Fluid Power Journal

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25 Years of Fluid Power Journal

By Paul and Lisa Prass Here we are with 25 years behind us since our journey began creating and producing the best industry trade journal. As I write this for our 240th issue, I reflect on our teams’ journey.  It has indeed been quite an adventure. In the early beginnings circa 1993, my then-fiancée Lisa […]

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Looking Back As We Move Forward

By Donna Pollander, ACA, Executive Director of the International Fluid Power Society As the Fluid Power Journal celebrates its 25th anniversary next month, it got me thinking about what I was reading 25 years ago. Since I was celebrating my 6th wedding anniversary, working full-time, and raising three boys (we added another boy a few […]

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The Value of Connected Hydraulics

By Keaton Holappa, Applications Engineer, Connected Hydraulics & i4.0, Bosch Rexroth Corporation When people think about hydraulics as a fluid power solution, many picture a hydraulic system from the 1960s and ‘70s that’s noisy, hot, and oily, but also robust and powerful. Back in those days, mechanical and electrical valves were used to control a […]

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The Value of Investing in Wind Knowledge

By Nikki Walker, Wind Market Manager, Hydac The Wind Industry continues to grow year after year, racing against time to meet the next PTC (Production Tax Credit) expiration date (currently the end of 2020), and gambling on the next PTC extension, if any. Chasing this deadline goes hand-in-hand with conserving profitability. Companies scrutinize where and […]

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New Ideas Take Shape in the Industry

By Jeff Herrin, Vice President of R&D, Danfoss Power Solutions Change is the only constant. While this statement rings true for every industry, those of us in off-highway equipment may be better acquainted with that fact than most. We’re coming out of a phase of fairly steady, consistent evolution of our core fluid power technology. But […]

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Grow Your Career With Intention

By Alan Froslie, CFPHS, CFPAI, Airline Hydraulics George Burns once joked that the first thing he did in the morning was check the obituary section of the newspaper. If he wasn’t in it, he got out of bed. I also read through obituaries, but not for the same reason George did. Instead, I like reading […]

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Transforming Fluid Power Systems through Collaboration

By Zongxuan Sun, Director of Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota Fluid power is one of the three ways for power transfer: electrical, mechanical or fluid power. The key advantages of using fluid (pneumatic or hydraulic) to transmit power include superior power density and flexibility. These advantages […]

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Giving Back And Paying It Forward

By Timothy White, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPS, CFPECS, CFPMIH, CFPMMH, CFPMIP, CFPMT, CFPMM, The Boeing Company I recently read a quote that got me thinking about how we interact with others in the fluid power industry: I know many of us think this way in our personal lives, whether it is through your church, family, coaching, or […]

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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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