Fluid Power Technology Focus: Binary Spur Gear Pumps By Stephen L. White, CFPHS, Gear Pump Division, Innovations Team Project Engineer, Parker Han

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Fluid Power Technology Focus: Binary Spur Gear Pumps

By Stephen L. White, CFPHS, Gear Pump Division, Innovations Team Project Engineer, Parker Hannifin

Positive displacement hydraulic pumps exist in many variants. Among the simplest of these is the spur gear pump. Occasionally I hear talk of its impending demise, such as “it’s been around too long” or “it’s too simple for this modern world,” but the pump continues to be a viable offering. One of the primary reasons is due to the cost. Almost anyone who can cut a gear can make these pumps, and many firms do. They are capable of high pressure and reasonably good efficiency, especially considering the comparative cost. Where they fall down is in the lack of variability...Read this article.

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Got a Tech Tip? We Want to Publish it!

Fluid Power Journal is starting a new column in 2012 called "Tech Tips," and we are looking for Fluid Power Professionals to submit small blurbs (2-3 paragraphs) to help readers troubleshoot common problems and challenges. Contact Kristine Coblitz at kcoblitz@fluidpowerjournal.com for more information.


Product Review


High-Pressure Valves and Components

Haskel International, Inc.
Featured in the company’s new e-catalog is the BuTech high-pressure valves, fittings, and tubing. The navigation menu walks users, step-by-step, through a selection process using formula-assisted parameter selection, full/partial product number, or description/ keyword. It also includes side-by-side comparison functionality, downloadable product details pages, and an RFQ Cart.


8901-D Series Control Grip

Cyber-Tech, Inc.
Cyber-Tech, Inc introduces our new 8901-D Series control grip. Made from Die cast aluminum, this control grip will withstand today’s industrial market needs.

– Standard pushbutton configurations are: 0, 2, 4, or 6
– Standard rocker configurations are: single rocker, dual rockers, single rocker + 2 pushbuttons or dual rockers + 2 pushbuttons.
– Proportional options available: pushbutton, triggers, rockers and thumb wheels.
– Nine trigger solutions ranging from a Single Triggers to a deadman Lever.
– Easily mounted to any joysticks.
– Custom option available.

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Success Without Sacrifice: Change Your Way of Thinking


Joelle K. Jay, Ph.D.

Do you believe in having it all?

A lot of people have given up on this idea. They act as if their lives are limited to a series of trade-offs, and they end up making difficult choices they really don’t want to make.

Take Whitney. Whitney was a leading journalist who used to travel constantly, worked non-stop and was starting to feel bitter and jaded. In order to succeed in her career, she thought she had to sacrifice everything. She ate on the road, barely got enough sleep, and never had time to relax and enjoy her family and friends. She almost never had quality time to herself.

In her mind, this was the sacrifice she had to make. But that’s a very limited view. There’s another way Whitney would be able to approach her life – one that would be more fulfilling and sustainable, while still making it possible to be the successful career woman she wanted to be.

This article will cover two kinds of thinking – one that’s limiting, and one that’s empowering. When you learn to embrace a more powerful perspective, you are going to feel like you truly have it all...read this article.


Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 73.9% from 2010


November U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $430.17 million according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 6.9% from October but up 26.6% when compared with the total of $339.68 million reported for November 2010. With a year-to-date total of $4,956.51 million, 2011 is up 73.9% compared with 2010.

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

“Manufacturing technology orders slowed slightly in November, but maintained their sprint toward the 2011 finish line thanks to the bonus depreciation tax incentive,” said Peter Borden, AMTDA President. “The order slowdown in metal cutting equipment was countered by acceleration in the fabricating sector and contributed to an increase over 2010 of nearly 75%. Backlogs for 2012 are very healthy at this point and growing longer.”

The United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report, jointly compiled by the two trade associations 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
At $64.88 million, November manufacturing technology orders in the Northeast Region were down 1.8% when compared with the $66.09 million total for October and down 1.4% when compared with November a year ago. The year-to-date total of $743.95 million is 38.9% more than the comparable figure for 2010.

Southern Region
November manufacturing technology orders in the Southern Region totaled $51.77 million, 4.0% less than October’s $53.91 million but 17.3% more than the November 2010 total. With a year-to-date total of $619.34 million, 2011 is up 55.5% when compared with 2010 at the same time.

Midwest Region
Midwest Region manufacturing technology orders in November stood at $141.29 million, 5.0% less than the October total of $148.77 million but up 22.1% when compared with last November. At $1,663.63 million, the 2011 year-to-date total is 94.0% more than the comparable figure for 2010.

Central Region
Manufacturing technology orders in the Central Region in November totaled $125.10 million, down 9.6% from October’s $138.31 million but up 56.4% when compared with the November 2010 figure. The $1,354.89 million year-to-date total is 81.9% higher than the total for the same period in 2010.

Western Region
Western Region manufacturing technology orders totaled $47.14 million in November, 14.6% less than the $55.17 million total for October but 34.3% higher than the tally for November 2010. At $574.70 million, 2011 year-to-date is up 83.5% when compared with last year at the same time.


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