Mary C. Gannon

Mary C.
Gannon
Associate Editor,
Penton Media

Mary joined Hydraulics & Pneumatics in 2005. She graduated from Boston University’s
College of Communication in 1998 with a BA in Journalism. She began her career as a business reporter at a daily newspaper in Greater Cleveland. Prior to joining the H&P staff, she worked in public relations.

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Booklet targets fluid cleanliness

The new Rexroth Oil Cleanliness Booklet, available for free download, explains the basics of contamination control and serves as a reference and information tool for users of hydraulic system.

Fluorescent dyes

Full line of Spectroline fluorescent leak detection dyes is formulated for oil-based industrial fluid systems, including hydraulic fluids. Dyes are available in a choice of seven colors (yellow, white, green, bright blue, yellow-green, blue, and red) to help differentiate between leaking fluid systems, especially those leaks where portions of the hoses are hidden from view.

Portable data recorder

HMG 3010 portable unit measures and captures data tasks in hydraulic and pneumatic systems and communicates with computers via USB port. Its provides fast and accurate data collection and processing.

Pneumatic metal tacks

Metal-Tack fasteners mechanically attach name plates, wiring clips and components to pressurized devices and equipment without drilling. They are more permanent than adhesives and faster, safer and cleaner than drilling. A portable air tool drives the tack into virtually any metal, creating a durable blind displacement anchor with a typical load or extraction rating exceeding 200 lb.

Proper filtration cuts operating costs

Pirtek USA, known for its 1-hour on-site hose and fitting repairs and replacements, recently added a line of filtration products to reduce hydraulic oil changeouts.

Firestone names director of technology

Air spring manufacturer Firestone Industrial Products, Indianapolis, has promoted Graham Brookes to director of technology. He will be responsible for strategic planning and technology direction for the entire company.

Brookes began his career at Firestone almost 13 years ago. For the past six years he has been division manager of technology.

Deadline is near for IFPE abstracts

IFPE 2014 has issued a second call for abstracts to fluid power professionals to present their research and applications work at the IFPE Technical Conference and the IFPE Innovations Theater March 4-8, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The deadline to submit abstracts is June 6, 2013.

Sauer-Danfoss earns certification for designing safe software

Sauer-Danfoss, Ames, Iowa, announced that it has become the first company to achieve TÜV-Nord certification of process quality, with Software PDLP development process, which simplifies functional safety software project management.

NFPA draws new technology roadmap

The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) published its Technology Roadmap for the Fluid Power Industry in 2009 to provide NFPA member companies and their research partners with a consensus regarding the research and development needs of the industry. It has been used by the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation and Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power to guide their research efforts; by NFPA to guide its standards development work, and by NFPA members to inform decisions about research partnerships and product development.

Metric retaining rings

Metric Hoopster retaining rings retain mechanical components when space is limited. Their minimal radial projection and shallow groove depth allow them to fit where conventional stamped rings and retaining rings cannot. More than 150 carbon and 302 stainless steel rings are available in sizes from 10 to 76 mm. They are suitable for light to heavy loads and for thin wall tubes.

Hydraulic oil coolers

Four series of heavy-duty hydraulic oil coolers for mobile and industrial applications are available, including: ULAC with ac motor for industrial use, with maximum cooling capacity up to 400 hp; ULOC cooling system for industrial use, with maximum cooling capacity up to 60 hp; ULDC with dc motor for mobile use, with maximum cooling capacity up to 40 hp; and ULHC with hydraulic motor for mobile and industrial use, with maximum cooling capacity up to 215 hp.

Parker Hannifin, Accumulators Div., (815) 636-4100,

Compressed air filtration

Series of Extractor/Dryers is designed to be used as point-of-use filters that efficiently remove moisture and contaminants to improve and extend the life of pneumatic components. Two-stage filter operates most effectively within 25 ft of the point of use. Each model offers a standard 5-μm rating with lower ratings available. They are rated for flows of 15 to 2000 scfm and pressure ratings to 250 psi.

Pneumatic in-line filter

Clear-VU EZ Connect Filter is an in-line filter for use in most pneumatic, vacuum, and liquid applications. Push-to-connect filter features a clear plastic housing with color coded filter element to indicate micron rating. Push-in connections allow for quick replacement of the disposable filter without having to cut or replace the tubing. They are available in 6-mm and 1⁄4-in.

Tape extension sensors

WB61 tape extension sensors measure strokes to 4 m, yet feature a compact housing. They provide three analog and three digital outputs (SSI, CANopen, CAN, SAE J1939), the option of redundant design, and nonlinearity of ±0.10%. They work best where multiple pulleys are required. Stainless steel measuring tape is not liable to break when using several pulleys, for adherence to strict safety requirements for cranes.

Axial piston pump

V40M axial piston pump is designed for open-circuits in mobile machines, with displacements of 2.75 in.3/rev. Swash plate design allows for easy fine tuning of flow rate. With a self-priming speed of 2900 rpm, it is suitable for applications that require operating pressures up to 3625 psi but can handle pressures spikes up to 4600 psi. It is connected to the PTO or directly to the motor by an SAE-B flange.

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