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Fluid Power Professionals’ Day Photo Contest Last year’s contest was such a success that we’re bringing it back in 2015. Put on your creative cap for a chance to win money and get published!

Choosing a Shop Air Compressor Caution must be exercised in replacing reciprocating compressors with screw-type units, or you may end up paying additional unexpected costs.

Specifying Pneumatic Cylinders: Part 2 Special cylinder applications can get quite complicated, but by providing your manufacturer with the answers to a few key questions, you will help them provide exactly what you need.

Basic Vacuum Cup Selection: Part 2 Selecting the correct vacuum cup is key to enabling the machinery to operate in an efficient, safe, and reliable fashion. This article offers basic insight on how to make the correct selection.

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islation, big or small, this year. By contrast, the World Trade Organization (WTO) concluded its first multilateral trade agreement as it approaches its 20-year anniversary and is making progress on small sectoral deals, as well. U.S. negotiations with Europe and the Asia-Pacific continue and see some renewed signs of progress. Late last night, Congress also passed Russia sanctions legislation.

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Choosing a Shop Air Compressor­–

RECIPROCATING SCREW TYPE? or

By Ron Marshall for the Compressed Air Challenge

That pounding feeling in your brain may not be a migraine headache; it could be the piston-style reciprocating compressor pounding away in the corner of your shop. These units are often noisy, inefficient at full load compared to screw compressors, and produce hot, oily compressed air that is hard to dry and filter. Newer screw-type compressors, on the other hand, are quieter, can run at full loads for long periods of time, and produce cooler, cleaner air. But in a shop environment, caution must be exercised in replacing reciprocating compressors with screw-type units, or you may end up paying additional unexpected costs on your power bill. rocating compressor; however, if allowed to run unloaded the remaining 91% of the time, the average unloaded power consumption would add up to another 4.0 kW. Therefore, under these unloading conditions, the screw would consume a total of about 5.13 kW compared to the 1.25 kW of the reciprocating unit, or about four times as much. Why do screws run load/unload instead of start/stop? It has to do with the number of motor starts allowed. Having a heavy screw element

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on the end of the motor shaft increases the starting current required by the compressor motor. Motors are typically allowed only a certain number of starts per hour to prevent the windings from overheating, with the number depending on their size and the inertial loading on their shaft. For a 15-hp motor, the typical maximum number of starts would be 8 to 10 per hour. For larger motors (over 250 hp), only one start per hour may be allowed, or perhaps less depending on the starting method. Compressor manufacturers usually use a one-size-fits-all policy when it comes to the compressor controls. One of the duties of the controls is to protect the motor by limiting the starts per hour. Often the controls used by large compressors are the same as the ones installed on small compressors, which means the small compressors are often limited to the same low number of starts per hour. A compressor’s load and unload frequency is governed by the amount of storage receiver capacity it has to work with, the width of the compressor pressure setpoint band, and the percentage loading of the compressor (see Fig. 1 for an example comparison). Often the default storage tank recommended by the supplier, or the amount of storage that comes attached to a small compressor, is too small to limit the number of starts per hour if a compressor is set to turn off between cycles. For example, a 60-cfm compressor may be installed with a storage tank of 60 gallons and run with a 10-psi pressure band. If this were the case, the compressor cycle frequency at 10% loading would be 58 per hour. If allowed to run start/stop, the number of cycles would far exceed the maximum allowed. But if a 600-gallon receiver was used and the compressor set to a pressure band width of 30 psi, the number of cycles per minute would fall to under two per hour. In fact, even if this compressor were operated at 50% loading, where the number of cycles is the greatest, the number of starts per hour would be less than six. This, therefore, is part of the answer to the problem. If you are replacing your shop reciprocating compressor with a screw, you must install it with larger than normal storage and use a wider than normal pressure band to ensure it doesn’t cost you additional power. You must also ensure the compressor control is “smart” enough to turn the compressor off between cycles rather than running unloaded. (For more information, read “Is Your Compressor Control Smarter than a Four Year Old?” in the Tech Directory 2014 issue.)

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Air Teaser

New Problem I maintain a mobile medical unit (hospital), which is a large semi-truck that opens up to over 1,000 square feet for emergency medical usage. Along with all the X-ray, pharmacy, satellite, oxygen, electronics, electrical, hydraulics, pneumatics, etc., there is a vacuum system with two 5-hp vacuum pumps and receiver. There are eight separate vacuum regulators, one at each bedside with an adjustment from 0 – 200 mm of mercury. The added-on vacuum switch to shut off the lead/lag vacuum pumps is adjusted in inches of mercury absolute, while the electronic control board with low vacuum alarms, etc., reads out in inches of mercury. If one vacuum pump cannot keep up at 20 inches of vacuum, the second pump will also kick in. An alarm sounds when the vacuum drops to less than 15 inches of vacuum.

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QUESTION: If the vacuum regulators are turned to -200 mm of mercury, what would the equivalent reading be in the following: Inches of mercury?______________________ Inches of mercury absolute?______________ Inches of water column?_________________ MM of mercury absolute?________________ PSI drop?_______________________________

PREVIOUS PROBLEM This question varies a bit from the normal Air Teaser, however it still uses some of the same formulas that are used to determine a force to overcome motion. You have a building 12' high, 8' wide, and 20' long that has a flat roof. The wind is hitting the side of the building straight on (12' x 20') with a 60-mph speed. How much would the building need to weigh to keep it from tipping over if it was only ? Weight anchored on the left side to keep it from sliding? The building is uniformly loaded. TWO USEFUL EQUATIONS: HP = Pounds of Pull x Distance in Feet / Sec. 550 HP = FA x MPH3 150,000 FA = Square feet of surface area

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ir cylinders are offered in a variety of industry standards. Within these standards, air cylinders come in an assortment of shapes, sizes, and types, as well as with numerous optional features. At first glance, the number of permutations can be a bit overwhelming. The good news is that each pneumatic actuator type and configuration has a place in today’s motion-centric automation environment. Even though the air cylinder market includes a multitude of standard options, pneumatic actuators are still selected by their ability to perform a specific function. Sometimes the job at hand simply falls outside the standard product offering, however, and only a tailored or custom air cylinder will suffice. The development of custom air cylinders can often be both expensive and time consuming. Part 1 of this article (in the January/February 2015 issue) outlined the first four steps in this selection process, and the list continues below.

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Pressure applied to piston Open to atmosphere

3-position short stroke cylinder

Piston positions for achieving 3 end points Fig. 8

Fig. 9

Room Availability

At this point, you have figured out how much room your cylinder will require and compared it to the room you have available. You either know exactly what you need, or you know the better part of what you need.

Specialty Cylinder Applications

Specialty cylinder considerations begin now that you have addressed the preliminary questions and found no standard cylinder to meet your specific requirements. You are left with a few more questions.

