The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation has initiated its new Fluid Power Laboratory Program to establish a state-of-the-art training lab at a qualifying educational institution.
HydraForce has released the latest version of its hydraulic circuit design tool. Version 3.3 of i-Design supports the trend toward higher hydraulic system pressures, smaller hydraulic “footprints” and greater global application of hydraulic manifolds and cartridge valves.
When 2011 started, I would have expected that the triennial IFPE show would have been the talk of the year. And the show was an impressive one, with more than 400 exhibitors, 100,000+ attendees at the combined co-located shows (including CONEXPO and CON/AGG) and a wonderful technical conference. But what I find perhaps most significant for the industry was how three of the main fluid power organizations came together in a joint effort to discuss efficiency.
The topics of energy conservation and alternate sources of energy have been buzzing around since I graduated from college in the mid-60s. The level of excitement vacillates depending upon how Arabian and/or OPEC nations are interfacing with the Western developed countries.
Sauer-Danfoss is pleased to introduce the DDC20 — a new 20 cm3 direct displacement control pump — to their lineup of pumps and motors for transmissions on mobile equipment. As the most compact pump on the market, the DDC20 offers unparalleled efficiency, low noise and the flexibility to perform in a wide array of light-duty equipment applications.
Friction between lubricated surfaces is a principal source of energy losses in fluid power systems—a ubiquitous problem for fluid power users across the industrial spectrum. But thanks to research underway within the Engineering Research Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power, that problem is on its way to resolution.
Jon Jensen of SMC, Immediate Past President of the International Fluid Power Society, opened up the first Energy Efficient Hydraulics and Pneumatics Conference at the Sheraton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel on Tuesday. Jensen explained that the registered attendance was 107, an excellent showing for a first-time event.
HydraForce has recently added a section to their website explaining how their multi-function valves incorporate two or more functions into a single cartridge valve. By combining functions, they can reduce space claim, number of ports, and costly cross drills, while increasing flow passage and efficiency.
Eaton Corp. has announced a new generation of proportional valves created to provide integrated programmable control capabilities in sophisticated electro-hydraulic axis control applications. Eaton’s new AxisPro valves are designed to support both centralized and distributed axis control architectures in high-performance applications.
Hydraulic fluids flow through filters in a spiral pattern that improves flow, increases absorption capacity, keeps filters cleaner and protects hard-working equipment from contamination.