Hydraulics & Pneumatics - Hydraulics & Pneumatics is the leading international technical resource for fluid power http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/rss.xml en White paper discusses processor power and energy efficiency http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/white-paper-discusses-processor-power-and-energy-efficiency <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>AutomationDirect recently released a&nbsp; white paper titled, &ldquo;Processor Power and Energy Efficiency&rdquo;, which explains how consumer electronic microprocessor improvements also provide a catalyst for industrial automation advancements.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Modern electronic devices, such as smart phones, tablets, etc. can be used to perform myriad tasks, including messaging, photos, videos, music, alarms, day planners, GPS and more. The same trend of combining what once required several components into one device is also apparent in industrial automation.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/fluid-power-talk">Fluid Power Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/white-paper-discusses-processor-power-and-energy-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/white-paper-discusses-processor-power-and-energy-efficiency#comments Controls & Instrumentation Fluid Power Talk Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:01:00 +0000 28901 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Bimba's new IntelliSense technology provides predictive intelligence for pneumatics http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/controls-instrumentation/bimbas-new-intellisense-technology-provides-predictive-intelligence-pneumat <div class="node-body article-body">IntelliSense offers condition-based monitoring to maximize machine productivity and reliability.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/controls-instrumentation/bimbas-new-intellisense-technology-provides-predictive-intelligence-pneumat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/controls-instrumentation/bimbas-new-intellisense-technology-provides-predictive-intelligence-pneumat#comments Controls & Instrumentation Cylinders & Actuators Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:01:00 +0000 28891 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com The Key to Understanding - And Troubleshooting - Hydraulic Cylinder Drift http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/key-understanding-and-troubleshooting-hydraulic-cylinder-drift <div class="node-body blog-body">A simulation video which explains what happens when the piston-seal on a double-acting hydraulic cylinder leaks, and it becomes a displacement cylinder.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hydraulics-work">Hydraulics At Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/key-understanding-and-troubleshooting-hydraulic-cylinder-drift" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/key-understanding-and-troubleshooting-hydraulic-cylinder-drift#comments Hydraulics At Work Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:10:00 +0000 28881 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com The Pressure-Flow Conundrum And What It Means For Hydraulic Machine Reliability http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/pressure-flow-conundrum-and-what-it-means-hydraulic-machine-reliability <div class="node-body blog-body">Higher pressures mean higher force and torque is available from smaller components. And because the components are smaller in displacement, higher speeds are possible from smaller flows. Smaller flows mean pipework, valving and even the tank can be made smaller. So the power density of individual components and the system as a whole increases with pressure. But there are a number of disadvantages with higher operating pressures. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hydraulics-work">Hydraulics At Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/pressure-flow-conundrum-and-what-it-means-hydraulic-machine-reliability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/pressure-flow-conundrum-and-what-it-means-hydraulic-machine-reliability#comments Hydraulics At Work Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:50:00 +0000 28871 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com AutomationDirect is STEM Education Awards Finalist http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/events/automationdirect-stem-education-awards-finalist <div class="field-byline"> Edited by Alexis Coffey </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) announced AutomationDirect as a Finalist in the Corporate Outreach Category for the 2014 STEM Education Awards.</p> <p>For the past nine years AutomationDirect has funded local competition robotics teams in Forsyth County, GA and the surrounding school systems. Funding is primarily used for STEM STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities such as ensuring robotics teams and competitions in the area.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/events/automationdirect-stem-education-awards-finalist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/events/automationdirect-stem-education-awards-finalist#comments Events Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:35:00 +0000 28861 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Ductile Iron Seminar Coming Soon http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/events/ductile-iron-seminar-coming-soon <div class="field-byline"> Alexis Coffey </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Ductile Iron Society will host a ductile iron seminar, October 28<sup>th</sup>, at the Decatur Conference Center &amp; Hotel, Decatur, Il. This one-day only event is a learning opportunity for OEM and end-user personnel, design &amp; application engineers, and management. The seminar will highlight the benefits and advantages to using ductile iron for weight reduction, improvement in material properties, and replacement of weldments. Sessions include ductile iron basics, casting design and conversions, machining, heat-treating, and a Q&amp;A.