Office Hours During the Holidays

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Closed-for-the-Holidays-2014IC-Fluid Power will be shut down for the Christmas Holiday December 24 – December 26, 2014and for the New Years Holiday December 31, 2014 – January 2, 2015.
We will resume normal business operations at 8 am EST Monday, January 5, 2014. 

We appreciate your business in 2014 and send warm thoughts and Best Wishes for a wonderful Christmas Season and a very Happy New Year!

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Moving Day Nears for IC-Fluid Power

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
IC-Fluid Power New Building

Outside front of IC-Fluid Power’s new building

After the better part of a year, IC-Fluid Power’s new building located at 8079 Wales Rd. in Northwood, Ohio, is nearing completion and move day is fast approaching.

“The transition is going very well,” commented Bernd Hunger, vice president at IC-Fluid Power. “The culmination of months of planning is paying off and we’ll be open for business Monday, December 8.”

The new 14,080 square foot facility broke ground November 2013 and features an open floor plan office and warehouse to allow easy reconfiguration and expansion as well as creating a welcoming, clean and comfortable space for employees.

“We’re all really excited to move into a facility like this,” said Hunger, “Moving forward, we are focused on continuing to be the industry leader by bringing our customers the best hydraulic components from across the globe,” he continued. “I am incredibly excited about this journey and truly believe that the best is yet to come.”

Design was completed by Duket Architects Planners and Rudolph/Libbe Inc. was the construction company.

IC-Fluid Power is the North American sourcing, sales and marketing hub for an international hydraulic group consisting of15 German and European hydraulic manufacturers. For more than 25 years, IC-Fluid Power has combined in-house technical expertise with long-standing International Hydraulic Group relationships to deliver off-the-shelf and custom hydraulic systems and components to customers throughout North America. For more information on IC-Fluid Power, call 877-ICFLUID or visit www.icfluidpower.com.

IC-Fluid Power HeadquartersOnce a week Rudolph Libbe puts out a newsletter titled Common Ground.  The October 1 issue features information and comments about the new IC-Fluid Power building.

Below is the article. Click for entire issue .Common Ground ICFP

IC-Fluid Power: A perfect ‘10’

IC-Fluid Power, Northwood— R/L and GEM scored a perfect “10” on a recent midpoint customer survey on IC-Fluid Power’s new headquarters and warehouse.

Ben Hunger, of IC-Fluid Power, says: “We are extremely satisfied with the overall performance of R/L and its subcontractors on this job. “Everyone was friendly and worked professionally while providing quality work. People are open to discussion and trying new things. Detail with meeting minutes, budget logs, scheduling, etc. has been excellent.”

Leading the team:

Ron Kuzma, R/L Varco-Pruden estimator/project manager
Troy Fritch, R/L preconstruction services coordinator
Annette Stuller, R/L project manager
Ryan Zellner, R/L superintendent
Steve Mack, concrete foreman
Ted Twigg, laborer foreman
Dick Kelsey, R/L business development representative
Andy Moya, GEM structural steel estimator
Jim Russell, GEM structural steel project manager
Don Cherry, GEM ironworker foreman

 

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Hydraulic Component Company Connects Customers across Globe

IC-Fluid Power 25 Year Anniversary Logo

IC-Fluid Power, a privately held specialty hydraulic sourcing firm, celebrates its 25th anniversary, marking a quarter century in northwest Ohio as the North American hub for sales and marketing for the industry. 

IC-Fluid Power was founded in 1989 by Armin Hunger and Jim Reed, who has since retired, to provide customers access to high-quality hydraulic technology, components and solutions. For the past 25 years, IC-Fluid Power has combined in-house technical expertise with long-standing relationships of The International Hydraulic Group, which consists of 15 German and other European hydraulic manufacturers, to deliver off-the-shelf and custom hydraulic systems and components to customers throughout North America. 

What started as a small operation in a garage with one part-time employee in Perrysburg, Ohio quickly grew to a more than 6,000-square-foot warehouse with a need for additional salespeople at its current location in Rossford. IC-Fluid Power was founded on Christian principles, seeking God first and treating others with love and respect, which are the bedrock of the company today. 

Mr. Hunger credits the success of the business to its willingness to assist American customers with connections to quality German products and develop strong personal relationships with all suppliers, a number of which have done business with IC-Fluid Power since the beginning. 

“We were present if our customers needed something and we did the dialogue between Germany and the U.S. customer so the U.S. customer didn’t have to go directly to Germany and he could talk to an American source and we would provide that service to him,” Mr. Hunger said. “I’m very happy we have survived 25 years. We had our ups and downs like every business, but our suppliers all stuck with us and had trust in our company.” 

