Certification Levels Available
Certified Fluid Power Accredited Instructor
Certified Fluid Power Authorized Job Performance Proctor
Certified Fluid Power Authorized Job Performance Proctor Connector & Conductor
Certified Fluid Power Engineer
Certified Fluid Power Specialist (Must Obtain CFPHS, CFPPS)
Certified Fluid Power Hydraulic Specialist
Certified Fluid Power Pneumatic Specialist
Electronic Controls Specialist
CFPMEC – in development
Mobile Electronic Controls
CFPIEC – in development
Industrial Electronic Controls
Certified Fluid Power Master Technician (Must Obtain CFPIHT, CFPMHT, & CFPPT)
Certified Fluid Power Industrial Hydraulic Technician
Certified Fluid Power Mobile Hydraulic Technician
Certified Fluid Power Pneumatic Technician
Certified Fluid Power Master Mechanic (Must Obtain CFPIHM, CFPMHM, & CFPPM)
Certified Fluid Power Industrial Hydraulic Mechanic
Certified Fluid Power Mobile Hydraulic Mechanic
Certified Fluid Power Pneumatic Mechanic
Certified Fluid Power Master of Industrial Hydraulics (Must Obtain CFPIHM, CFPIHT, & CFPCC)
Certified Fluid Power Master of Mobile Hydraulics (Must Obtain CFPMHM, CFPMHT, & CFPCC)
Certified Fluid Power Master of Industrial Pneumatics (Must Obtain CFPPM, CFPPT, & CFPCC)
Certified Fluid Power Connector & Conductor
Fluid Power System Designer
IFPS Now Offers Online Hydraulic Safety Awareness Training
IFPS, in conjunction with the Hydraulic Safety Authority of Canada*, now offers international online Hydraulic Safety Awareness Training courses. The courses provide an awareness of hydraulic hazards in the workplace, in-depth reviews of potential exposures to injury from hydraulic systems, and ways to reduce risk and eliminate hazards for workers, equipment, companies, and the environment.
Three (3) online hydraulic safety awareness training courses are available:
- Exposure Level – 4.5 hours – $99
- High-Risk Maintenance Level – 10 hours – $149
- Hydraulic Safety in Construction – 5 hours – $99
A certificate of completion will be issued once the online course is complete. To learn more about what each course has to offer, visit www.ifps.org and click on Education.
*Hydraulic Safety Authority of Canada (HSAC) is the leader in hydraulic safety awareness training, recognized internationally for developing the most comprehensive training curriculum available in the safety industry.
IFPS 2014 Annual Meeting
September 23-26, 2014
Embassy Suites Historic Charleston • Charleston, South Carolina
Monday, September 23, 2014
8:00 am – 5:00 pm (lunch included)
“Fluid Power Potpourri”
Presented by Tom Blansett, CFPAI, Eaton Corporation
Join the IFPS from September 23-26, 2014 for the 2014 Annual Meeting at the Embassy Suites Historic Charleston in Charleston, S.C. Attending the Annual Meeting is a great way to network with professionals in the fluid power and motion control industry.
In addition to committee and board meetings, optional tours are planned throughout the week, as well as a technical workshop on Monday, September 22. Participation in this workshop contributes towards reaccreditation requirements.
The topics covered will be “Rules of Thumb = Thumbs Down”; “Sensor Technology, Thread, and Connector ID with Lab”; and “Tuning a Proportional Valve Amplifier with Lab.” This varied array of topics will explore a number of subjects in an attempt to provide something for everyone during the workshop—new information for some and review for others—but hopefully enable all participants to better present and explain information to students.
- A discussion of some popular rules of thumb used in sizing hydraulic components and why these rules should never be used for any actual design solutions
- An explanation of basic sensor types and theory of operation for sensors used to measure velocity and position to provide useful feedback data for closed-loop control in fluid power systems
- An explanation of American and metric thread and connector identification (Students will have an opportunity to perform some hands-on reinforcement of the material.)
