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IFPS Announces 2015 Board of Directors

Marti Wendel, First Vice President

Marti Wendel, First Vice President

Marti Wendel, CFPE, CFPS, CFPCC, Curtiss-Wright Sprague Products, was elected the 55th president of IFPS during its annual meeting in Charleston, SC. Ms. Wendel will take office in January 2015.

The following officers were also confirmed at the IFPS 2015 Annual Meeting:

First Vice President – Rance Herren, CFPSD, CFPECS, CFPMT, CFPAI – National Oilwell Varco
Immediate Past President – Tom Blansett, CFPAI, CFPS, CFPIHT, CFPCC – Behco-MRM, Inc.
Vice President Certification – Timothy White, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPS, CFPECS, CFPMIH, CFPMMH, CFPMIP, CFPMT, CFPMM – The Boeing Co.
Vice President Marketing and Public Relations – Justin Sergeant, CFPS, CFPMHM – Seven Stars Industries
Vice President Education – D. Dean Houdeshell, PE, CFPAI, CFPE, CFPS, CFPIHT, CFPMHT, CFPMHM – Danfoss
Vice President Membership – Richard Bullers, CFPPS – SMC Corp. of America
Vice President Educational Foundation – Pat Maluso, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPS, CFPMHM – Western Hydrostatics, Inc.

The following Directors-at-Large were also confirmed:

Alan Niesen, CFPS, CFPIHM, CFPMHM – HFI Fluid Power Products
Kenneth Dulinski, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPECS, CFPHS CFPMIH, CFPMMH – Macomb Community College
John Juhasz, CFPECS, CFPS – Kraft Fluid Systems, Inc.
Frank Fetty, MHM – JH Fletcher & Co.
Jeff Kenney, CFPIHM, CFPMHM, CFPMHT – Coastal Hydraulics, Inc.
Scott Gower, CFPS – Gulf Controls Co., Inc.
Scott Nagro, CFPS – HydraForce, Inc.
Bill Jordan, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPMHM, CFPMHT – Altec Industries, Inc.
Jose Garcia, CFPHS – Purdue University
Rocky Phoenix, CFPMHM, Open Loop Energy, Inc.
Jeff Hodges, CFPAI/AJPP, MHM – Altec Industries, Inc.

Too Busy to Leave Your Office? No Problem.

Take advantage of IFPS Online Training Opportunities.

Self-Paced Online Hydraulic Safety Awareness Training

IFPS* offers 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 offered:

  1. Exposure Level
  2. High-Risk Maintenance Level
  3. Hydraulic Safety in Construction

*in collaboration with the Hydraulic Safety Authority of Canada (HSAC)

Self-Paced Online Training

IFPS Members – only $99! Each course delivers a broad-based understanding of the most important fluid power subject matter concepts. Courses begin with the basics: physics laws, systems basics and design, basic analysis, and basic components, and then demonstrate how these systems apply to our industry, and how they work and interact with each other.

Each training course features approximately 12-16 hours of trade-specific e-training filled with simulations, assessments, quizzes, tests, learning labs, and more. Completion of the online training courses does not constitute IFPS certification; however, after completion of the course, you may be better prepared to take the appropriate IFPS certification test.  Online courses are listed below:

Mobile Hydraulics Course*
Industrial Hydraulics Course **
Industrial Mechanical Course *
Mobile Electrical Course *
Industrial Pneumatics Course *
Industrial Electrical Course *
Electrical Theory *
AC/DC Motors and Drives *
Diesel Engines *
PLC Fundamentals +

*available in metric, ** available in metric, Spanish, and Spanish (metric) , + available in Spanish

Online Web Seminars

IFPS holds Free-to-Members Web Seminars every other month (non-members may purchase). Attendance earns Professional Development Points (PDP), which can be applied when re-certifying. A list of archived Web seminars may be viewed by visiting www.ifps.org. See next page for upcoming seminars.

Live Online Certification Review Training

Twice per year, IFPS holds live online certification review training for Hydraulic and Pneumatic Specialists. IFPS Accredited Instructors from CFC Industrial Training conduct twenty (20) hours of training equating three (3) weeks of EVENING training live from CFC’s studio. All you need is a computer with Internet access. February 2015 and October 2015 classes are available.

Online Certification Review Training – Self-Paced

Online Certification Review Training is offered for the following certifications through CFC Industrial Training, Inc.’s Learning Management System. This is an excellent vehicle to prepare for IFPS certification at your own pace from your own computer. (Members receive a discount.)

  • Hydraulic Specialist
  • Pneumatic Specialist
  • Job Performance (for mechanic & technician certifications)
  • Mobile Hydraulic Mechanic (written test review)
  • MHM & JP (as a bundle)

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.

2014 IFPS Web Seminars

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.

February 12, 2015
“Filter Sizing: Pressure vs. Return Flow Filters”
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Presented by: Bill Hotchkiss, CFPAI, SunSource
This presentation will cover the following topics:

  • Filter sizing for pressure lines, return lines, and for off-line recirculation
  • Benefits of pressure line vs. return line vs. off-line filtration
  • Micron selection for use with pressure line vs. return line vs. off-line filtration

April 16, 2015
“Proper Sizing of Conductors When Using Single Rod Cylinders”
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern
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 type of meter-out circuits. There are various standards for velocities concerning plumbing, and yet if the math is truly done properly, most of the hydraulic plumbing and cylinder ports are not size 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.

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

Professional Development

  • 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.


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