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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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.

Custom Assemblies

From the design and manufacture of each individual component to the full assembly, you get a plug-and-play tested device that you know will function as intended.  Our expertise in a variety of technologies consolidates your supply chain and results in streamlined shipping, accounting and auditing functions for our clients.

  • Lower Overhead
  • Reduce Inventory
  • Streamline Operations

Advantages of custom assemblies:

  • Plug-And-Play Technology - Out of the box and on to the machine in no time at all, with a minimum of required connections.
  • Technical Expertise - We know our products well, and can fit the best product to your application. We can help eliminate guessing on sizes and material compatibility.
  • Less Hassle - One part number is all that is needed. No more keeping track of a dozen different items to purchase and assemble.
  • OEM Applications - We can cut your production time and your labor costs by pre-assembling components, making them immediately ready for the production line.
  • Maintenance/Repair Applications - We can help reduce down-time for maintenance. For example, if a valve and several fittings are usually replaced simultaneously, we can pre-install the fittings for faster repairs.

Our Work

Filter/Regulator/Valve Stack Combination

Pneumatic assembly consisting of an OSHA approved lock out valve, a filter-regulator, pressure switch, and a three-valve stack. The valves are two-position single solenoid, 24 VDC valves. The left most valve has its own dedicated pressure regulator. Not pictured are power cords with indicator lights for each valve.

Valve Stack with Isolation Plates

Pneumatic valve stack consisting of four 4-way valves, two isolation plates, and an intermediate supply / exhaust station. Isolators allow three different pressure sources in same manifold. Valves 1 and 2 operate on one pressure source. Valves 3 and 4 have their own dedicated pressure source. This simplifies plumbing and electrical connections creating one valve station, rather than three. Push-to connect fittings for quick air line hook-up.

Hydraulic Cartridge Valve Manifold

An aluminum hydraulic manifold for cylinder control with 16 solenoid valves, and 16 counterbalance (load holding) valves. Fittings are installed on the opposite side, and wiring of the solenoids is completed at John Henry Foster prior to shipping. Once at the customer's facility, hydraulic lines are installed, and two plug-in electrical connections are made, and the unit is ready for service.

Hydraulic Motor Speed Control Manifold

Hydraulic package consisting of a directional valve, flow control, check valves for all four stations, and a four station manifold. Designed to operate a motor circuit, each station has its own adjustable needle valve for low speed operation, and dual check valves to prevent oil back flow. The directional valves select slow speed by directing oil through the needle valve. High speed is attained when the directional valve bypasses the needle valve. Four hydraulic motors are controlled from this single, compact assembly.

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