Great Products Build Great Businesses

Since 1944, we have been helping our customers minimize production interruptions and maximize efficiency with the same care and expertise as if it were our own business.

Producing high-quality products and services is challenging and we know how hard it can be to find someone else who wants your business to succeed as much as you do. With industry-respected brands, $8 million of ready-to-ship components and assemblies and 24/7 support, we have the products to keep your business moving forward.

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The John Henry Foster Company is a full-line fluid power distributor with territories covering parts of Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky and is the Midwest leader in fluid power sales. We have sales representatives stationed throughout our territory who can visit your site and provide hands-on attention to better meet your fluids power needs.

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Industrial Automation

Making the Complex, Simple.

We’re here to help you automate even the most intricate operating processes for fast and lean manufacturing. Communicate, drive, control, monitor, and protect any process or component in your facility. With a full-line of electrical and mechanical solutions and unmatched engineering expertise, state-of-the-art technology and effortless automation is just a phone call away. See a wide variety of our automation products and capabilities, below.

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Automation Devices

For the most diverse portfolio of industrial automation devices, call John Henry Foster. From timers and counters to sensors and scanners, and HMI and PLCs, we have the products to automate even the most complex operation. And for the more unique operations, we specialize in custom automation assemblies and systems.

  • Counters
  • Temp Controllers
  • Timers
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Bar Code Readers

Choosing the right barcode reader for your process is important. With the largest selection of laser bar code scanners, image-based ID readers and connectivity devices, John Henry Foster has you covered.
  • Connectivity
  • Image-Based ID Readers
  • Laser Bar Code Scanners
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Drives and Controls

Electric Drives and Controls from John Henry Foster set the standard in factory automation. Representing industry-respected suppliers of the most innovative solutions in automation, we have the products and systems you need to maximize your flexibility and efficiency.

  • CNC Control Systems
  • Drive Technology
  • Human Machine Interface
  • I/O Systems
  • Motors and Gearboxes
  • PAC/Combined Logic Systems
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Resistance Welding Systems
  • Sytronix Drives
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Industrial Sensors

John Henry Foster carries the widest selection of optical rotary encoders,inductive proximity sensors, magnetic proximity sensors, capacitive proximity sensors, laser sensors, fiber optic sensors, and more. When your process automation relies on critical data, let the automation experts at JHF help.
  • Area Sensors
  • Fiber Optic Sensors
  • Inductive Sensors
  • Laser Measurement Sensors
  • Laser Sensors
  • Micro Photoelectric Sensors
  • Photoelectric Sensors
  • Pressure/Flow Sensors
  • Rotary Encoders
  • Safety Sensors, Components, Light Curtains
  • Sensor Options
  • Special Purpose Sensors
  • Ultrasonic Sensors
  • Wire-Saving Systems
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Industrial Vacuum Pumps and Products from John Henry Foster

JHF has been working with vacuum products for over 75 years. As we've grown in size and ability, we've set our goal to provide the best vacuum applications and vacuum technology.

JHF represents top brands such as Atlas Copco, Dekker, Gast, Fest, and Piab to provide our customers with the best products available. With our sales and engineering team assisting with the design process, you can be sure that you will end up with a high-quality solution.


What is an Industrial Vacuum used for?

Industrial vacuum systems can be used in manufacturing and material handling for gripping, lifting, moving, cleaning, and many other applications. The systems typically consist of an electric or compressed air-powered pump, filtration, control valving, end of arm tooling, and vacuum cups or grippers to perform the work needed.

We design systems and sell a complete line of products to build complete systems in many industries, including automotive, chemical, food and beverage, logistics & warehousing, packaging, pharmaceuticals, plastics, and more.


Industrial Vacuum Products from a Leading Supplier

At JHF, we represent top brands such as Atlas Copco, Dekker, Gast, Festo, and Piab. To learn more about our selection of premium brands, select a product that fits your needs. Not sure what products you need for your solution? Find your local John Henry Foster representative today.