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/events/ductile-iron-seminar-coming-soon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/events/ductile-iron-seminar-coming-soon#comments Events Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:34:00 +0000 28851 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com The Hydraulic Fluid's Best Friend? http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/hydraulic-fluids-best-friend <div class="node-body blog-body">Regardless of whether the hydraulic fluid you use is a synthetic, high VI, ashless, zinc-free, multigrade or monograde -- or any other of the many options available today, to do its job well, the hydraulic fluid needs help from its friends. The first of these, and possibly the hydraulic fluid's BEST friend, is the reservoir or tank. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hydraulics-work">Hydraulics At Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/hydraulic-fluids-best-friend" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/hydraulic-fluids-best-friend#comments Hydraulics At Work Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:57:00 +0000 28841 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Troubleshooting Challenge: Eroded Construction Plug Causes Manifold Leak http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/other-industries/troubleshooting-challenge-eroded-construction-plug-causes-manifold-leak <div class="node-body article-body">A mill that produces oil-field pipe is required to hydrostatically test the pipe with water according to ASTM standards. They used a hydraulically driven water intensifier to fill and test the pipe at pressure to 2,500 psi. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/other-industries/troubleshooting-challenge-eroded-construction-plug-causes-manifold-leak" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/other-industries/troubleshooting-challenge-eroded-construction-plug-causes-manifold-leak#comments Other Industries Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:49:00 +0000 28811 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Electronic indicating transmitter/switch http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/electronic-indicating-transmitterswitch-0 <div class="node-body article-body">The 800/810 Series of electronic indicating transmitter/switch are designed for use in hydraulic systems. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/electronic-indicating-transmitterswitch-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/electronic-indicating-transmitterswitch-0#comments Products Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:41:00 +0000 28801 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Diagnostic tool “hears” problems http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/diagnostic-tool-hears-problems <div class="node-body article-body">The MDe-2000 NC Marksman II ultrasonic diagnostic tool converts and amplifies inaudible ultrasonic sounds into audible sound, allowing technicians to “hear” pressurized-gas leaks before they become a problem.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/diagnostic-tool-hears-problems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/diagnostic-tool-hears-problems#comments Products Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:37:00 +0000 28791 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Radial-piston pumps http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/radial-piston-pumps <div class="node-body article-body">The RKP 250 variable-displacement radial-piston pumps come in displacements up to 250 cm³/rev. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/radial-piston-pumps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/radial-piston-pumps#comments Products Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:29:00 +0000 28781 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Pressure transducer for heavy-duty applications http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/pressure-transducer-heavy-duty-applications <div class="node-body article-body">The U5300 pressure transducer features accuracy with a total error band of ±0.5% F.S. The unit offers design flexibility with a variety of pressure ports and electrical configurations available for low to medium-volume OEM applications.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/pressure-transducer-heavy-duty-applications" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/pressure-transducer-heavy-duty-applications#comments Products Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:26:00 +0000 28771 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com PM hydraulic pumps http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/pm-hydraulic-pumps <div class="node-body article-body">The PM line of closed-loop hydraulic pumps are designed for medium-duty applications. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/pm-hydraulic-pumps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/pm-hydraulic-pumps#comments Products Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:03:00 +0000 28761 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Engineered flange seal http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/engineered-flange-seal <div class="node-body article-body">The engineered Flange Seal (EFS) reduces rework and eliminates replacing O-rings in hose products. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/engineered-flange-seal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/engineered-flange-seal#comments Products Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:59:00 +0000 28751 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Mini wireless controls http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/mini-wireless-controls <div class="node-body article-body">Enrange wireless controls are lightweight, mini transmitters that control small fluid-powered machines. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/mini-wireless-controls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/mini-wireless-controls#comments Products Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:55:00 +0000 28741 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Balanced solenoid valves http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/balanced-solenoid-valves <div class="node-body article-body">The 193 Series of balanced solenoid valves are the new 19-mm version of the company’s 15-mm 153 Model.