Fluid Power Journal

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Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

By Dean Houdeshell, PE, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPE, CFPS, CFPIHT, CFPMHT, CFPMHM, Cemen Tech Inc. What would be your answer if you were asked: “Do you want to grow?” For most, if not all of us, I’ll bet the answer would be a resounding “Yes!” Yet many times, we choose to stay in our comfort zone because […]

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Success in Fluid Power 

By Lisa Debenedetto, CFPS, Sales Application Engineer Midwest USA, Argo-Hytos When I was asked to write this article, after the initial panic attack, I struggled for three months on what to write about. For the most part, I was thinking, “Why me?” Then it finally dawned on me, “Why not me?” I am a very successful […]

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The Value of Fluid Power Certification That Speaks to the Customer

By Robert Sheaf, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPE, CFPS, CFPECS, CFPMT, CFPMIP, CFPMMH, CFPMIH, CFPMM, CFC Industrial Training When I started CFC Industrial Training in 1990, we were known as Certified Fluid Consultants and commonly referred to as “CFC.” In 1999, my brother and I combined our two businesses and were known as CFC-Solar, again often referred to […]

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Accepting the Challenges of Fluid Power

By Mohaned Shahin, CFPS, Account Manager, Parker Hannifin Corporation I believe that the early experience I had working with hydraulics, and failing, is a relatable experience and a driving force for investigating the world of Fluid Power. For me, it all began in the Cleveland State University Fluid Power and Machining lab. My student group and […]

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Fluid Power Through the Eyes of an Electrical Engineer

By Randy Bobbitt, CFPS Fluid Power has been part of my life since 1984. I was initially hired by Hydro-Line Manufacturing because I was an experienced Electrical Engineer who could support linear position feedback devices that were integrated into NFPA industrial tie rod cylinders. I knew nothing about hydraulics at the time; however, I quickly […]

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Welcome to the Future of Fluid Power!

By DAN HELGERSON, CFPAI, CFPS, CFPMT, CFPECS, CFPSD After many years with little or no change in the components or approaches to the application of fluid power, some new ways of thinking and some new products are bursting onto the scene. Benefits of the New Products Digital pneumatics, Digital Displacement® pumps and motors, and smart […]

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Education and New Talent in the Fluid Power Industry

By Chauntelle Baughman, CFPHS, President and Co-Founder of OneHydraulics, Inc. I vividly recall those days as a young woman fresh out of college and ready to take on the world, with my head stuck in my books, studying for my Certified Fluid Power Hydraulic Specialist (CFPHS) certification. Gaining that certification provided me with knowledge and credibility […]

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Fluid Power: An Evolutionary Industry, Served by a Progressive Society (IFPS)

Bishwajit Ranjan, PE, CFPE, CFPS The speed of evolution in the fields of science and technology has been rapid. While it took Apollo-11 seventy five hours to reach the Moon in 1969, New Horizon zipped past the Moon in 2006 in just 8 hours & 35 minutes. There was a time when setting up land […]

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The Modern Off-Road Equipment Industry Demands Technical Application Skills, Training, and Certification in Mobile Hydraulics

by John Juhasz, CFPECS, CFPS As my time on the IFPS Board of Directors comes to its end this year, it’s a good time to reflect on the state of our industry and the major changes since I joined the board in 2013. In the mobile hydraulic market, the most influential challenge was the Environmental […]

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The Value of Fluid Power Training and Certification

by D. Dean Houdeshell, PE, CFPAI, CFPE, 2018-2019 President, IFPS If your experience is at all like mine, you entered your first fluid power job with little experience and understanding of hydraulics or pneumatics. Scarcer yet was an understanding of fluid power system design. Fortunately for me, I landed a job early in my career […]

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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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