During the last 25 years, IC-Fluid Power has been the connection between engineers, purchasing departments, and project managers across the globe for hydraulic components, saving clients time and resources. IC-Fluid Power has multi-language communications, a strong relationship with its European counterparts, and experienced freight brokers, which ensures hassle-free customs and on-time delivery. 

“For the last 25 years, IC-Fluid Power has introduced countless hydraulic innovations that have changed the industry,” said Bernd Hunger, IC-Fluid Power’s vice president. “Moving forward, we are focused on continuing to be the industry leader by bringing our customers the best hydraulic components from across the globe. I am incredibly excited about this journey and truly believe that the best is yet to come.” 

IC-Fluid Power serves clients in a wide range of industries including aerospace, agriculture, construction, energy, entertainment, food and beverage, forestry and lumber, machine tools, marine and offshore, material handling, metals, military, mining, packaging, plastics and injection molding, transportation, and waste management.    

As it looks to the future, the company plans to spend the next 25 years growing the business in a new 14,000-square-foot facility currently under construction in Northwood that will provide additional flexibility for IC-Fluid Power in a larger space.

About IC-Fluid Power 

Based in Rossford, Ohio, IC-Fluid Power is the North American sourcing, sales and marketing hub for The International Hydraulic Group – 15 German and European hydraulic manufacturers. For 25 years, IC-Fluid Power has combined in-house technical expertise with long-standing International Hydraulic Group relationships to deliver off-the-shelf and custom hydraulic systems and components to customers throughout North America. For more information on IC-Fluid Power, call 877-ICFLUID or visit www.icfluidpower.com.

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IFPE 2014 – Compact Linear Actuator

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Read the transcript of the video below…

My name is Ben Hunger. I’m the vice president of IC-Fluid Power. We’re here at IFPE 2014 and IC-Fluid Power is celebrating 25 years this year. We’ve got a great booth and a lot of product [on display].

One of the features this year is this new compact linear actuator; a new German product with a built-in hydraulic power unit right on top of the cylinder that keeps things nice and compact.

All you have to do is run a power line and a data line and you can control the whole system. It is clean system since the air is removed out. Since there are no air compromises in the hydraulic oil, you don’t have to change the oil for long periods of time [up to 10 years].

There are options for built-in accumulators along with other customization. It can use a standard hydraulic cylinder or a custom-designed cylinder from any manufacturer.

One of the applications where this is used is strip mining where it’s difficult to run hydraulic lines all over the place. It’s much easier [safer and more economical] to run some electrical and data lines.

This new compact linear actuator is really good in rugged applications where you don’t need a lot frequency, things sit for a long time or distances [between the power unit and actuator] are really long.

If you’d like more information about this product, visit our website, www.icfluid.com.

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IC-Fluid Power Names Sales Director

Saturday, June 14th, 2014
Michael Ondrus

Michael Ondrus to lead North American sales team

IC-Fluid Power is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Ondrus to the position of Sales Director.

 Mr. Ondrus will be responsible for business development strategy and implementation for achieving sales and strategic goals. He will also manage the sales team, customer service and operations, as well as build and manage key customer and vendor relationships

 “I see significant potential with IC-Fluid Power, from their commitment to being North America’s premier sourcing partner of high quality, and in many cases, unique hydraulic components from around the globe, to their ongoing initiatives to provide the best possible customer experience,” commented Mr. Ondrus. “I look forward to working with the team going forward.”

 Mr. Ondrus has an MBA and has more than 20 years of experience in sales, sales management, strategic planning and raw materials manufacturing, fabrication and heavy equipment. In each position, he has shown strong, positive growth and leadership skills.

 “Michael brings both the depth and breadth of experience to lead our multi-faceted sales operation,” said IC-Fluid Power Vice President Bernd Hunger. “We are excited about the skills and leadership Michael brings to the IC team,” he continued.

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IC-Fluid Power Continues to Grow Sales Team

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Jason Sutherland brings more than 10 years of experience to IC-Fluid Power

Jason-Sutherland-IC-Fluid-Power-Product-Manager

Jason Sutherland

IC-Fluid Power announced recently the hiring of Jason Sutherland as its newest Product Manager.

Working from IC-Fluid Power headquarters in Rossford, Ohio, Mr. Sutherland will have product and business development responsibility for rotary actuators, hydraulic cylinders, rotary unions, electric actuators and ratio clamps.

Mr. Sutherland brings several years of fluid power experience as a technical specialist for an international coupling manufacturer and most recently held the position of account rep for an industrial overhead crane dealer. Mr. Sutherland holds an Associate Degree, specializing in sales and marketing, from Davis College.

“The addition of Jason allows IC-Fluid Power to better meet strong market demand and continue to develop and bring to market our industry-leading fluid-power solutions,” commented Bernd Hunger, Vice President of IC-Fluid Power.

