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Features 6  Vote of Confidence: Choosing the Right Seal for a Hydraulic Pump Oil seals are essential to keeping high-pressure equipment running. 8  On the Border: Boundary Lubrication in Cylinder Seals An allowable amount of fluid on a sealing lip promotes longer product life. 10 Cover Story  Shifting Gears: Converting to an Electrohydrostatic Transmission A technology that does not require redesigning ICE off-highway vehicles.

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VOTE OF CONFIDENCE Choosing the Right Seal for a Hydraulic Pump By Corey Holloway, Sales Manager North America, anyseals, Inc.

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n recent months, seal suppliers for distribution and maintenance and repair markets have reported a surge in demand for high-pressure oil seals. This trend is not a coincidence, as these devices are some of the most widely used sealing components in circulation today. The industrial oil-seal market is divided into three primary types: axial, radial, and mechanical. Oil seals, also called shaft seals, are radial lip-type seals specifically designed for retaining lubricants in equipment with rotating, reciprocating, or oscillating shafts. They are found in various applications, from gear engines and construction equipment to rolling mills and wind power generators. Oil seals are in critically short supply as the industry emerges from the manufacturing shutdowns and slowdowns during the pandemic. Although oil seals play an essential role in keeping equipment running for the high-pressure hydraulic pump market, finding a reliable and available supply source can be tricky. Here are some things to consider when choosing the proper seal for a hydraulic pump application.

Seal function Oil seals preserve a lubricating medium within a defined space. They also safeguard the sealed space from dirt, dust, and other potentially damaging contaminants. For example, in a high-pressure hydraulic pump operating environment, the entire sealing system, com-

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Typical oil seal designation. prised of the shaft seal, shaft housing, fluid medium, and environment, determines the seal function and level of durability required. Therefore, select an easy-to-replace-and-install product that offers leakage-free sealing in various 6

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working environments. This choice should offer low-friction sealing resulting in minimal power loss and heat development. Oil seals are manufactured according to strict quality standards and are under constant control for compliance with common international norms. This works to the advantage of the user, who is assured a certain quality and fit no matter the product's manufacturer. For the sake of continuity, the typical designation of an oil seal includes the type, shaft diameter, outer diameter, height, and material (see figure 1).

Materials A wide range of standard materials and an extended range of special materials are designed to handle most traditional oil-seal applications. Among the standard seal types, NBR is the most widely used material. NBR is characterized by good mechanical properties, high abrasion resistance, high tensile strength, low gas permeability, low compression set, and high resistance to petroleum-based oils and fuels, silicone greases, hydraulic fluids, water, and alcohols. NBR is a copolymer of butadiene and acrylonitrile (ACN). Depending on the application, the content of acrylonitrile can vary between 18% and 50%. Low ACN content improves cold flexibility at the expense of the resistance to oil and fuel. High ACN content enhances the resistance to oil and fuel while reducing the cold flexibility and increasing the compression set. When it comes to oil-seal materials, the following are not recommended for NBR: • Fuels with high aromatic content, such as jet fuel, diesel fuel, high-octane gasoline, and gasoline. • Aromatic hydrocarbons such as methylbenzene, naphthalene, phenanthrene, trinitrotoluene, and o-dihydroxy benzene. • Chlorinated hydrocarbons, such as the pesticide DDT and vinyl chloride, which are manufactured in large quantities to produce polyvinyl chloride and manufactured to produce pesticides, solvents, precursors to various industrial processes, coatings, polymers, and synthetic rubber products. • Nonpolar (lipophilic) solvents that dissolve

nonpolar substances such as oils, fats, and greases. Examples include carbon tetrachloride, benzene, diethyl ether, hexane, and methylene chloride. • HFD fluids, which are water-free, synthetically produced, and fire resistant. • Brake fluid DOT 3 (glycol type); ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber is the preferred material for this application. •O zone; EPDM, FKM, and PTFE are recommended Fluorinated rubber (FKM) is another common material characterized by resistance to ozone, weathering, and aging. FKM materials meet the needs of many applications requiring high thermal and chemical resistance. FKM also offers low gas permeability, making it a suitable material for vacuum applications. FKM is not resistant to glycol-based brake fluids, polar solvents (e.g., acetone), superheated steam, hot water, amines, alkalis, and low-molecular organic acids (e.g., acetic acid). Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is a fluorinated thermoplastic material with many positive characteristics for sealing material. This includes high thermal and almost infinite chemical resistance. Compared to NBR and FKM materials, PTFE has the lowest friction coefficient, making it most suitable for dynamic applications. Oil seals are composed of PTFE with fillers. PTFE does not, however, have any elastic properties and is typically energized with other complimentary materials such as elastomers or spring steels. The most important materials for seals in this group are: • NBR (acrylic nitrile butadiene). It has good mechanical properties, including abrasion resistance, can be adapted to different tasks by varying the acrylic-nitrile content, and is suitable for temperatures ranging from -20°C to 100°C (-4°F to 212°F). • FKM has high resistance to mineral oil and HFD fluids even at high temperatures up to 200°C (392°F).