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/balanced-solenoid-valves" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/balanced-solenoid-valves#comments Products Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:46:00 +0000 28731 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Linear-position sensor for extreme environments http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/linear-position-sensor-extreme-environments <div class="node-body article-body">The LA-25-A LVDT linear-position sensor handles hostile environments. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/linear-position-sensor-extreme-environments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/linear-position-sensor-extreme-environments#comments Products Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:34:00 +0000 28721 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Precision finishing of bores in hydraulic components http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/precision-finishing-bores-hydraulic-components <div class="node-body article-body">Turnkey systems precision-finish bores of hydraulic components. These systems achieve submicron tolerances on bore geometry with unsurpassed size control. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/precision-finishing-bores-hydraulic-components" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/products/precision-finishing-bores-hydraulic-components#comments Products Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:29:00 +0000 28711 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com How To Eliminate Hydraulic Problems: Engineer Them Out http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-eliminate-hydraulic-problems-engineer-them-out <div class="node-body blog-body">It's always a good idea to engineer out potential problems if you can. If you don't use an oil to water heat exchanger, cooling water can never contaminate the oil. If you don't install pump intake isolation valves, the pump will never be started with the valve closed. And if you don't paint the inside of hydraulic tanks, the paint can never come off.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hydraulics-work">Hydraulics At Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-eliminate-hydraulic-problems-engineer-them-out" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/blog/how-eliminate-hydraulic-problems-engineer-them-out#comments Hydraulics At Work Mon, 08 Sep 2014 22:19:00 +0000 28691 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Why Risk It with Copycat Hydraulics? http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/hydraulic-pumps-motors/why-risk-it-copycat-hydraulics <div class="field-byline"> Bob Nemeth, Parts &amp; Service Director, Americas, Danfoss Power Solutions </div> <div class="field-deck"> Such components may lack the original manufacturer’s proven quality, performance, and reliability, which makes genuine remanufactured products a considerably more viable option for cost-conscious users. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When hydraulic components become damaged or reach the end of their useful lives, off-highway machine users can choose from among many replacement options. An increasing number of solutions are available from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), independent aftermarket suppliers, and remanufacturers. When searching for the best option to minimize downtime and total cost of ownership, users may consider reverse-engineered products that seem identical to the genuine original versions. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/hydraulic-pumps-motors/why-risk-it-copycat-hydraulics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/hydraulic-pumps-motors/why-risk-it-copycat-hydraulics#comments Hydraulic Pumps & Motors Hydraulic Valves Mon, 08 Sep 2014 19:32:00 +0000 28681 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Hydraulic Mulcher Puts Land-Clearing Into High Gear http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/forestry-lumber/hydraulic-mulcher-puts-land-clearing-high-gear-0 <div class="field-deck"> Forestry applications — both in the field and in processing plants — require the brute force and precise positioning of hydraulics technology. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Land-clearing operations frequently process plant clippings, tree branches, and other debris by mulching. Hydraulic drives built into professional-grade mulchers deliver the high torque and dead-on speed control needed to quickly and efficiently turn such debris into a pile of mulch for composting, landscaping, or other form of recycling.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/forestry-lumber/hydraulic-mulcher-puts-land-clearing-high-gear-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/forestry-lumber/hydraulic-mulcher-puts-land-clearing-high-gear-0#comments Forestry & Lumber Mon, 08 Sep 2014 19:05:00 +0000 28661 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Fluid Power Assists Rehabilitation Efforts http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/other-industries/fluid-power-assists-rehabilitation-efforts <div class="field-deck"> Here’s a look at some innovative medical devices that help get patients back on their feet. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Our soldiers have, unfortunately, suffered a substantial number of lower-limb battle injuries in recent years. That has spurred research efforts into innovative treatment strategies, such as powered orthotic systems. The goal is to develop devices that improve rehabilitation methods and results, and ultimately enhance the mobility in those suffering from combat-related, as well as civilian, injuries. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/other-industries/fluid-power-assists-rehabilitation-efforts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/other-industries/fluid-power-assists-rehabilitation-efforts#comments Other Technologies Other Industries Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:13:00 +0000 28641 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Hydraulic-Electric Analogies — Part 6: Coils, Cores, and Transformers http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/other-components/hydraulic-electric-analogies-part-6-coils-cores-and-transformers <div class="field-deck"> Inductance, in all of its various forms, plays a major role in indispensable electronics components such as coils and transformers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Lenz’s Law explains more than just the “speed voltage,” which also happens to be another moniker for that law. It says an induced voltage will occur anytime there’s relative motion between the conductor and the magnetic field. