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We mark this issue as a celebration of two decades of being a successful publication in the fluid power industry. We're proud to be a media vehicle for the International Fluid Power Society. We hope to continue promoting awareness of the industry, supporting educational literature for our professionals, and highlighting innovative ideas and products.

Thank You to the IFPS for their efforts to move the industry forward, our contributors for doing amazing work and writing about it, our advertisers for trusting us with their patronage, our readers for keeping us on our toes, and every dedicated fluid power professional for making it a joy to be a part of this hidden giant.






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would like to thank bring fluid power awareness, each and every memeducation, certifications, and ber of the IFPS for a friendly face to individuals, making the Society what it is groups, and entire companies today. There is a bond of proall over the map. fessional fellowship among Our dedicated team at the us that I have not found Society headquarters in Cherry Hill, N.J., as well as many anywhere else in my career, board members, also travel to and I say that after serving professional gatherings, expoin both the Atlantic and the sitions and shows, talent disPacific U.S. Navy submarine fleets. You—the Society plays, educational challenges, BY JUSTIN SERGEANT members—hold us together and conventions to bring a CFPS, CFPMHM IFPS VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING as we move forward to make fluid power presence to folks AND PUBLIC RELATIONS the fluid power industry a in dire need of the solutions great place to be and work. our industry has crafted out For that I am grateful to be a small part. of (some would say) a barnyard hobby into a I have been fortunate to be intimately master-filled profession. involved with the Society for about a half-dozWe have always had supportive efforts in en years. The more I have gotten to know our education, and several years ago we teamed members, our mission, how we do what we do, up with the Fluid Power Education Foundaand why we do it, the more committed I have tion (FPEF) to bring scholarships to high school become to sharing my experiences with oth- students, college students, career-changing ers to give everything I can give to support the professionals, veterans of the armed forces, never-ending push for fluid power as a power- and others. We have worked with the U.S. ful industry made up of you amazing folks. Department of Labor to bring awareness and It may not be apparent (at least, we hope recognition of fluid power position titles and it’s not), but within the Society, behind the certification/education levels into legislation. scenes, there is a small and extraordinarily We have worked with the U.S. Department of dedicated group of team members who put Energy to bring awareness and further utilizalots of sweat and blood into not only keeping tion of fluid power solutions to the energy crithe daily machinery well-lubricated, but also sis plaguing U.S. manufacturing, distribution, sharpening our focus to keep all of us within and end-user efforts, and everyone in between, the Society on the leading edge of the industry. industrial processing, power generation, etc. An enormous part of successfully building We are convinced that fluid power as an industry would benefit from more public awareness is reaching out to more audiences. awareness. The board of directors long ago We are convinced that the biggest unrealized formed a standing committee dedicated to audience, those with the most potential to increasing this awareness. The Fluid Power make the biggest impact on fluid power as Journal is one of the vehicles driving aware- a whole, is the younger crowd. That is what ness out to the public doorstep all year drives our efforts in education, scholarships, round. The Journal represents the bulk of our certifications, achievements, and awards. printed media efforts. We have many others. Several years ago we began looking into the We support and promote fluid power litera- possibility of working with the Boy Scouts of ture, much of which has helped many of us to America. I remember sitting in the meeting grow professionally. when this topic came up. It was presented by We have many Accredited Instructors, highly an individual who clearly represents the rockqualified members who travel far and wide to solid foundation of values that the Boy Scouts

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s with all theater performances, the illusion of a reality on an releases the clamping and a proximity sensor/switch then detects this condiopera stage must be preserved seamlessly and without visual tion and again permits unimpeded downward motion. Hydraulic oil (HLP) in accordance with DIN 51524-2 is used as the presdistraction. Safety for the performers, of course, is never an illusion, and one opera house in Genoa, Italy, has taken posi- sure medium for these safety locks. tive steps to ensure that reality. The rod end used for these safety locks must be fitted with a lead-in The stage lifts are all equipped with safety locks to prevent movement chamfer, and the rod surface should be hardened to at least HRC 52, burin the event of a catastrophic power loss. Motion of these stage lifts, each nished and within ISO tolerances f7 or h6, with a surface finish Rz=1 to capable of bearing loads to 100,000 lbs., is maintained by powerful hydrau- 4mm or Ra 0.15-0.25mm. Hard chrome plating is recommended. lic cylinders, and each cylinder is equipped with SITEMA safety locks Type In detailing this application, Carsten Rother, sales director for SITEMA KRG to maintain lift position. In normal power-on conditions, pressure in Germany, commented, “This application and every application involvon the lock’s annular piston ensures free movement of the cylinder rod by ing the protection of people must be given the greatest attention by our holding the clamping sleeve released against the force of an integral Bel- engineers. We realize the important role we played, so to speak, in this situleville spring assembly. ation, where we worked closely with the lift manufacturer to supply the The essential function of the SITEMA safety lock in a power loss, as proper, safe solution. Smooth, unimpeded operation is critical in stage-lift shown in Fig. 1, consists of a conical clamping sleeve (1), movable within design, so it was important our products involved no interruption to the the conical housing (2). In a released position, that is, upon loss of power movement, that is until they are needed.” (p) to the cylinder, the annular piston (3) keeps the clamping sleeve pushed SITEMA in Karlsruhe, Germany, is the manufacturer of these devices, against the Belleville springs (4). The spring washers press the clamping which are sold and serviced in North America by Advanced Machine sleeve into the taper of the housing, whereby an initial frictional force is & Engineering, part of the Goellner Inc. family, which has represented created between the rod and the clamping sleeve. When load is applied, SITEMA since 1992. The safety locks are also suitable for suspension cylthe force increases in a self-intensifying manner, so the higher the load, the inders on overhead cranes, various materials handling/lifting equipment, stronger the clamping. In normal applications, SITEMA safety locks func- machine tool components, and positioning tables on all types of machintion best for loads from 2 kN to 500 kN (~220 lbs. to 110,000 lbs.). ery. Other personnel-protection applications include ski lifts, elevators, When the load is acting on the rod, as shown in the force-path diagram, the and amusement park rides. For more information, visit movement of the rod is very slight. Even in the largest sizes, the movement does not exceed 2 mm (~0.079”) when the permissible load M is applied. Against forces in the load direction, the normal operating principle is most easily understood this way: FIG. 1 (LEFT): SITEMA the higher the force, the stronger the grip. safety locks on stage lifts at Italian opera When power is restored, the upward movement of the rod house in Genoa. Each lift is capable of bearing loads to 100,000 lbs. and the SITEMA safety locks prevent falls, thus protecting the performers and theatrical sets.



FIG. 2 (RIGHT): SITEMA safety locks are available with hydraulic or pneumatic actuation to maintain cylinder rod position on power loss. Only after power is safely restored and verified by onboard sensors is the downward motion of the cylinder rod allowed.


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JAMES COPELAND Thompson Pump and Manufacturing Co. Inc. James Copeland has been named as the company’s 2013 Branch Manager of the Year. He is the branch manager of the company’s location in Summerville, S.C., where he oversees operations and manages personnel. He is also heavily involved in providing pump rentals, sales, and support to 26 counties throughout the state. Mr. Copeland joined the company in 2003 as a shop mechanic.

ASTRID MOZES Eaton Astrid Mozes has been named Hydraulics Group chief technology officer. She will apply her technical and market expertise to develop hydraulic product solutions that address the latest customer challenges and inspire global hydraulic innovation. Ms. Mozes joined the company in 1990 and has held positions in sales, marketing, product management, business development, and strategic planning.

JOSEPH DEMARTINO LMI Aerospace Joseph DeMartino has been named COO. He is responsible for day-to-day Aerostructures operations, for achievement of the company’s operational goals, and application of operational excellence. Mr. DeMartino most recently worked as a consultant to the aerospace industry after serving in a series of executive positions with GKN Aerospace.

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ince we spend a significant chunk of our waking hours at work, employers are in a prime position to make a difference in America’s collective mental health. Because of the large role they play in employees’ lives, employers can be a first line of defense in keeping mental health issues from taking root, and can also play a pivotal role in helping individuals who suffer from depression and anxiety cope and recover.



Because studies show that 86% of employees are unwilling to discuss their condition with workmates, provide workplace resources—including a mental health policy, wellness program, and intranet materials—that can be accessed anonymously. Whether available via an organization’s intranet or downloadable in the form of a smart-phone app, these resources must be both practical and evidence-based. To accommodate different learning styles, multi-media delivery would be optimal.

MAKE IT EASY TO SEEK HELP IN PERSON, TOO. Leaders can promote the availability of Employee Assistance Programs and provide regular stories of how these services have helped others. They should also consider how peer support programs could be created so that every team member has a trusted colleague who can provide support and practical advice on mental well-being strategies. (Think of these mentors as “mental health first aid officers.”)






A big regret for depressed individuals is that they didn’t get an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan earlier. One reason people delay getting treated is because it can be very difficult for a depressed person to make a decision regarding what kind of professional they need to see. If companies assemble a panel or list of suitable mental health professionals that employees can feel comfortable going to when they need assistance, that’s a big help.



According to the Mayo Clinic, a 30-minute brisk walk improves your mood, so consider incorporating exercise into the workday. Have walking meetings rather than sitting meetings. Encourage people to get outside and, if possible, walk in nature at lunchtime or during breaks. Form an office softball league!



Employees with a positive mood are 31% more productive, sell 37% more, and are 300% more creative. Clearly, it’s good for your company’s health, as well as your employees’ health, to help them develop mental resilience. You can help them by teaching time management and stress management techniques. Perhaps you could even

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Employees achieve the greatest fulfillment from work when they’re using their strengths. And of course, ensuring your employees are doing work that is truly engaging and that they actually like to do is great for companies, too. Not only will employees be more productive, but their work will also be of a greater quality.


