The new SKF manufacturing facility in Mexico will produce deep-groove ball bearings and tapered roller bearings for customers in North America.

This Week in Power & Motion: SKF Opens New Manufacturing Facility in Mexico

Oct. 6, 2023
The new SKF manufacturing facility will aid growth efforts in the Americas, Delta Computer Systems announces a new trade name and more industry news you may have missed.

There is much going on in the world of hydraulics, pneumatics and electronics motion systems, from technology introductions and industry advancements to new trends and industry leaders. Each week the Power & Motion team collects some of the latest industry news to help keep our readers up to date on what's happening in the fluid power and electronic motion control sectors as well as the industries they serve.

STLE Conferences to Examine E-Mobility and Future Trends

The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) is hosting a co-branded event, the STLE Tribology Frontiers Conference (TFC) and Tribology & Lubrication for E-Mobility Conference, November 12-15 in Cleveland, OH. 

Held over 4 days, the event will provide attendees an opportunity to learn about the latest in tribology and lubrication developments. Scheduled topics include biotribology, fluid lubrication, tribochemistry, electrification, EV hardware, grease, thermal management, etc.

The Tribology Frontiers Conference focuses on the newest research in tribology and lubrication while the Tribology & Lubrication for E-Mobility Conference explores the latest technical challenges and commercial opportunities impacting the future of electric vehicle technologies in the tribology and lubrication field.

"Our co-branded event offers attendees the best of both worlds," said Rebecca Lintow, CAE, STLE executive director, in the organization's press release announcing the co-located events. "By combining these two popular events, members of the tribology and lubrication engineering field can now enjoy expanded content and more networking opportunities." 

MicroStrain Sensing Systems Acquired from Parker Hannifin

Sensor technology company MicroStrain Sensing Systems is now a part of HBK, a developer of testing and measurement solutions for engineers. This comes after HBK's parent company Spectris announced in June 2023 it would acquire MicroStrain from Parker Hannifin. 

The acquisition strengthens the Spectris and HBK's sensor offering for a range of applications. MicroStrain brings with it expertise in sensors for automation and robotics, as well as monitoring of components including those within fluid power systems.  

"This move strengthens our North American presence, enhances our customer offering, and expands our presence in robotics and agriculture. We are excited to leverage these technologies to accelerate our smart sensor capabilities and drive innovation for our customers," said Ben Bryson, President of HBK, in the company's press release announcing the finalized acquisiton.

MicroStrain will now be known as MicroStrain by HBK.

Delta Computer Systems Announces New Trade Name and Officers

As of October 1, 2023, hydraulic motion controllers company Delta Computer Systems will have a new business trade name, Delta Motion. The new name is part of a refreshing of the brand which began in 2022 with a new logo

The company feels the name Delta Motion better reflects its focus. Its full legal name will remain Delta Computer Systems Inc. 

In addition, Delta Motion has named new company officers. Steve Nylund will continue as CEO while Jacob Paso, who has over 20 years experience as the company's Motion Products Development Manager, will now serve as President of the company. Wade Nylund, also a long-term employee with over 20 years experience, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer.

Watch our interview with Jacob Paso: Optimizing Hydraulic Motion Control Systems     

SKF Inaugurates New Manufacturing Facility in Mexico

SKF has opened a new manufacturing facility in Monterrey, Mexico, to aid with its growth efforts in the Americas. The facility will also help with the company's investments in the automotive industry, including production of technology with a focus on electrification. 

This is SKF's fourth manufacturing site in Mexico; it will develop and manufacture deep-groove ball bearings for car manufacturers in North America as well as tapered roller bearings used in industrial applications such as agricultural equipment and commercial vehicles. 

"Investing in engineering and manufacturing capabilities in the strategically located Monterrey will make us stronger and more flexible and increase our competitiveness in the Americas," said Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO, in SKF's press release announcing the inauguration of the new facility. 

"Regionalization is an important part of our strategy, and this factory will create a strong regional base for development and manufacturing, and further strengthen our value chain in North America. By being closer to both existing and new customers, we will be able to serve them even better," added John Schmidt, President, Americas.

DOE to Provide Funding for Smart Manufacturing Tech

As part of President Biden's Investing in America agenda, the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) will providing funding to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers implement smart manufacturing technology and high-performance computing. The goal is to help make these technologies more easily accessible, enabling manufacturers to be more productive and in some cases possibly even reduce their carbon footprint as many of these solutions reduce energy use. 

Funding will be provided to 12 state-run programs; the selected states will either create new or expand existing programs to help support small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMM) to access smart manufacturing technologies. A range of resources will be provided through these programs such as technical assistance, training, facility assessments, apprenticeships, and direct financial assistance to implement smart manufacturing and computing improvements.

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Sara Jensen | Technical Editor, Power & Motion

Sara Jensen is technical editor of Power & Motion, directing expanded coverage into the modern fluid power space, as well as mechatronic and smart technologies. She has over 15 years of publishing experience. Prior to Power & Motion she spent 11 years with a trade publication for engineers of heavy-duty equipment, the last 3 of which were as the editor and brand lead. Over the course of her time in the B2B industry, Sara has gained an extensive knowledge of various heavy-duty equipment industries — including construction, agriculture, mining and on-road trucks —along with the systems and market trends which impact them such as fluid power and electronic motion control technologies. 

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