Anthony Catanese

Production Service Engineer Bearings, Seals & Hydraulics Division


I am a Manufacturing Engineer with a Minor in Business from Ohio University (Go Bobcats!).  I have experience manufacturing custom, large diameter fasteners as well as Aerospace Heat treating & brazing prior to joining the team here at MD&A in 2012. Since joining, I have found a home working with a wide variety of hydraulic components that MD&A services.

What do you do here at MD&A?

I am the Product Service Engineer responsible for the hydraulic department here at MD&A’s Bearings, Seals & Hydraulics facility. I specialize in Rexroth® and Mafag® Actuator repairs. 

Why is it important to inspect Rexroth® hydraulic actuators every five years? What role does functional testing play in that? 

Rexroth® actuators are good actuators; however, they require regular maintenance to change seals and ensure their long-term reliability. During these regular maintenance intervals, it is important to fully test the actuators to ensure they are working properly after they are rebuilt. This will ensure proper actuator function during operation.

What is the biggest challenge you come across when you refurbish customers’ Rexroth® hydraulic actuators?

The biggest issue we come across is the customer maintenance interval became too long and we find major damage to many components. Shorter maintenance intervals will reduce the repair costs and reduce the number of repairs required during outage periods. These repairs can, and often do, lead to extended repair times.

MD&A either stocks or has access to the required replacement components to minimize the extension of repair schedules.

Why are our custom shipping containers important to customers?

We invest a lot of time, and our customers invest a lot of money, overhauling an actuator. It is important to protect the refurbished actuator while in transit to a customer’s facility.

We feel that manufacturing proper shipping containers are key to ensure the safety of the actuator to site.  The shipping containers have a secondary benefit of facilitating rigging the actuators into position.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

I would like x-ray vision, so I can see inside of things, like actuators!


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