• "Sommer-Automatic": The Brand Passes Into History, The Products Look Forward to The Future.

    2016-11-08 14:17:08

    The Sommer-automatic brand has served users in the automation sector for decades, but now it is time to look to the future: the Zimmer Group has now decided to cease operations with its traditional Sommer-automatic brand and transfer these components to the umbrella brand of the Zimmer Group (formerly Zimmer Technische Werkstätten), which has for

  • Pok√©mon GO and the Future of Fluid Power

    2016-11-04 15:27:01

    This year will likely be remembered as the summer of Pokémon GO, the cultural phenomenon that took our country by storm. If you didn’t get a chance to play, you probably noticed game users walking around with their eyes glued to their smartphones while also scanning their surroundings. Phones are the tools that help them navigate in

  • Pneumatic Cannon Flies Pumpkins At Record Distances

    2016-11-03 04:57:49

    The Big Ten Inch broke records, launching a pumpkin over a mile in Moab, Utah, 2010.  Courtesy of Big10Inch.org The Big 10 Inch (BTI) pneumatic cannon holds the Guinness Book of World Record for launching pumpkins over a mile at speeds that approach the local speed of sound. It is set to compete again at the World

  • The Anatomy Of A Hydraulic Maintenance Failure

    2016-11-02 04:56:55

    Would you part with $70 to save $70,000? This is a 'no brainer' for most of us. Well, here's a story for you:I recently conducted failure analysis and a reliability audit on a 300 kilowatt (400HP) hydrostatic transmission. The hydraulic system was running a synthetic ester, biodegradable hydraulic fluid. This $45/gallon hydraulic fluid had been


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Hydraulic Troubleshooting Success Principle #3: Check The Easy Things First

2016-11-08 03:27:35

In The Hydraulic Troubleshooting Handbook I explain the 12 principles of effective troubleshooting. Checking and eliminating the easy things first is troubleshooting principle #3. And not sticking to this principle can prolong the agony when troubleshooting, as the following story shows:The machine in question had a complex hydraulic system, the


Hydraulic-Electric Analogies: Conditioners

2016-11-03 18:26:43

Conditioners are widely used in both electrical and hydraulic circuits. In electronics, they’re referred to as signal conditioners; in hydraulics, they’re called fluid conditioners. Fluid conditioners consist of filters, heat exchangers, and, sometimes, fluid heaters. These were described last month and compared to their electrical


So, You Think You Know Shuttle Valves?

2016-11-03 04:57:49

In the world of fluid power, one of the least-complex components is the shuttle valve.  Operating on that premise, you may think you know all there is to know about them. Shuttle valves perform the simple function of allowing flow from an outlet port from either of two inlet ports while blocking flow to the other. A shuttle valve may look like


Distributor Software Streamlines Fluid-Power Supply Chain

2016-08-22 21:27:05

Tribute Inc., a provider of business-management software for industrial distribution marketplaces, releases its newest structure query language (SQL)-based software, TrulinX version 15.3, partnering with several major manufacturers to streamline the supply chain for fluid-power, motion-control, and automation distributors. The software caters to


Eiffel Tower Gets Lift from Hydraulics

2016-08-06 00:27:34

Whether you view the Eiffel Tower up close or from afar, it may be the most impressive man-made structure in the world. Most of its nearly 20,000 visitors per day view the Tower from the outside, but those exploring the inner structure witness a different experience. The view inside is further enhanced by elevators that whisk visitors to different



Self-Drive Delivery Van Can Be 'Built In Four Hours'

2016-11-07 15:22:48

Jane Wakefield for BBC News:  A self-drive electric delivery van, that could be on UK streets next year, has been unveiled at the Wired 2016 conference in London. The vehicle's stripped-back design and lightweight materials mean it can be assembled by one person in four hours, the firm behind it claims. The vehicles will be


North American Robotics Market Sets New Records for First Nine Months of 2016

2016-11-02 17:42:12

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2016, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group. (Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - November 2, 2016) Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2016, according to Robotic Industries


Swarm of Origami Robots Can Self Assemble Out of a Single Sheet

2016-11-02 12:42:13

Evan Ackerman for IEEE Spectrum:  One of the biggest challenges with swarms of robots is manufacturing and deploying the swarm itself. Even if the robots are relatively small and relatively simple, you’re still dealing with a whole bunch of them, and every step in building the robots or letting them loose is multiplied over the entire


Yaskawa Motoman Receives Reaccreditation Status from IACET

2016-08-15 15:22:55

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded reaccreditation status to the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. Yaskawa Academy (formerly known as Motoman Technical Education Center - MTEC) has been an Accredited Provider since 1993. Dayton, OH (August 2016) — The International


ABB Introduces the IRB 1660ID, Its Latest Compact Robot for Arc Welding and Machine Tending Applications

2016-08-01 22:52:46

The most versatile robot in the mid-size class will allow end-users to increase productivity and quality, with reduced cycle times AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (August 1, 2016) - ABB Robotics has introduced the IRB 1660ID, its latest compact robot for arc welding and machine tending applications. The most versatile robot in the mid-size class, the IRB


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