As Product Manager, Mr. Sutherland’s job responsibilities include: 

  • Strengthening manufacturer relationships
  • Business and product development
  • Product lifecycle management
  • Market analysis and trend identification

“I wanted to get back into fluid power and the IC-Fluid Power opportunity presented itself and I could not be happier to be here,” said Mr. Sutherland. “There are big things happening at IC-Fluid Power and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Experts from the offshore energy industry around the world came together May 5-8 for the 2014 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) at Reliant Park in Houston, TX. Attendance at the annual conference reached a 46-year high of 108,300 the highest in show history.

Below are several photos from the IC-Fluid Power booth at OTC…

Serv-Clips, manufactured by BKM Machine, Hagen, Germany, had a very nice write-up on www.hydraulicspneumatics.com recently. We’ve posted the full article below for your convenience. For a PDF version of the article, click here.

Serv-ClipThe benefits of assessing a hydraulic system’s condition are well documented. Even though pressure transducers, flow meters, and temperature sensors may not be required for routine operation of a machine, portable diagnostic instruments monitor these parameters to determine a hydraulic system’s condition. But even regular monitoring of pressure, flow, and temperature can miss sensitive fluid conditions, such as particulate contamination, oxidation, water infiltration, and additive depletion.

Evaluation of these conditions requires taking fluid samples and analyzing them in a laboratory environment. The problem is, determining where fluid samples or pressure, flow, and temperature readings should be taken often are determined after a machine has been commissioned. Installing test ports, then, requires disconnecting a hydraulic system’s fluid lines, installing the test ports in strategic locations, and reconnecting everything. This procedure is not only labor intensive and time consuming, it also leave a system open to infiltration of dirt, water, and air — not to mention leaks if fittings are not reconnected just right.

A quick and convenient alternative to this potentially complicated task of installing test ports onto existing systems is offered by serv-Clip, manufactured by BKM Machine, Hagen, Germany. Two versions are available — one that can be connected to pressurized line and one that connects to un-pressurized lines. Both are made of stainless steel and come in standard sizes for 10- to 42-mm steel pipe, 3⁄8- to 2-in. OD tube, and ¼- to 3-in. ID pipe.

Serv-Clip is composed of a clamp that attaches to a tube or pipe, a stem that pierces the tube or pipe, and a port for connecting a pressure gauge, transducer, or other measuring instrument. The stem pierces the line in a way that does not introduce debris into the fluid. A small tube can also be connected to the port for taking fluid samples.

Installation requires only a few steps and is said to take less than 3 min. After selecting placement:
• Remove paint and clean the site to be tapped,
• Place the clamp onto the line and tighten fasteners,
• Torque down the stem to pierce the hydraulic line,
• Attach the sampling tube or measuring instrument to the port.

Also detects flow and leakage

Once a serv-Clip connector has been installed, its G¾-in. port accommodates a wide variety of measuring devices. BKM Machine also offers its fluid-Check sensors, which screw into the serv-Clip port. The fluid-Check sensors measure flow rate and leakage and come pre-programmed for lpm or gpm output. The measuring cycle takes 9 seconds the calorimetric principle. This technology uses a sensor head to measures minute temperature differences in the oil medium on an applied heat load. The cooling and heating time of the tip correlates to the actual oil flow rate. When used as a leakage sensor, fluid-Check can measure flow rates as low as 0.02 lpm (0.0053 gpm); when used as a flow sensor, it can handle up to 600 lpm (158 gpm).

Serv-Clip is available in North America from IC Fluid Power, Rossford, Ohio. For more information, call (877) 423-5843 or visit www.icfluid.com/bkm. 

Offshore Technology ConferenceIC-Fluid Power, a privately-held custom hydraulics and replacement spare parts firm, announced their participation in the 2014 Offshore Technology Conference, May 5-8 in Houston, TX. Their booth number is 10056.

Founded in 1969, the Offshore Technology Conference is the world’s foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection.

“OTC attracts executives, operators, engineers, technicians, scientists and managers from the oil and gas industry,” commented Bernd Hunger, Vice President of IC-Fluid Power.  “Attendees have access to cutting-edge technologies, hear from a large number of industry leaders, network with peers and meet leading providers of equipment and services for the industry. It is a tremendously important event for IC-Fluid Power,” he continued.

Based in Rossford, Ohio, IC-Fluid Power is a global hydraulics sourcing firm providing custom hydraulics, replacement parts, technical expertise and repair. For 25 years, IC-Fluid Power has combined in-house technical expertise with strong international manufacturer relationships to deliver custom hydraulic systems and components to North America. For more information on IC-Fluid Power, call 877-ICFLUID or visit www.icfluidpower.com.