Fluid Power Journal

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The Value of IFPS Certification

By Donna Pollander, ACA, Executive Director, International Fluid Power Society Business growth and success rely on a workforce with the right skills, in the …

Notable Words: The Challenges of Off-Road Vehicles

By Zongxuan Sun, Director, Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power. Off-road vehicles, including construction machines and agriculture equipment, account …

Heavy Equipment Relies on Hydraulics

By Alan L. Hitchcox, Freelance Technical Editor No matter when we first learned the fundamentals of hydraulics, our training covered variable displacement …

Boosting Productivity with Digitalization

By Kim Harper-Gage, Chief Operating Officer North America, Festo The good news: productivity in the U.S. manufacturing sector is up. The bad news: the rise is …

New Board President: Integrate Improvised Approaches to Certification

By Denis Poirier Jr., CFPHS, CFPAI, AJPP, AJPPCC, CFPIM, CFPCC, IFPS Board President and Chairperson  To say last year was more challenging than other years …

Board President Looks Back on ‘21: ‘a very trying time’

By Rocky Phoenix, CFPMHM, CFPMHT, CFPCC, CFPMMH, 2021 IFPS Board President and Chairperson In December, my term as president and chairperson of the board of …

Leaping into Digital Asset Tracking

By Nicole Forbes, Strategy and Business Development Manager, Fluid Conveyance, Danfoss Imagine walking into your local library and being directed to a card …

A New Era of Automation

By Aurelio Banda, Group Vice President of Automation, Motion Today, automation and manufacturing are synonymous with transforming an industrial company. The …

Preparing for Asset Management 4.0

By Mark Barnes, Senior Vice President, Global Business Development, Des-Case Corporation In the aftermath of World War II, British Prime Minister Winston …

The New Generation of Fluid Power Drives and Controls

By Jon S. Rhodes, CFPECS, CFPAI, President, CFC Industrial Training Fluid power is a mature market with a proven track record in unmatched power density, …

Infuse Value Proposition into Your Company’s DNA

By Paul Johnson, President, Aggressive Hydraulics In this day and age of Amazon and Omnichannel for retail, we are becoming conditioned to buy differently …

Take Advantage of the Unsettling Forces Confronting You

By Buckley Brinkman, Executive Director/CEO, Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity The pandemic, an uneven economic recovery, new technology, …

Challenge Your Competitors with Top Customer Service

By Brandon Gustafson, Engineering Manager, Lubrication Equipment Division, Graco Inc. I have been in the fluid power industry since my first job as a …

Innovations in Autonomous Vehicles Drive Productivity Gains

By Peter Bleday, Head of Autonomous Vehicles, Danfoss Power Solutions It takes many people to harvest crops such as strawberries, apples, and asparagus. The …

NFPA Guides Students to Fluid Power Careers

By Lynn Beyer, Vice President of Workforce Development Programs, National Fluid Power Association In biennial surveys, National Fluid Power Association members …

New IFPS Board President: It’s Go Time for Recruiting

By Rocky Phoenix, CFPMMH, IFPS Board of Directors President The year 2020 was a great one – to put behind us! I won’t talk about all of the problems and …

Outgoing IFPS Board President Offers Thanks for a Challenging Year in Office

By Jeff Kenney, CFPIHM, CFPMHM, CFPMHT, IFPS Board of Directors President As I near the end of my year as president, I find myself reflecting on the world …

Keeping Customers Engaged in a Changing World

By Hakan Erdamar, Group President, Discrete and Industrial, Emerson Automation Solutions No one could have foreseen the enormous personal, financial, and …

Hydrostatic Gear Drives and Evolving Electrohydraulic Applications

By Jon Frey, Head of Engineering Systems and Solutions, Bosch Rexroth When faced with the opportunity to develop a circuit or system design, application …

Stewardship

By Dan Helgerson, CFPS, CFPAI, CFPJPP, CFPSD, CFPMT, Fluid Power Journal Technical Editor I am not an environmentalist. I do not believe the earth is my …

Responsibility and Restraint Can Land You a Good Job

By Randall D. Smith, Supply Chain Liaison, Marine Systems, Northrup Grumman Corp. At the beginning 2020, I thought that cannabis products and legalized …

Succeeding in Hydraulics Certification Exams

By Dan Fernandes, CFPS, Sun Hydraulics It was 9:00 a.m., Oct. 10, 2012. I was fresh out of college and four weeks into my fluid power career. I saw a dozen of …

Not All Training Is Created Equal

By Denis Poirier Jr., CFPAI/AJPP, CFPHS, CFPCC, CFPIHM, Eaton Corporation Hydraulics Group Certification can be defined as “a benchmark that validates a …

Passing the Torch and Core Values

By Gordon Kauffman, CEO Baltimore Hydraulics Inc. What a difference 50 years makes. For those of you who have been in the business as long as I have, you can …

2020 IFPE Features First-Ever Networking Reception

By Michael Degan, Editor, Fluid Power Journal Well it’s hard to believe that three years have flown by and we find ourselves days away from the 2020 …

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