EHA Electro-Hydraulic Automation

EHA has the capability and the resources to refurbish valuable but outdated equipment with updated automation controls and safety devices.

Project: Refurbish customer’s numerous industrial press machines to achieve increased productivity, better mechanical performance and safety.

Goals:

  1. To cost-effectively refurbish several pieces of similar equipmentHuman Interface technology on Industrial Press
  2. Keep components similar and interchangeable
  3. Decrease spare parts inventory
  4. Improve machine automation architecture
  5. Install equipment and verify with test pieces

Increased Productivity

A human-machine interface (HMI) is typically local to one machine or piece of equipment, and is the interface method between the human and the equipment/machine. An operator interface is the interface method by which multiple equipment that are linked by a host control system is accessed or controlled.

Each press was updated with a HMI (Human Machine Interface) which stores a recipe of data for each die change. Each die has a part number punched into the HMI and parameters are loaded specific to that die to control the position and tonnage for each part. Waste is virtually eliminated and setup time was greatly reduced to minimize change-over labor cost.

  • The press has the capability to pass on information for recording cycle times and number of cycles over Ethernet network.

Better Mechanical Performance

The existing hydraulic system was loud and inaccurate requiring the use of multiple directional control valves, flow controls, and manually adjusted limits for positioning. In addition:

  • The set-up procedure was labor intensive
  • Had lots of part variance
  • Created wasteful man-hour costs
  • Was full of system shock and leaked

The old system was eliminated and simplified with one proportional valve for motion control, a pressure transducer for tonnage control, and a linear transducer for position control. The new, simplified combination has increased speed, accuracy, force, position control, and is quieter.  Additional cooling and filtering were added for heat and contamination control for less down time.

Safety

The old system was associated with operational safety hazards. Improvements included:

  • Guarding & light curtains
  • Safety switches
  • Safety controllers
  • Hydraulic lock valves (to reduce the possibility of an unsafe condition during operation.

The guarding was installed to provide safety for operator and non-operators by incorporating physical barriers around the press using doors for accessibility with locking safety switches.  An area scanner was added to simplify accessibility during production for the operator eliminating opening and closing safety guarding creating operator fatigue.  The cycle start was done with a no-touch, two hand no tie down optical switches to help contribution to safety and help eliminate operator fatigue.

http://www.delta-power.com/

Delta Power Company is proficient in the design and manufacture of cutting edge products and systems including cartridge valves, check valves and electronic control units and accessories. They are extremely rugged and versatile and used primarily in the Agriculture and Construction equipment industries as well as medical devices. They perform well in “abusive” and demanding environments as well as delicate medical equipment.

serving Agriculture Industryhudraulic cartridge valves by Delta Power CompanyXManifold Configurator

Product Line:
Solenoid Directional Controls
Mechanical Directional Controls
Mechanical Flow Controls
Proportional Controls
Mechanical Pressure Controls
Motorized Valves
Single P.O. Check Valves
Double P.O. Check Valves
Mizers
Coils
Engineering Data
Accessories
Electronic Control Units
Joysticks & Grips
XManifold Configurator


 

 


 

Sun Enovation Controls Press release

TULSA, OK – September 15, 2017 – Enovation Controls, a subsidiary of Sun Hydraulics Corporation (NASDAQ: SNHY), has announced a forthcoming merger with High

Country Tek (HCT), also a subsidiary of Sun Hydraulics Corporation. The merger is scheduled to take place on December 31, 2017. On that date, all High Country Tek business will be transacted through Enovation Controls with Operations based in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Engineering Services from San Antonio, Texas. Until that date, HCT will continue to operate from their facility in Nevada City, California, with the same contact information.

“This merger will leverage the power of our combined manufacturing and engineering resources which will greatly benefit customers in our shared market space,” said Wolfgang Dangel, Sun's President and CEO. “The combined company will also complement Sun Hydraulics business direction for systems integration, now with the full force of Enovation Controls' larger infrastructure and product development capabilities, while providing technologically advanced, reliable and robust system solution building blocks on the market.”

About Sun
Sun Hydraulics is a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance screw-in hydraulic cartridge valves, manifolds and integrated package solutions for worldwide industrial and mobile markets. For more information about Sun, please visit their website at www.sunhydraulics.com.

About Enovation Controls
Enovation Controls is a leading global provider of electronic control, display and instrumentation solutions for both recreational and off-highway vehicles, as well as stationary and power generation equipment. For more information about Enovation Controls, please visit their website at www.enovationcontrols.com.

Ennovation Controls

 

Freeedom Foundation

Tasked with a challenge, employees at Iowa Fluid Power know the meaning of success. The Veterans' Freedom Foundation provides financial assistance and other services to veterans.  It might just mean a cab ride to the hospital or sending a care package, but we feel fortunate to help provide any assistance needed to our veterans. Veterans’ Freedom Foundation bridges this gap.  If veterans face losing their homes or vehicles due to a missed payment, Veterans’ Freedom Foundation donates money to make the payment, buying time until full assistance arrives.

Our recent challenge at IFP was to collect donations to exceed our goal of buying and distributing 2200 lbs. of food. We did just that this week with over a ton of food going to this important charity.

