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Moving Day Nears for IC-Fluid Power

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

That’s a Wrap on IFPE 2014

IFPEThe 2014 International Fluid Power Expo was a huge success! Many of our existing customers stopped by our booth to say hello and we had the chance to meet new friends as well. 

On Wednesday, we are honored to be awarded Hydraulics and Pneumatics Magazine’s inaugural Best Supplier Industry Blog at the show as well. It was a wonderful surprise and we are grateful to the readers of H&P Magazine for bestowing this honor upon us.

This was the largest trade show booth we’ve ever had in our 25-year history. With many companies paring back on tradeshows, we ramped up our presence with a 20’ x 40’ booth (we’ve posted a few of the photos of our booth below. Let us know what you think.).

We were also thankful that six of our European suppliers were also able to join us at IFPE and provide expert insight into their products. A big thank you goes out to the representatives from BKM Serv-Clip, Jahn’s, Maier, Eckart, Universal Hydraulik and Spradow for making the trip.

We were sad to see IFPE 2014 end. We’ve already started to follow up. If we promised to send you additional information or pricing, it will be delivered shortly.

See you at IFPE 2017! 

Dan Nitzsche Joins IC-Fluid Power North American Sales Team

Dan Nitzsche

Dan Nitzsche

IC-Fluid Power recently hired Dan Nitzsche as Product Manager.

Working from IC-Fluid Power headquarters in Rossford, Ohio, Mr. Nitzsche will have business development responsibility for pipe clamps, test fittings, thermoplastic hoses, pressure intensifiers, butterfly and high-pressure valves, as well as, compensators, serv-clip, flow dividers and motors

Mr. Nitzsche recently held the position of Regional Sales Manager Territory Manager for CMC Group in Bowling Green, Ohio, where he was responsible for business development of water soluble products in North America. He also maintained current customer business through regular contact. 

“We are excited to have Dan on board, as he shares our enthusiasm for excellence,” commented Bernd Hunger, Vice President of IC-Fluid Power.“ “Dan will enable us to improve our ability to meet customer needs and provide an exceptional experience,” he continued. 

Mr. Nitzsche holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, specializing in marketing, from Bowling Green State University. 

Thank You for Your Business in 2013

Thank-YouAs we approach the new year, we would like to take a moment to thank our customers for their business in 2013 and best wishes for a successful 2014.

2014 marks the 25th year in business for IC-Fluid Power. We want to thank each and every customer who has trusted us enough to have us be part of their team over the past quarter century.

We appreciate your business in 2013 and send warm thoughts and Best Wishes for a wonderful Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year!

Confidence on the Rise for 2014 U.S. Fluid Power Industry

National Fluid Power Association LogoIn January and July of each year, the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) conducts its Industry & Market Outlook Survey. The July 2013 survey was sent to marketing representatives of NFPA manufacturing and distributor members. The following is a summary of responses received as of August 1, 2013.

 Whereas the results are prepared as a service to members, we do not feel it appropriate to share all of the results. However, the results of the following question piqued our interest:

What are you expectations for 2014 (expectations for 2013 are in parenthesis)?


Major Decrease

Moderate Decrease

Little or No Change

Moderate Increase

Major Increase

Overall U.S. Economy

0% (2%)

18% (22%)

34% (35%)

48% (40%)

0% (1%)

U.S. Fluid Power Industry

1% (2%)

15% (17%)

31% (36%)

51% (42%)

2% (3%)

At Your Company

0% (1%)

10% (6%)

27% (29%)

57% (22%)

7% (9%)

The mission of the NFPA is to strengthen the fluid power industry and their members by:

  • Building and connecting members to an educated fluid power workforce
  • Promoting the technological advancement of fluid power
  • Serving as a forum where all fluid power channel partners work together

We would love to hear from you. What are your expectations for 2014?

2014 IC-Fluid Power Calendar

Ever wonder what the Germans mean when the say shipping on calendar week x? Here is your answer..

Click to download the 2014 IC-Fluid Power calendar which includes calendar weeks.

Tim Niemiec Joins IC-Fluid Power North American Sales Team

IC-Fluid Power strengthens direct sales force by hiring Tim Niemiec

Tim Niemiec

Tim Niemiec

Working from IC-Fluid Power headquarters in Rossford, Ohio, Mr. Niemiec will have day-to-day responsibility for continued growth of the Universal Hydraulik heat exchanger, Scanwill pressure intensifier, HydroWer, Aegi pipe clamp and Spradow test fitting product lines.

Mr. Niemiec has more than 25 years of experience within the Fluid Power industry. He recently held the position as Territory Manager for Parker-Legris where he was responsible for expanding and supporting business in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia regions, both directly and through multi-level distribution channels.

“Tim’s sound knowledge of the industry, his many years of experience and personality that complements IC-Fluid Power’s sales team were the criteria for our decision to hire him,” commented Bernd Hunger, Vice President of IC-Fluid Power. “We have found him to be an ambitious professional who can quickly contribute to our ongoing growth goals.

Mr. Niemiec holds an Associate Degree in electrical engineering and is recognized as a Certified Fluid Power Pneumatic Specialist by the International Fluid Power Society.

