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Certified Fluid Power Accredited Instructor

Certified Fluid Power Authorized Job Performance Proctor

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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 meeting

IFPS 2015 Annual Meeting

September 22-25, 2015    Omni William Penn, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Technical Workshop: Monday, September 21, 2015

Join the IFPS from September 22-25 for the 2015 Annual Meeting at the Omni William Penn in Pittsburgh, Pa. 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 21. Participation in this workshop contributes towards re-accreditation requirements.

Optional tours

  • The Duquesne Incline - A pictorial history of Pittsburgh’s industry, inclines, sports venues, and natural disasters
  • Trivia Night at The Park House – Test your knowledge with local trivia at this historic tavern.
  • Industrial Scientific - A behind-the-scenes look at the corporate headquarters of Industrial Scientific, a leading provider of gas detection as a service and portable gas detectors
  • Andy’s Wine Bar - Celebrate the legacy of Pittsburg jazz

Friday, September 25, 2015

FPEF’s Art for Industry Gala
Time: 6:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m
Cost: $100 evening session

The Fluid Power Educational Foundation, in conjunction with the Community College of Allegheny County, will present an artwork showcase highlighting “Art for Industry” at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Food, drinks, and silent auction items will also be on-hand.

Hotel Reservations

A discounted hotel rate of $150 + tax/night has been secured for all IFPS members attending the meeting. In order to take advantage of the discounted rate, hotel reservations must be made by August 21, 2015. Reservations can be made online or by calling the Omni William Penn at 412-281-7100. (Mention group name – International Fluid Power Society – to secure the group discount.)

The hotel is approximately 30 minutes from the Pittsburgh International Airport.

Airport taxi service: $50
Shared shuttle available via super shuttle: $24

Technical Workshop

“Designing A Machine From the Ground Up”

Monday, September 21, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Registration: $150.00 (lunch included)
Presented by Ernie Parker, CFPAI, Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie

This workshop will prove to be entertaining and educational as it covers the steps to design two different machines from the ground up. Forces, torques, speeds, flows, power steering, and pressures needed to start and size both a front-end loader and go-cart that uses an accumulator for acceleration will be discussed. Participants should bring an inexpensive calculator (such as a $10 TI-30XA). Don’t fear the trigonometry, as this session will break it down to basics! A booklet with all the formulas for future designs will be provided as a take-away.

Visit www.ifps.org for the schedule of events.

Classes for Hydraulics and Pneumatics Specialist Certification Review Training Now Forming

Completing an IFPS Specialist Review Session is easy with the Live-Distance Learning collaboration. An IFPS Accredited Instructor will engage participants in a live online experience with all the energy and expertise of traditional classroom training conducted from the comfort of your own location. There is no travel or lost work time.

IFPS Live-Distance Learning takes place in a state-of-the-art training facility located at CFC Industrial Training for three (3) weeks equating twenty (20) hours. Online delivery is offered during the evening hours and is accessed from your own computer with Internet access.

Registration information can be found by visiting www.ifps.org or by calling IFPS headquarters at 800-308-6005. Registration deadline is October 1, 2015.

Hydraulic Specialist

Tuesday and Thursday
Oct. 6, 8, 13, 15
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST
Oct. 20, 22
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST

Pneumatic Specialist

Monday and Wednesday
Oct. 5, 7, 12, 14
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST
Oct. 19, 21
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST

ifps web

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.

Wanted: Web Seminar Topics

If your company has educational web seminars on cutting-edge or trending technologies, please e-mail your information to askus@ifps.org (no infomercials please!).

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.

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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