Pressure applied to piston Open to atmosphere

Assembly view of back-toback metric cylinder

Piston positions for achieving 4 end point positions

WHAT TYPE OF CYLINDER BEST SUITS MY NEEDS? When designing a custom cylinder, it’s easier if your start with a particular family of cylinders, i.e. NPFA interchangeable, compact, non-repairable, etc., that will be conducive to your application.

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ƒƒ Is the application very heavy duty? Is there plenty of room available? (If the answer is yes, then you may wish to start with an NFPA-style cylinder.) ƒƒ Is real estate at a premium? (If yes, then

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you may be forced into starting with a compact style.) ƒƒ Is price the main concern? (If so, then a non-repairable unit may become your first choice.)


Remember that you have several choices. Once you have determined the style of cylinder, you can get to the details of your design. You probably know how you plan to mount the unit. But often times you find that mounting will require a special bolt pattern or mounting style that is non-standard. You’ll have to ask how the style of cylinder you have selected can be modified to fit the pattern for a minimum cost. Will it require that special parts be manufactured? Will it need unique mounting hardware, such as plates, flanges, or brackets? In cases where the mount is built into or uniquely attached to your cylinder, costs will increase along with manufacturing lead times. So beware. For example, nose mounting might require that unique end caps be produced. Integral lug mounts could require special extrusions, welding, or other creative attachment concept to be employed. In lieu of lugs, is there room to drill and tap your cylinder’s end caps (or body) with special bottom or side-mounting holes? Would you have enough depth of thread?

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Motion Elements

Now you’ll want to address the motion elements of your cylinder. Are there special movements, sensing, or side loads being applied that will require special modifications to the cylinder? If so, you’ll need to accommodate them. ƒƒ Must the load stop at any intermediate position?

3-Position Cylinders You’re in luck. You can get three or more rod positions from a single cylinder! Many cylinder styles are offered with 3-position options. The shortstroke tie rod cylinder shown in Fig. 8 is essentially two cylinder bodies combined in a single package. You can specify the same or different stroke lengths to set your work positions as required. Nice! 4-Position Cylinders More luck! You can also get numerous cylinder styles in back-to-back configurations that enable positioning at up to four end points. As the name implies, two single-rod cylinders are assembled with their back end caps attached. As shown in Fig. 9, by anchoring one rod end and allowing the cylinder body to “float,” four distinct end points can be obtained. ƒƒ Can the load be allowed to rotate slightly? Non-Rotating Options For applications in which anti-rotation and registration are critical, there are solutions. Maintaining the load’s fixed orientation can be accomplished in several ways. The drawing in Fig. 10 shows one method used on tie rod cylinders. Two guide pins incorporated inside the cylinder pass through the piston head. These guide pins prevent rotation of the rod with a tolerance of ±1°. A rubber disk is included at the end of each guide pin to take up end play and firmly seat the pins in the precision guide pin holes. Because the guide pins are inside the cylinder, they are protected from the environment, physical damage, and are lubricated by the system lubrication. They require no additional space, leaving the rod end area free for attachments and tooling as required by your application. Internal guide pins are also available on a number of short-stroke cylinder models like the Pancake® series shown in the figure. External Non-Rotating Options Another solution uses an external guide block securely attached to the piston rod. A steel guide shaft, attached to the guide block, assures anti-rotation of less than 0.8° (Fig. 11). Twin Rod, Non-Rotating Options Twin piston rods are incorporated into the cylinder head to provide anti-rotation. The rods are securely fastened to the piston and tied together externally by a rod end tool bar. The tool bar ensures that the rods move in tandem and provides an ideal mounting surface for attachments required by your application. The tool bar is furnished with threaded mounting holes or optional counter-bored mounting holes (Fig. 12). Stroke Adjustment Stroke adjust styles may also be needed when the stroke can change either on the extension or the retraction of the unit. Adjustable Retract Stroke An adjusting screw with a thread-sealing locknut mounted in the rear

Guide pin, Ground tool steel

Rubber disk

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Non-rotating option - internal guide pins Fig. 10

Guide block

Piston rod

Set screw

Guide shaft Fig. 11

Fig. 12

Thread sealing locknut

Adjusting screw Adjustable retract cross sectional view of metric cylinder Fig. 13

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end cap provides a simple, yet rugged adjustment of the cylinder stroke in the retract direction. A fine thread on the adjusting screw will provide precision adjustment. Adjustable retract strokes are offered as optional features for many cylinder styles (Fig. 13). Adjustable Extend Stroke It is possible to use the back end of a double rod cylinder to adjust the extend stroke. A stop collar, bumper, and some kind of impact plate could do the trick. However, if taking this approach, use caution and consider a safety cover to avoid leaving the pinch point exposed (Fig. 14). Position Sensing Sensing can often change the cylinder based on the type of sensing needed. Standard electronic switching will require magnets to be added to the piston. Proximity switching may require internal or external changes to the cylinder so that the sensing probes will have targets they can read. Transducers may also require a variety of internal or external changes to a unit. Side Loads Side loads often suggest a need for such items such as stop tubes or heavier bushings because of the wear produced when the cylinder is in motion (Fig. 15). ƒƒ Will the cylinder have strong side loading or heavy overhung loading? Cylinder piston rods are supported by a bearing in the front head of the cylinder and the piston itself running inside the cylinder walls. As the rod nears full extension, the distance (“d”) between support surfaces becomes shorter. The piston rod assembly tends to cock, causing uneven wear on the bearing surfaces and shortening seal life. Stop Tubes One solution to the problem is to install an internal stop tube. The stop tube blocks the piston from reaching the front head, thereby increasing the minimum distance between support points. Component wear is reduced, and cylinder operating life is extended. However, in order to maintain the same work stroke, the length of the cylinder body must be increased by the length of the stop tube. Dealing with the increased package size may present issues (Fig. 16).

Stop collar

Bumper Impact plate Adjustable extend stroke possibility on tie rod cylinder

Fig. 14

Load

Fully Extended Fig. 15

Double Rod Cylinders If you have room available, a double rod cylinder gives you the best piston rod assembly support. You’ll have rod bearings in both end caps, reducing the load on the piston. And you’ll have maximum distance between support points (Fig. 17).

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Environmental Issues

Extra length added

Lastly, we come to the environment. External issues should be addressed first before considering internal issues. (1) External issues are items that will cause harm to the outside of the cylinder. Certain “wash down” or wet environments often require that material changes be made to the basic cylinder components. End caps, tubing, tie rods, etc., might have to be made of stainless steel or a unique type of plastic. If not material changes, then a chemical coating process may be required in order to use the cylinder in a hostile environment. Heat may be another external issue that demands material changes. (2) Internal issues address fluids being used to operate the cylinder, as well as contaminants that could enter into the cylinder. If fluids other than air are required to run the cylinder, then seal changes may be needed. When aggressive items are trying to enter into the unit, rod wipers or scrapers may be needed. External chemicals may affect the internal components, too. Seal materials may need to change. Special cylinder applications can get quite complicated. But by providing your cylinder manufacturer with the answers to these questions, you will greatly help them in their efforts to provide exactly what you need. Keep in mind that each deviation from the standard product may cause special parts to be manufactured, purchased, and/or designed. When you are looking at your next design project, we would suggest that you try to fit it into a standard product if at all possible. The fewer parts that have to change (from a standard product), the less likely the cost will have to increase. However, when a total custom cylinder order is required, you will need to plan on a longer lead time because these items will be designed to your specific needs.

