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.

View JHF Product Line

Find Your Sales Representative

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.

Process Automation

John Henry Foster’s products and technology meld seamlessly into overall process automation. Our components and custom-engineered systems will meet your specific needs- in any application, in a wide range of industries.
  • One Stop, Turnkey Solutions
  • Cooperative Projects
  • Customized Design
Any operation can benefit with process automation systems. With a comprehensive line of automation components: sensors, controllers, operator terminals and actuators, the automation experts at John Henry Foster will help you increase productivity and minimize downtime. With proven expertise and cutting- edge technology, our engineers will design and build any system to help you achieve maximum efficiency.
  • Increase productivity
  • Minimize downtime
  • Proven operations
  • Wired and wireless options available

Process Automation Projects & Case Studies

Motion Control

With a full spectrum of drive technology, the right motor for any job and gearboxes that stand up to the highest demands, we have the motion control products you need. If your application requires a more unique solution, we will work with you to design, build and start-up innovative systems to perform all aspects of your motion control process.

  • Control YOUR process motion using electric, pneumatic, or hydraulic actuators
  • Open or closed Loop application
  • Precision control down to thousandths of an inch!

Motion Control Projects & Case Studies

Machine Vision

Automatic inspection, process control, and robot guidance have never been easier. With a wide variety of machine vision products- from cameras and sensors to processors and software- and custom machine vision solutions, our automation experts will help you increase precision in any application.

Utilizing both hardware and software, we will help you decide which components meet your specification. When your unique application requires a more custom approach, we will work with you to cooperatively design and manufacture a vision system solution to maximize your productivity and quality.


For many operations, batch process automation is a necessary component to daily success. Let John Henry Foster help you increase your overall efficiency with custom batching software and systems- designed specifically for your application.

  • Reliable, accurate, and quick batching controls
  • Customized recipe database
  • Complete data collection and reporting
  • Graphical driven interfaces

Tension Measurement & Control

Accurate tension measurement and control- in any material being processed at any point in the process phase- is crucial to achieve high product quality and productivity.

Through careful planning and application design, and by implementing newer measurement technologies for applications calling for tension measurement and control, we can help you improve overall process and product quality, improve machine and process performance, and avoid costly downtime and minimize off-specification product.

Comprehensive Solutions Include:

  • Tension Transducers
  • Tension Amplifiers & Indicators
  • Tension Controllers
  • Zero Set & Calibration Set
  • Pneumatic Tension Brakes
  • Aluminum Rollers
  • Custom-Engineered Application Solutions

Industries We Serve

  • Turnkey Hydraulic, Pneumatic and Electrical Controls
  • Automotive
  • Paper and Pulp
  • Custom Integrated-PLC-Based, Control and Data Acquisition Systems
  • Appliance
  • Lumber and Wood Processing
  • Compliance with Your Specifications
  • Food and Beverage
  • Plant Automation
  • Custom Designed Control Panels
  • Animal Feed Processing
  • Materials Recycling
  • Project Management
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Materials Handling
  • Creative Engineered Solutions
  • Automated Welding
  • Discrete Part Assembly
  • Custom Software Development
  • Blending Rubber and Plastics
  • Stone Glass
  • Custom System Diagnostics
  • Customized Testing

Contact The Controls Engineering Group