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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High-pressure ball valves

The 83 series family of ball valves is ideal for high pressure/severe service, such as offshore control panel applications. The 83 (2-way) and 83X (3-way) designs have a maximum working pressure of 6000 psi (415 bar) and H83/H83X are rated to 10,000 psi (689 bar). All feature a 316-stainless steel, Alloy 400 or UNS N10276 body, and a variety of seats.

Manual air valves

MT375-4 manual air valve bank comes with four 3-way valves, with spring return center and common supply and exhaust. Compact design provides control to four single-acting air cylinders— ideal for mobile equipment. Machined aluminum body is black anodized; valve bores are hard anodized for long life. Spools are made of 360 brass. Buna N O-rings are standard. All ports are3⁄8in. NPT female; 1⁄8-in.

Vacuum pads

SAB HT1 vacuum pads provide powerful and mark-free handling of glass and similar materials. HT1 material operates in temperatures to 170°C. They guarantee high horizontal forces on glass with interleavant powder or wet glass, reducing the number or the size of the pads, which in turn reduces energy consumption. HT1 material increases suction pad lifetime by up to three times compared to standard bellows suction pads.

Hydrostatic travel drives

Hydrotrac GFT hydrostatic travel drives feature output torques from 600 to 1300 kN-m and dual motor configuration for faster travel speeds and reliability in mining excavators and crawler cranes.Three-stage planetary gear with pre-arranged spur gear design can be integrated as a complete unit into the undercarriage frame, with the sprocket mounted to the output side transmitting the required torque to the track.

Call for papers for Aachen conference
The 9th IFK - International Fluid Power Conference Aachen has issued its call for papers for its event to be held March 24-26, 2014. The deadline for submission is May 13, with acceptance notification by July 3.
AEM to create new international construction trade shows

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announced today that it is expanding its global events, with the launch of ConExpo Latin America and a joint venture with Messe München to host a bauma event in South Africa, called bC Expo South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

Balluff breaks ground on new facility

Balluff Inc. broke ground on its new building in Florence, Ky. on Thursday, April 11.

“Balluff has found a successful home in Northern Kentucky, with steady growth here over the past 30 years,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “We’re proud to have the company’s U.S. headquarters in Kentucky, and especially happy to see the company continue to expand, adding 24 new jobs and investing $6 million in the Commonwealth.”

Sauer-Danfoss earns certification for designing safe software

Last week, 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.

HAWE Hydraulics acquires Pacific Fluid Systems

HAWE Hydraulics Inc., Charlotte, N.C., has acquired Pacific Fluid Systems, Portland, Ore. The deal will strengthen HAWE's North American presence, as the Munich, Germany-based company moves to strengthen its market share in the U.S. and Canada.

Hydraulic starters
HS-22 and HS-36 hydraulic starters use friction clutch inertia drives and can be supplied with or without motors. They come in four models, each with a different displacement: HS-222 is 1 in.3 (16.4 cc); HS-223 is 2 in.3 (32.8 cc); HS-224 is 3 in.3 (49.2 cc); HS-360 is 5.15 in.3 (84.3 cc)
Crimp connection
Mechanical Crimp Connection is a one-piece adaptor that eliminates welding. When crimped, a proprietary bite ring attaches to the pipe and secures the adapter. Internal seals ensure a leak-free connection and protect against ingression. It achieves NPS pipe connections in weld sizes ranging from 1 to 2 in. and has a working pressure to 5000 psi.
Bosch Rexroth reports slight gains, despite weak market

Although most hydraulic and pneumatic manufacturers are reporting orders and shipments down across the board, Bosch Rexroth reports the highest revenues in its history.

Hydraulic, pneumatic shipments down

The National Fluid Power Association's (NFPA) most recent published data indicatees that shipments of fluid power products for February 2013 decreased 11.8 percent compared to February 2012, and decreased 3.5 percent compared to January.

Make waves at OTC

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2013 will be held May 6-9 at Reliant Park, Houston. Perhaps the largest and most important event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection, OTC attracts more than 80,000 attendees from more than 110 countries and 2500 exhibiting companies, including a large number of fluid power component, system and service providers.

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