Stop tube

Load

Fully Extended

Cylinder with stop tube added Fig. 16

Load

Fully Extended Double rod cylinder has best rod support. Fig. 17

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

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8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Strategic Planning Meeting 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Certification Committee Meeting 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch (on own) 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Certification Committee Meeting (cont) 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM Education Committee Meeting 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Welcome Reception 7:45 PM – 12:30 AM Optional Tour: Lucky Strikes Billiards and Bowling

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join the IFPS for the 2015 Spring Meeting from February 25-28, 2015 at the c Please Magnolia Hotel, Houston Tex. In addition to committee and board meetings, optional tours are planned for Wednesday, February 25 and Friday, February 27. A technical workshop will be presented by Dan Helgerson, CFPAI, on Saturday, February 28. HOTEL RESERVATIONS

Hotel reservations can be made by visiting www.ifps.org or by calling the Magnolia Hotel directly at 713-221-0011. A discount hotel rate of $165 + tax /night has been secured. Be sure to mention you are with the International Fluid Power Society to get the group rate. Reservations must be made by January 25, 2015. TECHNICAL WORKSHOP

Let’s Get Serious About Safety and Efficiency Saturday, February 28, 2015 • 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. • Presented by Dan Helgerson, CFPAI Fee: $150, lunch included This workshop will explore two topics: Safety and Efficiency The Safety portion of the workshop will cover the causes and dangers of fluid injection injuries, the horrible results of those injuries, and the timely and necessary protocol for the injured person, his or her manager, EMT personnel, the emergency room, and post-emergency room care. The Efficiency portion of the workshop will explore how an individual can establish a baseline for determining how efficient a system is. An “energy challenge” will be presented for a hydraulic project and for a pneumatic project. Discussions and evaluations will be explored on workshop participants’ solutions for energy efficiency for each challenge.

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2/26/15

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Membership Committee Meeting 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM Educational Foundation (FPEF) Meeting 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Hosted Lunch 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM Marketing Committee Meeting 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Finance Committee Meeting 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Annual Dinner

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2/27/15

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM Board of Directors Meeting 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Strategic Planning Follow Up 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Optional Tour: National Oilwell Varco Technical College

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2/28/15

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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 FEBRUARY 12, 2015

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“Proper Sizing of Conductors When Using Single Rod Cylinders” 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST 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. JUNE 4, 2014

“How to Fix an Air Leak So It Stays Fixed” 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST Presented by Jon Jensen, CFPAI, SMC Corp. of America All personnel have a responsibility to control the costs and environmental impact of excessive energy use in their facility. Leakage is an area of major concern in pneumatic systems, but leaks rarely get addressed because the feeling is that “they’ll just come back!” This webinar will focus on the costs associated with air leaks, the typical causes of air leaks, and strategies to repair them so they don’t come back.

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IFPS Updates

AVAILABLE IFPS CERTIFICATIONS

Engaging Youth in Fluid Power Boy Scout Merit Badge - The formal application for the Hydraulics and Pneumatics Merit Badge was presented to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Office in September 2014. BSA will be sending out a youth interest survey in the first quarter of 2015 to assess whether or not to move forward with the merit badge. This survey will be sent to all scouts who have signed up for the Scouting Research Panel. Visit www.ifps.org to learn more about this exciting endeavor in engaging youth in fluid power.

CFPAI Certified Fluid Power Accredited Instructor CFPAJPP Certified Fluid Power Authorized Job Performance Proctor CFPAJPPCC Certified Fluid Power Authorized Job Performance Proctor Connector & Conductor CFPE Certified Fluid Power Engineer CFPS Certified Fluid Power Specialist (Must Obtain CFPHS, CFPPS) CFPHS Certified Fluid Power Hydraulic Specialist

ELECTRONIC CONTROLS SPECIALIST UPDATE The Electronic Controls Specialist certification is in its final review stage and will be re-released in the first half of 2015. This certification is designed to review and test understanding, specification, and application of the full breadth of electronics used in the fluid power industry from simple sensors and limits to HMIs, controllers, and networks. It includes a brief review of applicable pneumatic and hydraulic principles, as well as indepth examples of the electronics for both mobile and industrial fluid power equipment. The Electronic Controls Specialist certification requires a three (3)-hour written test. This certification will be followed by the development of Mobile Electronic Controls and Industrial Electronic Controls certifications.

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INTERESTED IN BECOMING AN IFPS ACCREDITED INSTRUCTOR OR JOB PERFORMANCE PROCTOR? IFPS Accredited Instructors (CFPAIs) are certified professionals who educate and prepare candidates for IFPS certification programs. Accredited Instructors have extensive backgrounds and instructional experience in the fluid power industry. In addition to their instructor accreditation, they are committed IFPS members and hold various IFPS certifications. Job Performance Proctors are individuals who hold various IFPS certifications and proctor the Job Performance portion of Mechanic, Technician, and Connector and Conductor (CC) hands-on tests. Visit www.ifps.org to learn more and register.

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All workshops are held at Hennepin Technical College - Eden Prairie, MN ACCREDITED INSTRUCTOR TRAINING WORKSHOP

March 30-31, 2015 (Registration deadline March 1, 2015) JOB PERFORMANCE PROCTOR WORKSHOP

CFPPS Certified Fluid Power Pneumatic Specialist CFPMT Certified Fluid Power Master Technician (Must Obtain CFPIHT, CFPMHT, & CFPPT) CFPIHT Certified Fluid Power Industrial Hydraulic Technician CFPMHT Certified Fluid Power Mobile Hydraulic Technician CFPPT Certified Fluid Power Pneumatic Technician CFPMM Certified Fluid Power Master Mechanic (Must Obtain CFPIHM, CFPMHM, & CFPPM) CFPIHM Certified Fluid Power Industrial Hydraulic Mechanic CFPMHM Certified Fluid Power Mobile Hydraulic Mechanic CFPPM 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 Richard Adair, CC The Boeing Company

Jarrett Dunn, MHT Altec Industries, Inc.

Jose Aguirre, MHM Southern California Edison

Scott Eckerd, MHM American Electric Power Chad Edwards, MHM Teres Service

Dana Anderson, MHM Otter Tail Power Co.

Tim Edwards, MHM TECO

Shannon Anderson, MHM Altec Industries, Inc. Jason Arias, IHT Kon Engineering PTY LTD Bryant Ashby, HS Drew Barko, PS Norgren USA Michael Bateman, MHM City of Hillsboro Walter Beamon, MHM Terex Services Shaley Beaty, S, PS, HS Daniel Berdella, IHT Troy Innovative Instruments

Manuel Bouthier Jr., MHM Southern California Edison Michael Brusselers, HS Xtreme Drilling Erik Buechner, IHM Lightning Bay Pneu-Draulics

Loren Hepler, IHM Lightning Bay Pneu-Draulics

John Muonio, MHM City of Vancouver Matthew Neuberger, MHM Dakota Fluid Power Inc.