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Figure 2 seals are designed for nonpressure applications. When excess pressure develops within the unit to be sealed during operation, check the air vents to see if they are clean, open them if necessary, or use a special seal designed for high-pressure applications. However, pressures up to 0.05 MPa (7 psi) can be controlled by standard types. If the application dictates higher than normal pressures, special types and profiles that use advanced materials or profiles are available. For example, the anyseals type OS-N21 is composed of a sealing lip that is shorter and stiffer than the standard type of seal, preventing increased contact pressure. The OS-N21 anyseals type was designed for pressures up to 1.0 MPa (145 psi). The reinforcing ring is pulled down lower on the shaft diameter to better support the sealing lip. The lower flexibility of the sealing lip requires tighter tolerances with regards to the dynamic runout and offset. Application limits depend on the rotational speed and diameter of the shaft (see figure 3). In conclusion, be diligent when searching for the greatest possible availability of quality standards and special seal types. For quality assurance, seek a supplier that provides certified sealing products that can be identified and traced by lot and material number. 

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By Andrew Iddeson, Iddeson, Global Technical Director, Hallite; and Chuck White, Director of Sales and Marketing, Hallite Americas

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Boundary Lubrication in Cylinder Seals

When it comes to hydraulic cylinder sealing systems, boundary layer lubrication is key to ensuring the longevity of the seals. However, as environmental and emission concerns grow, we should consider actual leakage versus factors in lubrication that contribute to the long-term effectiveness of seals and cylinders. Boundary lubrication is a thin film of fluid that passes under the sealing lip, reducing friction and heat that contributes to wear reduction at the sealing lip. But given environmental and cost concerns, just how much boundary lubrication is acceptable? The answer depends on the application as

well as the individual circumstances in which the seal is operating. For example, long-stroke cylinders used in applications such as cranes require a slightly higher level of boundary lubrication because the sealing elements cover more surface area during the cycle. Cylinders used in general mobile hydraulic applications such as aerial handling equipment require less boundary lubrication due to the cylinder’s size and duty cycle. Finding the right balance of boundary lubrication to promote seal life while meeting the application requirements can be challenging.

Finding the right balance As we’ve said, boundary lubrication is an acceptable amount of fluid that passes under the sealing lip to promote seal longevity. This light film is carried in microscopic peaks and valleys in the surface finish of the dynamic hardware. The sealing lips of the seal conform to these peaks and valleys where the film of oil exists. If the peaks and valleys are too large, excessive boundary lubrication might be allowed to pass by 8

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the sealing lip. But insufficient peaks and valleys prevent the formation of the oil film, causing excessive wear. Seal profile also plays a role in balancing boundary lubrication. The correct seal profile at various pressures is key to making sure boundary lubrication is not cut off, which would result in frictional heat and wear at the sealing lip. The industry uses several methods to assess the presence of boundary lubrication. The U.S.-based Society of Automotive Engineers developed the SAR J1176 standard to characterize the visual appearance of the boundary lubrication on rods in hydraulic cylinders. Though the standard is subjective, it provides a benchmark to assess and establish a level of boundary lubrication tolerable in a given application. This standard also provides guidelines to reference when experiencing an unacceptable level of boundary lubrication. Although many national and international standards define methods for testing leakage in fluid power systems, few define acceptable leakage rates, preferring that users define their limits. WWW.FLUIDPOWERJOURNAL.COM • WWW.IFPS.ORG


However, one standard that does apply limits is JIS B 8354. This standard is challenging because it requires a collection of boundary lubrication samples or readings over a set number of cycles or distances, thus requiring longer monitoring periods for assessment. However, because JIS B 8354 defines acceptable leakage levels by classifying the application, it allows the user to confidently develop their own acceptance limits based on a volumetric measure according to cylinder size and end use.

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Despite the two standards, opinions on the acceptable level of boundary lubrication vary and depend on the application. In general, Hallite uses several criteria when assessing acceptable levels of boundary lubrication. When evaluating boundary lubrication using visual standard SAR J1176, levels of 0-2 are acceptable. Since all cylinders exhibit a “drip” of oil, the visual standard sets the boundaries of acceptable lubrication levels as guidance to identify potential concerns and issues with reallife examples per application. In class A leakage acceptance, the JIS 8354 standard is interpreted to show that on a 2-inch (50-mm) rod (as per Hallite testing), an acceptable limit should not exceed 0.05 ml per 100 m traveled. On the test rig, this equates to 20 ml over 50k cycles, the equivalent of 40 Km traveled. An acceptable level of boundary lubrication or leakage is subjective. Though standards exist to provide guidance on recommended levels, the end application plays a huge role in setting the standard. Benchmark testing allows for databased decision-making. Data collection based on real-life field conditions ensures compliance with set leakage standards such as JIS B 8354. It is difficult to offer data on every possible operating combination. However, with new technology in test equipment and methods, assessing seal performance is becoming easier in a lab setting. 