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Employers need to be very careful how they address employees who are struggling with a mental health disorder. The most important thing leaders can do is to constantly display a caring, compassionate attitude. The employer should have an open and honest discussion with the person to determine if he or she can fulfill all the duties in the job description. Remember, this discussion is not an opportunity to make the person feel bad about performance. It is an opportunity to work out a plan that helps everyone move forward in the best possible way.

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U.S. TRADE DEFICIT, 2005-2014 (in Billions of Dollars, Seasonally Adjusted)

Global Manufacturing Update September 12, 2014 – Net exports have been a drag on the U.S. economy so far through the first half of this year, with manufacturers continuing to experience sluggish sales growth in international markets. With that said, the U.S. trade deficit narrowed a bit in July to its lowest level in six months, with growth in goods exports outpacing growth in goods imports. Petroleum trade accounted for a significant portion of the change in each, and in general, energy has helped to narrow the deficit from that of a BY CHAD MOUTRAY, CHIEF ECONOMIST, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS (NAM)




couple years ago. Another positive note was the fact that each of the top-five trading partners for U.S.-manufactured goods experienced increases in manufactured goods exports year-to-date relative to the same time frame last year using non-seasonally adjusted data. Along those lines, manufacturers worldwide saw modest growth, with a slight improvement from the month before. The J.P. Morgan Global Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose marginally, up from 52.4 in July to 52.6 in August. The good news is that this marks the 21st straight month of expanding activity globally; yet, it is also clear that the pace of growth has not changed much this year. Still, manufacturing activity in August expanded in 9 of the top 10 markets for U.S.manufactured goods, an improvement from just five markets in May. Nonetheless, the data also shows signs of softness, most notably in Europe and in China. Real GDP in the Eurozone fell 0.2% in the second quarter, with recent industrial production and retail sales data trending lower, as well. The Markit Eurozone Manufacturing PMI declined from 51.8 to 50.7, its lowest level since July 2013, when Europe was just emerging from its deep recession. Still, the economic health of various European nations varies widely, ranging from deteriorating activity in France to relatively robust growth in Ireland. For its part, the European Central Bank has once again lowered interest rates in hopes of spurring more economic activity and additional lending. With these actions and slow growth in Europe, the euro has depreciated against the dollar, down from a recent high of $1.3924 for one euro on May 6 to yesterday’s close of $1.2921 on September 11. Meanwhile Chinese manufacturers have reported expanding levels of activity for three straight months (June to August), which by itself is progress after starting the year with five months of contraction. However, the HSBC China Manufacturing PMI declined from 51.7 to 50.2, or just barely above neutral, with decelerating levels of new orders, output, and exports. Moreover, while real GDP in China picked up slightly from a yearover-year price of 7.4% in the first quarter to 7.5% in the second quarter, we expect to continue to see an easing in growth rates moving forward. We have also seen decelerating rates of growth— albeit still healthy ones by our standards—for industrial production, fixed asset investments, and retail sales. Slower growth in China has also helped to pull down overall manufacturing activity in the emerging markets. U.S. trade talks continue this month with both Asia-Pacific nations and Europe, while the

World Trade Organization seeks to move forward both trade facilitation and environmental goods discussions. Domestically, a range of trade and international financing legislation awaits action, including the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, whose charter expires on September 30. Excerpt reprinted with permission. For the full report, visit

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) represents small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector in all 50 states. For more information, visit


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1. Dean Houdeshell, Danfoss 2. Timothy White, The Boeing Company 3. Rich Bullers, SMC Corporation of America 4. Technical Workshop 5. LeftTom Blansett, MRM-Behco, Inc.; Marti Wendel, Curtis Wright Sprague Products 6. Tom Blansett, IFPS President 7. Dinner Cruise 8. Marti Wendel, First Vice President 9. Left – Janice Blansett, Pat Maluso, Western Hydrostatics, Inc., Robert Kraft, Kraft Fluid Systems, Inc. Marie Kraft, Debbie Perry, Mark Perry, Fitzsimmons Hydraulics Inc., Tom Blansett 10. Left- Rich Bullers, Jan Bullers, Jeffrey Hodges Altec Industries, Inc., Brenda West, Steve West, Ivy Tech., Paul Prass, Innovative Designs 11. Randy Smith, Northrop Grumman Corp., Gary Klingshirn, Eaton Hydraulics Group. Lynn Beyer, NFPA., Denis M Poirier Jr, Eaton Hydraulics Group., Jeana Hoffman, IFPS, Sue Chase, NFPA, Ken Dulinski, Macomb Community College., Scott Nagro, HydraForce, Inc., 12. Jean Knowles, FPEF chair, Pat Maluso, FPEF vice-chair, 13. Left- Marti Wendel, Rance Herren, National Oilwell Varco, Dean Houdeshell, Ed Rybarczyk, Jr., NTT, Jon Jensen, SMC Corporation of America, Rocky Phoenix, Open Loop Energy, Bill Jordan, Altec Industries, Inc., Timothy White






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Contributions to FPEF go a long way towards keeping the Foundation’s many initiatives strong and effective. FPEF is a 501 (c)(3) organization, so your donation is tax-deductible. Visit to learn more and make an end-of-year donation today!

PEF is supported by fluid power industry professionals who understand the importance of education in fluid power. Their financial contributions make the Foundation’s work possible.

“As a single parent who’s struggling with balancing work, parenting, and school, this scholarship will ensure that I can spend time with my daughter, as well as get a quality education. Thank you so much!”

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Fluid Power Educational Foundation Announces 2015 Board of Trustees The FPEF is pleased to announce the following individuals named to the FPEF Board of Trustees. These individuals will take office in January 2015. Chair – Patrick J. Maluso, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPS, CFPMHM – Western Hydrostatics, Inc. Vice Chair – Mark Perry, CFPHS, Fitzsimmons Hydraulics, Inc. Treasurer – Dan Helgerson, CFPAI, CFPS, CFPECS, CFPMT, CFPSD – CFPSOS LLC Immediate Past Chair – Jean Knowles, CFPE, CFPS, Applied Fluid Power  

(term expiring 2016) Judy Wojanis – Wojanis Suply Company, Inc. Aaron Thompson – Avenues LLC


(term expiring 2015) Jose Garcia, CFPHS – Purdue University Kenneth Dulinski, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPECS, CFPHS, CFPMIH, CFPMMH – Macomb Community College

Jean Knowles and Pat Maluso

A special thank you to the Educational Foundation’s outgoing trustees who have completed their terms: James Simpson, Nusim Associates Fluid Power Consultant; Dean Houdeshell, Danfoss; and Randy Smith, Northrop Grumman Corp. for their dedication and forward-thinking ideas over the past years. Their hours of volunteer work were instrumental in the Foundation’s planning initiatives.

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• Veterans Educational Assistance (VEAP) • Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA) The IFPS is an approved organization by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide reimbursement for certification test fees. If you are eligible, the VA can reimburse you for taking IFPS-approved certification tests. YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE IF YOU QUALIFY FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING: • Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) • Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserves (MGIB-SR) (Public Law 109-163 enacted January 6, 2006) • Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP) (Public Law 109-163 enacted January 6, 2006)



THE FOLLOWING IFPS CERTIFICATION TESTS ARE APPROVED FOR REIMBURSEMENT: • Industrial Hydraulic Technician • Mobile Hydraulic Technician • Pneumatic Technician • Industrial Hydraulic Mechanic • Mobile Hydraulic Mechanic • Pneumatic Mechanic • Hydraulic Specialist • Pneumatic Specialist HOW MUCH CAN YOU RECEIVE? You can receive reimbursement of up to $2,000 per test, but not more than the VA-

approved cost of the test. You may receive benefits to retake a test you didn’t pass. You must be eligible for benefits in order to receive test reimbursement. Your total months of benefits will be reduced each time you receive reimbursement for a certification test. WHERE CAN YOU GET MORE INFORMATION? If you have questions about certification reimbursement or applying for benefits, you can • Go to the VA site: and click on “Support.” • Call the VA at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888442-4551) or for the hearing-impaired call 1-800-829-4833.

Many IFPS certifications are approved through Army COOL and Navy COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line.) Credential voucher or reimbursement for credential exam, recertification, or maintenance fee has been approved for payment through the Army or Navy’s Credential Program office. COOL (Credentialing Opportunities OnLine) helps Army and Navy Service members find information on certifications and licenses related to enlisted ratings, designators, collateral duties/out-of-rate assignments, and officer designators. COOL explains how sailors and soldiers can meet civilian certification and license requirements, and provides links to numerous resources to help get them started. COOL IS A RESOURCE FOR • Service Members (enlisted and officers) who want to know what civilian credentials relate to their ratings, designators, and collateral duties/out-of-rate assignments and how to obtain the credentials • Education, Career, and Transition Counselors providing guidance on education, professional growth, and career requirements and opportunities

• Recruiters who want to show potential recruits the opportunities for professional growth and civilian career preparation available through Army and Navy service • Employers and Credentialing Boards interested in how military training and experience prepares Army and Navy service members for civilian credentials and jobs IFPS MILITARY DISCOUNTS are designed for active duty military or active duty reservist personnel. Visit or call 800308-6005. • Membership Discounts • Certification Test Fee Discounts

FLUID POWER EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION (FPEF) SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS FOR TRANSITIONING MILITARY PERSONNEL FOR IFPS CERTIFICATION AND MEMBERSHIP Individual scholarships and grants are available to transitioning military personnel for one (1) IFPS certification and one (1) year IFPS membership. E-mail or call 856-424-8998. (DD214 with honorable discharge needed.)