Cameron Smallwood, S, PS, HS Timothy Spurger, MHM Altec Industries, Inc. Matt Sterup, HS Womack Machine Supply Chad Stucki, S, PS, HS Steve Swedberg, MHM Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative John Tarbell, MHM Altec Industries, Inc.

Rebekah Nichols, HS Hydraquip Corporation

John Tobiasson, S, PS, HS

Joseph Holland, IHM

James O’Halek, CC The Boeing Company

Kenneth Hunt, MHM Pedernales Elect. Co-op

David Pactol, MHM Terex Services

Clement Travert, CC Electro Hydraulic Machinery Co. Inc.

John Ingold, MHM Southern California Edison

Seung Park, S, HS Sun Hydraulics

Randall Kruger, HS S.G. Morris Co. Dean Landry, HS University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Rich Dewandeler, MHM Connexus Energy

Austin Doutre, HS

Gerry Morgan, IHM East Coast Hydraulics & Machinery Ltd.

Ryan Kinney, IHT

John Dennison, MHM Terex Services

Collin Skufca, PS Norgren, Inc.

Michael Hanley, CC Electro Hydraulic Machinery Co. Inc.

Joseph Kelly, HS

Aziz Darugar, HS

Brendan McBride, IHT

Scott Moore, MHM Connexus Energy

Nathan Keller, S, PS, HS

Erica Crampton, S, PS, HS

Nicholas Scherrer, MHM Altec Industries, Inc.

Gregory Grundl, CC The Boeing Company

Jeffrey Karr, MHM Southern California Edison

Nicholas Cherpeski, CC The Boeing Company

David Sanborn, HS

Trent Mathias, CC The Boeing Company

Nathan Moore, CC The Boeing Company

Jamin Johnson, MHM Otter Tail Power Co.

Brian Carr, MHT Empire District Electric Co.

David Rottenberk Jr., HS Sun Hydraulics

Tyler Mason, HS Womach Machine Supply

David Gregush, MHM Seattle City Light

Dusty Jazwick, MHM Altec Industries, Inc.

Ed Carey, MHM Terex Services

Frank Manchester, IHT

Andrew Fry, HS

Justin Hiller, HS Womack Machine Supply

Harold Bishop, S, PS, HS

Brock Romero, HS Womack Machine Supply

Jonathan Miller, CC The Boeing Company

David Hesskew, MHM Pedernales Elect. Co-op

Bryan Berhow, MHM Terex Services

Alan Dittrick, S, PS, HS

Edward Frazier, MHM Southern California Edison

Travis Mamone, CC Electro Hydraulic Machinery Co. Inc.

Kevin Perdue, HS Sun Hydraulics

Rodney Valleroy, MHM Valtec Hydraulics, Inc. Isidoro Vergara, MHM Southern California Edison

Plamen Petkov, MHT Altec Industries, Inc.

Cesar Villegas, MHM Southern California Edison

Ronald Piechowski, MHM East Central Energy

Austin Walker, HS Womack Machine Supply

Carlos Humberto Prieto Salazar, HS Hydraquip Custom System, Inc.

Daniel Walker, S, PS, HS

Brian Quayle, PT Alcoa Mill Products, Inc.

Mark White, MHM Terex Services

Paul Radke, MHM Terex Services

Dan Wright, HS Wabash MPI

Jared Reid, PS BYU Idaho

Eric Young, S, PS, HS

William Lee, MHM Southern California Edison

Mark Renaud, IHT Lightning Bay PneuDraulics

Robert Lehnerz, CC The Boeing Company

Sean Rios, S, PS, HS

Michael Walsh, MHM PGE

Lilburn Young, IHM Lighting Bay Pneu Draulics Paul Zinnel, MHT Altec Industries, Inc.

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TENNESSEE Bend, OR Coos Bay, OR Eugene, OR Gresham, OR Medford, OR Oregon City, OR Portland, OR White City, OR

PENNSYLVANIA Bloomsburg, PA Blue Bell, PA Gettysburg, PA Harrisburg, PA Lancaster, PA Newtown, PA Philadelphia, PA Pittsburgh, PA York, PA

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TEXAS Abilene, TX Arlington, TX Austin, TX Beaumont, TX Brownsville, TX Commerce, TX Dallas, TX Denison, TX El Paso, TX Houston, TX

Cedar City, UT Kaysville, UT Logan, UT Ogden, UT Orem, UT Salt Lake City, UT

VIRGINIA Lynchburg, VA Norfolk, VA Roanoke, VA Virginia Beach, VA

WASHINGTON Bellingham, WA Bremerton, WA Ellensburg, WA Olympia, WA Seattle, WA Shoreline, WA

Fond du Lac, WI La Crosse, WI Milwaukee, WI

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AUSTRALIA Rockingham, WA

CANADA Castlegar, BC Kamloops, BC Lethbridge, AB London, ON Mississauga, ON Moose Jaw, SK Nanaimo, BC Prince Albert, SK Saskatchewan, SK Saskatoon, SK Toronto, ON Windsor, ON

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IFPS Updates

Certification Review Training Certification Review Training offered through third-party Accredited Instructors vary in hours. You’ll learn how to ƒƒ Use the math required for testing ƒƒ Analyze and design systems ƒƒ Select components ƒƒ Prepare and properly take certification tests All review training options are taught by IFPS Accredited Instructors. The written certification test can be taken at any of our testing locations (additional test fees will apply).

CONNECTOR & CONDUCTOR (CC) REVIEW W/ JOB PERFORMANCE TEST

Review and testing offered through NTT Training E-mail: bwilson@nttinc.com Virginia Beach, VA Review: March 3-4, 2015 December 15-16, 2015 Job Performance and Written Tests: March 5, 2015 December 17, 2015 Sacramento, CA Review: April 28-29, 2015 Job Performance and Written Tests: April 30, 2015 Centennial, CO Review: August 25-26, 2015 Job Performance and Written Tests: August 27, 2015 Review and testing offered through CFC Industrial Training, Inc. E-mail: register@cfc-solar.com Fairfield, OH Review: August 26-27, 2015 Job Performance and Written Tests: August 28, 2015 Review and testing offered through Eaton Hydraulics Training Services E-mail: hydraulicstraining@eaton. com Maumee, OH Review: June 2-3, 2015 Job Performance Test: June 3, 2015 Written Test: June 4, 2015 INDUSTRIAL HYDRAULIC MECHANIC (IHM) REVIEW W/JOB PERFORMANCE TEST

Review and testing offered through CFC Industrial Training, Inc. E-mail: register@cfc-solar.com Fairfield, OH Review: January 26-28, 2015 May 4-6, 2015 Job Performance Test: May 6, 2015-1:00 p.m. Written Test: May 7, 2015-8:00 a.m. Review and testing offered through NTT Training E-mail: bwilson@nttinc.com