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Shifting Gears

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By Philippe Tottoli, E-mobility Program Marketing Manager, Poclain

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ow- and zero-emission vehicles are making their way from the roads to the off-highway market driven by regulations and national environmental policies. Hybrid and electric machinery have merged onto both jobsite and field. This pressure has many mobile machinery OEMs looking for ways to electrify their traditional internal-combustion engine (ICE) models. OEMs are faced with a number of challenges. For the end user, electrified machine performance must be identical to the equivalent ICE machine to carry out the same work. Likewise, the electric machine must offer acceptable range and battery lifetime to reach sufficient daily availability for work. The noise level of the electric machine must be significantly lower than the equivalent ICE machine to improve working conditions for the driver and reduce noise pollution in urban environments. Above all, to make economic sense, the electric machine needs to deliver a return on investment comparable to the equivalent ICE machine within a reasonable time frame. Lower operation and maintenance costs help the owner achieve the desired lower total cost of ownership. 10

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OEMs are caught between the pressure to design to meet new regulations and increasing demand from end users facing tighter-than-ever schedules and changing rules. For off-highway machine manufacturers caught in this situation, electrohydrostatic technology may be an answer because it does not require a complete machine redesign and allows for a high degree of commonality between the ICE and electrohydrostatic versions. Part and design commonality makes the transition easier for the OEM in terms of production changes, after-sales support, maintenance, as well as end-user training and adoption. By electrifying the hydrostatic system, OEMs are able to deliver the same benefits of timetested, reliable cam-lobe hydrostatic technology without the emissions. An electrohydrostatic transmission is a system

made of hydraulic, electric, power electronics, and electronic components combined with control software. The hydraulic components are typically hydraulic motors, drive pumps, and valves. The electric components are electric motors and batteries, which can include different technologies. The power electronics components are DC/AC inverters, an onboard charger, and a DC/DC converter. The electronic components include the electronic control unit, sensors, display, connectors, and accessories.

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Electrifying an off-road mobile machine with an electrohydrostatic transmission can be broken down into a few steps: machine inspection, input data collection, transmission presizing, realization and optimization, and field monitoring. To illustrate the process, take the example of a mini wheel loader recently electrified by Poclain Hydraulics’ electromobility team. The mini loader, with an operational weight of around 1.8 tons, was originally equipped with a diesel engine and a hydrostatic transmission based on wheel-motors, hydraulic boom, and tools.

Machine inspection The first step the team took after receiving the mini wheel loader and before starting any electrification activity was to perform a complete machine inspection and verify proper function. Once this was completed, the machine underwent a full battery of performance tests, including an inventory, to characterize all the hydraulic systems in their original configuration. The objective was to build a machine model for system simulation software to simulate the operation of the hydraulic systems. The team also carried out acoustic tests in the original configuration to measure the difference in sound level between the diesel and electrified machines.

Input data collection The next phase was to gather the input data needed to design the transmission: machine duty cycle, machine mission profile, and geometrical and weight constraints. This phase of data collection and analysis was part of a connected engineering campaign. Confirmation of real-life duty cycles. The team sent the mini wheel loader equipped with a connectivity box into the field to perform a series of operations matching typical machine usage. The connectivity box was connected to the WWW.IFPS.ORG • WWW.FLUIDPOWERJOURNAL.COM

machine’s CAN bus to upload the data directly to the cloud. The team put the machine through a number of work scenarios to attain a large enough data sample. Work included traveling at different speeds, empty and loaded, on flat surfaces as well as uphill and downhill; moving the bucket up and down, and filling and emptying the bucket, among other operations. Throughout these operations, the objective of the data collection was to confirm the machine’s duty cycle for the transmission and auxiliary functions. Obtaining in-depth knowledge of the duty cycle is a key step in the electrification process and has a major impact on the correct sizing of transmission components and power distribution to auxiliaries. Defining the mission profile. Machine mission profile definition has a major impact on the required amount of energy embedded in the batteries and its distribution between transmission and tools. For the electrification of the mini wheel loader, the team targeted a machine range of a complete working day with charging in the middle of the day. In typical use, the machine works intermittently during the day. To obtain the most realistic mission profile possible, the profile integrated operations with several of the most frequently used tools. Geometrical and weight constraints. After validating the duty cycle and defining the mission profile, the team needed to characterize the machine geometry, weight distribution, and center of gravity.

