Fluid Power Journal

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Exploring the New Frontier of Underwater Mining and Construction

By Ron Burg, Mechanical Engineer, Mahan’s Inc. The new frontier of underwater mining is experiencing rapid technological development. Innovation has proven to be an important element in the underwater use of construction equipment. By leading the way in breakthroughs in robotics, the industry is seeing a new dawn. Add to this the possible implementations of […]

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How to Close the Skills Gap at Hydraulic Fluid Facilities

By Shawn Fitzgerald It’s no secret U.S. manufacturers are struggling to find the right talent for their open jobs. We all know how important it is to fill the positions left vacant by retiring baby boomers, but it’s alarming when you see that one-third of parents1 would dissuade a child from pursuing a manufacturing job […]

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Inspire to Learn

By Scott Sardina, PE, CFPHS, CFPPS, CFPS, CFPAI I’m a lifer. It seems like every year I find myself enrolled in a new semester course or seminar. Part of it is to achieve those continuing education credits we so dearly need, but ultimately, I just enjoy learning new things and sharing newfound knowledge with others. […]

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Increase Your Professional Value with Online Training

By Kristine Coblitz, Editor, Fluid Power Journal The digital revolution is changing the way we do business. Time-management apps help us to productively and efficiently tackle our workload; social media adds a personal touch to client communication; and emerging technology advances the value of our equipment and machines. But what about us, the professionals who […]

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Improve your Marketability with the IFPS

Not long ago I found myself looking for a career change within the fluid power industry, and it was at that time I truly realized the value of my involvement within the IFPS and the certifications I have earned. Without question, it helped me land a great new position because my new employer appreciates that […]

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Dangerous Goods Regulations Updated to Reflect 2017-2018 ICAO Technical Instructions

Businesses need and want predictability—particularly when it comes to government regulations. So the fact that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) updates its technical instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods every two years is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because industry knows the changes are coming and a curse because […]

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Advanced Products and Game-Changing Engineering are Trending for Fluid Power Pros

The NFPA released a November 2016 survey on the “State of the Fluid Power Industry.” The study notes that distributors see annual shipments for their overall business during the next 12 months being nearly 90% better than the prior 12 months. Behind that growth in hydraulic businesses are three trends: (1) availability of new intelligent […]

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Rethinking Hydraulic Safety

According to the International Hydraulic Safety Authority (IHSA), hydraulics and electricity are both forms of transmitting energy, and most often hydraulics is comparable with electricity in regards to the risk levels faced by operators. Hydraulics, just like electricity, must be respected to maintain safety, yet, in a real-world application, the safety standards greatly differ—despite the […]

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Owning the Future

Leadership roles are often defined by the time an individual uses to plan their actions: a worker is concerned with what they have to do for one day, the supervisor will plan next month’s work schedule, while a senior manager is responsible for the department’s yearly budget. A director will plan three to five years […]

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Hydraulics in the Entertainment Industry Present an Interesting, Challenging Career Opportunity

By Mark Castle, Head of Automation KÀ at MGM Hotel and Casino During my career in the entertainment business, I have had the opportunity to design, build, install, and maintain many different types of control systems for a variety of applications. My focus over the last 10 years has been with Cirque Du Soleil’s production of […]

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Innovation is the Key to Progress

I have heard many engineers complain that industry is too timid when it comes to innovation. Incremental improvements are pursued while major opportunities for game-changing opportunities are rejected because of cost and risk. These impressions are backed up with solid evidence. In his influential book, “The Rise and Fall of American Growth,” Northwestern University Economics […]

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Energy Efficient Hydraulics & Pneumatics Conference Returns in 2017

Efficient consumption of energy is one of the key concerns around the world today. In fact, my local power company regularly prepares a report so I know how my household energy consumption compares with other households in the neighborhood. I think this is great, because it creates an awareness of something I might have not […]

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Upgraded Electronic Controls Specialist Certification Elevates Fluid Power Competency

By Donna Pollander, ACA, IFPS Executive Director The IFPS strives to keep pace with changing fluid power and motion control technologies, and the development and re-release of an upgraded version of the Electronic Controls Specialist (ECS) certification is a prime example. Properly designed and installed fluid power systems are reliable, safe, and productive. Electronic control […]

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More Women Engineers Needed to Help Fill 1.7 Million Jobs

Compiled by staff members at Proportion-Air, Inc. With projections showing the industry will need 1.7 million more engineers and computing professionals to fill positions within the next 10 years, the low number of women in those fields is growing as a top concern among industry leaders and educators. Diversity in the workplace has long been […]

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Making a Difference

Ever know one of those kids who made a mistake he or she didn’t recover from?  Someone you knew or loved who blindly got caught up in things by making bad choices? Ever wonder what might have been? Nobody wants to start the story of their own life with the words “I almost made a […]

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Increasing Awareness of IFPS Membership and Certification

Marketing and sales has always been at the center of my career. Speaking with prospects, learning of their needs, and presenting solutions based on those needs, is what drives me every day. When I joined the IFPS last July, I knew that one of my main goals was to increase the overall awareness of our […]

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Watts It All About

It began well before 1994, but an event from that spring stands out as a turning point in my understanding of the need for energy awareness when designing or working on fluid power systems. I had been invited to assist in specifying a chiller for a hydraulic system at a facility in Claremont, N.H. There […]

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How to Make a Positive Impact in 2016

Now that the holiday rush has ended, we settle into the New Year and brace ourselves for the onslaught of winter. It is now, when the hustle and bustle is over, that I find myself nestling down in front of the fire, reflecting back on the old year and thinking about what I want to […]

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The Wolf at the Door

Here we go – another year and another IFPS president. And that is a good thing. The many new members serving on the Board of Directors bring new perspective and fresh ideas that are key in defining and promoting the Society’s mission to advance professionalism, education, and certification in the fluid power industry. Traditionally, the […]

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Shrinking The Skills Gap: Why Manufacturing Day Matters

Over the next decade, it is estimated that nearly 3.5 million U.S. manufacturing jobs will be needed, and 2 million of those jobs are expected to go unfilled due to manufacturers’ inability to find talent with the required skills. The retirement of baby boomers, strength of the economy, and attractiveness of the industry are ranked […]

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25 Years Strong in Promoting Certification and Industry Training

I was very saddened by the death of my good friend Ray Hanley, who passed away May 30 of this year. I got my first certification in 1987 and was introduced to several members as time went by, and in the early 1990s, I met Ray at an IFPS annual meeting. He was dedicated to […]

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CCEFP Forms A Stronger Partnership with Industry

It’s hard to believe that the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) is in its tenth year. It’s been a decade of rapid growth, and CCEFP is now one of the leading academic fluid power research centers in the world. We have led a renaissance in research and have reinvigorated the fluid power […]

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“Those Who Can, Do. Those Who Can Do More, Volunteer.”

When I was asked to write the Notable Words column for this issue of the Journal, I sat awhile trying to determine on which subject I should write. That lead me to reflect on the 12 years I have been working with IFPS and how grateful I am, not just for the career opportunity, but […]

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NFPA Career Connections – Making A Difference in Tomorrow’s Workforce

Price Engineering. Thirty high school students. A tour. Fluid power classroom kits. Sharing. An internship. What does all this equal? The new NFPA Student Career Connections (SCC) program. The first SCC event took place at NFPA member Price Engineering in Hartland, Wis., on March 17, 2015. The SCC program is a newly developed initiative from […]

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