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Top Custom Hydraulic Cylinder Manufacturers in USA In 2018
In 2018, the leading manufacturers of custom hydraulic cylinders in the United States include Kiefer Tool and Mold, Parker Hannifin, EatonTexas Hydraulics, West Craft Manufacturing, Bailey Hydraulics, Hanna Cylinders, Cylinders & Valves, Energy Manufacturing Company, Cross Manufacturing, Custom Cylinders, Ligon Hydraulic Cylinder Group, JARP Industries, Prince Manufacturing, R & J Cylinder and Machine, Columbus HydraulicsSouthern Hydraulic Cylinder, HSI Corporation and Rosenboom.  The hydraulic cylinder market is expected to hit $16.4 billion by 2025 while growing at a 6% compound annual growth rate. Kiefer Tool & Mold is a manufacturer of custom built industrial hydraulic and pneumatic/air cylinders used in construction equipment, mining equipment, agriculture, forestry and logging, material handling, waste and recycling, oil and gas, snow and ice control, crane and boom trucks, aircraft and airlines, automobile hauling equipment, concrete and asphalt, manufacturing machinery, military transportation, pipe laying, hydraulic presses, amusement park rides, food processing, equipment and civil engineering.  Kiefer Tool also repairs large hydraulic cylinders.  In addition to machining custom cylinders, Kiefer Tool also provides services to repair, refurbish, recondition, rebuild, or retrofit an existing cylinder. Types of cylinders manufactured or serviced by Kiefer Tool include the following;

  • standard cylinders
  • single (plunger cylinders) and double acting cylinders,
  • tie-rod cylinders
  • welded/threaded cylinders (bolted-head cylinders)
  • telescopic/multi-stage cylinders
  • top-link cylinders
  • loader cylinders
  • side-mounted cylinders
  • piggyback cylinders
  • construction grade cylinders
  • differential cylinders
  • position sensing cylinders

2018-2025 Global Single Acting Hydraulic Cylinder Industry Market Research Report
This report studies the global Single Acting Hydraulic Cylinder market status and forecast, categorizes the global Single Acting Hydraulic Cylinder market size (value & volume) by manufacturers, type, application, and region. This report focuses on the top manufacturers in North America, Europe, Japan, China, and other regions (India, Southeast Asia, Central & South America, and Middle East & Africa).  Kiefer Tool & Mold is a manufacturer of custom made industrial hydraulic and pneumatic/air cylinders used in construction equipment, manufacturing machinery and civil engineering.

Global Fluid Cylinder Market Analysis Report 2018 – Precision Hydraulic Cylinders, Parker-Hannifin, Metal Products and Energy Manufacturing
Global Fluid Cylinder Market report analyses current market bearings along with future market scope from 2018 to 2023. Research study helps to analyze the change in market dynamics of Fluid Cylinder, regional market volume, technological innovations and Fluid Cylinder business opportunities in coming years. The report offers key insights to understand the Fluid Cylinder market and meeting you need to the report contents it is segmented into market players, drivers and retainers, Fluid Cylinder market share analysis with product types and application, revenue and gross margin by regions.  Firstly, the report provides a basic overview of Fluid Cylinder market includes definition, product classification, applications and Fluid Cylinder market growth rate history from 2013 to 2017. Fluid Cylinder market share based on product coverage includes ( Double Acting Cylindersh and Single Acting Cylinders) and applications considered in Fluid Cylinder market study includes ( Oil&Gas, Mining, Aerospace&Defense and Automotive). The next portion based on industry chain analysis of Fluid Cylinder market covers raw material suppliers and price analysis, Fluid Cylinder product manufacturing Process and cost structure, production, consumption, emerging countries, Fluid Cylinder industry news and policies by regions.  Top Leading companies and investors of Global Fluid Cylinder Market Include KYB, Eaton, Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, Jiangsu Hengli Hydraulic Cylinder, Precision Hydraulic Cylinders, Dongyang Mechatronics, Caterpillar, Parker-Hannifin, Bosch Rexroth, Metal Products, Weber-Hydraulik, Energy Manufacturing and Pacoma.

Hydraulic Cylinder Outlook
The increased use of electro-hydraulic cylinders will be a major trend that will gain traction during the next four years. Hydraulic cylinders coupled with electronics will eliminate the need for separate hydraulic pumps and tubing, and will offer enhanced accuracy, better functionality, and improved ease of use and control.

