• Local Distributor is Offering FREE Oil Analysis Kits with Every Hydraulic Repair

    2015-06-03 20:13:25

    Hydrotech, Inc. is offering a free oil analysis kit with all repairs for a limited time. We've also interviewed their Service/Repair manager on their "rush repair" program that promises to get you back to business.

  • Integrated Manifolds Make a Big Change

    2016-01-12 22:12:17

    Changing the enormous tires on massive earthmoving vehicles is no easy trick. Tires on rims may weigh as much as 33,000 lb., which requires heavy lifting capacity combined with precise control. Servicing one machine with conventional tire-handling equipment can take up three maintenance bays, owing to its bulk. Hedweld Engineering, based in

  • Smart Pneumatics Already IoT-Ready

    2016-01-12 22:12:17

    The Internet of Things (IoT) shouldn’t be an idealized cloud—it needs to provide real advantages to users. IoT is already a buzzword in the automation industry, with few other topics receiving as much press. But not many people are aware that, from an automation perspective, IoT is not a revolution, but a gradual evolution over the past

  • Predictive motion-based eye tracking to control cars and wearable AR/VR headsets

    2016-01-06 20:12:01

    Technology and our natural body movements are becoming increasingly more in sync thanks to Quantum User Interface solutions from Quantum Interface (Qi) that combine eye-tracking and motion control. Eyes are the fastest-moving part of the human body and there is no control system capable of handling eye speed – until now. Now by simply moving


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Multi-function valve and pump controller

2016-01-13 18:42:13

Posted by Mike Santora on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 · Leave a Comment   High Country Tek, Inc. has created a precision proportional controller that is rugged, versatile, compact, and simple to configure. Because of its programmatic flexibility, the EVC multi-function digital valve driver can be configured to control different machine


Miniature quick disconnects provide leak-free operation

2016-01-13 15:42:19

The QDM3 connector from Beswick Engineering, Greenland, N.H., is said to be the world’s smallest dry-break quick disconnect. The ultra-miniature QDM3 consists of mating internal and external ends that, when connected, have an overall length of 33 mm. Hex width across flats is only 6.4 mm. The quick disconnects are based on a dry-break design,


Direct stroke measurement in hydraulic cylinder

2016-01-13 15:42:14

Whether it’s agricultural machinery, construction equipment, or municipal vehicles, intelligent sensors are indispensable nowadays throughout the mobile machine market. Accurately recording paths and angles is an integral component of intelligent operating functions. These functions improve not only the convenience, but also the safety of


How does extreme cold affect hydraulic hose?

2016-01-13 14:12:18

In the classic science-museum demonstration, a technician—wearing a white lab coat and safety goggles—dips a soft rubber ball into a container of liquid nitrogen and then flings the ball against a wall. Predictably, and to the delight of the audience, the now rock-hard ball shatters into a thousand pieces. Hydraulic systems routinely


Video: New Customizable Consumer Car to Be Made Through Additive Manufacturing

2015-07-09 10:45:27

The sponsor of the upcoming Additive Manufacturing Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, has revealed the electric car that it will produce in this city.



Pneumatics is key for packaging machinery manufacturer

2016-01-13 14:12:16

by Todd Dice, General Manager, Ridgeline Machine Design Ridgeline Machine made extensive use of pneumatics when building a low-cost, small-footprint, portable traymaker to replace a manual process for one of their customers. Ridgeline Machine Design (RMD) has more than 40 years of experience as a packaging machinery producer, designing and building


Robotics, reshoring, and American jobs

2016-01-13 02:42:17

By Charles Orlowek for The Hill:  Good news?   Boston Consulting Group foresees more large manufacturers boosting production for the American market by adding capacity in the U.S. itself, compared with any other country.  It cites “decreasing costs and improved capabilities of advanced manufacturing technologies such


Getting Started with Collaborative Robots - Part 4 - Assess Your Potential Applications

2016-01-12 17:42:18

Documenting the actual process will allow you to evaluate if the process can be automated. This will also give you a starting point on cell performance and improvement opportunities.


Modern Robotics Unveils Its Newest, Collaborative Robot

2016-01-08 22:53:32

Spartan puts affordable robot into the hands of students from middle school through college level MIAMI, FL — (January 8, 2016) — Modern Robotics Inc. today provided an exciting glimpse into the future of collaborative robotics with the introduction of Spartan™, a robotics base kit that allows users to build and program a very


Lego’s classroom robotics kit goes wireless

2016-01-06 00:23:35

Ross Miller for The Verge:   Lego's entry-level robotics set is getting an overhaul. The brickmaker today is announcing WeDo 2.0 for elementary classrooms, which will both teach science-related concepts and, more importantly, let children build and program Lego robots. Designed to teach engineering and science, Lego Education's WeDo


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