The National Fluid Power Association petitions Government to
fund development of compact and efficient hydraulics.
Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) April 27, 2005
-- The National Fluid Power Association announced last month that it
had received a favorable response from the National Science
Foundation for its proposed consortium of University Research
Centers to develop compact and efficient fluid power.
group comprised of prominent universities in close cooperation with
the $30 billion fluid power industry seeks $18 million to fund
research to integrate components into unified systems that will
minimize the weight and volume of fluid power systems. They expect
to expand fluid power from its current use for heavy equipment to
portable and self-powered applications such as wearable tools and
Over the past nine years, the LatchTool Group
has quietly pursued this quest for smaller, lighter, more affordable
hydraulic systems that could be integrated into tools, prosthetics
and a plethora of industrial and consumer products.
Company introduced its technology at an American Society of
Mechanical Engineers event last November where it showed its
PowerCylinder™, a mechanical force amplifier that uses encapsulated
hydraulic circuitry. The device weighs ounces, yet leverages pounds
into tons. Last month, the PowerCylinder was picked a best product
of 2004 by Design News, a Reed Business Information publication for
mechanical and design engineers.
Monday, the LatchTool Group
announced that it has integrated a simpler version of its
encapsulated hydraulic circuitry directly into a locking type of
pliers. For the first time, women, the elderly and infirmed can have
the hand strength equal to a man's. The prospects for miniaturized
compact hydraulics are huge, just as the LatchTool Group contends,
and now the NFPA and its more than 400 members assert.
LatchTool has multiple patents both issued and pending that
covers its developments in valves, hydraulic circuitry and systems
integration. The Company has offered to make its PowerCylinders
available to the proposed consortium should the NSF decide to go
ahead with the funding proposal.
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