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Seattle, WA Review: March 10-12, 2015 Job Performance and Written Tests: March 13, 2015 Virginia Beach, VA Review: April 14-16, 2015 October 6-8, 2015 Job Performance and Written Tests: April 17, 2015 October 9, 2015 Sacramento, CA Review: June 2-4, 2015 Job Performance and Written Tests: June 5, 2015 Centennial, CO Review: July 21-23, 2015 Job Performance and Written Tests: July 24, 2015 MOBILE HYDRAULIC MECHANIC (MHM) REVIEW W/JOB PERFORMANCE TEST

Online Mobile Hydraulic Certification Review (for written test) offered through CFC Industrial Training, Inc. This course takes you through all chapters of the MHM Study Manual (6.5 hours) and every outcome to prepare you for the written MHM test. Members receive 20% off. Review and testing offered through CFC Industrial Training, Inc. E-mail: register@cfc-solar.com Fairfield, OH Review: March 16-18, 2015 August 3-5, 2015 Job Performance Test: March 18-1:00 p.m. August 5, 2015-1:00 p.m. Written Test: March 19, 2015-8:00 a.m. August 6, 2015-8:00 a.m. INDUSTRIAL HYDRAULIC TECHNICIAN (IHT) REVIEW TRAINING W/JOB PERFORMANCE TEST

Review and testing offered through NTT Training E-mail: bwilson@nttinc.com Seattle, WA Review: March 10-12, 2015

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Job Performance and Written Tests: March 13, 2015 Virginia Beach, VA Review: April 14-16, 2015 October 6-8, 2015 Job Performance and Written Tests: April 17, 2015 October 9, 2015

Sacramento, CA Review: May 12-14, 2015 Job Performance and Written Tests: May 15, 2015 Centennial, CO Review: July 7-9, 2015 Job Performance and Written Tests: July 10, 2015

Sacramento, CA Review: June 2-4, 2015 Job Performance and Written Tests: June 5, 2015

Virginia Beach, VA Review: September 22-24, 2015 Job Performance and Written Tests: September 25, 2015

Centennial, CO Review: July 21-23, 2015 Job Performance and Written Tests: July 24, 2015

Review and testing offered through Eaton Hydraulics Training Services E-mail: hydraulicstraining@eaton. com

HYDRAULIC SPECIALIST (HS) CERTIFICATION REVIEW

Eden Prairie, MN Review: April 14-16, 2015 November 10-12, 2015 Written Test: April 17, 2015 November 13, 2015

Online Self-Paced Hydraulic Specialist Certification Review Training offered through CFC Industrial Training, Inc. This course takes you through all seven chapters (8.5 hours) and every outcome to prepare you for the Hydraulic Specialist test. Members receive 20% off (get coupon code). Online Live - Distance Learning February 2015 and October 2015 dates available. Visit www.ifps.org Review and testing offered through NTT Training E-mail: bwilson@nttinc.com Virginia Beach, VA Review: March 24-26, 2015 Job Performance and Written Tests: March 27, 2015 Review and testing offered through CFC Industrial Training, Inc. E-mail: register@cfc-solar.com Fairfield, OH Review: April 6-8, 2015 October 19-21, 2015 Written Test: April 8, 2015 October 21, 2015 Review and testing offered through NTT Training E-mail: bwilson@nttinc.com

PNEUMATIC SPECIALIST (PS) CERTIFICATION REVIEW

Online Pneumatic Specialist Certification Review Training offered through CFC Industrial Training, Inc. This course takes you through all six chapters (8.5 hours) and every outcome to prepare you for the Pneumatic Specialist test. Members receive 20% off (get coupon code). Fairfield, OH Review: July 27-29, 2015 Written Test: July 29, 2015 JOB PERFORMANCE ONLINE REVIEW

CFC Industrial Training offers online JP reviews, which include stations 1-6 of the IFPS Mechanic and Technician Job Performance Tests. Members may e-mail info@ ifps.org for a 20% coupon code off the list price or get the code in our Members’ Only area for the entire IFPS Job Performance Review; test not included. Live Distance Learning Job Performance Station Reviews. E-mail register@cfc-solar.com for information.


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The PJK-04 high-pressure branded jacking hose has a static working pressure of 10,000 psi. It is manufactured with an abrasion-resistant cover and has a 2:1 safety factor. The hose assembly is specifically designed for use in non-impulse applications, such as hydraulic jacks used with petroleumbased fluids within a temperature range of -40ºF to +120ºF.

The RTM Series™ of maintenance-free venturi cartridges replace failed or clogged multi-stage pumps to maximum productivity and minimize downtime. The single-stage cartridges allow dirt, dust, and debris to pass through the pump without clogging. They thread directly into existing multi-stage vacuum pumps and vacuum grippers for immediate, reliable, troublefree operation. The series is manufactured in 11 performance levels, up to 3.2 scfm (90.6 lpm) vacuum flow and 28” Hg (948 mbar) vacuum level.

The CSM 02 multi-analysis system helps users count particles and solid contamination in hydraulic and lubrication fluids to deliver reliable and efficient operations. It also analyzes other important oil parameters, such as water saturation, temperature, viscosity, and relative dielectric constant in stationary or mobile applications. It is suitable for analyzing foamed oils in large gearboxes and flushing test stands.

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USB Pressure Transducer USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 full speed compatible (incl. CD-Rom) Extremely high 21 bit resolution Includes built-in temperature monitoring MRO, test benches, labs, on-site field tests analysis

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Sprague air-driven high pressure pumps and power units have been providing reliable, energy efficient performance for over 60 years. Reaching pressures of 36,500 psi with just 100 psi drive air; Sprague’s equipment provides cost effective hydrostatic testing, bolt tensioning, chemical injection, work holding and clamping.

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Adaconn® and Inserta® Products combine to provide Integrated Mobile and Industrial Hydraulic Systems that save space, time, and money, eliminate pipe leaks, and add value and integrity to a system. Visit our website to learn more about our unique and expanding product offerings.

Please visit our new website at www.cw-industrial. com to access all of the Sprague catalogs, installation instructions, maintenance manuals and troubleshooting guides. Curtiss-Wright Sprague 10195 Brecksville Rd. Brecksville, OH 44141 Ph: 440-838-7690

Piranhaflex™ Series PFAN388NC Non-Conductive 100R7 Hydraulic Hose

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Piranhaflex™ Series PFAN388NC is ideal for medium pressure hydraulic lines commonly used on vehicle mounted aerial devices such as Boom Trucks and Cherry Pickers. Hose is lightweight and flexible and complies with the ANSI 92.2 standard for Vehicle Mounted Aerial Devices. Product features less than 50 microamperes leakage when subjected to 75,000 volts/ft. for 5 minutes. Ideal hose for non-conductive medium pressure hydraulic hose applications.