envelope is given by the curve of the machine tractive effort as a function of the machine speed. From this curve, the performance envelope of the different components of the transmission were determined. This is actually the process of presizing the transmission components. Define and simulate architecture. The team designed several possible system architectures to respond to the transmission requirements and the power distribution to auxiliaries. These architectures included the main hydraulics, and electric and power electronics components. The team performed simulations for each of the defined architectures to verify whether their performance matched the requirements of the transmission and the power distribution to auxiliaries. Simulation is a very powerful tool that makes it possible to verify the overall performance of a system quickly to prevalidate an architecture without having to carry out tests on a real machine. Select and presize electric and hydraulic components. Once the team defined the system architectures, it was time to drill down to the component level. Based on the input data and simulation results, they selected and presized the different components of the architectures. Components included a drive pump, closed loop circuit valves, hydraulic motors, inverters, e-motors, a DC/DC converter, an onboard charger, an electronic control unit, a display, sensors, and connectors. At this point in the process, adjustments or component changes are still possible. Selecting a final architecture by simulation. Among the simulations of the different system architectures, the team selected the one that best matched the system requirements based on the energy efficiency criteria, compatibility with economic constraints, and available space. (Continued on page 12)

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Realization and optimization After presizing the components, the next phase was practical realization, including transmission optimization and auxiliary power distribution. Integration study. Once the architecture was defined and the dimensions of every component were known, it was possible to proceed with a detailed integration study of the system within the machine. In the case of the mini wheel loader, once the diesel engine, the fuel tank, the radiator, cabling, and several other components were removed, the team defined the available space for the electrohydrostatic drivetrain using the existing machine geometry. When needed, they used a 3D scanner to digitize the machine geometry and environment. Then they defined the arrangement of the components to keep the weight distribution and center of

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gravity within the limits of the machine’s operational weight. Control strategies and functional safety analysis. Based on the customer and machine requirements, the team specifies system and control strategies for all machine life cases. In this case, they performed a safety analysis to ensure the safety functions of the system based on generic customer and machine requirements. Then they programmed the software of the electrohydrostatic transmission before uploading it in the transmission electronic control unit. Integrating the transmission. Next, the team mounted and assembled the electrohydraulic system into the mini wheel loader. Then they uploaded the vehicle control and e-hydrostatic transmission-embedded software into the electronic control unit. Machine commissioning. The last stage of electrification was the commissioning of the mini wheel loader. During this stage, the team checked, inspected, and tested every major component of the transmission and the power distribution to the auxiliaries at the individual component level and the integrated function level. The final result was a perfectly functioning and safe zeroemission electrohydraulic machine.

Field monitoring Generally, the machine is fitted with a log box connected to the CAN bus that collects machine performance data and use. This is a powerful way to monitor performance under real customer operating conditions. We can also refine duty cycle and mission profile characterization to improve machine design and optimize transmission sizing for the next machine release. 

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What IFPS Means to Me

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IFPS IS AN industry-recognized organization that offers accredited certifications that have both industry skill level recognition and are challenging. Certification gives not only recognition of achievement but boosts self-confidence in being a knowledgeable and experienced person working within the industry. IFPS not only focuses on industry learning but safety as well, which is critical in the fluid power industry. IFPS certification has helped me grow as an individual, provided recognition within the fluid power industry, and has helped me gain the confidence to pursue a career and job I enjoy and in which I find significant meaning. How I See IFPS Viewed in Industry I see IFPS recognized as a third-party certification organization that is recognized both locally and globally, focused on safety, knowledge, and skill level. IFPS certification is not just a college or entry-level certification but is recognized as having industry value, representing a certain skill level through both the written and job performance tests. IFPS certification is not just a completion of a course; it has substantial meaning behind being certified. For those studying to obtain certification, it is not just about the certification title, but the knowledge and safety learned through the studying process that comes even if the certification is not obtained. The certification process is challenging, so do not be discouraged. BJ Wagner, CFPHS/CFPMMH/CFPAI/CFPAJPPCC/CFPAJPP Staff Test Engineer, Subsystem Testing, Manitowoc Cranes Product Verification Center IFPS member since Jan. 1, 2004

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A RECENT STUDY found that more than 68% of participants cited lack of confidence as the biggest stumbling block to their ability to succeed in math. If math is a stumbling block for you when preparing for certification test success, the Fluid Power Math for Certification booklet may increase your confidence level. The booklet lays the foundation for calculating complex formulas found in certification tests. The booklet can be used during a test. IFPS Members $12.85 | Retail $16.00 To purchase, visit www.ifps.org/ fluid-power-math-for-certification.

