Manufacturing, Sales & Service

IFP Group of Companies consists of Iowa Fluid Power, Electro-Hydraulic Automation (EHA) and Innovative Fluid Power. EHA, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is our world-class manufacturing facility specializing in hydraulics, pneumatics and motion control systems.

Hydraulic power units have been manufactured by EHA for the past 35 years for Industrial and Mobile market applications. We offer:
•    Standard base-pak pre-engineered fixed and pressure compensated power units.
•    Custom power units to thousands of horsepower.
•    Complete systems from fully automated electronic control systems

Through our many supplier affiliations at IFP we can provide the required components to build custom power units designed by EHA’s engineers using electric, gas or diesel prime movers; also experience with (natural & LP) gas applications.

Base-Pak Power Units

•    Standard Vertical Units from 3 to 30 Gallon.
•    Standard Horizontal Units from 10 to 100 Gallon.
•    Standard layouts provide quick delivery in single pieces or large quantities.
•    EHA's volume and manufacturing methods will give you the hydraulic flow and pressure that you need at a price
      you can afford.    


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Custom Power Units

•    5 gallon to 5000 gallons.
•    Depending on customer preference, components from most of the different major fluid power manufacturers can be used.
•    Experienced engineering staff provides quick design turnaround and complete documentation.
•    From one unit to one hundred units, we can quickly deliver high quality, long life systems that will power your hydraulic
      machines for years to come.
    
      Complex HPU

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Complete Systems

  • Hydrostatic and Open Loop hydraulic systems along with
    the electronics and the know-how to put together the system that you need.
  • Hydraulic systems for a single machine or "central" hydraulic systems to power your entire plant.
  • From thousands of horsepower to just a few, EHA can deliver the most efficient up-to-date system that your
    application demands.
  • EHA can provide electrical and electronic controls either to interface with your other in-plant systems or as a
    stand-alone machine.

    EHA manufactured cokple system HPU

Offshore Power Units

  • IFP provides an extensive range of hydraulic components from the world’s leading manufacturers.
  • EHA designs, manufactures and supplies customized equipment for the offshore industry.
  • Our knowledgeable team is available to answer your questions, whether technical or regarding product
    availability.
  • Optimal equipment performance in extreme working conditions, like the offshore industry, is our main
    consideration for all our solutions.

    EHA manufactured Offsore power unit

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Prime Movers (Gas, Diesel or Electric Engines)

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  • EHA has engineers capable of specifying the HPU components and prime mover type based on torque, speed, and power requirements of the hydraulic power unit and system requirements.
  • Prime movers are fully load tested in one of our test cell .
  • The completed prime mover is then painted and prepared for shipment
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Whether you have very specific needs or you just looking for a high quality standard solution, we provide complete custom built Hydraulic Power Units (HPUs) for every industry, situation and requirement.


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Safety guidelines for high-pressure hydraulics

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Get the whitepaper: https://bit.ly/2J2Kka

Handling high-pressure hydraulics is serious business. It often involves working in confined spaces, lifting heavy machine parts or dealing with weather extremes in remote locations.To make engineers and maintenance personnel better aware of the issues surrounding high-pressure systems, CEJN, a quick-connect coupling manufacturer recently published a white paper, “Safety Guidelines for Ultra High-Pressure Hydraulic Applications.” It offers safety advice and practical tips for working with high-pressure hydraulic tools.

Here are a few examples.

Respect pressure
CEJN engineers stress that extreme pressure demands a high level of safety, as a leak or accidental disconnection could be catastrophic. Hose assemblies may fail abruptly and unexpectedly for any number of reasons, and oil shooting out at high pressure and velocity can cause serious personal injury and severe damage to equipment and products. Resulting environmental pollution can also demand costly cleanup.

Potential hazards include burst hose, whipping hose ends, oil-spray leakage, and coupling blow-off. It is critical to shut down machinery immediately if a leak occurs. And never, ever, try to locate the leak with your hands, or any other part of the body when a hose set is pressurized. Instead, use a suitable implement to inspect for hose damage.And if a fluid-injection injury occurs, treat it as a medical emergency and seek immediate treatment.

Don’t mix quick-connect couplings
Don’t mix quick-connect coupling halves from different manufacturers. And do not mix genuine products from a reputable manufacturer with so-called interchangeable parts from other suppliers. Unfortunately, this is especially important today when copycat couplings and hoses are circulating on the market.
The interface between coupling and nipple is crucial. The unique tolerances and dimensions engineered into high-quality parts are compromised by mixing brands. And even if the connection seems to fit, this does not mean that the connector will work optimally and safely. In the worst case, it could lead to accidental disconnection and high-pressure oil spray.