Food donation to the Veteran's Freedom Foundation

Testimonials:
Without the Freedom Foundation I and my wife and child would be homeless. This is the second time they have been a tremendous help with funds, food,  and support. This foundation has plenty of resources to call upon. The people here have giant hearts and have the Vets interest in mind!!         
Thank you!
J.K.

Freedom Foundation,
I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your assistance. From time to time there are Veterans like myself that fall short. I'm grateful that Veterans help Veterans. We look out for each other.
Richard M

In observance of Veteran's Day, the Veteran's working at the IFP corporate office will be distributing the food to those in need. To learn more about the Veteran's Freedom Foundation, visit:
http://veteransfreedomfoundation.net/Home.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Flex valves XMD Controller Sun Hydraulics

Iowa Fluid Power and Innovative Fluid Power West are excited to introduce two totally new Sun Hydraulics products lines in November of 2017. First, there's FleX! These new Sun electro-hydraulic valves include two-way direct-acting a d pilot-operated directional poppet valves and two-way electro-proportional valves - a total of 16 valves in the first phase. Coil options for these valves include low- and high - power standard coils and explosion-proof coils. For better, long-lasting wear the Sun FleX products come with zinc-nickel coating as standard.

In addition, Sun is launching a totally new line of expandable mobile drivers, starting with the XMD -01 and - 02. These are the smallest, most capable single - and dual - copil drivers in the industry abd can be configured from your smartphone.

Flex Series Valves
Sun Hydraulics XMD Controller
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Casual For Kids

IFP/EHA will be participating in “Corridor goes Casual for Kids” on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1st.

 

What does "Corridor Goes Casual For Kids" mean?

kidsIt's a way to wear jeans or other casual clothing to work and support kids without writing a big check. The whole Cedar Rapids - Iowa City Corridor has designated THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1st as the day we Go Casual For Kids! It is an extremely easy way for companies, government entities and all other organizations to help our dedicated local groups that address the many needs of children (and have some fun at the same time!). Read on to see how simple, yet powerful, it is.

 

 
TO THOSE IMPACTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY
Many in our community have suffered greatly in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and much of Houston is still trying to get back up and running. I wanted to personally reach out to you and let you know that Innovative Fluid Power at our Houston location is completely staffed and operational. 
 
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your employees and their families who live and work in the communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey. These are challenging times and we want to offer as much assistance and support as we can.
 
Innovative Fluid Power
9809 Whithorn Drive  
Houston, TX 77095
713-360-3600 P
800-437-4595
 
Once again, If there is anything we can do to assist you, please don't hesitate to reach out to us; we will do everything within our power to accommodate you.

 

Dave Watson

Dave joins IFP as a Sales Engineer who will reside in our Olathe, Kansas office at our Innovative Fluid Power West location. Dave is a tenured Sales Engineer, spanning a 30-year career. He will be actively engaged in
working with existing and prospective customers on growing sales in the IFP West territory. Dave brings unique engineering skills in project management, quoting and equipment commissioning.

Dave Watson, Sales Engineer for Innovative Fljuid Power West


 

IFP "sponsors a hole" in the 3rd Annual Cargill Community Enrichment Golf Tournament

The community beneficiary this year was the Eddyville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department. The event took place at the Edmunson Golf Course in Oskaloosa, IA. Three of our employees and a friend finished 3rd  in the Best Shot with a solid 55 (15 under and close behind the first place foursome who shot a 49. Participating this year were:

Justin Giannetto - IFP/EHA Shipping
Jeff Silker - EHA Engineering
Scott Cawiezell - IFP Outrsie Sales
Jerry Frazier - A friend of Scott's

Our Foursome Summary:
  • Justin had a hole in one with a 20 foot string.
  • Justin says Jeff was on fire, Jeff said Scott was on fire, Justin says they may have done better without a snoot-full of Fireball (whatever that is).

IFP sponsors hole in 3rd annual Cargill Benefit Golf Tournament
Pictured L to R: Justin Gianetto, Jeff Silker, Scott Cawiezell and Jerry Frazier

 

 

Solutions for complete control

Mobile systems have come a long way in the past few years. Customers and operators are demanding better control, situational awareness and information, self-diagnostics, automation, fleet management, and safer, more reliable machines.

To accomplish these goals, reduce assembly labor and cost, mobile equipment builders are turning to mobile controllers ad bus-based systems. These systems can be complex and confusing. IFP is here to help.

We have a team of Engineers with experience in controls, hydraulics, bus systems, programming, system design, testing, field service and safety to work with you to make your project a success.

With our years of experience and cross-functional teams we can work closely with you to:

  • Design the complete system or sub-systems and develop written specifications.
  • Select components.
  • Help you manage project details and develop software and wiring documentation for your machinery.
     

As little or as much as you need

Tired of proprietary or limited systems?
We have controllers that are programmed in CODESYS.

No programmers? No Time?
No problem, we can develop your application and will give you the source code.

Need help with hydraulic or system design?
We have experience Electrical and Fluid Power design engineers on staff to help.

Need complete system or just components?
We can work with you to develop custom solutions for your project and provide you with either complete systems, sub-assemblies, or components to meet your needs.

Safety Requirements?
If you are designing a new machine or have re-designed an old one you need to e thinking about safety. We offer several controllers and sensors that can provide a higher level of safety for your machinery.
 


 

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