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IFPS IS OFFERING workshops for Accredited Instructor (AI) and Authorized Job Performance Proctor (AJPP) certifications on Oct. 26-28 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The AI workshop is a one- or two-day program to acquaint you with the IFPS certification program and to assess your instructional abilities. AIs have extensive backgrounds and instructional experience in the fluid power industry, and they hold various certifications. IFPS AJPPs are certified to proctor job performance tests and hold the certifications they plan to proctor. The registration deadline is Oct. 5. To register, call (856) 424-8998 or visit www.ifps.org.

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Newly Certified Professionals SPECIALIST holds HS and PS Neil Scott CONDUCTOR & CONNECTOR Erik Russell, The Boeing Company Orlan Westcott, The Boeing Company Ty White Sean Wynne, The Boeing Company Kelly Korzenborn, Fluid Power Services Tyler Crabb, The Boeing Company ELECTRICONIC CONTROLS SPECIALIST Daniel Libby, The Boeing Company HYDRAULIC SPECIALIST Alex Hildebrand, GCC Daniel Flick, MacDon Daniel Simpson, Quantum Machine Keegan Jost, GCC Spencer Savage, GCC Benjamin Steiner, Fluid Power Solutions INDUSTRIAL HYDRAULIC MECHANIC Christopher Truax, USAF Survival Miles Conn, Controlled Fluids Inc. MOBILE HYDRAULIC MECHANIC David Veir, LCRA John Wenz, Altec Industries Inc. Michael Campbell, LCRA Oscar Martinez, Florida Power & Light Co. Gary Rice, Altec Industries Inc. Tim McNeal, Florida Power & Light Co. PNEUMATIC MECHANIC Christopher Truax, USAF Survival PNEUMATIC SPECIALIST Neil Scott

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THE INTERNATIONAL FLUID Power Society annual meeting takes place Oct. 5-7 at the Whitney Peak Hotel in Reno, Nevada, with a pre-meeting technical workshop scheduled for Oct. 4. The workshop, Understanding and Calculating Heat Loss for Various Types of Circuits, is presented by Ernie Parker, CFPAI, CFPE, of Hydra Tech Inc. Parker explores how to calculate heat loss for various circuits such as meter in, meter out, bleed off, pressure compensated, load sensing, flow controls, counterbalance, closed loop hydrostatic, line sizing, and standby systems. Participants learn how to use proper placement of components to make the most efficient circuits and systems without adding cost. Simple and efficient circuits will also be discussed. Participants should bring a TI-30XA or purchase one with their registration.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS   Monday, Oct. 4 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM..............................................................................................Technical Workshop Tuesday, Oct. 5 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM..............................................................Strategic Planning Committee Meeting 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM..........................................................................Education Committee Meeting 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM................................................................... Membership Committee Meeting 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM................................................................................................... Hosted Lunch 12:30 PM - 1:30 AM......................................................... Membership Committee Meeting, cont'd 1:45 PM - 5:00 PM........................................................................Tesla Gigafactory Tour (tentative) 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.......................................................................... Welcome Reception & Jeopardy Wednesday, Oct. 6 8:00 AM - 12:00 AM...................................................................... Certification Committee Meeting 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM..................................................................................................... Hosted Lunch 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM.............................................................................Marketing Committee Meeting 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM...............................................Annual Dinner & Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony Thursday, Oct. 7 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM............................................................................... Finance Committee Meeting 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM................................................................................Board of Directors Meeting 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM..........................................Strategic Planning Committee Meeting Follow Up 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM.......................................................................................... Lunch (on your own) 1:30 PM - 9:00 PM................................................. Lake Cruise & Dinner at Lake Tahoe (tentative)

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Certification Testing Locations Individuals wishing to take any IFPS written certification tests can select from convenient locations across the United States and Canada. IFPS is able to offer these locations through its affiliation with the Consortium of College Testing Centers provided by National College Testing Association. Contact headquarters if you do not see a location near you. Every effort will be made to accommodate your needs. If your test was postponed due to the pandemic, please contact headquarters so that we may reschedule.

TENTATIVE TESTING DATES FOR ALL LOCATIONS: October 2021 Tuesday 10/5 • Thursday 10/28 November 2021 Tuesday 11/2 • Thursday 11/18 December 2021 Tuesday 12/7 • Thursday 12/16 January 2022 Tuesday 1/11 • Thursday 1/27