FRONT (FROM LEFT): Robert E. “Bob” Kraft, CFPE/CFPS-Retired; Jean Knowles, CFPE, CFPS; Thomas Blansett, CFPAI, CFPS, CFPCC, CFPIHT; BACK: Denis M. Poirier, Jr., CFPCC, CFPIHM, CFPAI, CFPAIJP; Mark Perry, CFPHS; Justin Sergeant, CFPS, CFPMHM; Randall D. Smith, CFPAI/JPP, CFPHS



CFPE/CFPS-Retired Bio: Co-founder (retired) of Kraft Fluid Systems and 2007 IFPS President Military Experience: Bob was on active duty in the U.S. Navy from September 1961 to February 1965. After graduating from the Naval Officer Candidate School, Newport, R.I., and Navy Marine Engineering School, San Diego, Calif., he was assigned as an engineering officer aboard the USS Taluga (AO-62), a Navy oiler. He served aboard for two cruises of the western Pacific refueling ships in the South China Sea. In 1963, he was assigned as a project engineer to the Naval Ordnance Laboratory, Corona, Calif., which had fusing responsibility for all air and surface-launched Navy missiles.

“My navy experience gave me some basic hands-on training, but most of my early fluid power training was with my first employer, Paul-Munroe Hydraulics, in Los Angeles, Calif.”

CFPIHM, CFPMHM, CFPMHT Bio: President and CEO of Coastal Hydraulics, Inc., and Director-at-Large for the IFPS Board of Directors Military Experience: U.S. Navy 1988-1997 Active Duty. Machinist Mate Third Class Petty Officer. Mr. Kenney also received several awards, including Desert Storm/Desert Shield Medal and Navy Good Conduct Medal. • 1988-1993: USS PYRO AE-24 Ship Duty • 1993-1996: Naval Consolidated Brig, Charleston, SC • 1996-1997: USS Mount Baker AE-34 Ship Duty

“The Navy had great schools and training for technical fields that were top notch. By the time I left the U.S. Navy and went into civilian world at age 27, I was far more technically advanced and worldly advanced than my civilian counterparts.”

CFPHS Bio: Sales Manager at Fitzsimmons Hydraulics and 2013 IFPS President Military Experience: US Army, 1970-71




CFPAI/JPP, CFPHS Bio: Sr. Systems Test Engineer, Northrop Grumman Marine Systems Military Experience: Randall spent 12 years as a nuclear Machinist Mate aboard submarines. After Nuclear Power School, he spent four years on the USS Will Rogers SSBN 659, a year on the USS Fulton AS-11, two years at the Enlisted Education Advanced Program attending college at the University of New Haven, and a final four years as the M-Division LPO on the USS Kamehameha SSN-642. After active duty, he spent four years as utilities man in the Naval Reserves in Brave Company of NMCB 23.

“I came to the design world in hopes that I could make operation and maintenance in the fleet easier by bringing the true customers’ view (the deck plate sailors) into the design process.”

CFPE, CFPS Bio: Area Vice President, Applied Industrial Technologies and 2014 Chairman of the Fluid Power Educational Foundation Military Experience: Commander Knowles entered the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1991 as a midshipman at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Her extensive military experience includes serving as Commanding Officer of NR Commander Fleet Activities Chinhae South Korea Detachment 8 supported by Navy Operation Support Center Boise, ID (2007-2009), as well as Training and Operations Officer with U.S. Pacific Command Detachment 501 as a military planner (2010-2012). She currently still is a SELRES but also maintains her USCG licenses and is within the U.S. Navy MMR community as a third mate and third assistant engineer. As a selective reservist, she is committed to drill one weekend a month and at least two weeks a year on deployment.

“I know as a leader I need to lead by example, to be the most committed to the mission, ask of others only things I would be willing to do myself, never give up, always take the high road, take pride in the job you do, support your people, encourage your people, and take good care of your people.”

CFPAI, CFPS, CFPCC, CFPIHT Bio: Product Manager – Engineered Systems/ Behco-MRM and 2014 IFPS President Military Experience: Tom served in the U.S. Navy for nine years and nine months active duty and then for another six years in the active US Naval Reserve. He was honorably discharged as a Machinist’s Mate Chief Petty Officer (E-7). He was a

certified Naval Instructor and Curriculum Developer and recipient of two Navy Achievement medals along with numerous citations and letters of commendation during his service. He also served as a nuclear power plant mechanical operator on a submarine.

“I owe my career in fluid power to my U.S. Navy training and experiences. I also credit the skills and knowledge passed on to me by other crew members within my division as they were always willing to turn evolutions into teaching moments.”

CFPS, CFPMHM Bio: Sales Specialist, Seven Stars Industries and IFPS Vice President Marketing and Public Relations Military Experience: Justin was a mechanical supervisor of the nuclear power plant engine room of Trident Class submarines. He held several collateral duties for the Mechanical Division of the Engineering Department to include the training program coordinator and director of assurance.

“I learned the importance of being on time, the delicacies of leading a group of people, and the power of taking responsibility for my work and my commitments. I learned the value of integrity in the work I perform and oversee. I learned that when supervising a power plant, or any production facility, having the competency to operate and maintain every piece of equipment is vital to safe production and effective management.”


CFPCC, CFPIHM, CFPAI, CFPAIJP Bio: North American Interim Training Manager – Sr. Training Specialist, Eaton Hydraulics Group Military Experience: Denis began his career in the U.S. Navy. His primary job specialty incorporated the operation, maintenance, and repair of major and minor caliber weapons delivery systems, associated small arms, and support equipment. He has over 20 years of honorable military service. He completed a tour as a military instructor where he qualified as a Master Training Specialist and Senior Instructor of the Year.

“The U.S. Navy provided a structured learning environment committed to the proper understanding of fluid power and related technical disciplines. This baseline understanding was reinforced over the years with real-world experience where proper maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair are the only acceptable options.”







teve Skinner has published Hydraulic Fluid Power – A Historical Timeline, a book that takes a light-hearted trip through the history of the power-transmission medium from its initial development at the end of the 18th century up until the modern day. As a technology, hydraulic fluid power has been around for just over 200 years. Largely unnoticed, however, by the general public, it operates unseen and often unheard in the background of all our lives. Every time we travel by land, sea, or air, in some way or another we make use of its flexible and precise control. It helps build our roads, harvest our crops, organize our warehouses, and dispose of our rubbish. It’s involved in the production of our morning paper and our bedtime book, not to mention all of the glass, wood, concrete, metals, plastics, and textiles we come across in between. It provides us with thrills on our theme park rides and can even raise sunken ships from the sea. The story of its evolution is a fascinating one, not just from the point of view of the technology itself, but also its countless applications in just about every field of engineering. Many of these applications we think of as modern, but in fact the Victorians had excavators and the Edwardians had virtual reality rides all powered by hydraulics. Since its opening in 1894, London’s Tower Bridge has relied upon hydraulics to

raise and lower its 1,200-ton bascules. Several cities in the UK and abroad also had extensive high-pressure hydraulic distribution networks with hundreds of miles of pipes supplying thousands of machines, and the last of these survived until 1976. The 125-page book includes numerous full-color illustrations and can be ordered direct from (Price: approx US$53.50.) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Steve Skinner’s 46 years of experience with hydraulics was gained mainly with Vickers and subsequently Eaton in the UK. Although having roles in applications, sales, and product management, for most of his time there Mr. Skinner was employed as European training manager. He is now a freelance lecturer but still actively involved in BFPA and CETOP fluid power certifications. Mr. Skinner can be reached at or by calling +44(0)7813-664338. Visit


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he employees at Hedweld Engineering Pty Ltd., based in NSW, Australia, have designed their new TH15000 tire handler to be heavy duty with a narrow profile that would be suitable for a normal workshop environment and also meet the demands of the many mine operators and mining service companies that maintain these enormous material-moving vehicles. Custom Fluidpower (CFP) has a team of Mechatronics engineers at its New-castle NSW branch that worked with Hedweld to specify, design, build, and provide the entire manipulator control system comprised of Sun Hydraulics’ valves, manifolds, High-Country Tek (HCT) controllers, touch-screens, and a two-way, multi-channel radio remote unit that allowed them to turn concept into reality. Keeping this mobile hydraulics system light, compact, and easy to service while maintaining precision handling of the giant tires within the confines of a standard workshop bay is highly dangerous, complex, and demands precise controllability that could only be met by the use of Sun’s cartridge valves and HCT controllers on all operational functions on this project.

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Each machine uses four main integrated manifold packages with 36 Sun proportional valves and multiple Sun check valves, while separate counterbalance valves are used with inline manifolds mounted directly on the cylinders and wheel hub motors for extra safety. The machine is entirely controlled by six main HCT DVC 710 modules that network to each other using the SAE J1939 digital standard to minimize wiring and ensure reliability. Production of this machine is expected to be several per year, and with this first project proving to be such a success, Hedweld is now working with CFP on several other machines that will use products from Sun and HCT in the future. FOR MORE INFORMATION on CFP, visit and for Hedweld, visit Sun Hydraulics can be reached at 941-362-1200 or

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AST ACQUIRED BY TE CONNECTIVITY LTD. TE Connectivity Ltd. completed the acquisition of American Sensor Technologies, Inc. (AST), a manufacturer of pressure and positionsensing solutions. AST will become part of the TE Sensor Solutions business unit led by President David Coughlan. The Sensor Solutions business unit reports into TE’s Transportation Solutions segment.