Watch Video: https://youtu.be/0TH0I4vjeis 
The danger when working with ultra high-pressure hydraulic applications


 

 

Clippard efficient pneumatic systems

Clippard's easy-to-understand white paper offers a step-by-step approach that takes the guesswork out of pneumatics, and at the same time, provides the necessary information to tailor the design for your specific needs. Clippard's standard product line includes pneumatic cylinders, a complete line of electronic and air valves, precision flow control products, manifold assemblies and more. Custom alterations to standard products are also welcomed.

Whitepaper: https://bit.ly/2GgFMMe

 

 

Clippard efficient pneumatic systems

Clippard's easy-to-understand white paper offers a step-by-step approach that takes the guesswork out of pneumatics, and at the same time, provides the necessary information to tailor the design for your specific needs. Clippard's standard product line includes pneumatic cylinders, a complete line of electronic and air valves, precision flow control products, manifold assemblies and more. Custom alterations to standard products are also welcomed.

Whitepaper: https://bit.ly/2GgFMMe

 

 

 

Balluff is excited to announce the release of added functionality to standard 18mm tubular photoelectric sensors. Configuration of this family of sensors can be accomplished either through the integral teach button or via IO-Link. This product's top features include: Diffuse, retro-reflective and through-beam modes Diagnostics with IO-Link including low voltage, over temperature and emitter detect Stability/margin indicator Visible red light for easy alignment Multiple output modes including single point, window mode and two point sensing modes

Factory automation requires reliable and precise detection of objects in various applications with photo-electrics. Balluff has incorporated IO-Link functionality of remote teaching, diagnostics, and parametrization into the widely used 18 mm tubular housing. IO-Link functionality includes multiple switching modes for reliable detection and multiple teaching options for easier integration and better stability.

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Controlling how the world moves involves solutions for complete motion control for the mobile markets

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 a d bus-based systems. These systems can be complex and confusing.

EHA as 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 over 2 decades of experience are cross-functional teams work closely with our customers to:

  • Design complete sub-systems and develop written specifications.
  • Select components
  • Help manage project details and develop software and wiring documentation for our customer's machinery.

For an overview of our various component options visit our brochure: Controlling how the world moves.

Popular components include:

  • Controllers
  • Joysticks/Handles
  • Buttons
  • Radio Remotes
  • Displays
  • Sensors
  • Cameras/Fleet Tracking
  • Cables & Misc.

As little or as much ad you need

Need complete system or just components?
Tired of proprietary or limited systems?
No programmers?
No time?
Need help with hydraulic or system design?
Concerned about safety requirements?

EHA Mobile Market capabilities and experience with CAN bus systems, HMI's Mobile hydraulics and machines plus softweare and program development

 

 

 

PVS Sensors - Preferred Valued Supplier

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PVS offers a wide range of pressure, vacuum, temperature and differential switches manufactured in the USA. Each product is designed for applications in the Industrial and Mobile Hydraulic field as well as Pneumatic, Water, Process, Refrigerant, Air Conditioning, Beverage and other associated industries.

These USA designed and manufactured products are complimented by a competitive range of Temperature and Pressure Transducers. PVS Sensors Inc. offers a complete custom design and manufacturing service providing custom switch products to meet specific customer needs. From a simple modification to designing a custom sensor, PVS Sensors engineering and sales staff have the answer for your pressure switch needs.

PVS offers a new "slow make/break" pressure switch:

These switches are great for Mobile Markets

PMA-PMF

PMA/PMF Pressure Switch

EPA-EPF

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PVS also offers the new BMA hand adjustable series

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BMA sensor Switch

  • The BMA "hand adjustable series" replaces the Nason CD switch: (download Data Sheet)
  • This is a popular switch used in the compactor/baler markets.

(2) New temperature switches from PVS

TAS/TFS Temperature Switch

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  • A field-adjustable, fluid expansion-filled temperature switch (similar to Nason TM and HT): (download Data Sheet)

MTB Temperatiure Switch

MTB Temperature Switch

 

Benefits to Choosing PVS.

  • Compact Design
  • Slow Make Break Pressure Switch Design Specifically for Mobile Market
  • Competitive Price
  • High Quality
  • Great Customer Service and Lead Times (5-7 Days)
  • NO EXPEDITE CHARGES
  • NO Min order Quantities
  • Private Engrave Part Number, etc at NO additional charge

 

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.

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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


 

 


 

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