Wilmington-based Precision Hydraulic Cylinders Acquired For $85M
A Carthage, Missouri-based company has acquired Precision Hydraulic Cylinders, a global manufacturer of engineered hydraulic cylinders headquartered in Wilmington, for $85 million. Leggett & Platt Inc. acquired Precision Hydraulic Cylinders (PHC) on Jan. 31, according to officials with Leggett & Platt Inc. Susan McCoy, vice president of investor relations for the Missouri company, said Thursday that the firm’s officials have no plans to change the location of PHC’s headquarters or operations in North Carolina. PHC specializes in the supply of hydraulic cylinders to many of the global original equipment manufacturers in the mobile equipment markets, according to the company’s website. McCoy said PHC has corporate and administrative offices in Wilmington.

PE-backed Texas Hydraulics acquires Oilgear
Texas Hydraulics, a portfolio company of Wynnchurch Capital LLC, has acquired The Oilgear Company, a Traverse City, Michigan-based provider of highly engineered hydraulic pumps, valves, systems and aftermarket services for heavy duty applications. No financial terms were disclosed. Founded in 1968, and headquartered in Temple, Texas, Texas Hydraulics is a leading manufacturer of highly engineered, custom-designed hydraulic cylinders, swivels and related components. The Company is known as leading provider of front-end design solutions for the most challenging applications. Texas Hydraulics uses its technical expertise related to valve integration, position sensing technology, large bore and long stroke cylinder manufacturing to provide a differentiated value proposition to its customers. The Company has long-standing relationships with blue-chip OEM customers across a variety of end-markets, including infrastructure, utilities, natural resources and transportation.

Complete Machining of Large Aerospace Parts
Machine Specialties Inc. needed to produce large parts with a constantly increasing degree of complexity. The M120 Millturn from WFL enables the shop to process large components in only one clamping.  Machine Specialties, Inc., or MSI, has been manufacturing precision parts since 1969. They are a leading contract machining and metal finishing specialist that designs and manufactures sophisticated, cost-effective solutions.

Big, Heavy, Awkward Parts Need Workholding, Too
Information on large part machining from https://advancedmanufacturing.org.  Advanced Manufacturing Media is a leading source for news and in-depth technical information about advanced manufacturing in North America. The Kiefer Tool large capacity machine shop services include large part machining, large precision machining, large diameter turning and CNC machining.

Overcome the Large-Part Production Challenge
Manufacturers of large parts surely know the distinct challenges this type of work presents. The parts are heavy, cumbersome and require close machining tolerances. The tools used to machine them can be sizeable. Setups take longer because of all that’s involved with handling big parts and large tools. And machining becomes even more challenging when the parts require multiple operations, such as milling, drilling and boring – all of which typically involve long reach situations.

U.S. Fluid Power Cylinder and Actuator Market – Analysis and Outlook to 2025
Aerospace-type fluid power cylinders and actuators, hydraulic and pneumatic accounted for the highest share (39% in 2016) of U.S. fluid power cylinder and actuator manufacturing, leaving a considerable room for nonaerospace-type hydraulic fluid power cylinders and actuators, linear and rotary (38%).

Types of Machine Shops
November 9, 2017
Machine shops can be small businesses and are often called “job shops“. Some manufacturing companies own their own machine shop and do not need to contract with stand alone machine shops such as Kiefer Tool and Die.

Types of Machine Shops

  • Small Business Machine Shops or Job Shops
  • CNC Machine Shops
  • Large Part Machine Shops
  • In-House Machine Shops at Manufacturing Companies
  • Automotive Machine Shops
  • Educational Machine Shops at Schools and Colleges