SERVI GROUP EXPANDS INTO AMERICAN MARKET Servi Group, a provider of custom hydraulic systems, cylinders, and valves for the Norwegian offshore industry, will open a production facility in Houston, Tex. The site will offer the legacy Servi products, as well as providing for the global accumulator market. Kevin Rasefske will serve as executive vice president, and Rao Choday will serve as vice president of sales and marketing for Servi Fluid Power.




AVENTICS CELEBRATES 50 YEARS IN LEXINGTON AVENTICS Corp., the former subsidiary of Bosch Rexroth, celebrated a fifty-year anniversary of the opening of the Lexington, Ky., manufacturing facility. An open house was held for associates and their families, retirees, and distributors. Activities included plant tours, a company history presentation, product demos, and factory floor presentations. A ribboncutting ceremony commemorated the beginning of once again producing NFPA pneumatic and hydraulic steel cylinders in the facility.



IFPS Announces 2015 Board of Directors


arti Wendel, CFPE, CFPS, CFPCC, CurtissWright Sprague Products, was elected the 55th president of IFPS during its annual meeting in Charleston, SC. Ms. Wendel will take office in January 2015. THE FOLLOWING OFFICERS WERE ALSO Marti Wendel CONFIRMED AT THE IFPS 2015 ANNUAL MEETING: • First Vice President - Rance Herren, CFPSD, CFPECS, CFPMT, CFPAI - National Oilwell Varco • Immediate Past President - Tom Blansett, CFPAI, CFPS, CFPIHT, CFPCC - Behco-MRM, Inc. • Treasurer - Dan Helgerson, CFPAI, CFPS, CFPECS, CFPMT, CFPSD - CFPSOS LLC • Vice President Certification - Timothy White, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPS, CFPECS, CFPMIH, CFPMMH, CFPMIP, CFPMT, CFPMM - The Boeing Co. • Vice President Marketing and Public Relations - Justin Sergeant, CFPS, CFPMHM - Seven Stars Industries

• Vice President Education - D. Dean Houdeshell, PE, CFPAI, CFPE, CFPS, CFPIHT, CFPMHT, CFPMHM - Danfoss • Vice President Membership - Richard Bullers, CFPPS - SMC Corp. of America • Vice President Educational Foundation - Pat Maluso, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPS, CFPMHM - Western Hydrostatics, Inc. THE FOLLOWING DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE WERE ALSO CONFIRMED: • Alan Niesen, CFPS, CFPIHM, CFPMHM - HFI Fluid Power Products • Kenneth Dulinski, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPECS, CFPHS CFPMIH, CFPMMH - Macomb Community College • John Juhasz, CFPECS, CFPS - Kraft Fluid Systems, Inc. • Frank Fetty, MHM - JH Fletcher & Co. • Jeff Kenney, CFPIHM, CFPMHM, CFPMHT - Coastal Hydraulics, Inc. • Scott Gower, CFPS - Gulf Controls Co., Inc. • Scott Nagro, CFPS - HydraForce, Inc. • Bill Jordan, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPMHM, CFPMHT - Altec Industries, Inc. • Jose Garcia, CFPHS - Purdue University • Rocky Phoenix, CFPMHM, Open Loop Energy, Inc. • Jeff Hodges, CFPAI/AJPP, MHM - Altec Industries, Inc.

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Visit for more information. SELF-PACED ONLINE HYDRAULIC SAFETY AWARENESS TRAINING FPS* offers online Hydraulic Safety Awareness Training courses. The courses provide an awareness of hydraulic hazards in the workplace, in-depth reviews of potential exposures to injury from hydraulic systems, and ways to reduce risk and eliminate hazards for workers, equipment, companies, and the environment. Three (3) online hydraulic safety awareness training courses are offered: 1. Exposure Level 2. High-Risk Maintenance Level 3. Hydraulic Safety in Construction *in collaboration with the Hydraulic Safety Authority of Canada (HSAC)


SELF-PACED ONLINE TRAINING IFPS Members – only $99! Each course delivers a broad-based understanding of the most important fluid power subject matter concepts. Courses begin with the basics: physics laws, systems basics and design, basic analysis, and basic components, and then demonstrate how these systems apply to our industry, and how they work and interact with each other. Each training course features approximately 12-16 hours of tradespecific e-training filled with simulations, assessments, quizzes, tests, learning labs, and more. Completion of the online training courses does not constitute IFPS certification; however, after completion of the course, you may be better prepared to take the appropriate IFPS certification test. Online courses are listed below:

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Mobile Hydraulics Course* Industrial Hydraulics Course **  Industrial Mechanical Course * Mobile Electrical Course * 

ONLINE WEB SEMINARS IFPS holds Free-to-Members Web Seminars every other month (non-members may purchase). Attendance earns Professional Development Points (PDP), which can be applied when re-certifying. A list of archived Web seminars may be viewed by visiting See next page for upcoming seminars. LIVE ONLINE CERTIFICATION REVIEW TRAINING Twice per year, IFPS holds live online certification review training for Hydraulic and Pneumatic Specialists. IFPS Accredited Instructors from CFC Industrial Training conduct twenty (20) hours of training equating three (3) weeks of EVENING training live from CFC’s studio. All you need is a computer with Internet access. February 2015 and October 2015 classes are available. ONLINE CERTIFICATION REVIEW TRAINING – SELF-PACED Online Certification Review Training is offered for the following certifications through CFC Industrial Training, Inc.'s Learning Management System. This is an excellent vehicle to prepare for IFPS certification at your own pace from your own computer. (Members receive a discount.) • Hydraulic Specialist • Pneumatic Specialist • Job Performance (for mechanic & technician certifications) • Mobile Hydraulic Mechanic (written test review) • MHM & JP (as a bundle)

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IFPS Web Seminars VISIT WWW.IFPS.ORG TO REGISTER OR CALL 800-308-6005. IFPS MEMBERS: FREE • NON-MEMBERS: $40.00 DECEMBER 11, 2014 “Mobile Equipment Reservoir Baffle Innovation” 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern Presented by: Robert Post, WastAway As presented at IFPE 2014 - A practical solution for fluid control inside small mobile equipment reservoirs, which reduces damage, spillage, and equipment failures. FEBRUARY 12, 2015 “Filter Sizing: Pressure vs. Return Flow Filters” 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern Presented by: Bill Hotchkiss, CFPAI, SunSource This presentation will cover the following topics: • Filter sizing for pressure lines, return lines, and for off-line recirculation • Benefits of pressure line vs. return line vs. offline filtration • Micron selection for use with pressure line vs. return line vs. off-line filtration

APRIL 16, 2015 “Proper Sizing of Conductors When Using Single Rod Cylinders” 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern Presented by: Ernie Parker, CFPAI, Hennepin Technical College This presentation will cover proper line sizing of plumbing when using single rod cylinders and also explore pressure intensification due to some types of meter-out circuits. There are various standards for velocities concerning plumbing, and even if the math is truly done properly, most of the hydraulic plumbing and cylinder ports are not sized properly. This webinar will discuss these concepts using very basic math to make participants aware of these problems for future sizing of components and plumbing.

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CERTIFICATION REVIEW TRAINING Job Performance Online Review – CFC Industrial Training, Inc. offers online JP Reviews, which includes stations 1-6 of the IFPS Mechanic and Technician Job Performance Tests. Members may e-mail for a 5% coupon code off the list price for the entire IFPS Job Performance Review (test not included). Live Distance Learning Job Performance Station Reviews - E-mail for information.

Connector & Conductor (CC) Review w/ Job Performance Test Review and testing offered through CFC Industrial Training Fairfield, OH Review: February 9-10, 2015 Job Performance and written Tests: February 11, 2015 Review: August 26-27, 2015 Job Performance and written Tests: August 28, 2015

Industrial Hydraulic Mechanic (IHM) Review w/ Job Performance Test Review and testing offered through CFC Industrial Training Fairfield, OH Review: January 26-28, 2015 Job Performance Test: January 28, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. / written Test: January 29, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. Review: May 4-6, 2015 Job Performance Test: May 6, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. / written Test: May 7, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.

Mobile Hydraulic Mechanic (MHM) Review w/Job Performance Test

Review: March 16-18, 2015 Job Performance Test: March 18 at 1:00 p.m. / written Test: March 19, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. Review: August 3-5, 2015 Job Performance Test: August 5, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. / written Test: August 6, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.

Hydraulic Specialist (HS) Certification Review Review and testing offered through CFC Industrial Training Fairfield, OH Review: April 6-8, 2015 Written test: April 8, 2015

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‰ CFPMEC – in development Mobile Electronic Controls ‰ CFPIEC – in development Industrial Electronic Controls ‰ CFPMT Certified Fluid Power Master Technician (Must Obtain CFPIHT, CFPMHT, & CFPPT)

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Review: October 19-21, 2015 Written test: October 21, 2015


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Review and testing offered through CFC Industrial Training Fairfield, OH Review: July 27-29, 2015 Written test: July 29, 2015 Live Online Review Sessions offered through CFC-Solar, Inc. February 2015 and October 2015 classes available.

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Certified Fluid Power Industrial Hydraulic Mechanic

‰ CFPMHM Certified Fluid Power Mobile Hydraulic Mechanic

Certified Fluid Power Pneumatic Mechanic

‰ CFPMIH Certified Fluid Power Master of Industrial Hydraulics (Must Obtain CFPIHM, CFPIHT, & CFPCC)

‰ CFPMMH Certified Fluid Power Master of Mobile Hydraulics (Must Obtain CFPMHM, CFPMHT, & CFPCC)

‰ CFPMIP Certified Fluid Power Master of Industrial Pneumatics (Must Obtain CFPPM, CFPPT, & CFPCC)

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IFPS Newly Certified Professionals Cody Allen, MHM Altec Industries, Inc.