- An explanation of basic proportional valve amplifier control theory (Students will learn how to properly tune an amplifier and proportional valve pairing.)
- An explanation of deadband, ramps, and gains, including hands-on instruction
Registration coming soon. Visit www.ifps.org for more information.
2014 IFPS Web Seminars
August, 14, 2014
“Cavitation and Aeration: Causes and Cures”
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Pat Maluso, CFPAI, Western Hydrostatics, Inc.
Cavitation and aeration are conditions that can cause hydraulic system damage and ultimately system failure primarily due to lack of lubrication and/or solid particle contamination. Topics in this presentation include
- Cavitation and aeration defined in relation to hydraulic systems and the detrimental effects on system components
- Discussion on causes, properties, differences, and similarities of each condition
- Demonstration on how moisture, temperature, pressure, and vacuum all play a detrimental role, contributing to cavitation and aeration
- Recommendations to reduce or alleviate the damaging effects of these conditions
- Troubleshooting tips, identification of telltale signs, as well as proper and improper system design scenarios
October 16, 2014
“Spool Configuration Selection for Pneumatic Valves”
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Richard Throop, CFPAI, Neff Engineering Co., Inc.
This presentation will cover the best way to make the correct selection for pneumatic valves.
- Single Solenoid Spring Return
- Double Solenoid 2 Position
- Double Solenoid 3 Position
- Closed Center, Open Center
- Pressure Center
- AC or DC
December 11, 2014
Mobile Equipment Reservoir Baffle Innovation
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Robert Post, WastAway
As presented at IFPE 2014 – A practical solution for fluid control inside small mobile equipment reservoirs, reducing damage, spillage, and equipment failures.
Visit www.ifps.org to register or call 800-308-6005. IFPS Members Free; Non-members $40.00
Know Your IFPS Membership Benefits
When you join IFPS, you have the benefit of the Society’s 50 years of expertise and experience representing the fluid power and motion control industry. Your membership supports a nonprofit organization dedicated to the unique interests of fluid power engineers, specialists, technicians, and mechanics throughout their careers.
IFPS membership and certification are two different entities: once IFPS technical certification is achieved, the certification must be renewed every five years; IFPS membership is optional, but it is also highly recommended. Here’s why:
- Online training discount: $99 for members only!
- Discount of 5% on Online Job Performance Review sessions offered through CFC-Solar, Inc.
- Certification test fee discount
- Recertification fee discount
- Discount on EVERYTHING in the IFPS store – books, patches, publications, safety cards, posters, etc.
- Hertz Car Rental discounts
- ScriptSave – prescription savings card
- FREE study manual downloads
- FREE industry-related Web seminars by Accredited Instructors
- FREE certification “Task and Outcome” web seminars: Tasks and outcomes from our study manuals are presented bi-monthly by Accredited Instructors.
- FREE (only available to members) access to our growing archived web seminars
- Professional Development Points: Earn points for every year you are a member. Personal Development Points are important when it is time for you to recertify.
- FREE subscription to Fluid Power Journal
- FREE subscription to IFPS monthly E-News
- Only members can find other members in the IFPS directory.
- Social Media: IFPS has Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter connections.
- Members have access to the “Members Only” section of the IFPS website.
Visit www.ifps.org or call 800-308-6005.
IFPS Fluid Injection Injury Safety Cards
The IFPS recommends that, in every circumstance, factory, piece of mobile equipment, or application of any fluid power product or its controls, every employee and employer is responsible to know, understand, and practice the safety policies and procedures already in place. (See the September/October issue for more information on the IFPS safety initiatives and visit www.ifps.org for important safety resources.)
Safety cards have been issued to all IFPS members as well as non-members who recertified in 2013. These cards contain information on obtaining five (5) critical pieces of information for doctors and emergency medical technicians in treating fluid injection injuries.
If you would like to purchase safety cards and/or posters you may do so by visiting www.ifps.org. Cards are sold in packs of 10, 50, and 100.