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AVAILABLE IFPS CERTIFICATIONS CFPAI Certified Fluid Power Accredited Instructor CFPAJPP Certified Fluid Power Authorized Job Performance Proctor CFPAJPPCC Certified Fluid Power Authorized Job Performance Proctor Connector & Conductor CFPE Certified Fluid Power Engineer CFPS Certified Fluid Power Specialist (Must Obtain CFPHS & CFPPS) CFPHS Certified Fluid Power Hydraulic Specialist CFPPS Certified Fluid Power Pneumatic Specialist CFPECS Certified Fluid Power Electronic Controls Specialist CFPMT Certified Fluid Power Master Technician (Must Obtain CFPIHT, CFPMHT, & CFPPT) CFPIHT Certified Fluid Power Industrial Hydraulic Technician CFPMHT Certified Fluid Power Mobile Hydraulic Technician CFPPT Certified Fluid Power Pneumatic Technician CFPMM Certified Fluid Power Master Mechanic (Must Obtain CFPIHM, CFPMHM, & CFPPM) CFPIHM Certified Fluid Power Industrial Hydraulic Mechanic CFPMHM Certified Fluid Power Mobile Hydraulic Mechanic CFPPM Certified Fluid Power Pneumatic Mechanic CFPMIH Certified Fluid Power Master of Industrial Hydraulics (Must Obtain CFPIHM, CFPIHT, & CFPCC) CFPMMH Certified Fluid Power Master of Mobile Hydraulics (Must Obtain CFPMHM, CFPMHT, & CFPCC) CFPMIP Certified Fluid Power Master of Industrial Pneumatics (Must Obtain CFPPM, CFPPT, & CFPCC) CFPCC Certified Fluid Power Connector & Conductor CFPSD Fluid Power System Designer CFPMEC (In Development) Mobile Electronic Controls

Tentative Certification Review Training IFPS offers onsite review training for small groups of at least 10 persons. An IFPS accredited instructor visits your company to conduct the review. Contact kpollander@ifps.org for details of the scheduled onsite reviews listed below. HYDRAULIC SPECIALIST CERTIFICATION REVIEW Call for dates. Phone: 856-816-3362. ELECTRONIC CONTROLS CERTIFICATION REVIEW Call for dates. Phone: 856-816-3362. CONNECTOR & CONDUCTOR CERTIFICATION REVIEW November 16-17, 2021 - CFC Industrial Training, Fairfield, Ohio | Written and JP test: November 18, 2021 MOBILE HYDRAULIC MECHANIC CERTIFICATION REVIEW Online Mobile Hydraulic Mechanic Certification Review (for written test) offered through info@cfcindustrialtraining.com. This course takes you through all chapters of the MHM Study Manual (6.5 hours) and every outcome to prepare you for the written MHM test. Members receive 20% off. (Test fees are additional - separate registration required.) Call for dates. Phone: 513-874-3225 - CFC Industrial Training, Fairfield, Ohio   INDUSTRIAL HYDRAULIC MECHANIC CERTIFICATION Call for dates. Phone: 513-874-3225 - CFC Industrial Training, Fairfield, Ohio   INDUSTRIAL HYDRAULIC TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION REVIEW TRAINING Call for dates. Phone: 513-874-3225 - CFC Industrial Training, Fairfield, Ohio   MOBILE HYDRAULIC TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION REVIEW TRAINING Call for dates. Phone: 513-874-3225 - CFC Industrial Training, Fairfield, Ohio   PNEUMATIC TECHNICIAN and PNEUMATIC MECHANIC CERTIFICATION REVIEW TRAINING Call for dates. Phone: 513-874-3225 - CFC Industrial Training, Fairfield, Ohio   JOB PERFORMANCE TRAINING Online Job Performance Review - CFC Industrial Training offers online JP Reviews, which includes stations 1-6 of the IFPS mechanic and technician job performance tests. Members may e-mail askus@ifps.org for a 20% coupon code off the list price or get the code in our Members Only area for the entire IFPS Job Performance Review; test not included. LIVE DISTANCE LEARNING JOB PERFORMANCE STATION REVIEW E-mail info@cfcindustrialtraining.com for information.

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UTILITY EXPO

OPENS IN LOUISVILLE The Utility Expo, formerly known as the International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition, kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 28 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Covering more than 30 acres, the three-day show is the largest event for utility professionals and construction contractors to glimpse the latest industry technologies, innovations, and trends. The show announced some guidelines to protect against COVID. Masks will not be required for vaccinated show participants, and social distancing requirements have been removed. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the show. The aisles in the indoor spaces will be wider than in previous years.  The Utility Expo website said organizers will “implement new guidelines and protocols as required at the time of the show.”  A number of educational sessions are planned, including field classrooms on the show floor. The interactive, walking classrooms are 90-minute

sessions led by industry experts. Attendees can choose from 28 sessions on topics such as fleet management, fleet accessories, safety, vegetation management, and aerial devices. Attendees can also purchase on-demand materials, choosing from more than 60 sessions that they can access starting Oct. 1 and are available for a year. Topics include safety, business best practices, pipeline solutions, equipment technology, workforce development, underground solutions, drones, DOT updates, and aerial solutions. A water pavilion education program organized by Storm Water Solutions and Water & Wastes Digest includes live demonstrations led by industry experts. Topics include asset management, best management practices, digitization and automation, energy efficiency, erosion and sediment control, and funding.  For more information, visit www.theutility expo.com/.