Anthony Farino, MHM Altec Industries, Inc.

Ryan Horner, CC Pirtek Rockville

Ibrahim Okenla, S, PS Loram Inc.

David Salcedo, CC Pirtek Commerce South

Dan Brock, MHM Altec Industries, Inc.

Jorge Garay, MHT El Paso Electric Co.

Donald Kendrick, MHM Altec Industries, Inc.

Benjamin Opp, CC Pirtek Chicagoland

Evan Schrantz, MHM Altec Industries, Inc.

Frank Castoral, HS Sun Hydraulics

McNeil Garton, MHM Altec Industries, Inc.

Kerry Kissinger, CC, Pirtek

Jacob Paulsen, MHT El Paso Electric Co.

Norman Simon, MHM Altec Industries, Inc.

Santos Correa, MHM El Paso Electric Co.

Robert Garton, MHM Altec Industries, Inc.

Terrinse Perez, CC Pirtek Rockville

Chris Smith, CC Pirtek Woodinville

Abel Dressel, CC Pirtek Kent

Michael Grant, CC Pirtek - Kent

Katherine Piepszny, S, PS The Walt Disney Company

Eric Suszka, HS Sun Hydraulics

Bradley Dunham, HS Sun Hydraulics

Craig Griffiths, HS Applied Engineering

Kevin Price, CC Pirtek Rockville

Mark Turner, CC Pirtek Inland Valley

Zachary DuPerier, HS Sun Hydraulics

William Harper, CC, Pirtek

Gideon Martin, MHM Altec Industries, Inc.

Bishwajit Ranjan, S, PS Wyman Gordon Houston

Peter Warne, MHM Baltimore Gas & Electric Co.

Ronald Holloway, MHM Altec Industries, Inc.

Kyle Moyers, MHM Altec Industries, Inc.

David Entwistle, CC Pirtek Rockville

Nicholas LeBoutillier, HS, Sun Hydraulics Marcia Lollis, CC JIT Industrial Solutions Raymond Mak, HS Sun Hydraulics

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IFPS Certification Testing Locations


ndividuals wishing to take any IFPS written certification tests are able to select from convenient locations across the United States and Canada. The IFPS is able to offer these locations through its affiliation with The Consortium of College Testing Centers (CCTC) provided by National College Testing Association (NCTA).  

To register for an IFPS written certification test: 1. Fill out an IFPS certification test application including your desired location by visiting 2. Submit your application with payment to IFPS headquarters. 3. Upon receipt of your application, you will be e-mailed instructions.


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Now Available SC Hydraulic Engineering introduces its new portable test cart. This compact mobile design offers many popular features found on our standard power units.

SC Hydraulic’s Newest Addition 90 Series Portable Test Cart • Dual-purpose cap & plug kits to help identify threads and stop fluid loss during repairs • Tube kits for quick in-field repairs • O-ring kits for hydraulic maintenance • 12 compartment boxes and box cases • Custom hose assemblies and hose-crimping package available mobile or stationary, from one wire to six wire pressures • Competitive pricing • Most items ordered by 3 p.m. EST ship UPS the same day

• Mobile self contained power unit • Air drive controls, pressure • Air operated - No electricity gauges and valves included needed • Used in: • Pressures up to 65,000-psi with Hydrostatic testing 100-psi air drive Burst testing • Available with a 5 or 10 gallon Water-jet blasting stainless steel reservoir Hydraulic press operation • Compatible with most fluids Hydraulic cylinder & valve • Available with all 10-series pumps actuation

*Contact factory for gauges over 60,000 psi | 716-684-1703

SC Hydraulic Engineering Corporation 1130 Columbia Street • Brea, California 92821 • USA Phone (714) 257-4800 • Fax (714) 257-4810 Email







or several dozen years, subsea hydraulic systems have relied on air springs to serve as self-contained volume compensators. Now the same technology that engineers rely on in drilling operations hundreds of feet below the sea is being used to keep oil clean and dry in challenging environments on land. Dust, dirt, and moisture will all degrade hydraulic oil, which will cause reduced efficiency, and eventually damage, to hydraulic pumps, motors, valves, and other components. Keeping oil clean and dry is a first step in maintaining an operation and reducing longterm expense. Many businesses are now using self-contained systems in environments such as saw mills and construction sites because they keep oil clean and dry much more effectively than breather cap filter systems. Subsea volume compensators are basically flexiblewalled reservoir tanks that are used to allow the oil levels to change without creating vacuum or pressure. Most of these units have been on remote operating vehicles (ROVs) used for servicing underwater cables or drilling operations. The original applications for Firestone air springs as compensators date back to the days of the original deep-diving manned submarines for oceanographic research. These systems expand or contact as the oil level goes up or down during actuation processes in hydraulic systems. It would not be possible under the sea for a traditional hydraulic breather system on an under-

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water reservoir tank to allow for this volume change. There is no air, and you don’t want to mix seawater with your oil. Breather cap systems rely on filters—one on the reservoir tank to clean the air going in, and intake filters that are used between the tank and pump in the hydraulic systems themselves. However, clogged or dirty filters can cause flow restrictions that lead to pump cavitations. With a self-contained system, you don’t need any filters. The oil is kept in a flexible-walled reservoir, and the tank expands or contracts as the oil level changes. In marine applications where moisture can contaminate oil and cause a reduction of lubricity, the sea air is not given a chance to touch the oil. It’s the same situation in a sawmill; you don’t need a breather filter, which would get clogged frequently, causing negative pressure in the reservoir. We’ve found that Firestone air springs are highly effective as a pneumatic actuator in moist and dirty environments. They are used to provide force, move, lift, or press in saw mill, paper mill, construction, and agricultural applications. The longevity and durability of the products are proven in the very harsh environments that often lead to the most difficult conditions for hydraulic oil.



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GR. 0 SMALL DISPLACEMENT PUMPS AND MOTORS BY VIVOIL OLEODINAMICA VIVOLO The Gr. 0 displacement gear pumps and motors are a high quality solution, which can be used in many applications (from small power packs to lubricating systems). There are many variants available allowing for greater flexibility: pump displacements from 0.010 in³ to 0.14 in³, motor displacements from 0.03 in³ to 0.14 in³, maximum working pressure up to 3800 psi, rotation speed up to 9000 rpm and different mounting standards. These small, light weight pumps are even available as stages on multiple pumps (connected with the same or different dimensional sizes).


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Excellent stability and repeatability Includes built-in temperature IP68 USB cable included Create and print calibration certificates Available in high pressure ranges Measure up to 16 inputs simultaneously

The GS4200-USB© Digital Pressure Transducer has been designed to measure, analyze and record pressure directly on your computer without the need for costly I/O Interface boards. It allows the user to measure up to 16 pressure inputs simultaneously.

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The MG1000 series pumps deliver consistent flow for almost any viscosity liquid. Self-priming, the body is constructed from precision CNC machined aluminum alloy, and wetted parts are stainless steel and polyacetal. The small pump has stainless steel threaded tubing connectors which are easy to connect and safe for low or high pressures. Flow is reversible. Pumps 0-1,500 ml/min of liquids.

SLIP-IN CHECK VALVES Inserta® Products provides a wide range of check valves, in 1/8 inch to 3-inch sizes for flows up to 400 gpm. These slip-in check valves can be inserted in manifolds, subplates, flanges, or integrated systems. The patented full flow design results in less pressure drop than comparably sized cartridge valves and can be used in conjunction with straight thru, right angle, or tee branch machined cavities made without special form tooling. Flow control orifices are available. INSERTA® PRODUCTS Blue Bell, PA • • 215.643.0192





“AA” FLANGE, 1DG SERIES DOUBLE PUMPS “A” FLANGE, 2DG SERIES DOUBLE PUMPS “B” FLANGE 3DG SERIES DOUBLE PUMPS 2DG and 1DG double pumps available from Houston stock. 3DG series based on factory lead time. Honor Gear Pumps Corp. of Taiwan, with U.S. warehouse in Houston, is pleased to announce local availability of double pumps in “AA” flange and “A” flange. The “B” flange doubles are available subject to factory lead times. OEM inquiries through distribution are welcome. In addition to doubles, all single pumps are kept in stock in Houston, in the 4F17, “AA”, “A”, and “B” flange models. Aluminum body with cast iron flanges and rear covers are standard. Standard stock displacements in the 3GB series pump are 2.31, 2.68, 3.17, and 3.66 All other displacements are available subject to factory lead times. HONOR GEAR PUMPS CORP. Proudly sold through distribution. Please call to be referred. Honor Pumps U.S.A. 1601 W. 25th St. • Houston, TX 77008 Toll free: 800-984-9727 • Local: 713-984-8144 Fax: 713-461-9631 • Email: Web:

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“DELIVERING THE VERY BEST ROI IN THE INDUSTRY” The Eurotech’s Mulitpla (3 turrets) 13-axis CNC turn/mill center is proven to be the ultimate solution for hydraulic and fluid machined parts. This series is the most powerful, accurate, smart and fast multi-turret bar turn/mill center. Since 1958 Eurotech has helped their customers Win with Technology that Runs Faster, Sleeps Less by focusing on superior technology in multi-axis and achieving a 25% 205 edge over the competition. Watch customers’ machining videos by visiting WWW.EUROTECHELITE.COM. Contact: Jeff Walz Ph: 352-799-5223 Email:

DIN COMPRESSION FITTINGS World Wide Metric offers a wide selection of DIN 2353 compression fittings. These fittings are a high quality product used for fluid power systems joining tubes together. Available in carbon steel and stainless steel with sizes ranging from 4mm – 42 mm. Contact them for additional information.