Oil Sealed Rotary Screw Vacuum Pumps

Oil-sealed rotary screw vacuum pumps are some of the most popular machine choices for centralized vacuum generation. The GHS vacuum pump line by Atlas Copco leads the worldwide market for rotary screw solutions, offering variable speed drives (VSD) to save energy for your business.

Dry Vacuum Pumps

Looking for contaminant-free vacuum systems? Atlas Copco has several completely oil-free vacuum pump solutions that help to save on maintenance and provide worry-free vacuum without any potential contamination of the environment or process.

Liquid Ring Vacuum Pumps

Atlas Copco and Dekker’s liquid ring vacuum pumps can be bought off the shelf or customized to your specific application to provide the perfect machine for the job. These vacuum pumps are ideal for humid, dusty, and contaminated environments that are common in harsh industrial processes. Many of these workhorse pumps operate in food processing and petrochemical operations around the world.

Diaphragm Vacuum Pumps

Gast diaphragm pumps are ideal for light-duty applications with relatively low flows (less than 4 cfm free airflow). They are almost silent when in operation.

Piston Vacuum Pumps

Atlas Copco and Gast offer piston pumps ranging from 1-1500 cfm. Piston pumps are time-tested and heavy-duty pumps with long service lives.

Regenerative Blowers

Gast regenerative blowers are built for low noise and maintenance-free operation. They can provide low-grade vacuum levels of up to 185 in. H2O and pressure levels up to 284 in. H2O with a free airflow up to 810 cfm.

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Linear Motion

Linear motion is used in facilities for pick and place operations, CNC lasers and routers, complex adhesive application or whenever super-precise and accurate positioning is required.We’ll help you choose or design linear motion systems, profiled rail systems, multi-axis handling systems, screw assemblies and system components to fit your unique application
  • Linear Bushings and Shafts
  • Linear Motion Systems
  • Multi-Axis Handling Systems
  • Profiled Rail Systems
  • Screw Assemblies
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Machine Safety

Choose JHF for Innovative safety products and solutions. We have the products and engineering expertise to help you improve the functional operation of your equipment while helping to increase personnel safety, efficiency and productivity. From safety mats and curtains to safety switches and relays and custom machine safety systems, and more, we have what you need to maximize safe operations in your facility.
  • Lockout Valves
  • Quick Exhaust Valves
  • Safety Laser Scanners
  • Safety Light Curtains
  • Safety Mats
  • Safety Relays and Accessories
  • Safety Switches
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Machine Vision Systems

Machine vision software and systems allow you to customize application performance to your specific needs. Our experts will help you choose and implement well-designed vision systems, machine process control and feedback products and solutions to automation any operation.

  • Accessories (IA-MVS)
  • Cameras
  • Smart Cameras
  • Software
  • Vision Processors
  • Vision Sensors
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Material Handling

Move, store, control and protect your products throughout manufacturing with material handling products and systems from John Henry Foster. Whether you're looking for products such as work-holding grippers, hoists, or conveyers...or in need of a uniquely designed system for your operations, we can help.
  • Hydraulic Clamps
  • Manual Toggle Clamps
  • Pneumatic Clamps
  • Pneumatic Grippers
  • Pneumatic Rotary Tables
  • Pneumatic Thruster Slides
  • Workholding Accessories
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Motion Control

John Henry Foster offers complete motion automation solutions for industrial applications. From high precision stages, motion controllers,and complete motion systems, we’ll help keep your operations moving.

  • Couplings (IA-MC)
  • Gear Reducers
  • Linear Mount Products
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Tension Control

Precise tension control is critical for production processes that require constant tension of material such as converting lines, winding/unwinding, cutting, coating and printing. John Henry Foster has the products and custom-engineered solutions for any tension control application.

  • Aluminum Rollers
  • Custom Engineered Application Solutions
  • Pneumatic Tension Brakes
  • Tension Amplifiers
  • Tension Controls
  • Tension Transducers
  • Zero Set and Calibration Set
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