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Posted on March 21, 2022

Motion Industries Acquires Kaman Distribution Group

On January 3, 2022, Motion Industries, Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts, and a premier provider of industrial technology solutions, completed the purchase of Kaman Distribution Group (“KDG”). This strategic and highly synergistic transaction broadens the market for this premier leader in industrial solutions and significantly enhances scale and strengthens the market-leading position of Motion, creating opportunities for accelerated organic growth.

Posted on March 15, 2022

Instrumentation in Food, Beverage, and Pharmaceutical Production

Did you notice that most of the hand sanitizer during the height of the COVID pandemic smelled a lot like vodka? That’s because . . . it was. Many companies, from plastic sheeting to make barriers and face shields, to upholstery companies making face masks, to alcoholic beverage companies making hand sanitizer, rallied to help in the cause. Many were even supported by their state governments. In Ohio alone, thousands of manufacturers were contacted to participate, and those who joined the team were able to offer their PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) products to retailers, hospitals and the public on a state supported website exchange. Many small and temporary cottage industries were born. Though when it came to making hand sanitizer — quality was not necessarily job one. Breweries to distilleries rallied to turn their alcohol producing equipment into hand sanitizer production and fillers. Though this product is actually regulated by the FDA as an over-the-counter (non-prescription) drug, during the height of the pandemic the FDA allowed for more laxed temporary guidelines in the manufacture of hand sanitizers to keep up with demand. However, effective December 31, 2021, those companies manufacturing alcohol-based hand sanitizers under the temporary policies were required to cease production.

Posted on February 24, 2022

Why are Superalloys the Only Choice in Many Applications?

Alloys vs. Superalloys (HPAs High Performance Alloys) 

Alloys are metallic substances composed of two or more elements, as either a compound or a solution.  The most common metal alloys in industrial applications are carbon steel and brass, an alloy of copper and zinc.  However, special alloys are typically referred to as Superalloys or High Performance Alloys, which are made to withstand high temperatures, high stresses, and often highly oxidizing atmospheres with a resistance to corrosion or oxidation.  Superalloys are nickel based with several key characteristics, including excellent mechanical strength, resistance to thermal creep deformation, and good surface stability.  The development of superalloys has primarily been driven by the aerospace and power industries.  Widely used superalloys are Hastelloy®, Inconel®, Invar ®, and Monel ®. 

Posted on February 22, 2022

What Hydraulic Hoses are Best for Heavy Lifting and Handling Equipment?

As with most critical applications, the correct choice of hydraulic hose for heavy lifting is vitally important. Whether it’s for system design or preventative maintenance, one must consider the temperature ranges, pressure ratings, bend diameter, and cover material.  Use support brackets where applicableto avoid unnecessary flexing and ensure the best hose position and avoid a bend that is tighter than the minimum radius allowed.  And use thermoplastic hoses for lightweight options, tighter than normal bend radiuses and wherever electricity may be present because a hydraulic hose with steel braids in it will have the high potential of conducting electricity. 

Posted on February 18, 2022

Brennan Updates Two New Facilities

Did you hear the news? We are updating two of our facilities, so you’ll have more of our core products. One facility is in Vancouver, British Columbia and the other is in Atlanta, Georgia.

Posted on February 10, 2022

Why Measuring Temperature with RTDs is Important for Hydraulic Systems

Resistance temperature detectors (RTDs) handle a great deal of the temperature monitoring within a facility. They are some of the most accurate devices and are used when equipment accuracy and stability measurements are essential.

Posted on February 08, 2022

Key Materials Used in Pneumatic Hoses and Tubing

A pneumatic hose and tube distribute compressed air to components within a system, such as valves and actuators. Industrial plants and manufacturing facilities rely on pneumatic equipment. And while most of today’s systems utilize flexible tubing and hose, there are many material choices to consider when making these connections.

Posted on February 04, 2022

What Is DOT Compliance?

The Department of Transportation (DOT) mandates safety for persons and goods that travel roads, waterways, and the skies. DOT compliance follows the federal regulation standards which are intended to reduce potential risks in transportation.

Posted on January 28, 2022

Should You Use Teflon Tape on Brass Fittings?

Teflon™ tape, also known as PTFE tape (polytetrafluoroethylene), is widely used on pipe threads in a variety of applications, from commercial and home plumbing to industrial use. PTFE is a hydrophobic that repels water, meaning water or liquids containing water cannot make PTFE tape wet. In addition, Teflon (PTFE) is less likely to cause friction against other solids.

Posted on January 27, 2022

Did You See Brennan in Fluid Power World?

When you read Brennan’s blog, you’ll notice that we focus a lot on fittings for your hydraulic system. It’s because there are so many choices, and it’s critical that you understand them to determine what’s best for your application.

Posted on January 25, 2022

Pipe Flanges: Types, Styles & Applications

Pipe flanges are used to mechanically connect two pipes, or a pipe to a valve, tee, choke, or any equipment used to create a piping system.  Pipe flanges are bolted, welded, or threaded together or connected to a piece of equipment, incorporating a gasket to provide a tight seal.  Flanges are only second to welding as the most used method to join piping systems. 

Posted on January 24, 2022

Safeguarding Demanding Applications with Hydraulic Flange Connections

Hydraulic flange connectionsare used in demanding applications for their ability to withstand high pressure, vibration, and shock. They also make an excellentconnection between hoses, hose to pipe or to system components. . . when properlyassembled. 

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