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July 2016 Fluid Power press review

July 2016 media review of most interested articles about hydraulic and pneumatic design and solutions.

FluidPower Journal, the  July-August Issue

FluidPower Journal, July 2016

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  • Pneumatic machine design guide by Richard Bullers, CFPPS (see pages 13..15)

Hydraulics & Pneumatics, the July 2016 issue

Hydraulic & Pneumatics, July 2016

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  • One thing you must do before changing your hydraulic oil (see pages 12..13)
  • Machine trims tops, sides of orchard trees  (see pages 14..15)
  • Stepper motors  (see pages 16..23)
  • Filtration advice from experts  (see pages 26..27)
  • Sensor choices for pneumatic cylinder positioning  (see pages 30..37)
  • Pump + Motor = HST – the article about the primary function of any hydrostatic transmission (HST)  (see pages 38..43)

Hydraulics & Pneumatics, web site article

Hydraulics & Pneumatics

The link to the article: Pneumatic Rotary Actuators: Back to School. This article provides a primer on common rotary actuators and a review for experienced engineers

Machinery Lubrication, the July-August 2016 issue

Machinery Lubrication July-August 2016

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  • Why Inspection 2.0 Best Strategy for Early Fault Is Your Detection  (see pages 2..7)
  • TOP 5 hydraulic mistakes and best solutions (see pages 12..16)
  • “Best way to prevent Equipment problems”. This article will attempt  to  encourage  a  paradigm  shift  in maintenance  thinking  with  prevention driving  most  of  the  activities. (See pages 28..34)

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June 2016 fluid power press review

June 2016 pressreview of most interested articles about hydraulic and pneumatic design and solutions.

Hydraulics & Pneumatics magazine

Hydraulics & Pneumatics, June 2016

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  • There continue the cycle of articles for beginners “Hydraulic-Electric analogies” and in this issue we can find info about internal gear (gerotor) pumps (history, how it works, types, etc.). See pages 20..23
  • “Stick-Slip Happens, But How” – info about friction and vibration characteristics of pneumatic cylinders (see pages 24..29)
  • “Gain Control of the flow” – mini-guide enplanes what kind of valves (and why) can be used for actuator speed control (see pages 34..39)
  • “Premature Failures and what to do about them” – article about components failure detection procedures, commissioning and warranty issues (see pages 40..44)

Hydraulics & Pneumatics journal (UK)

Hydraulics & Pneumatics journal (UK), June 216
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Just couple news and discussions were interested from hydraulic point, and there no any useful technical info in this issue.

Fluid Power World Handbook 2016

FluidPower World, June 2016

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The fifth edition of the Fluid Power Handbook. You can search unique, high-value editorial content for the latest and greatest news, application stories, technical features and more.

New QuickDesign with SmartConnect from SUN

New QuickDesign with SmartConnect from SUN

New QuickDesign with SmartConnect from SUN

SUN announced about new SmartConnect schematic tool for manifold design.

The direct link where you can read more about this online application is here . In addition SUN offers the free webinars how to use it.

This is a very interesting feature which really simplifies the preparing work of manifold design. The online application is free and required a free registration only. Before this time it was a pretty complicate algorithm to indicate connections between cartridges’ ports. Now you just draw a hydraulic schematic (easy drag and drop SUN components) and with next step you get ready to use manifold design drawing set.

I used SUN manifold design before and tried to use it now with SmartConnect – I see the difference, and it is really improving and great feature.

I think the next step from SUN to be components’ placement optimization. I really like the idea of free online manifold design, but on the other hand, I found the complicated design from SUN has not optimal components placement and always manual correction required. And the problem with it – it hard to do in CREO because at the end we get STEP file which impossible (or very hard and uncomfortable) to modify. But anyways, this online application can give you some idea how to place components in the space and this is a good basis for your own manifold design. This is why I at least recommend to pay attention to QuickDesign with SmartConnect tool.