proof Pressure Transmitters for Class I Zone 0 Exd hazardous locations. The added approvals enhance the ability…

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Understanding ISO 4406

The most critical quality of hydraulic fluid you should consider is that of cleanliness. We refer to the size and quantity of particle contamination when discussing cleanliness, and…

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Sealed toggle switches for all-weather environments

Ultra Switches from Kar-Tech feature IP-68 sealing and are fully submersible. The switch uses an engineered silicone seal both between the top of the switch housing and the…

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Sealed toggle switches for all-weather environments

Ultra Switches from Kar-Tech feature IP-68 sealing and are fully submersible. The switch uses an engineered silicone seal both between the top of the switch housing and the…

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Rexroth Sytronix SVP 7010 variable-speed pump drive

The new SVP 7010 expands the Sytronix family of ready-to-install variable-speed pump drives offered by Rexroth. With a comprehensive selection of hydraulic-specific functions, it is suited to a…

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Freudenberg-NOK forms new ARPM seals committee

These are two industry challenges a new Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers (ARPM) committee being launched by Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies will likely tackle in the future. This new…

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Accumulator fundamentals … without the math

I’m going to attempt the impossible: I am going to explain the fundamentals of hydro-pneumatic accumulators without using any mathematics. I will use some numbers where needed, but…

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Rexroth expands its GoTo program as it marks 5 years

Echoing its local-for-local growth, Bosch Rexroth is once again expanding its GoTo Focused Delivery Program, as it is able to add more products and shorten lead times due to…

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The challenges of mobile reservoir design

Hydraulic oil spends most of its time in the reservoir, and as such, various tank design criteria provide benefits for the hydraulic system as a whole. When designing…

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Comparing blood pressure to fluid power pressure

Blood pressure is an interesting measurement of biological health. Most of us use the term as if it has no relation at all to fluid mechanics, and we…

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Conserving energy and reducing leakage with hydraulic fluids

Leakage and system efficiency are always at the top of fluid power users’ minds. This is why several CCEFP researchers are focusing on how to optimize system sealing…

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Conserving energy and reducing leakage with hydraulic fluids

Leakage and system efficiency are always at the top of fluid power users’ minds. This is why several CCEFP researchers are focusing on how to optimize system sealing…

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The smart use of logic elements

By Darren Magner • Director of Marketing & Product Development • Comatrol Effective use of logic elements is key to designing cost-effective circuits, and is limited only by…

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How magnets can help your maintenance schedule

Probably the most interesting object on my desk is the shaker bottle demonstrator for a company called FilterMag. The small, clear bottle is filled with iron shavings suspended…

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