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SPECIAL EVENTS THE JOBSITE When: Tuesday to Thursday during show hours Where: Just outside Broadbent Arena Consisting of 80,000 square feet of outdoor space dedicated to creating an actual construction site, the Jobsite promotes a positive, meeting-in-the-middle approach to solving damage-prevention issues.

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A series of four-person unscripted conversations focusing on the risk of excavation damage to underground utilities and discussing strategies to protect workers and the public from excavation-related accidents. Sessions are free. Registration is not required.

FREE CONCERT: Rocking Wednesday at Fourth Street Live! When: Wednesday, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Where: Fourth Street Live! Music by The Crashers at Louisville’s hottest entertainment and dining destination, Fourth Street Live!

BOURBON, BEER & BITES NETWORKING RECEPTION When: Thursday, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Where: North Lobby Join industry peers and sample unique local flavors of Louisville. Sample bourbon from distilleries located in Kentucky. Local breweries will also be on site with some of their most popular beers. Kentucky-inspired cuisine available as well.

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The FlangeLock™ Tool is the ultimate contamination control tool for protecting HITACHI MAKING systems. CONTAMINATION CONTROL EASY sealing of open SAE code 61, 62 your hydraulic It allows for the simple Hitachi have packaged FlangeLock™ tool and caps specifically for Hitachi mining excavators. The Hitachi customised & make CAT-Style hydraulic without Constructed from lightweight aluminum. kits sure no matter whichflanges component routine tools. maintenance is being performed on, you will always have the exact Easyofon, easy off.™*Offers to hydraulic system and environmental number FlangeLocks and capsatoleakproof help reducesolution contamination. cleanliness. FlangeLock™ Tools stop the mess! ™ *Note: FlangeLocks are not to be used under pressure

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THE FUNCTION OF FLUIDS T

he word "fluid" refers to something that flows and can describe a gas or a liquid. A hydraulic system is the transmission of power by means of a liquid. While hydraulic fluid's most important function is power transmission, it has four other important functions: lubrication, sealing, contaminant removal, and heat transfer. A hydraulic system has components with close moving parts. The hydraulic fluid is used to lubricate the rotating or sliding surfaces. The fluid also functions as a seal within the components to minimize internal leakage. Microscopic particles are continually being generated within the system

Figure 1: Function of fluid in a hydraulic system.

for cold start-up and then a minimum viscosity that must be maintained during normal operation. Lubricity is the ability to minimize wear by creating a film between two mating surfaces, which allows them to slide past each other without touching. For hydraulic fluid to perform the lubricating, sealing, and heat transfer functions, both viscosity and lubricity must be considered. A fluid with good lubricity but low viscosity may not be able to establish a sufficient lubricating film between mating parts or provide sealing for sliding spools. Flash point and fire point. A fluid's flash point is the temperature at which the fluid will ignite but not remain burning. The fire point of a fluid is the temperature at which the fluid continues to burn after ignited. Additives. The function of hydraulic fluids can be improved with the use of additives. For example, nearly all hydraulic fluids have viscosities that change with temperature. Some additives produce multiple viscosity fluids that reduce the impact of temperature change. A viscosity index (VI) assigns a number to these fluids, indicating the relative change in viscosity with changes in temperature. Fluids with higher VI numbers have lower viscosity changes with temperature.

as surfaces move past each other. If these particles are not removed, they will generate even more particles. The hydraulic fluid carries these particles away to the filtration system for removal. Heat that is generated by the inefficiencies of the system must also be carried away to where it can be removed (see figure 1).

Properties and characteristics

Compressibility. There is a minimal change in volume as hydraulic fluid is pressurized. This change in volume varies with the type of hydraulic fluid and is based on something called the bulk modulus or stiffness of the fluid. For a typical petroleum-based fluid, there would be about a 0.4% decrease in volume at a pressure of 7 MPa (1,000 psi). Compressed hydraulic fluid is Compressing hydraulic fluid. much like a compressed spring. It is stored energy that can be suddenly released. Be sure pressure of any hydraulic fluid is released or isolated before any work is done on the system. Viscosity and lubricity. These are two very different but important characteristics of hydraulic fluid.Viscosity is the resistance to flow at a given temperature. As the temperature of the fluid rises, the viscosity decreases. As the temperature lowers, the viscosity increases. In a hydraulic system, the most important fluid property is viscosity. Manufacturers publish the minimum and maximum viscosity range that must be maintained during operation, and information is typically presented as a maximum viscosity

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Magnified view of sliding surfaces with anti-wear additives.

