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Certification Designations 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

Web Seminars

April 16, 2015
“Proper Sizing of Conductors When Using Single Rod Cylinders”
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST
Presented by: Ernie Parker, CFPAI, Hennepin Technical College

This presentation will cover proper line sizing of plumbing when using single rod cylinders and also explore pressure intensification due to some types of meter-out circuits. There are various standards for velocities concerning plumbing, and even if the math is truly done properly, most of the hydraulic plumbing and cylinder ports are not sized properly. This webinar will discuss these concepts using very basic math to make participants aware of these problems for future sizing of components and plumbing.

June 4, 2015
“How to Fix an Air Leak So It Stays Fixed”
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST
Presented by Jon Jensen, CFPAI, SMC Corp. of America

All personnel have a responsibility to control the costs and environmental impact of excessive energy use in their facility. Leakage is an area of major concern in pneumatic systems, but leaks rarely get addressed because the feeling is that “they’ll just come back!” This webinar will focus on the costs associated with air leaks, the typical causes of air leaks, and strategies to repair them so they don’t come back.

August 13, 2015
“Proportional Valve Amplifiers – Setup, Tuning, and Troubleshooting”
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST
Presented by: Ken Dulinski, CFPAI, Macomb Community College

Basic operation of a proportional valve amplifier with LVDT feedback will be covered in this web presentation. Starting with the block diagram of an amplifier, we will discuss proper wiring methods followed by a step-by-step tuning procedure for maximum valve performance. Finally, we will discuss troubleshooting the amplifier using the built-in light indicators and a voltmeter to localize various common problems.

Engaging Youth in Fluid Power

Boy Scout Merit Badge – The formal application for the Hydraulics and Pneumatics Merit Badge was presented to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Office in September 2014. BSA will be sending out a youth interest survey in the first quarter of 2015 to assess whether or not to move forward with the merit badge. This survey will be sent to all scouts who have signed up for the Scouting Research Panel. Visit www.ifps.org to learn more about this exciting endeavor in engaging youth in fluid power.

Electronic Controls Specialist Update

The Electronic Controls Specialist certification is in its final review stage and will be re-released in the first half of 2015. This certification is designed to review and test understanding, specification, and application of the full breadth of electronics used in the fluid power industry from simple sensors and limits to HMIs, controllers, and networks. It includes a brief review of applicable pneumatic and hydraulic principles, as well as in-depth examples of the electronics for both mobile and industrial fluid power equipment. The Electronic Controls Specialist certification requires a three (3)-hour written test.  This certification will be followed by the development of Mobile Electronic Controls and Industrial Electronic Controls certifications.

IFPS Establishes Raymond Hanley Scholarship

ray-hanleyThe IFPS established a “Raymond Hanley Scholarship” at its recent annual meeting.  The scholarship will be awarded to a high-caliber student pursuing his/her post-secondary education in fluid power and will be administered by the Fluid Power Educational Foundation (FPEF).

“I couldn’t be more pleased to honor Mr. Hanley’s legacy with this scholarship; he is a pioneer for fluid power certification,” said Donna Pollander, ACA, IFPS executive director. “Mr. Hanley’s passion and dedication to the fluid power industry is legendary.”

Raymond F. Hanley, CFPE/AI Emeritus, served as IFPS president from 1986–1987. Mr. Hanley also served as certification vice president and has been an IFPS honorary director since 2006. Mr. Hanley’s continuing contributions to the IFPS certification program led to his being named the first and (so far) only IFPS emeritus certificate holder. Mr. Hanley authored two books, Math for Certification and Fluid Power Essential Best Practices. He is the father of eight children and lives in Florida.

Visit www.fpef.org to make a donation to the Fluid Power Educational Foundation.

Industrial Hydraulic Technicians – Bring your “A-game”!

If you are preparing for the IHT certification test or just want to test your knowledge, Dan Helgerson, CFPAI, IFPS treasurer, and Fluid Power Journal technical editor, designed a fun and interactive Q&A game. Visit www.ifps.org and click on “Certifications.” It’s a great lunchtime group activity!

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.


Fluid Power Journal is the official publication of the International Fluid Power Society

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