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Hercules Sealing Products offers a complete line of online product including: Cylinder Repair Seals, Seal Kits, Engine and Transmission Gaskets, Replacement Cylinders, Cylinder Repair Parts for a variety of industries. These industries include: Construction, Mining, Paving, Agriculture, Refuse, Crane/Lift, Logging, and Industrial Plant applications. The Hercules website features discounted pricing, real-time inventory, live chat, search by seal size, kit manufacturer or OEM / competitor’s part number, order tracking and history. New website features include: Part Substitution, Search Products by Industry and Closeout Specials. To place your order online today, go to www.herculesus.com.

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MAIN’s website provides quick access to the most popular styles of HYDRAULIC FLANGES AND COMPONENTS. “About Us” gives background of this US manufacturer. “Create-A-Flange” offers more parts than the catalog — by picture. If it’s not here, or for questions, E-mails may be sent to get your answer quickly. MAIN Mfg. Products, Inc. 1-800-521-7918 E-mail: info@mainmfg.com

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RYCO specializes in the design, manufacture and sales of a comprehensive range of high pressure hydraulic hoses and fittings. The company operates on a global scale and its products service a wide range of industrial applications. Over the years, RYCO Hydraulics has established a commitment to quality, extensive research and product development, placing RYCO Hydraulics at the forefront of the hydraulic industry. Contact us at 866-821-RYCO (7926)

• H6 Series - Heavy Duty Hydraulic (3000 PSI) • H4 Series - Medium Hydraulic (up to 1500 PSI) • A4 Series - Heavy Duty Steel Air (250 PSI) • A2 Series - Aluminum Air (250 PSI) • Air/Oil Intensifiers • All Stainless Steel Cylinders • Air/ Hydraulic Welded & Mill Type Cylinders • Special Cylinders per Customer Supplied Prints and Specifications Yates Industries, Inc. Yates Alabama Division 23050 Industrial Dr. E. 55 Refreshment Place St. Clair Shores, MI 48080 Decatur, AL 35601 586.778.7680 ph 256.351.8081 ph 586.778.6565 fax 256.351.8571 fax

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Teaching Grants Engage Students in Fluid Power By Sue Chase, schase@nfpa.com The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation awarded six teaching grants that will begin in January 2015. The objective of the grants is to engage students in learning about fluid power, encourage teaching resources at 2-year colleges and 4-year universities, connect talented students to our industry, and foster ongoing forums between educators and industry.

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THE SIX GRANT AWARDS

ƒƒ Development of Servo-Pneumatic Experimental and Learning Platform, Professor Jose A. Riofrio, Western New England University – The primary goal of this project is to design and build a servo-pneumatic testing platform that can be used for undergraduate-level research, as well as lab activities and demonstrations in the Mechanical Engineering department. ƒƒ Educational Agile Pneumatic Robot, Pro-

fessor Luis A. Rodriguez, Milwaukee School of Engineering – The primary goal of this project is to introduce students to fluid power and robotics, to spark interest in fluid power applications and automation, and to reach out to elementary and high school students to excite them about engineering and technology, and to inspire them to pursue a college education. ƒƒ ME6404 Pneumatics, Professor William Singhose, Georgia Institute of Technology – The primary goal of this project is to provide

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graduate students with experience using pneumatic systems in the design and implementation of advanced control methods. ƒƒ Hydro-Cycle, Student Chase Korth, Hennepin Technical College – The primary goal of this project is to highlight the efficiency and practicality of hydraulic propulsion. ƒƒ Multi-Users Load-Sensing System Educational Test Station, Professor Andrea Vacca, Purdue University – The primary goal of this project is to introduce the first educational load-sensing system that will teach students about the basic principles of operation, understand the concepts, and quantify energy consumption and efficiency. ƒƒ Exploring Fluid Power Through Fluid-Powered Bicycle Competition, Professor Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – The primary goal of this project is to expose engineering students to fluid power design, applications, and technology through a 9-month capstone design project that requires them to develop a fluid-powered bicycle. To see the entire list of grants that have been funded, visit www.nfpafoundation.org.

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2014 CFPA Annual Meeting Underscores Fluid Power’s Workforce Challenges By Eric Lanke, CEO, NFPA, elanke@nfpa.com The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Fluid Power Association (CFPA) was held in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. It had been several years since I attended the event, as CFPA has been undergoing a bit of reorganization. But now they are on an upswing with regard to their membership and activities, so they invited me to come on up and provide a short presentation on all things NFPA, including some areas of potential collaboration between our two organizations. Many of the 40+ CFPA members are the Canadian offices of NFPA member companies—Bosch Rexroth, Parker Hannifin, SMC, HYDAC, Hercules Sealing Products, and Flodraulic, to name just a few. Others are companies more specific to the Canadian market—Gerdau and Wainbee being two good examples. Regardless, all of the people from all of the companies I interacted with showed a lot of energy and enthusiasm for growing the fluid power market in Canada. As I said, my presentation was on what’s been going on with the NFPA—our programs,

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objectives, and challenges—with an eye toward possible partnership activities. As I delivered it, I realized that the presentation might be just as informative for NFPA members, so when I got back to the States, I re-recorded it and put it online. (You can access it on YouTube.) One clear area for additional collaboration is our outreach activities—programs designed to seek out and introduce young people to fluid power technology and careers. NFPA’s flagship program in this regard—The Fluid Power Challenge—is, in fact, based on a CFPA program that they have been running in Canada since several years before we got into the game. John Bachmann, a past president of CFPA and now retired from Wainbee, was the driving force in getting the program started in Canada. He helped NFPA launch it in the United States, and he is still engaged in it and other workforce development activities in fluid power. John was there at the CFPA Annual Meeting, and it was good to connect with him again. They embarrassed John by surprising him with a kind of lifetime achievement award for all the work he

has done—a recognition he richly deserves. My presentation was well received, with several people coming up to me afterward offering help, not just in growing the Challenges across the United States and Canada, but also for bringing more fluid power to universities and technical colleges. I captured a lot of people’s attention when describing the work NFPA has done in that regard through our Foundation and the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP). It underscored for me the scope of the challenge we’re facing in preparing an educated workforce for our industry. Unfortunately, it is not just an American problem. But shared challenges often lead to shared solutions. The Fluid Power Challenge has already crossed the border to positively impact our work here in America. There may be other things we can export north to better address the challenges they face in Canada.

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NFPA Identifies Strategy Agenda to Address the Needs of the Fluid Power Industry By William G. Gorski, CFO, Bimba Manufacturing Co. STRATEGIC PRIORITY INCLUSIVENESS: Serve as a forum where all fluid power channel partners work together.

TECHNOLOGY: Promote fluid power technology and foster an innovative environment for the fluid power industry.

WORKFORCE: Build and connect our members to an educated fluid power workforce.

