I’m used to writing about fluid power of the motion control variety. But this week, I’m reminded of the unassailable power of even unpressurized water—especially when it decides to come into my finished basement and ruin almost everything. Ah, Hurricane Sandy, you’ve been a maddening thing, even here in Ohio, hundreds of miles from the […]
Mobile Hydraulics Blog
I had a nice chat with Greg Brown of RYCO Hydraulics at MINExpo last month, and it all revolved around safety. Greg was showing me their Crocbite product, an ingenious product for connecting large hoses that are frequently used in longwall mining applications. Instead of the traditional “staples” that connect large hoses, RYCO designed a […]
As a non-partisan service to readers, following are unedited position papers from the Obama and Romney campaign websites on each candidates’ views on manufacturing and trade issues. You may visit the campaign websites yourself at http://www.barackobama.com and http://www.mittromney.com to dig deeper. We welcome any feedback or opinions on this election and what it means to […]
Tennessee-based Bailey International LLC is well-known in the mobile hydraulics market, thanks to their wide variety of products, especially hydraulic cylinders. Over the past couple of years, the company has made capital investments in excess of $1 million to bolster production capacity. A robotic welder added in 2011 enables more consistent output and weld quality […]
Chicago-area manufacturer HydraForce was founded in 1985 on the principles of offering the highest quality products and what the company calls “unparalleled customer service.” Seeing a gap in the marketplace, founders Jim Brizzolara, Dick Fontecchio, and Ron Reuter sought out advice from industry insiders and took aim at the cartridge valve market with innovative designs.
The annual NFPA Industry and Economic Outlook Conference, held this year at the Oak Brook Hills Marriott in suburban Chicago, hit an all-time record of attendance with 312 pre-registered attendees. Driving that number was the uncertain economy—manufacturers are eager to hear where business pressures will come from over the coming years. Brian Beaulieu, CEO, Institute […]
Say “fluid power education” and one of the first things that pops into my head is the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
It was heartening for me to see the name P.K. Guha come up in a press release this week, when it was announced that he had launched a new company, Hydraulic Management Group. P.K. has been around for a long time, going back to the days when Vickers was a dominant force in the industry […]
Jenni LeCompte, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Public Affairs, posted a blog on the Treasury department’s site describing how manufacturing is an engine of job growth and re-shoring is increasing.
It’s that time of the year when everyone’s releasing sales data from Q1, and the big three fluid power players have all come out with numbers.