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Latest information on hydraulic and pneumatic motion control

November 7, 2011
A new look but same quality
Servopneumatics gives robots a sense of touch
Just in time for higher profits
Portable alternative energy package provides power off the grid
Water is bad, mmm'kay?
Gear lubricants
Hydraulic winch control
Sealant-free connections


A new look but same quality

You'll notice a new look to your Fluid Power Monthly enewsletter this month, but we have not changed the quality of the content. You'll still find great, technical articles, but we hope that our new format will help you find articles of interest easier. Feel free to let me know what you think!

In this issue, we take a look at machine automation with servopneumatics, a hydraulically powered cargo handling system that cut down on wasted time, alternative energy-driven generators, and finally, Josh Cosford offers a few tips on preparing your equipment for the cold winter months! Keep reading for a look at some new cool products, including hydraulic motors, gear oils, and pneumatic connectors.

It may be early, but almost everyone is thinking about the holidays, so I'll wish you an early Happy Thanksgiving!

-Mary Gannon

Articles


Servopneumatics gives robots a sense of touch

Although high-speed automation is common in the manufacturing industry, some production processes must still be carried out by hand because operations require touch sensitivity and force control. The work is done manually because sensing the pressure applied by a moving machine or robot and precisely adjusting it in real time is a complicated and vexing problem. A new tool, the Active Contact Flange (ACF) from FerRobotics Technology GmbH, Linz, Austria, reportedly overcomes these limitations. The pneumatically powered, controlled- contact device mounts to a robot arm, and tools such as a sanding pad bolt on with a standard flange. In essence, it gives common industrial robots a sense of touch.

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Caplugs Offers New SHG Series Hose Guards
Caplugs' new SHG Series of hose guards is designed to extend the life of hydraulic, pneumatic and high-pressure hoses. These hose guards are durable and flexible, protecting the hose without affecting its functionality. The SHG Series has internal bevels to cushion the hose while allowing a full range of motion. Manufactured of high-density polyethylene, these guards shield the hose from impact damage, crushing, cuts and UV degradation. www.caplugs.com

Just in time for higher profits

Recent improvements by ETA Industries Inc., New Brighton, Pa., to its Rolflor Cargo Handling System (CHS) are reflected directly in the bottom line of their customers. Rolflor is a “live floor” conveyor built directly into tractor trailers used for short haul, quick-turn situations. The hydraulically operated system drastically reduces the amount of time to load and unload cargo while improving safety.

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Portable alternative energy package provides power off the grid

Sometimes you just need power where there isn’t any, but you must have power for a clinic or other critical operation. In the past, you’d have to set up a generator but the X3-20 Portable Power System, from X3 Energy, a division of Van Straten Brothers Inc., Baraga, Mich., offers a more economical and environmentally conscious solution. It combines a 12 kW wind turbine, 5 kW solar panels (expandable to 20 kW), and batteries to deliver power with zero emissions as long as the wind, sun, or both are strong enough to meet demand.

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    Water is bad, mmm'kay?

    Most construction, farming or road maintenance equipment sits over the winter. One of the biggest problems of stagnant hydraulic machines relates to a quality of oil. So as we gear up for the cold, snowy winter months ahead, columnist Josh Cosford offers some tips on keeping water and ice out of your hydraulic system.

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    New Zero-Leak Solenoid Actuated Directional Valves
    Cost-effective poppet-style 3- and 4-way valves. Reliable actuation of single- or double-acting cylinders in applications up to 5000 psi (340 bar) where pressure and flow are intermittent. Use with most hydraulic pumps for long-term pressure maintenance without replenishment. Mount to D03 (ISO3) standard valve subplate. Small footprint. Premium material construction. www.interfacedevices.com

    New Products


    Gear lubricants

    Mobil SHC Gear series high-performance, fully-synthetic industrial gear oils from ExxonMobil Lubricants & Petroleum Specialties are approved by Siemens for use in Flender gearboxes and meet or exceed nearly every other major industry and OEM specification for industrial gearbox applications. In statistically validated laboratory tests and field trials, these fluids exhibited energy savings of up to 3.6% compared with conventional oils. These gear oils offer increased protection against conventional wear modes, such as scuffing, enhanced resistance to micropitting fatigue and extended oil life of as much as six times longer than competitive mineral oil based gear lubricants.

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    Hydraulic winch control

    HPC Winch Control from Parker Hannifin Corp. features HP control with pressure cutoff for series V14 variable displacement hydraulic motors, to improve winch operation and operator productivity. It provides smooth operation and provides for operator comfort in many motor applications such as winch and hoisting drives and in construction machinery such as mobile cranes. It offers high starting torque, operating pressures to 6960 psi (480 bar), and a wide displacement range of 5:1. Nine pistons are included for high start-up torque and smooth operation.

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    Sealant-free connections

    FasMate FN-Series connectors from FasTest provide quick, easy connections to threaded ports. Easy actuation and a split collet design create instantaneous connections, eliminating the need for thread sealant and wrench tightening and preventing costly port thread damage and unnecessary downtime. They can perform three styles of actuation: squeeze lever, pneumatic pilot and pneumatic thumb valve. They enable instant connections to female threaded ports. Constructed of stainless steel wetted parts, anodized top housing and rated for pressures up to 5000 psi, they also offer an extensive threaded port sealing range of 1/8- to 1/2-in. NPT, as well as SAE, BSPP and Metric sizes.

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