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Compressed Air System Leaks: The Cost, Common Culprits, Detection, and Repair: Part 2


By Matt McCorkle, Kaeser Compressors

Imagine leaving your doors and windows open during the coldest winter days. Your furnace would run nonstop to try and heat your house. Your energy bill would skyrocket. Your home would still be chilly, you’d scramble to find other ways to keep warm, and your furnace would wear out more quickly.

Now think of the equivalent scenario in a compressed air system. You should be thinking of the costs associated with compressed air leaks.

Part 1 of this article discussed how companies are losing thousands of dollars each year to compressed air system leaks and where leaks commonly occur. In Part 2, we will discuss leak detection methods and practical advice for an audit and repair plan, as well as why an ongoing leak detection and repair program can be one of the most cost-effective measures a company can use to benefit its bottom line...Read this article.

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Office Relationships: The Different Shoes You Have To Fill


By Sharon Bennett, BA, BSN

In today’s business world, your life is bombarded with constant requirements for your time, energy, and mind. Balancing all the varied facets that affect your life can prove to be complex, but it is an absolute necessity. Not doing so can mean the difference between a positive or negative outcome. Everyone—whether it’s the boss, the colleague, or the subordinate—has different roles to fill at the office, sometimes all at once. How you handle these relationships is like slipping into a different pair of shoes; sometimes a person has to try many different shoes before they find one pair that fits their personality, business style, and budget....Read this article.

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Product Review


Cartridge Valves

Parker Hannifin Corp., Fluid Control Division
The new line of manifold mount cartridge valves are part of a family of direct-acting solenoid valves for air and liquid (including light oil) applications. These small, powerful valves are offered in two-way and three-way models with a stainless steel body. They offer a space-saving approach without manifold orifices to machine or press. Fully assembled, the valves offer no loose parts to assemble together—the sleeve, plunger, spring, and orifice are pressed together as one unit.


Pressure Relief Valve

The Lee Co.
The Hi-Q pressure relief valve is designed for applications that require both a high relief pressure and a high flow rate in a compact package. The valve is capable of relief pressures up to 5,400 psid and flow rates over 19 gpm. The valve utilizes a size inlet flow path to help minimize the installation boss size and weight. The valve is offered in a range of cracking pressures from 1,000 psid to 5,400 psid. It is designed for nominal system pressures up to 5,000 psi and system peak pressures up to 6,750 psi. Each valve is 100% tested and inspected.

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Fluid Power Journal is looking for professionals in the industry to submit small blurbs (2-3 paragraphs) to help readers troubleshoot common problems and challenges. IFPS members who submit four or more Tech Tips qualify for a special gift.

Contact Kristine Coblitz at kcoblitz@fluidpowerjournal.com for more information.

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Year-to-date U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 5.3% Over 2011

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October U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $459.16 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 31.3% from September and down 0.1% when compared with the total of $459.41 million reported for October 2011. With a year-to-date total of $4,753.68 million, 2012 is up 5.3% compared with 2011.

These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program.

“Orders continue to be on pace for a record-setting year, and a monthly drop was fully expected in the month following IMTS,” said Douglas K. Woods, AMT President. “While manufacturing continues to play a strong role in economic recovery, our main concern heading toward the end of the year is that lawmakers do what’s necessary to avoid the ‘fiscal cliff,’ and the implications it could have on the broader economy.”

The United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report, compiled by the trade association representing the production and distribution of manufacturing technology, provides regional and national U.S. orders data of domestic and imported machine tools and related equipment. Analysis of manufacturing technology orders provides a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing industries invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity.

U.S. manufacturing technology orders are also reported on a regional basis for five geographic breakdowns of the United States.

Northeast Region
Manufacturing technology orders in the Northeast Region in October totaled $63.69 million, down 19.7% from September’s $79.27 million and down 3.6% when compared with the October 2011 figure. At $640.83 million, 2012 year-to-date is down 5.7% when compared with 2011 at the same time.

Southern Region
Southern Region manufacturing technology orders totaled $60.69 million in October, down 41.1% from the $102.99 million total for September but 12.8% higher than the total for October 2011. The year-to-date total of $683.23 million is 15.3% more than the comparable figure for 2011.

Midwest Region
At $162.75 million, October manufacturing technology orders in the Midwest Region were down 20.0% when compared with the $203.33 million total for September but up 10.3% when compared with October a year ago. With a year-to-date total of $1,530.30 million, 2012 is up 4.9% when compared with 2011 at the same time.

Central Region
October manufacturing technology orders in the Central Region totaled $124.77 million, 30.2% lower than September’s $178.71 million and down 8.8% when compared with the October 2011 figure. At $1,341.76 million, the 2012 year-to-date total was 6.8% more than the comparable figure for 2011.

Western Region
Western Region manufacturing technology orders in October stood at $47.27 million, down 54.6% from the September total of $104.07 million and 14.3% lower than the figure for October 2011. The $557.56 million year-to-date total was 5.7% above the total for the same period in 2011.


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