High Schools and engineering colleges have machine shops where engineering students use power-driven tools and machine tools to make, finish or repair machine parts or manufacturing equipment. Kiefer Tool and Die frequently repairs machines used by manufacturing companies throughout Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania.  Automotive machine shop focus on repairing, restoring and rebuilding engines for cars and trucks.  Automotive machine shops are now using advanced machining technologies to produce automotive parts or to repair vehicles.  Automotive machine shops services include grinding, gear manufacturing, part prototyping, reverse engineering of automotive parts, engine repair, hydraulic repair, shaft repair, five-axis machining and robotic and transfer line automation.  Kiefer Tool and Die does not focus on this line of work but does repair hydraulic components of mobile heavy equipment and construction vehicles. Kiefer Tool and Mold specializes in cutting, drilling, shaping, welding and finishing metals, alloys, steel and other materials by using machine tools. Typical machining tools used by a machine shop include vertical and horizontal boring mills, metal lathes, cranes for large part machining, grinding machines, CNC machines, horizontal and vertical machining centers, vertical shapers (slotters) and keyseaters and hydraulic presses. While Kiefer Tool and Die started as a tool and die maker, the firm has progressed over the years to doing precision and large part machining for manufacturing companies in the Cleveland metropolitan area, or Greater Cleveland.  Since 1965, Kiefer Tool and Die has been a leader in the machine tool industry in Cleveland. Over the years, power operated machine tools and metal-working machines used to make manufacturing equipment helped develop the economic infrastructure of the City of Cleveland, enabled its workforce and propelled industrial growth. The machine tool industry in Cleveland followed in the traditions of east coast manufacturing communities by encouraging top notch engineers and mechanics to set up their own machine shops. Back in 1965 John Kiefer Sr. hauled a 12″ engine lathe, a bridge port milling machine and other equipment behind his home and into his walk out basement. In this 24 sq.ft. space he made replacement components for the bolt making industry and Kiefer Tool & Mold was born. Today, Kiefer Tool manufactures and repairs many types of metal components, hydraulic equipment, shafts, machine tools, dies, and molds. The CNC machines at Kiefer Tool precisely mass-produced parts such as pistons, screws, drivelines and gears.

At One College, Women Engineers Help Reshape The Machine Shop
November 9, 2017
The machine shop is a big deal at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts. Only about 20 percent of undergraduate engineering degrees in this country go to women. Olin College, a prestigious engineering college is proud to be an outlier: Half its students are women. While the machine shop at Kiefer Tool and Die does not employ any women, females are welcome to apply for a position by clicking here.

A website that the managers at Kiefer Tool and Mold frequently review is CNCReport.com which was created in 2007. For anyone interested in current information about machine tools that are automated by computer numerical controls (CNC), this is one of the best. The site was developed by Jay Pierson, a CNC expert and President of Pierson Workholding. This site provides relevant CNC machine tool industry news, CNC product reviews, editorials on the manufacturing and machining industries and machine shop tips. For industry professionals that want to be experts on the routers, grinders, mills and metal lathes that are controlled by CNC systems, this site is highly recommended.

Machine Tool News from IndustryWeek
This machine tool news source keeps manufacturers and machine shops informed on cutting edge trends and news on machine tool technology, the precision machining industry, manufacturing equipment and factories in the United States.  The Machine Tool News section of the IndustryWeek site provide excellent information for manufacturers who want to stay current with power tool technology, lathe and milling machine advancements and new ways to cut and shape steel, metal and other materials. IndustryWeek is published by Penton which is now part of Informa, a multinational publishing company.

Machining News From TheFabricator.com
TheFabricator.com, a publication of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl., provides news on precision machining, machining companies, new machining facilities, machine tool technology, machining industry mergers and acquisitions, machine tools market growth, tooling and machining trade shows, machine shop press releases and much more.

Aerospace Precision Machining and Metal Cutting News
The Aerospace Manufacturing and Design Magazine provides news about aerospace manufacturing, machining and metal cutting. The magazine focuses on aerospace design manufacturing, CNC machining, milling, turning, lathes, precision machining, aerospace components, aerospace materials and aerospace technology.

MachiningNews.com Technology Portal
Machiningnews.com provides news about the latest developments in the machine tool industry. Current information covers topics such as CNC machines, metal technologies, metalworking machines, machining automation and robots, machine tooling, inspection and measuring, computer aided design (CAD) technology and machining industry news.

National Tooling & Machining Association Website

Top Shops Conference 2017

IMTS 2018
International Manufacturing Technology Show, September 10-15, 2018, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, USA

The Fabricator Magazine

Production Machining
The online extension of Production Machining magazine and the most comprehensive Web site available for high volume precision machining professionals.

Modern Machine Shop Magazine

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