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/other-components/hydraulic-electric-analogies-part-6-coils-cores-and-transformers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/other-components/hydraulic-electric-analogies-part-6-coils-cores-and-transformers#comments Other Components Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:45:00 +0000 28631 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com No Break for Rod Bearings in Hostile Conditions http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/cylinders-actuators/no-break-rod-bearings-hostile-conditions <div class="node-body article-body">The process of coupling rail cars together to assemble a train is called “humping.” In this process, an individual car is pushed over a small hill, or hump. As the car descends the other side of the hill, it coasts until it contacts another car and automatically couples to it.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/cylinders-actuators/no-break-rod-bearings-hostile-conditions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/cylinders-actuators/no-break-rod-bearings-hostile-conditions#comments Cylinders & Actuators Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:50:00 +0000 28611 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Movers and Shakers Ride the Rails http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/construction/movers-and-shakers-ride-rails <div class="node-body article-body"><p>If you&rsquo;ve ever dumped a load of soil from a wheelbarrow, you know there are two ways of getting every particle of dirt out. One is to dump the cart almost completely upside-down so that even dirt stuck to the bottom of the bucket falls out. The other is to pivot the cart skyward and shake it a few times. This agitation loosens clumps of soil that stick to each other and to the bucket.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/construction/movers-and-shakers-ride-rails" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/construction/movers-and-shakers-ride-rails#comments Construction Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:38:00 +0000 28601 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Lever Changes Joystick Pattern in Off-Highway Machines http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/construction/lever-changes-joystick-pattern-highway-machines <div class="node-body article-body">When two of the big guys in the hydraulic excavator business — say, Caterpillar and John Deere — each design a different operating pattern for the two joysticks that control the pilot circuits on their machines, it’s highly likely that both patterns will appear in the field. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/construction/lever-changes-joystick-pattern-highway-machines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/construction/lever-changes-joystick-pattern-highway-machines#comments Construction Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:32:00 +0000 28591 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Mobile Concrete Pump Breaks 100-m Height Barrier http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/construction/mobile-concrete-pump-breaks-100-m-height-barrier <div class="field-deck"> One of the world’s largest concrete pumps soars to heights exceeding 100 m and is controlled, of course, by hydraulics. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Nowhere in the world are cities currently growing faster than in China. In fact, skyscrapers seem to be springing up like mushrooms in Shanghai and Beijing. To keep up with this growth, construction ...</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/construction/mobile-concrete-pump-breaks-100-m-height-barrier" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/construction/mobile-concrete-pump-breaks-100-m-height-barrier#comments Construction Fri, 05 Sep 2014 20:17:00 +0000 28581 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Linde Shuffles Exec Lineup http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/news/linde-shuffles-exec-lineup <div class="node-body article-body">Linde Hydraulics has rearranged its executive management team, with current CFO Dr. Jörg Ulrich taking on the additional role of CEO. This move allows Linde ...</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/news/linde-shuffles-exec-lineup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/news/linde-shuffles-exec-lineup#comments News Fri, 05 Sep 2014 20:08:00 +0000 28571 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Parker Updates HoseFinder App http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/news/parker-updates-hosefinder-app <div class="node-body article-body">The HoseFinder 3.5 mobile app allows users to select and locate critical hoses. The updated HoseFinder 3.5’s catalog adds to the original version’s 5,000 products, including more than 350 new products from Parker’s Industrial Hose Products Division</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/news/parker-updates-hosefinder-app" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/news/parker-updates-hosefinder-app#comments News Fri, 05 Sep 2014 20:02:00 +0000 28561 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com Guest Editorial: The Future of Fluid Power in North America http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/technologies/guest-editorial-future-fluid-power-north-america <div class="field-byline"> Michael J. Gust, Industry Liaison Center for Compact &amp; Efficient Fluid Power </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Manufacturers, researchers, and media from around the nation will convene at the Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville, Tenn., on October 13 to 16 for the Fluid Power Innovation and Research Conference 2014 (FPIRC14), an extended ...</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/technologies/guest-editorial-future-fluid-power-north-america" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hydraulicspneumatics.com/technologies/guest-editorial-future-fluid-power-north-america#comments Technologies Fri, 05 Sep 2014 19:49:00 +0000 28541 at http://hydraulicspneumatics.com