The NFPA is working on a strategy agenda, which includes the following three strategic priorities: ƒƒ Inclusiveness: Serving as a forum where all fluid power channel partners work together ƒƒ Technology: Promoting fluid power technology and fostering an innovative environment for the fluid power industry ƒƒ Workforce: Building and connecting NFPA members to an educated fluid power workforce At the October 2014 NFPA Board of Directors meeting, a series of “ends statements” was finalized under each of the three areas above. These statements better describe the world the Association is trying to achieve, and will be used to shape and direct future activities (see the chart). These statements, along with a series of success indicators by which to track progress, form a new strategy agenda for the NFPA. It is one that is built upon the Association’s strengths while providing new areas of challenge for NFPA to tackle. All of this is framed under its central mission of “strengthening the fluid power industry.”

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ENDS STATEMENTS EFFECTIVE FORUM: NFPA provides an effective forum for fluid power suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and machine/equipment builders to advance their collective interests. INDUSTRY STATISTICS: Members receive timely and accurate industry statistics that support improved decision-making. INCREASED USE: Machine/equipment builders understand the unique strengths of fluid power and readily incorporate it into their products for maximum benefit. KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT: Government agencies and universities engage with NFPA to develop fundamental knowledge of fluid power and educate the next generation of scientific and engineering leaders in the field. YOUNG PEOPLE: Young people understand fluid power’s potential as a technology and as a career path. TECHNICAL CAREERS: Technically trained individuals have successful pathways to long-term careers in the fluid power industry. WORKFORCE CONNECTIONS: NFPA connects its members to the talent they need to grow their businesses and advance fluid power technology.

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SOFP Industry Opinion: Little Change in Industry Opinions By Eric Armstrong, earmstrong@nfpa.com

ROBERT L. FIRTH, SR.

Not much change was seen in industry opinions with NFPA’s recent release of the October 2014 State of the Fluid Power Industry Survey (SOFP), an electronic opinion-based survey that is conducted amongst our manufacturer membership on a monthly basis. SOFP participants foresee a flat fourth quarter closing out a positive 2014 with increased growth in 2015. In October, SOFP participants again agreed that our industry has grown this year compared to last, with a little under 60% of respondents pointing toward an increase. When asked what the next few months have in store, participants feel that our industry will remain flat (especially on the pneumatic side) with some very slight growth possible. It’s when you start asking SOFP participants about next year that much more positive opinions prevail, with over 60% of participants looking towards a positive year for the industry. Only around 30% believe there will be no change over the next year, while under 10% believe there will be a decline. However, there was a very slight dip in opinions of a positive 2015 for mobile hydraulics, with positive results slipping a bit below 60% and negative results moving above 10%. It may be time to check other mobile hydraulic indicators/outlooks to see if they are moving in the same direction. A slight dip in workforce plans from last month with 32% of participants planning to increase their workforce over the next three months, while backlog increased a bit more this month when compared to last month.

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State of the Fluid Power Industry Survey—NFPA offers a variety of market reports and programs, but only one allows industry peers to express their opinions on the state of our industry every month simply by answering a few questions. These opinions, combined with diffusion indexing and NFPA analysis, allow participants to identify the industry’s position in the business cycle and anticipate how the industry will do in the months to come, track industry backlog and hiring plans, and analyze the progress of your company compared to others.

MY LIFE! MY PLAN! GIVES HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS A HEAD START By Lynn Beyer, lbeyer@nfpa.com

On December 11, 2014, Milwaukee Public School held a My Life! My Plan! Workshop at Bradley Tech High School that focused on STEM careers—concentrating on manufacturing and engineering. NFPA members, Loretta Krenitsky of the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and I served as career coaches during the workshop. We were assigned 6-7 freshman high school students to mentor through a series of facilitated career-exploration and college-preparation activities. In the end, all of the coaches felt it was a very rewarding experience. It was a great way for these freshmen to really start thinking about careers, and to be able to interview us and various other community coaches about our job and how we got there.

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Robert (Bob) L. Firth Sr., age 96, of Edina, Minn., formerly of Bay Shore, N.Y., passed away peacefully on December 27, 2014, surrounded by his family and close friends. Mr. Firth was a hydraulic engineer and inventor, with hundreds of patents to his name. During WWII, he worked for Republic Aviation, testing mechanical equipment and hydraulic components used to build and control Republic Aviation’s P43 and P47 Thunderbolt (fire bombers). After the war, he worked at New York Airbrake designing hydraulic pumps and braking systems. In 1956, Mr. Firth became vice president at Electrol, providing products to Dr. Wernher Von Braun for the military and IBMA. In 1959, he moved to Minnesota to work for the Char-Lynn Company, after which he started the Fluid Power Products Division for the Donaldson Company. Mr. Firth was a past president of the IFPS and a charter member of the NFPA.


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2015 Salary Survey VISIT WWW.FLUIDPOWERJOURNAL.COM IN APRIL 2015 TO PARTICIPATE! The survey is open from April 1 to June 30, 2015. The results will be published in the September/ October 2015 issue of Fluid Power Journal.

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m 1A Total Safety A.W. Chesterton Aalborg Instruments Accumulators, Inc. Ace Controls, Inc. Acqiris Adaconn Adsens Technology Advance Hydraulics Advanced Control Technology Inc. Advanced Fluid Systems, Inc., Royersford, PA Advanced Fluid Systems, Inc., York, PA Aggressive Hydraulics Inc Air Engineering & Supply Air-Hydraulic Systems Air Hydraulics Air Logic Air Tac International Group Airline Hydraulics Airmo, Inc. Airtec Pneumatics, Inc. Air-Way Manufacturing Company Allen-Orton, LLC Allen Hydraulics Allenair Corporation Alliance Plastics Allied Fluid Conditioners Almo Manifold & Tool Co Alpha Laval Alumi-Tec Inc. American Centrifugal American Chemical Technologies, Inc. American Cylinder Co., Inc. Ametek APT Ametek - Factory Automation Amphenol Industrial Operations Anchor Fluid Power Anchor Lamina Andersen Fittings Anderson Metals Corp. Inc. Anfield Industries Anver Corp. API Heat Transfer Applied Assembly Services Applied Industrial Technologies Argo-Hytos Inc. Ark-Plas Products, Inc. ASA Hydraulik ASCO Valve, Inc. Ashcroft Inc. ASI, Inc. Assured Automation Atlantic Industrial Technologies Atlas Copco Compressors Inc. Atos Systems Inc. Attica Hydraulic Exchange Corp. AutomationDirect Automation Products, Inc. - Dynatrol® Div. Automation Systems Interconnect Aventics Corporation AW-Lake Company Axiomatic Technologies Corporation B&R Industries, Inc. Bailey International Corporation Baldwin Filters Balluff, Inc. Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. Barker Air & Hydraulics Inc. Barrington Automation Behco, Inc. Behringer Corp. Bell & Gossett BellowsTech, LLC Benford Tools, LLC - dba www.barbmaster.com Beswick Engineering Bifold FluidPower

