National Fluid Power Association

Fluid Power Educational Foundation

International Fluid Power Society

Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)

Industry News

Fluid Power Journal

Hydraulic Reservoirs

Designing Smaller Reservoirs

When it comes to reservoir design, bigger is not necessarily better. In fact, the trend is to provide smaller reservoirs.

Hydraulic Pump Basics

A hydraulic pump is a mechanical device that converts mechanical power into hydraulic energy. It generates flow with enough power to overcome pressure induced by the load.

Contamination Testing

Methods of assessing fluid cleanliness have become more sophisticated and effective, but also easier and more convenient to use. Here’s a summary of what’s happening.

Noise Control

Hydraulic systems that run without making a lot of noise do not just happen. They result from careful design and well-planned installation strategies. Here are some strategies.

Industry Articles

Fluid aeration can cause numerous problems in a hydraulic and lubrication oil system. Aeration occurs when air contaminates the hydraulic fluid. Symptoms include foaming of the fluid, erratic actuator movements and a banging or knocking noise when it compresses and decompresses during circulation through the system. The following articles explain in greater detail the causes and problems of hydraulic aeration and other challenges that may occur if a hydraulic system is not properly maintained.

Hydraulic Fluid Conditioning, Cleanliness and Filtration

Helgesen & MSOE Work to Improve Hydraulic Reservoir Efficiency

In a joint interview with Design World, Mark Schmidt, Business Development Manager for Helgesen Industries, and Paul Michael, a research chemist for the Fluid Power Institute at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, discuss the efficiency improvements made to hydraulic reservoirs using HydroNucleation reservoir technology. READ INTERVIEW

The Benefits of Oil Analysis

The cleanliness of hydraulic oil systems is extremely important because of the very close tolerances that exist in the pumps, control valves and between pistons and walls. READ ARTICLE

The Danger of Air and Bubbles: Potential Problems with Hydraulic Lubrication

Costly repairs can be avoided by carefully monitoring lubricant health and safeguarding against the possible causes of Aeration and Cavitation. READ ARTICLE

Removing Entrained Air in Hydraulic Fluids and Lubrication Oils


How to Select the Right Hydraulic Oil


Understanding Hydraulic Oil Compatibility


How Silt Lock Can Destroy Hydraulic Valves