The Hitch Post http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/8418/feed Observations about fluid power and other technologies, technical writing, and unrelated topics en Hydraulics Becomes Art http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/hydraulics-becomes-art <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I&#39;ve never been to Rotterdam, Netherlands, and I probably never will. But if, like me, you&#39;re a hydraulics person, the spotlights at Schouwburgplein<b> </b>are a must see in Rotterdam.</p> <p>Never heard of Schouwburgplein?<a href="/community/are-cylinders-becoming-cool-architectural-elements"> Click here</a> to read an editorial I wrote several years ago describing an artsy exhibit that relies on hydraulics.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hitch-post">The Hitch Post</a></li> </ul></div> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/hydraulics-becomes-art#comments Community The Hitch Post Thu, 14 May 2015 03:02:00 +0000 32351 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Using Water Glycol as Your Hydraulic Fluid? http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/using-water-glycol-your-hydraulic-fluid <div class="node-body blog-body">Using water glycol for a system's hydraulic fluid requires a lot of investigation.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hitch-post">The Hitch Post</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/using-water-glycol-your-hydraulic-fluid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/using-water-glycol-your-hydraulic-fluid#comments Hydraulic Fluids The Hitch Post Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:39:00 +0000 32181 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Do You Still Dabble in QBASIC? http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/do-you-still-dabble-qbasic <div class="node-body blog-body">Even though QBASIC is a real antique as far as software goes, it can still useful for creating relatively simple control programs. You can download a copy by clicking here. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hitch-post">The Hitch Post</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/do-you-still-dabble-qbasic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/do-you-still-dabble-qbasic#comments Controls & Instrumentation The Hitch Post Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:44:00 +0000 31691 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Find a Job in Fluid Power http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/find-job-fluid-power <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Seems like at least nine out of ten people I meet in the fluid power industry stay in the fluid power industry. Time and again, I hear someone has moved on, then I run into him or her again at a trade show, conference, or other fluid power event.</p> <p>So if you&#39;re looking for a new job, chances are, you&#39;ll remain in the fluid power industry. But finding good leads in such a specialized field can be frustrating.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hitch-post">The Hitch Post</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/find-job-fluid-power" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/find-job-fluid-power#comments Community The Hitch Post Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:25:00 +0000 31131 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Are you (or a kid you know) into Lego? http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/are-you-or-kid-you-know-lego <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>If you&#39;re reading this, you&#39;re probably interested in hydraulics, pneumatics, or both. And, to quote Bill Cosby, you probably &quot;started out as a child.&quot;</p> <p>So assuming you started out life as a child, there&#39;s a good chance you spent much of your childhood playing with <strong><a href="http://www.lego.com/en-us/" target="_blank">Lego</a></strong> building blocks. You may have even built some pretty sophisticated pieces.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hitch-post">The Hitch Post</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/are-you-or-kid-you-know-lego" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/are-you-or-kid-you-know-lego#comments Learning Resources The Hitch Post Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:38:00 +0000 30851 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com A True Steam Shovel http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/true-steam-shovel <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I&#39;m a member of our local historical society, and I often look through old pics and negatives when I visit. Last night I came a cross this picture of a steal shovel excavating for a junior high school, which was dedicated in 1922. So this image was probably taken in 1921.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hitch-post">The Hitch Post</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/true-steam-shovel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/true-steam-shovel#comments Construction The Hitch Post Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:43:00 +0000 30321 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com A Look at Hydraulic Hose Failures http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/look-hydraulic-hose-failures <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>We regularly look at what types of articles draw the most visitors on our websites. One of the biggies is maintenance. What&#39;s interesting about maintenance of hydrauli systems is that even though many of the tools and instruments have changed dramatically during my 25+ years on H&amp;P many of the problems and their solutions are still the same.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hitch-post">The Hitch Post</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/look-hydraulic-hose-failures" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/look-hydraulic-hose-failures#comments Maintenance Hose & Tubing The Hitch Post Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:40:00 +0000 29841 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Tried & True Ways of Dealing with Air in Hydraulic Fluid http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/tried-true-ways-dealing-air-hydraulic-fluid <div class="node-body blog-body">Symptoms typical of an aerated hydraulic system plagued the F-104 aircraft for years. Aeration was caused by system components with built-in chambers and passages where free air (bubbles) collected when system fluid was saturated or at rest with no pressure acting on the fluid.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hitch-post">The Hitch Post</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/tried-true-ways-dealing-air-hydraulic-fluid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/tried-true-ways-dealing-air-hydraulic-fluid#comments Aerospace Hydraulic Fluids Hydraulic Pumps & Motors The Hitch Post Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:24:00 +0000 29531 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Hydraulics in the Aftermath of Pearl Harbor http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/hydraulics-aftermath-pearl-harbor <div class="node-body blog-body">Quick action using hydraulics helped right many of the warships damaging in the attack on Pearl Harbor.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hitch-post">The Hitch Post</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/hydraulics-aftermath-pearl-harbor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/hydraulics-aftermath-pearl-harbor#comments Marine & Offshore Material Handling Hydraulic Pumps & Motors The Hitch Post Sat, 08 Nov 2014 17:24:00 +0000 29521 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com No man is an island http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/no-man-island <div class="node-body blog-body">And neither is fluid power. Unless you&#39;re buliding a test bench to evaluate or demonstrate a hydraulic or pneumatic component, every fluid power system is connected to some sort of mechancial system. So even though you may have a collection of smart phone apps for making fluid power calculations, you&#39;ll probably need apps for the mechancial portion of hte machine you&#39;re designing.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hitch-post">The Hitch Post</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/no-man-island" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Technologies The Hitch Post Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:46:00 +0000 28281 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com