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OIL/AIR COOLER OACN 700 Time tested design, with quality constructed components will help your machine keep its cool in even the most demanding of conditions. • High-performance aluminum core • Ideal for hydraulic oil, gear lubricant oil, motor oil and water-glycol • Compact design • Pressure to 26 bar • Max. flow 66 GPM


KTR CORPORATION 122 Anchor Road Michigan City, IN 46360 Phone: (219) 872-9100 Fax: (219) 872-9150

Hercules® carries a full line of replacement seal kits for repair or re-manufacturing of all makes and types of hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders including Caterpillar®, John Deere, Komatsu, Bobcat, Case, Volvo, Hitachi, and many more. HERCULES® SEALING PRODUCTS Clearwater, Florida 33765 Phone: 888-617-6389 Fax: 800-759-6391 Place Your Order Online




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SPECIALIZED WELD FITTINGS Fluid Design is the pioneer in the manufacture of specialized weld fittings for the fluid power and OEM industries. Our FastFit™ Weld Adaptor product line allows for the installation of welded piping systems or reservoir construction without the use of NPT threads! Available in weld caps, inserts, saddles, bulkheads, tank flanges, and male adapters in a wide array of jump sizes, port and material types. SAE, BSPP, and 209 BSPT ports are available in all styles. FastFit™ Weld Adaptors Are Made With Pride In The USA. FLUID DESIGN PRODUCTS, INC. Email : 800-774-7554 or 509-533-0479

HYDRAULIC HOSE AND TUBE ASSEMBLIES Ferry Incorporated distributes hydraulic cap and plug kits, tube kits, o-ring kits and storage boxes. Each kit comes with parts that are available for individual purchase. • 12 compartment boxes and box cases • Custom hose assemblies and hose-crimping package available - mobile or stationary, from one wire to six wire pressures • Competitive pricing • Most items ordered by 3 p.m. EST ship UPS the same day We serve contractors, maintenance departments, automotive repair shops, original equipment manufacturers, highway departments and more. FERRY INCORPORATED | 716-684-1703 |

Direct Acting Electric available: Youli directional control valves, rated to 4600psi, monoblock or sectional styles, are now available from stock in Houston, with electric direct acting solenoids on the MB-4 series, rated to 10GPM. Pneumatic operators are also available on all Youli valves, and also kept in stock. Youli quality is based on 25 years of industrial hydraulic valve manufacturing for the machine tool business in Taiwan. A quality product line with a major commitment to inventory in Houston, Texas, and offered at competitive prices, is growing our reputation. YOULI HYDRAULIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD. Proudly sold through distribution. Please call to be referred. Contact the company at 1-888-330-8041 or email to View basic specifications at





The Yates Industries H6 Heavy Duty Cylinder is rated for 3000 PSI and features 1½ to 20” bores standard, 22 different mounting options, is JIC-NFPA interchangeable, and can be customized with nearly limitless combinations of rod ends, cushions, couplers, seals, and ports – all backed by our legendary warranty and repair capabilities.

Inserta® Check Valve Carriers provide a convenient and effective way to install an Inserta® ICS Slip-In check valve in a hydraulic system that uses SAE threaded ports. Alternatively, the carrier allows the check valve element to be positioned deep within a manifold. This carrier permits the check valve element to be oriented with free flow in either direction.

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ICS check valves, ordered separately, are available with fixed restrictive orifices for flow control options. INSERTA® PRODUCTS Blue Bell, PA 215.643.0192 213






Differential Pressure Plus, Inc. has introduced a new gauge to monitor filtration of natural gas. The GX-100 has a diaphragm sensor to claim zero bypass of particulates, and comes standard with bottom ¼ in NPT connections, and a follower pointer for display of differential pressure at peak flowrates. The stainless steel 2.5 inch diameter case is also standard, allowing for the lowest cost entry into this field. While designed for the gas industry, the GX-100 is well suited for many other applications where filter condition must be maintained. DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE PLUS INC Contact Matt Schell at 203-481-2545 for more information.

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FORTE™ flexible mechanical couplings are made of tenzalloy, making them 60% lighter than cast iron or steel and stronger than magnesium or aluminum. They are 100% designed and precision-machined at the Continental Hydraulics inc. factory in Montreal, Canada. Standard bore, set screw, keyway, clamp, spline, and bored or splined steel bushing insert types are always stocked and available. Metric bores and splines, custom specifications (such as square or hexagon bore), and exclusive OEM designs are available within three days with no minimum production runs.



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FLUIDYNE'S REMAN PRODUCTS & PARTS FluiDyne buys original cores and discards out of spec parts. Our remanufactured units are carefully rebuilt and tested to the highest quality standards. Rebuilds are offered on pumps, motors, valves, and components. FluiDyne repairs Bosch-Rexroth, Continental, Oilgear, Racine and Vickers/Eaton. Call (586-296-7200) or visit our website at: for more information. 218

(10 - 700 Nm). Gauge will be supplied along with red follower pointer. • Fixed wrench ends with hex sizes (jaw opening) from Options: 7/16” thru 3”. Box ends available as specials. Customer logo Colour band ( Available in single scale only) • Ratchet end and adjustable ends also available. How to order • Low profile, reversible, spanner design • Precision quality 1 Series XX GX-100 design with +/- 5% accuracy 2 Window X A Acrylic • Shipped with torque rating tables for all common 3 Dial Size XX 2.5 2.5" (63mm) fittings 4 Case XX SS SS304 with a rubber ring(standared) 5

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CLEAN, QUICK & ECONOMICAL HOSE & TUBE SEALING Ultra Clean’s Clean Seal System utilizes heat shrink technology to encapsulate the end of a hose or tube assembly with a Clean Seal Capsule. This eliminates re-contamination that often occurs when ill-fitting caps and plugs are forced onto assemblies. Clean Seal Capsules fit perfectly on all hose and tube assemblies, also eliminating excessive cap and plug inventory. Visit to learn more and download our product literature, including our Product Manual and Clean Seal System brochure. • Hand-held and bench mount heat shrink units • Fast, easy-on application • 16 Clean Seal Capsule sizes for all assemblies! • Clean, universal fit up to 3” (80mm) • Fits straight and elbow couplings • Seals single or multiple assemblies at one time • Durable and secure • Clean & easy pull-tab removal of capsules

Manufactured with high level mechanical characteristics, XV series pumps and motors are designed for simplicity of operation and ease of modification. The Gr. 2 cast iron flange gear pumps and motors have superior strength for high stress applications. Available options include: displacements from 0.256 in³ to 2.41 in³, maximum working pressure up to 4200 psi, rotation speed up to 3500 rpm and various mounting standards. This solution can be combined in multiple stage pumps (including aluminum versions). As with all Vivoil products, the GR.2 has an anodized body. All components and manufacturing are completed in Italy providing users with high quality, high performance, durable products. VISIT US AT WWW.VIVOIL.COM For North America Sales contact: ALA Industries Limited 1-219-465-4197 •


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MAIN Manufacturing Products, Inc. now stocks SAE, JIS, DIN, and ISO flanges and couplings with metric ports. METRIC TUBE & PIPE sizes in socket weld and butt weld are also available. Many can ship directly from stock. If not part of our 7000+ in-stock products, MAIN can manufacture and ship quickly- (4-5 days) is common from our US facility. MAIN MANUFACTURING PRODUCTS, INC. Phone: (800) 521.7918 E-mail:



When the pressure’s on, count on the performance and durability of Peninsular Cylinder Company’s Transducer Cylinders. With proven performance in steel mills, foundries & the lumber industry, Peninsular transducer cylinders prove time and time again to be the best for all of your cylinder applications. FEATURES of Peninsular Transducer Cylinders • Provides full-stroke precision position feedback anywhere along the cylinder stroke cycle • Electronics are completely enclosed and protected from harsh and shock prone environments • Embedded transducer technology is available • Serviceable without disturbing tie-rod torque • Optional protective transducer covers permit the use of all rear cylinder mounts PENINSULAR CYLINDER COMPANY Phone: 800-526-7968 • 586-775-7211 Web:







Power Valve U.S.A. represents, as factory warehouse and sales office, a Taiwan manufacturer of D03, D05, D07, D08, and D10 valves, and modular circuit stack valves. With inventory in the Houston warehouse, all products are competitively priced, and machine tool quality. In fact the parent company, Tai Huei Oil Industry Co., Ltd. has been selling valves for over 25 years to the machine tool industry in Taiwan. All standard AC and DC voltages are available, and all standard spool configurations are in stock. Special spools are available. Pressures to 5000psi and flows from 16GPM (D03) to 211GPM (D10) are standard. With inventory on the shelf and very competitive pricing, we invite your inquiry. POWER VALVE U.S.A. Proudly sold through distribution. Please call to be referred. Contact the company at 1-888-862-1064 or e-mail to View basic specifications at


• Mobile self contained power unit • Air operated - No electricity needed • Pressures up to 65,000-psi with 100psi air drive • Available with a 5 or 10 gallon stainless steel reservoir • Compatible with most fluids • Available with all 10-series pumps • Air drive controls, pressure gauges and valves included • Used in Hydrostatic Testing, Burst Testing, Water-jet Blasting, Hydraulic Press Operation, Hydraulic Cylinder & Valve Actuation CONTACT FACTORY FOR GAUGES OVER 60,000 PSI SC HYDRAULIC ENGINEERING CORPORATION 714-257-4800 224

TBN 310 announce a new reservoir breather. The TBN 310 has been engineered to be a strong competitor in the spin-on reservoir breather market. Features of the TBN 310: • 10 micron cellulose element • 3/4” NPTF nylon mounting • 40 SCFM normal air flow capacity • Direct interchange for other manufacturer’s 310 models • Private labeling available • Easy installation • Competitively priced • Made in the USA

NEW RESERVOIR BREATHER – TBN 310 Zinga Industries, Inc. is pleased to announce a new reservoir breather. The TBN 310 has been engineered to be a strong competitor in the spin-on reservoir breather market. Features of the TBN 310: • 10 micron cellulose element • 3/4” NPTF nylon mounting • 40 SCFM normal air flow capacity • Direct interchange for other manufacturer’s 310 models • Private labeling available • Easy installation 225 • Competitively priced • Made in the USA ZINGA INDUSTRIES, INC.