About IC-Fluid Power

Based in Rossford, Ohio, IC-Fluid Power is a privately-held firm providing custom hydraulics, replacement parts, technical expertise and repair for European-engineered product lines to clients throughout North America. Since 1989, IC-Fluid Power has successfully provided engineering solutions and peace of mind. For more information on IC-Fluid Power, call 877-ICFLUID or visit

200 Million Load Changes Move 25 Tons of Steel

Hanchen Hydraulik LogoIf every standstill costs a small fortune, quality becomes an obligation!

This is how Ulrich Grziwotz, Team Leader for the Service & Development Team in the continuous casting division of ThyssenKrupp Steel AG in Duisburg-Bruckhausen, describes the requirements on components for his systems.

The machine head with ingot mold and elevating platforms from SMS Demag AG and the integrated hydraulic cylinders from Hänchen Hydraulik are particularly important here. Because the oscillating movement of the ingot mold, driven by the hydraulic cylinder, ensures an optimum quality
and smooth flow of 3 mn tons of high-tech steel every year.

The 25t ingot mold oscillates at up to 3 Hz with a random vibration profile. The guide accuracy of the machine head in a vertical and
horizontal direction as well as the reproducibility of the processes hereby fulfill the highest quality demands.

At 1.5 Hz in normal operation and a maximum frequency of 3 Hz, each linear drive performed 200 million load changes in 6 years before the cylinders were delivered to the Hänchen works in Ostfildern in the Spring of 2005 for an inspection.

Read more about Hänchen Hydraulik specialty cylinders.

Hänchen Specialty Cylinders Used in Airplane Crash Simulator

AUA A321 CEET Bewegungssystemtest 2Airplane flight and crash simulation has become an indispensable tool for aviation training, emergency preparedness and crash investigation. Simulators provide an opportunity to effectively train airplane personnel economically and safely, as well as improve the overall safety of air travel.

Simulator complexity varies considerably. Basic simulators are simply computer programs provide users with a number of scenarios which mimic the experience of flight. More complex flight simulators include replicas of cockpits mounted on hydraulics so that it can create a very realistic simulation of the actual flight and/or crash experience.

In this case, Hänchen specialty cylinders were used on an airplane crash motion simulator for an Airbus A321 airplane. The simulation began with the plane flying at a normal altitude and cruising speed when an error occurs. Once the emergency is enacted, the hydraulic cylinders start working and the plane is flying more rough. The subwoofers kick on and the inside the plane there is an increasing level of vibration and noise.

Simulated by the cylinders, the plane crashes down and skids on the ground. When the plane comes to rest, it is in an undefined position and the crew has to evacuate the passengers over the right wing.

AUA A321 CEET Bewegungssystemtest 3Technical Summary:

Number of cylinders | Front: 3 | Rear: 2

Dimension | 125/80/1100   

Seals | Hänchen Servocop

Maximum speed of cylinder | 500 mm/s

Pressure | 300 bar

Electronic parts:            


Linear transducer | Output signal SSI, resolution 5 µm
Pressure transducer | 0…400 bar = 4…20 mA


Proportional valve | Moog D662 with a nominal flow of 250 l/min (see
Security valve | Cartidge valve with a flow of about 500 l/min

Controller | Digital close loop controller

Interface | Ethernet

Do you have an application where hydraulic components are needed? Call 1-877-ICFLUID.

IC Fluid Power Now Offers Eckart HyRAV Series Hydraulic Valve Actuators


For Immediate Release

HyRAV Series Valve Actuator

HyRAV Valve Actuator

Rossford, Ohio (December 9, 2012) – IC-Fluid Power a privately-held firm providing custom hydraulics and replacement spare parts to clients throughout North America, announced they now offer the HyRAV® Series hydraulic valve actuators by Eckart®.

“We are excited to add the HyRAV Series of hydraulic valve actuators from Eckart to our offerings,” commented Bernd “Ben” Hunger, Vice President of IC-Fluid Power. “Eckart is an innovative and dynamic, German-based, mechanical engineering company and we are proud to be their North American distributor and look forward to offering this product to the competitive valve actuation field due to the many benefits of using an Eckart hydraulic actuator,” he continued. 

Eckart HyRAV valve actuators comprise a full series of double-acting actuators and can be applied in conditions with high vibrations and severe environmental locations. The HyRAV Series provides a powerful, safe solution and is easily adapted to all types of valves.

Advantages of the HyRAV Series of hydraulic valve actuators include:

  • 12 drive sizes with torques up to 250.000 Nm at 210 bar
  • Small dimensions, slim and compact style
  • Smallest footprint to torque ratio
  • By concentric design are no radial forces transmitted to the valve
  • Optimum cushioning protects the valve and actuator
  • Easy installation and adjustment to each valve
  • Maintenance free, no lubrication required
  • Suitable for on/off, control and failsafe operation
  • High repeat accurancy and very simple control of the flow rates
  • Extremely trip possible (eg. 90° in 0,2 sec.)
  • Robust against extreme environmental conditions
  • Durable against vibrations

About IC-Fluid Power

Based in Rossford, Ohio, IC-Fluid Power is a privately-held firm providing custom hydraulics, replacement parts, technical expertise and repair for European-engineered product lines to clients throughout North America. Since 1989, IC-Fluid Power has successfully provided engineering solutions and peace of mind. For more information on IC-Fluid Power, call 877-ICFLUID or visit