The Fluid Power Technology Conference will be held at Detroit’s Macomb Community College October 11-13, and in addition to two full days of technical presentations, industry trends and networking, the event will once again offer a full day of pre-conference workshops on Tuesday, October 11.
While the basics hydraulics course is under development,Thomas Blansett, CFPAI, CFPS, Technical Director for the IFPS, will offer a new course, “Advanced Hydraulics Workshop,” which will cover IFPS Hydraulic Specialist certification topics.
This course is designed for those individuals who have attempted the Hydraulic Specialist certification exam and have been unsuccessful or felt that some of the material was too difficult to understand, preventing them from actually attempting the test. New content was added a few years ago and those content areas may not be as familiar or as well-understood as the previous content.
This advanced hydraulic training workshop will address topics found within the Hydraulic Specialist Study Manual that have been indicated by students as being more difficult than others. Specifically, it will address:
- Hydrostatic transmissions — theory of operation
- Hydrostatic steering principles
- Sizing prime mover using RMS method
- Unloading valves and unloading relief valves
- Pressure reducing valves and pressure reducing relieving valves
- PO check valve calculations
- DIN-style or slip-in cartridge valves principles of operation
- Regenerative circuits
- Sizing accumulators — isothermal and adiabatic
- Operation of proportional valves along with basic sizing principles
- Troubleshooting basics
All the content covered will be based on the most current version of the Hydraulic Specialist Study Manual.
Blansett is Technical Director of the International Fluid Power Society. He has been working in the fluid power and motion control industry for almost 40 years. His career in fluid power started while serving in the U.S. Navy as a Machinist’s Mate Chief Petty Officer. In this position, he was involved with the maintenance and operation of shipboard propulsion and auxiliary support systems; however, it was while he was on a nuclear submarine that he first gained experience in hydraulic and pneumatic systems. He later served as a Naval Instructor for engineering systems.
Blansett’s extensive civilian experience in engineering, sales, application support, and training provides the IFPS with technical expertise for the many new initiatives the IFPS has planned.
He served on the IFPS Board of Directors in various offices for several years and is an IFPS past president (2014.) In addition, he has contributed as a subject matter expert on numerous IFPS technical subcommittees and has been a technical consultant for the IFPS. He holds the Fluid Power Specialist (hydraulics and pneumatics), Industrial Hydraulics Technician, and Connector & Conductor Certifications; he is also certified by the IFPS as an Accredited Instructor and Authorized Job Performance Proctor.
Registration for FPTC Detroit is now open. Pre-Conference workshops require separate registration. Visit www.fluidpowertechconference.com for more details.
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