Fluid Power Journal

IFPS Charts 2021 Projects

IFPS held its 2020 annual meeting virtually on Sept. 25. The board of directors approved a number of projects by the education, marketing, membership and certification committees for 2021:

• The upgraded Mobile Hydraulic Mechanic certification is in its final stages of development. Areas of the MHM Study Manual that were added and improved include:

  • Principles of operation explained for commonly found components within a mobile hydraulic system – pumps, valves, actuators, and accessories
  • Color-coded cutaway illustrations of hydraulic components to aid in understanding operation
  • Symbology updated to conform to ISO 1219 standard
  • Expanded content on troubleshooting to include decision-tree aids
  • Detailed content on pressure, flow, and directional control valves
  • Improved graphics throughout and many real-life photos to assist in visualization
  • Basic hydraulic calculations useful in troubleshooting
  • Safety tips
  • Basic principles of electrohydraulic control – open loop and closed loop
  • Electrohydraulic valves
  • Sensors used in electrohydraulic systems

• Mentorship Program – A subcommittee will explore mentorship opportunities and the creation of a mentorship program.

• Nontechnical Associate Certification – A subcommittee will begin writing a study manual for a nonspecialist certification for those who communicate fluid power information such as product part numbers, standard options, promotions, and available services. The Fluid Power Associate certification requires a written test. This certification will be geared toward inside sales, customer service, parts personnel, clerical and support staff, and entry level positions. The subcommittee is seeking active certified professionals for technical writing.

• Fluid Power Symbols Library – A subcommittee will investigate offering the fluid power symbols library to our members.

To become involved in a committee or short-term subcommittee, contact akayser@ifps.org.

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