RAF SERIES TANK TOP RETURN FILTER RTF SERIES TANK TOP RETURN FILTER Clean Filtration U.S.A. is proud to offer their RAF and RTF tank top return filter assemblies. With inventory in Houston these filter assemblies are very competitively priced to meet U.S. market demands. From 3/4" NPT to 3-1/2" SAE code 61 flange porting, these filters offer flow range from 14 GPM to 264 GPM. Synthetic glass fiber filter elements come in 5, 10, and 20 micron ratings for best pressure drop flow conditions. With inventory on the shelf in Houston, and very competitive pricing, we invite your inquiry. CLEAN FILTRATION U.S.A. 1-888-861-8058 or 713-861-8058.


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NFPA Success Highlights: Education Roadmap WHAT DID WE WANT TO ACHIEVE? The specific objective from our strategic plan reads: “Define a regional strategy for the development of fluid power educational resources, and use to guide fundraising and program placement.” You see, for a while now, NFPA has been funding a series of programs through our Foundation to increase the amount of fluid power that’s being taught in schools around the country. Schools apply for these grants, and a review committee evaluates them and helps decide which ones will have the greatest impact for our industry. That’s all good, but since the process is mostly driven by the quality of the proposal, and since the stronger schools are usually better positioned to submit stronger proposals, we have begun to see grants going to a smaller and smaller subset of schools. And since workforce is what

I like to call a “regional phenomenon,” adding more fluid power to schools in a Midwestern state doesn’t always help NFPA members in the Southwest or out West. So we decided that we needed a way to identify regions and schools within regions where support for fluid power education was most needed. Our shorthand way of referring to that objective was the “Education Roadmap.” WHAT DID WE DO? NFPA staff spent most of the year researching the problem. The project was led by Carrie Tatman Schwartz, and it began with an analysis of the number of fluid power end-users (using 19 NAICS codes) and NFPA members in each of the 48 continental states. Using this distribution, we split the country into 12 regions of roughly equal size measured by the

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number of fluid power manufacturers and customers, not by geography. Next, we looked at the fluid power educational infrastructure that was present in each region. How many Fluid Power Challenge programs were reaching middle school students? How many Project Lead the Way high schools were teaching fluid power? How many 2-year and 4-year colleges were teaching substantial amounts of fluid power? And how many universities had research programs focused on fluid power? This is where the bulk of the investigative work came in and sometimes required hours of combing through school websites and curriculum descriptions to determine the appropriate answers. But in the long run it was worth it, because it yielded the statistics on the depth of fluid power instruction going on in each region.


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WHAT WERE THE RESULTS? In many ways, the results were surprising. By going through the process, we discovered many more schools than we were initially aware of that are teaching fluid power to a substantial degree. Those schools will obviously become targets for us to build better relationships with, and we continue to seek ways to enhance the support of teaching fluid power to future engi-

neers and technicians. We were also able to develop a chart showing specific ratios of fluid power education resources to NFPA members in each region. WHAT’S NEXT? As we develop this year’s objectives and action plans for the programs that support fluid power education, we will be taking a close

look at the Education Roadmap and making some concrete decisions about where to direct them. Although admittedly comprised of some logical assumptions and estimates, the Education Roadmap is a tool that we can use to ensure that our workforce development programs benefit the widest possible crosssection of our members.

NFPA Reaches Wide Audience at IMTS NFPA participated in the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Ill, on September 8-13, 2014. The IFPE Fluid Power Zone pavilion was hosted by NFPA within the Motion, Drive & Automation North America show, alongside IMTS and the Industrial Automation North America show. The companies that showcased their products included ARGO-HYTOS, Inc.; Bimba Manufacturing Co.; FESTO; HAWE Hydraulics; IC Flow Controls Inc.; Lynch Fluid Controls, Inc.; Sommer Automatic; Spectronics Corp.; Thermal Transfer Products; Tobul Accumulator, Inc.; and Wandfluh of America, Inc. The Zone helped exhibitors showcase the latest products, trends, and services in fluid power technology to a global buying audience. NFPA sponsored a booth in the Smartforce Student Summit. Two students from the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), along with NFPA staff, used a fluid power demonstrator, a pneumatic arm device, and classroom activity kits to talk to students, teachers, and parents about hydraulics and pneumatics. They also highlighted other NFPA Education and Technology Foundation initiatives that help promote and teach fluid power, as well as career opportunities in the industry. NFPA staff was pleased when several of the middle school students recognized the pneumatic arm; they had participated in the NFPA Fluid Power Challenge at Harper College sponsored by Deltrol Fluid Products!

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Each point on this graph represents the most recent 12 months of orders compared to the previous 12 months of orders.  Each point can be  Each point on this graph represents the most recent 12 months of orders compared to the previous 12 months of orders. Each point  can be read as a percentage. For example, 103.2 (the July 2014 level of the industrial hydraulic series) indicates that industrial hydraulic read as a percentage.  For example, 103.2 (the July 2014 level of the industrial hydraulic series) indicates that industrial hydraulic orders  orders received from August 2013 to July 2014 were 103.2% of the orders received from August 2012 to July 2013. (Base Year 2013 = 100) received from August 2013 to July 2014 were 103.2% of the orders received from August 2012 to July 2013.  (Base Year 2013 = 100) 

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This graph of 12‐month moving averages shows that in August 2014, both hydraulic shipments and pneumatic shipments increased. (Base  This graph of 12‐month moving averages shows that in August 2014, both hydraulic shipments and pneumatic shipments increased. (Base  This graph of 12-month moving averages shows that in August 2014, both hydraulic shipments and pneumatic shipments increased. Year 2013 = 100)  Year 2013 = 100)  (Base Year 2013 = 100)

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Jul‐14  5.8  This table is expressed in terms of  6.4  cumulative percent changes. TheseThese changes refer to the percent difference between the relevant  changes  6.7  refer to the % difference between the relevant cumulative The table above is expressed in terms of cumulative percent changes. total for 2014 and the total for the same months in 2013. For example, the July pneumatic shipments figure of 5.8 means that for the cumulative total for 2014 and the total for the same months in 2013.  For example, the July pneumatic shipments figure of 5.8 means that  The table above is expressed in terms of cumulative percent changes. These changes refer to the percent difference between the relevant  calendar year through July 2014, pneumatic shipments increased 5.8% compared to the same time period in 2013. (Base Year 2013 = 100) for the calendar year through July 2014, pneumatic shipments increased 5.8% compared to the same time period in 2013.  (Base Year 2013 

cumulative total for 2014 and the total for the same months in 2013.  For example, the July pneumatic shipments figure of 5.8 means that  = 100)  for the calendar year through July 2014, pneumatic shipments increased 5.8% compared to the same time period in 2013.  (Base Year 2013  = 100) 

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NON-CONDUCTIVE HYDRAULIC HOSE A thermoplastic hose does not have metal wire reinforcement. This type of hose has been designed as a non-conductive hose, meaning it will not transmit or conduct electricity and is commonly used on equipment exposed to high voltage. Utility bucket trucks used to elevate workers to access electrical and phone services are built using non-conductive hydraulic hoses. Booms on bucket trucks have a non-conductive boom section, along with non-conductive hydraulic hoses, which prevents any contact with high voltage from grounding to the earth. Grounding high voltage is extremely dangerous. Utility companies are highly trained and are aware of the importance of nonconductive hydraulic hoses. Rigorous inspections include determining the presence of the correct hose. The thermoplastic hose does not contain any steel wire reinforcement. The steel wire in a traditionally constructed hydraulic hose will conduct electricity. Utility workers receive great amounts of training on this subject, however, not all users of bucket trucks are aware of the related hazard. Bucket truck use has expanded to tree service and sign companies. Smaller contractors will often purchase used utility bucket trucks previously owned by utility companies at auctions. When these used bucket trucks are put into service by workers who are not trained or made aware of the differences between conductive and non-conductive hoses, the risk becomes extreme. Non-conductive hoses that fail must be replaced by non-conductive hoses! Many times, I have seen conductive hoses in place of non-conductive because the worker was not trained. Typically the non-conductive hose is orange in color, and it has the SAE and DIN standard information printed on it. If you have equipment requiring non-conductive booms, be sure to inspect for non-conductive hydraulic hoses and also train personnel on this subject.



Q+A The following question was received from an entertainment company. We use scissor lifts for various things in our business, such as elevating stagehands to access trussing and to support lighting and sound equipment. My concern is if a hydraulic hose breaks, will the lift drop or descend, especially when we have wiring or props passing from a lift to a platform or truss during a show. I read about our lifts having a velocity fuse to prevent them from dropping.