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Another important characteristic of a vacuum cup material is temperature resistance. Most pick-and-place applications occur at room temperature, but in the plastic injection mold industry, for example, temperature is often considered in vacuum cup choice due to the high heat of parts removed from mold tools. At the other end of the scale is the handling of cold products, such as refrigerated or frozen-food packaging. Typical vacuum cup materials have a temperature range from -40ºF to +400ºF (-40ºC to 204ºC). The temperature limitations of standard vacuum cup materials may warrant the need for specialized vacuum cup compounds, which are less readily available and cost prohibitive. Understanding the actual temperature of the product being handled could save a lot of trouble in vacuum cup material selection. The duration for which the cup is in contact with the load should also be considered. If a cup is rated at 200ºF but the part being handled is 220ºF, a one or two-second vacuum hold would unlikely be catastrophic to the vacuum cup. Also, the area underneath the vacuum cup immediately cools under a vacuum due to the reduction of air molecules (a vacuum definition). If the plastic injection mold is 200ºF, this does not necessarily translate to the production piece being the same temperature. In fact, if it were a thin plastic part, it’s likely that within a matter of moments, it would be significantly cooler. These factors should all be considered. Fig. 9 shows typical temperature ranges of popular vacuum cup materials. NBR is one of the most common materials and is the same material as Nitrile rubber and Buna-N. NBR is used in general inPart 2 dustrial applications and is most There are many types of vacuum often found in steel handling, cups available from a large range plastics handling, and any other of manufacturers. The primary application where the cup should application of vacuum cups is on be resistant to oils and related automated machinery, such as chemicals. In most applications, acuum cups are available in a wide packaging lines, robotic palletizing, this is the “go-to” material choice variety of compounds or materials, based on its low cost, normal which are chosen based on the apautomotive steel stamping, and so availability from suppliers, and its plication for which they are intendon. Selecting the correct vacuum good wear resistance. The harded to be used. There are many difcup for each application is key ness of this compound is typically ferent compounds, but most of the to enabling the machinery to 60 Durometer, although dependcups found in use today are made from four operate in an efficient, safe, and ing on the manufacturer, it can be fundamental materials. reliable fashion. This article offers as low as 40 or as high as 70. NBR There are numerous reasons for choosing basic insight on how to make the is often overlooked for injection a particular compound. The first choice is correct selection to ensure that molding, as the user specifies very normally dependent upon the hardness of the aforementioned criteria are high temperatures and, therefore, the material. This will determine the ability met. (The first part of this article opts for silicone. However, NBR is of a vacuum cup to seal against the surface appeared in the January/February more than suitable for most plasof the product being handled. The most 2015 issue.) tic injection part handling, as its common hardness measurement scale used temperature rating is often near is Shore Hardness, which is often referred to 200ºF. As explained before, the acas “Durometer.” In fact, a Durometer (Fig. 7) tual temperature of the part being handled should be understood is an instrument used to measure hardness, and therefore, the instead of the mold tool itself. NBR is also suitable for wood and “Durometer scale” is the actual unit used when referring to the cardboard handling, as it has very good wear resistance. This is hardness of the material. certainly better when compared to silicone, which is often the As the pin is pressed into the rubber, it moves a dial pointer. only alternative in most manufacturers’ offerings. The harder the material, the further the pin is moved inwards, Silicone is a popular cup compound, but typically costs some and consequently, the pointer achieves a higher dial graduation. 30-50% more than NBR. Silicone does, however, offer the adThere are different Durometer scales based on the materials vantage of having extreme temperature resistance, both cold being measured, such as plastics, rubbers, or metals. The scale and hot. This makes it ideal for handling frozen packaged food used to identify the hardness of a vacuum cup material is Duand hot plastic-injected molded parts with a temperature range rometer scale A, which ranges from 100 (hard) to 5 (soft). Vacuin excess of 450ºF (230ºC). Silicone is typically softer than NBR, um cups are typically available in compounds with a hardness allowing it to seal against contoured or rough surfaces, such as of 35 to 70 Durometer A. Fig. 8 shows a comparison table for cardboard sheet, corrugated plastic, and plastic food packaghardness options of the most popular cup materials.

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ing. Silicone is also offered with FDA (title 21) compliance to allow direct contact with food and drug products. The FDA specification basically ensures that dyes and colorants do not bleed out when handling food and drug products, which would contaminate the process. Metal-impregnated silicone is also very popular in the food industry. In high-speed production lines, metal detectors can sense that a vacuum cup has fallen into the food packaging that typically contains baked goods, such as bread loaves, rolls, and buns. The wear resistance of silicone compared to NBR is poor. Typically on an abrasive surface, such as cardboard, an NBR cup will last at least twice as long. That said, silicone has a better seal on the cardboard and a higher vacuum level can be achieved, which means a smaller vacuum pump can be used or a higher load capacity generated for the tool. One feature often trades off against the other. There is one very important note about silicone that must be understood by the vacuum cup user. Silicone should never be used on surfaces that are to be painted, such as automotive body panels, as the paint will not bond properly on the area touched by the silicone compound cup. The end result known in the paint industry is “fish eyes.” Automotive body plants, because of this characteristic of silicone, do not allow any silicone product within the production facility. Polyurethane vacuum cups are used in potentially high-wear applications. Polyurethane has very high wear resistance compared to both silicone and NBR, but typically is more expensive. The temperature-resistance range is less than both NBR and silicone, as shown in Fig. 9. Some manufacturers offer dual Durometer vacuum cups using a softer lip of about 30 Durometer bonded to a 60 Durometer body to offer a seal on the load with stability in high-speed transfer. The disadvantage of this type of dual compound is that it is expensive to produce, being a manual process, compared to the NBR and silicone compounds, which are produced in larger quantities with injection molding or in multiple cavity compression molds. Vinyl cups or PVC (polyvinyl chloride) cups are a relatively low-cost alternative to the aforementioned materials of NBR, silicone, and polyurethane; however, the mechanical properties of PVC, which is a plastic material, is inferior to that of the rubber compounds. Although rubber products wear more quickly than PVC due to abrasion, PVC will more likely “work harden” and fracture. This is normally found at the stress points of the cup where the most movement occurs, such as a bellows corner or the corner of a flat cup at the fitting connection. The fact that PVC is very hard wearing does not offset its poor mechanical performance. Typical PVC cups have a limited temperature and Durometer offering. PVC cups tend to have a lower initial cost, but consideration should be made to the ownership cost with regards to their often shorter life compared to other readily available compounds. The best way to understand what the cup material should be is to understand the application. Does it NEED to be silicone? Could less-expensive NBR be more suitable? Understanding the application is absolutely key in selecting the correct compound. And, like all applications in manufacturing, just because that’s what is being used now does NOT mean that’s what should be used going forward.

Daniel Pascoe is an independent industrial consultant with clients across North America and Europe, one of which is Vacuforce LLC (www.vacuforce.com), a manufacturer and distributor of vacuum components for whom this article was co-written. Daniel can be reached via www.davasol.com or directly at dpascoe@davasol.com. Find Vacuforce on Facebook, and keep updated on twitter.com/vacuforce.

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