Richard Schneider

Contributing Editor

Contributing Editor, has been affiliated with Hydraulics & Pneumatics for more than 30 years and served as chief editor from 1987 through 2000. He received a BSME from Cornell University and also completed additional courses at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. His diverse background in industry includes ten years with a fluid power distributor and a variety of other professional positions. He has also been active with the National Fluid Power Association and Fluid Power Society.

Articles by Richard Schneider
Tough transducers travel off-road

Hydraulic cylinder position-sensing in the rugged environments typically encountered by construction, agriculture, and other off-highway mobile-equipment is critical. There are three reasons to consider sensors, such as Temposonics Model MH sensors:

Tough, versatile, and operator-friendly
Dual-output pump helps keep excavator compact
Specialty brake valves enhance mobile equipment
Because of the size of much of today's mobile equipment, hydraulic service brakes are a necessity. Engineers at MICO, Inc. add value to the brake components they design by ...
Valves respond to vacuum flow
Flow Sensor Valves are normally open valves that snap closed when flow through them exceeds a preset rate.
Fluid motor helps swimmers go nowhere
Swimming has long been recognized as an almost ideal form of exercise. Weight-free exercise in an aquatic environment provides a superior cardiovascular workout without muscle or joint stress due to impact with the ground. Most people ...
Hydraulic winches assist in elephant surgery
Allied Power Products came up with a way to place a 6900-lb pachyderm on her side on a padded pneumatic mattress so veterinarians could perform a two-hour operation.
Water-actuated cylinder moves semiconductor wafers precisely
Unconventional cylinders lower and raise a cassette (worth up to $1 million or more) of silicon wafers for processing, so smooth, precise, and reliable vertical motion is a must.
Tough sugar cane surrenders to tougher hydraulic harvester
Rubber-tired Case/Austoft Series 7000 harvester has 2510-mm wheelbase, can harvest green cane at the rate of 11/2 to 2 tons/min and burnt cane at the rate of 2 to 4 tons/min. Depending on field and crop conditions, travel speed is in the ...
Hydraulic Cylinder Drives RV Slideout Room
Battery-powered motor with overload protection drives bi-directional gear pump.
Staged modulation improves forklift brake control
Pedal movement provides low-pressure braking for maneuverability, or high-pressure braking for fast, safe stops. Taylor Model TE-155S 80-hp diesel-powered forklift has more than 71/2-ton lift capacity and almost 15-mph ...
Compact pneumatic servovalve meets animation challenges
Unusual performance specifications, space limitations, budget restraints. That list reads like a typical design assignment. But when motions must be lifelike when observed by a close-up human audience appears at the end of the list, you know ...
Air logic controls twin-piston food pump
Air logic-controlled, hydraulically powered twin-piston, positive-displacement food pump is integral part of sausage-stuffing machine. For more than 40 years, Marlen Research Corp., Overland Park, Kans., ...
Pepperoni placement goes high tech
Servo-controlled cylinder has external magnetostrictive piston-position sensor. Peppamatic automatic pepperoni-slicing machine assures complete portion and weight control of topping for pizzas. Valve compartment holds servo, ...
Desiccant breathers help howitzer hydraulics

Military hydraulic applications range from relatively simple locomotion to precise alignments needed to position a gun barrel. As precision increases, the need to maintain a high level of operating integrity grows as well. The reliability of military hydraulic systems is vital not only to soldiers’ ability to perform their missions but also to the very survival. Reducing the rate of contaminant ingression into a hydraulic system is, therefore, of paramount importance.

Air dryer helps make beverage bottles
Production of distinctive Perrier bottles relies on novel air drying system.
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