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lic actuators that move the platform with the gains set by adjusting potentiometers on the cards. In addition to having problems adjusting the axis gains correctly, the host computer, a Windows-based Industrial PC that provided analog position targets to the cards, wasn’t able to perform mathematical calculations quickly enough in order to keep the motion of the various axes synchronized with one another and also synchronized with the moving image on the simulator screen. SERVOCONTROLS’ customer also tried using a PLC to control the motion axes but had similar synchronization problems. They decided that they needed a motion platform with a controller that has built-in Fig. 2: (Left) Simulator for the Stallion, a vehicle with multiple logistical and tactical applications, is based on the new SEROVCONTROLS motion platform. Motion of the simulator is synched to the action on a video display.

support for controlling and synchronizing multiple motion axes and tuning for optimum performance. The customer came to SERVOCONTROLS for help. After reviewing the customer’s needs, SERVOCONTROLS recommended a motion platform design based on the RMC150 eight-axis electro-hydraulic motion controller manufactured by Delta Computer Systems, Inc., Battle Ground, Wash. (Fig. 3). “The Delta controller solves our greatest problem, which was synchronizing the axes,” said Deepak Dhadoti, managing director of SERVOCONTROLS. The new system uses the motion controller to perform the calculations, eliminating the delays that the old control system experienced. “The RMC150 incorporates an internal motion target generator,” said Dhadoti. “Every control loop, the target generator issues the appropriate control signal for each of the six proportional valves controlling the cylinders.” To receive position feedback indicating the current orientation of the platform, the motion controller connects directly to a linear magnetostrictive displacement transducer (LMDT) mounted in each cylinder. To ensure that the motion of the axes is always synchronized, SERVOCONTROLS Engineer Vijay Prabhu used the built-in synchronization capability of the motion controller, specifically the “Ratioed Motion” functions performed by the RMC controller’s Synch

Move Absolute and Synch Move Relative commands. In this type of synchronization, all six axes start and stop moving simultaneously, and at any point during the move, each axis has completed the same percentage distance (or ratio) of its move. The axes do not need to start or stop at the same Fig. 1: (Left) A Stewart motion positions. “Because the synchronization platform uses six hydraulic function is built into the controller, it is cylinders to produce motion much easier to implement multi-axis conwith six degrees of freedom (x, y, and z axis transitions; plus trol strategies with the RMC than it would pitch, yaw, and roll rotation). have been using a PLC,” said Vijay Prabhu, Fig. 3: (Top) The RMC150 manager of SERVOCONTROLS’ Electronics multi-axis motion controller by Delta Computer Systems, Inc. Division. To start a synchronized move, the programmer issues the appropriate Sync Move command simultaneously to each axis. The math involved in order to calculate the ratios for the Synch Move commands is done by a user program running on the RMC controller. User programs are composed of a series of instructions that are executed by the controller once every control loop time and which can produce computed values to be deposited in the registers of the controller for reference by the control loop. The Graphical User Interface (GUI) software running on the PC is interfaced to the RMC150 motion controller via Ethernet using Delta’s RMCLink software package. Fig. 4 shows one of the graphical user interface (GUI) screens that SERVOCONTROLS developed for the system. The GUI software controls the hydraulic power unit, as well as safety interlocks. The GUI software has a “file play” option where the pre-defined excursion data is stored in Excel/text format and can be read and fed to the RMC motion controller for execution. After establishing the basic functionality of the motion platform, the SERVOCONTROLS engineers used programs from Delta Computer Systems’ RMCTools software package to tune and optimize how the system responds to inputs from the PC. One of these tools, the Plot Manager, allows the system designer to visually compare the actual operation of the system with the target motion profile specified by the motion program. The gain parameters of the control-loop equations are then adjusted until the actual and target values match. “Software tuning is much more reliable and easy to do than the old method of adjusting variable resistor components on an analog circuit board,” said Prabhu. Now, the new motion platform generates smooth motion in synch with the projected video frame, simulating realistic driving feel with all dynamic characteristics. “In Simulation-related applications, providing a realistic operating experience is critical to achieving the main goals of the design,” said Prabhu. “Our customer’s former design based on analog technology failed to do that satisfactorily, but in our new motion platform, the math and synchronization features of RMC150 helped us achieve all of our design goals.” Fig. 4: The SERVOCONTROLS motion platform contains a PC that is used to both monitor and program the motion controller. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW. DELTAMOTION. COM.




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ost of my previous articles have been about vacuum pick-andplace, which is the most common application in fluid power circles for vacuum components. However, a relatively common application for the same components is the opposite of pick-and-place, and that would be material hold-down or vacuum clamping. Industries such as sign manufacturing, glass production, fiberglass fabrication, aerospace CNC machining, automotive trim finishing, and so on, all utilize vacuum hold-down in some way or another. This article discusses the basic methodology used in achieving a secure, safe, and energyefficient system to employ in these various applications. All vacuum-clamping installations should involve the same fundamental criteria, which is rigid hold-down without movement of the work piece during the production process, ease of capture and release of the product, and of course, fair cost of purchase and operation for the end user. CNC routers, such as the model shown in Fig. 1, utilize a porous vacuum top bed usually made of MDF (medium-density fiberboard) that covers the complete machining area. Work pieces, such as plastic sheets, are laid flat against the MDF board, and a largeflow vacuum pump—usually an oil-free sliding vane pump or regenerative blower— is connected to a chamber directly underneath the MDF sheet. Vacuum is pulled through the MDF and in doing so clamps the work piece(s) against the surface. The greater the surface coverage, the greater the vacuum level (less leakage) and consequently the holding force. Fig. 2 shows this as an illustration. The area of the MDF not covered by the work piece may have to be covered by thin plastic sheet to minimize leakage, maximizing vacuum force holding the work piece. The holding force is entirely dependent on the vacuum level achieved by the vacuum pump. This is the reason high-flow pumps are used on CNC routers. For example, for every square inch of work piece, the theoretical holding force will be 64N (Newton) at 100% vacuum (29.92"Hg). If the



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vacuum being achieved is only 3"Hg (due to leakage through the MDF), the holding force will be reduced by 90%, which equates to 6.4N. This might be enough for a machining process, such as simple hole drilling, but if there is a large side load during profile machining, the vacuum level may need to be higher. This is when the open MDF sheet should be covered by a plastic sheet. The aforementioned application deals with large surface areas where the potential hold-down force is very high even though the ultimate vacuum of the system is low. In applications where the parts being machined are smaller and the cutting forces are higher, such as aluminum machining in the aerospace industry, a different method should be employed. Fig. 3 shows a typical vacuum “pod.” These are normally used in groups (Fig. 4) to hold down large pieces of aluminum where magnets wouldn’t work. A vacuum pump or vacuum venturi is connected to the side of the vacuum pod. The vacuum port is within an O-ring seal. The base, which can be held onto the machine table via another vacuum port is more often than not mechanically clamped to the machine table surface. In processes where the work piece is continuously changing in size, a vacuum base connection is preferable so that it can be easily released and moved about the table. Sometimes vacuum pods aren’t suitable, such as in applications where the sheets being machined are very thin and the sheet could sag between the pods. Also, if the part being machined has a profile and is not flat, a custom vacuum bed would have to be made in order to match the profile of the mating face of the work piece. Fig. 5 illustrates a profile vacuum bed with the work piece installed. An O-ring seal would be installed on the tool inside a groove that follows the profile of the tool/work piece face. A single vacuum pump or venturi would be connected to the tool to generate sufficient vacuum hold-down force. A less elaborate tool is sometimes used utilizing vacuum cups. Fig. 6 shows a vacuum tool that has numerous single bellows cups connected to a common vacuum

source. These bellows vacuum cups protrude slightly from the tool surface so that when vacuum is applied, the cups retract, pulling the work piece against the tool surface (datum surface). This type of tool can be easily put together by most end-user machine shops using standard, readily available vacuum component parts. Speaking of vacuum components, endusers employ a vacuum pump or air-powered vacuum venturi with vacuum pods and vacuum-clamping equipment. Quite often, the pump or venturi runs continuously throughout the production cycle. This would be necessary if the part being held down was porous and if the machinery utilized a porous MDF bed as previously described. However, when holding down non-porous products, such as steel or aluminum billets, the vacuum should and can be turned off once a safe vacuum level has been achieved. This offers a considerable energy saving, particularly if the cycle time between batch runs is extensive. Fig. 7 shows a typical multi-stage airpowered vacuum generator, but it also includes what is sometimes referred to as an energy-savings “kit.� This pneumatic circuitry controls the compressed air inlet to the venturi via a pilot-operated 2-way valve, which is turned on and off by a vacuum sensor that has a pneumatic output. This circuit is shown in Fig. 8, where the venturi (A) is powered by a pilot-operated control valve (B) that is turned on and off by a pneumatic vacuum switch (C). The switch takes its vacuum reading from the vacuum port of the venturi, which is connected via a suitable vacuum inlet filter to an external control valve (E). Therefore, the user is turning vacuum on and off to the vacuum tool with the 3-way manual valve or an automated process and 3-way solenoid valve (Fig. 8, E). This enables considerable air savings and should always be considered as a very viable feature of any vacuum-clamping application. Of course, if a vacuum pump is being used, an energy-saving system can be employed to cycle the pump on and off as the vacuum level rises and falls. A large vacuum vessel is recommended as a safety measure and also helps with vacuum pump installations, where the pump will cycle on and off less often, minimizing wear and tear on the mechanical components of the pump and motor.

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Vacuum-clamping applications are all different, but they share the same end-user concerns of efficiency in production, ease of use, and ongoing running or operating costs. If consideration is made to the effectiveness of the vacuum-tool performance, as well as understanding best energy-savings practice, the final solution should be an easy choice. The aforementioned examples offer an insight into effective solutions for the large majority of vacuum-clamping applications in use today.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Daniel Pascoe is an independent industrial consultant with clients across North America and Europe, one of which is Vacuforce LLC (, a manufacturer and distributor of vacuum components for which this article was cowritten. Daniel can be reached via www. or directly at Find Vacuforce on Facebook and keep updated at




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