Anti-wear. Higher pressures need tighter tolerances to prevent excessive internal leakage. Tighter tolerances reduce the space for the lubricating film provided by the fluid. Anti-wear additives can be added to the fluid that tend to fill the irregularities on the mating surfaces and allow a thinner lubricating film to keep the surfaces apart. Rust and corrosion inhibitors. These additives prevent moisture and air from forming iron oxide particles (rust) by putting a coating on metal surfaces. Antioxidants. Oxidation is a general term describing a chemical process where an atom gives up an electron. Rust is a form of oxidation, but it is not the only form. The presence of moisture or air, both of which contain oxygen, can cause the deterioration of components, including the hydraulic fluid itself, especially when accompanied by high temperature. The addition of antioxidants by the refiners is meant to minimize this damage. Demulsifier. This additive helps the hydraulic fluid separate water. With many hydraulic fluids, the water then settles at the bottom of the reservoir, where it can be periodically drained away.

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Detergents. These are added to the fluid when it is desired to prevent buildup of sludge and varnish deposits, as they tend to hold contaminants in suspension. They also have excellent emulsifying ability, and that can be a problem because any water won't be separated out of the fluid. This may be beneficial in some mobile applications, but caution should be used, as detergents may also cause foaming in the fluid as well, which is detrimental to the system operation. Anti-foaming: These additives reduce the fluid's ability to retain air, which then reduces the potential for foaming to occur.

Types of hydraulic fluid Hydraulic fluid is formulated to meet specific applications. There are formulations and additives that help the fluid meet the requirements of the system and the environment. There is no "one fluid fits all" formula. Consequently, it is never a good idea to mix or switch hydraulic fluids without the equipment manufacturer's consent. The makers of hydraulic pumps and motors often specify the characteristics of the fluid their products must have to remain under warranty.

Oil-in-water emulsions (HFB). ISO classification HFB calls for approximately 40% water. Due to the water content, they are somewhat fire resistant. However, the oil content is a higher percentage (60%) than the water, so there is a possibility for the fluid to burn if it is sprayed toward open flame or if the water is evaporated away. Water glycols (HFC). ISO classification HFC water glycols offer excellent fire resistance. Generally, they fall in a 60% HFC glycol (glycerin, alcohol, and thickeners) 40% water or 65% glycol 35% water. Glycol is in the antifreeze family and therefore can be utilized at cold temperatures. High operating temperatures (above 130ºF) may cause evaporation of the water, which would cause the glycol to become more viscous. Synthetic fluids (HFD). HFD synthetic fluids are man-made fluids. They are more expensive than petroleum-based fluids, and some have less lubricity abilities and less metal-wetting ability. Generally, because of their blends, synthetic fluids may be more harmful to the environment and to individuals who handle the fluid. ISO classification HFD of synthetic fluids are fire resistant. Synthetic fluids typically encountered are phosphate esters and polyol esters. Military-spec synthetic fluids are MILPRF-83282D. Seal compatibility is a big concern with synthetic fluids. Biodegradable. These fluids are typically nontoxic and easily disperse in the environment.

SEAL MATERIAL

Petroleum (hydrocarbon)-based. These are the most common hydraulic fluids. Petroleum-based fluids have excellent lubricating properties, acceptable viscosities, and if properly maintained, have an excellent life expectancy. Petroleum oil dissipates heat reasonably well under proper operating conditions and is compatible with most sealing materials. If the temperature is held below 60°C (140°F) and the oil is kept free of contaminants, petroleum-based fluids are long lasting and stable. For every 10°C (18°F) rise in temperature above 60°C (140°F) accelerated oxidation will begin to occur, which may result in cutting the usable life of the fluid in half. High water-based (HFA). ISO classification HFA is 95% water, which means it is highly fire resistant. However, it will lack the lubricity factor of a petroleum-based fluid.

Some are formed by using readily renewable bio-based vegetable oils such as rapeseed and sunflower. They are then blended with special additives to give them the properties required in hydraulic system operation. They are very sensitive to heat and must be operated within a recommended temperature range. Some synthetic fluids are also engineered to be biodegradable. Seal compatibility. It is very important that the seals within all components in a hydraulic system be compatible with the fluid being used. As shown in the table in figure 2, different materials used for seals have different advantages and disadvantages depending on the type of fluid selected. Some fluids with very good lubricity and viscosity characteristics may prove caustic to the material in pumps, actuators, or valves, especially when hot. Chemical compatibility is an important consideration when choosing the hydraulic fluid for the system. The inner tube of the hydraulic hose must not react chemically with the fluid. The same can be said of the seals within the components. Water can adversely affect the seals, so special seals must be applied to use a high water content-based fluid. Water glycol fluids attack zinc, cadmium, and aluminum, so these elements must not be located anywhere in the circuit to prevent contamination and deterioration of the hydraulic systems. 

COMPATIBLE FLUIDS

TEMPERATURE RANGE

Metallic piston rings

Petroleum-based and synthetic fluids, phosphate esters - for high-pressure and severe conditions.

Low to 500°F (260°C)

Leather

Petroleum-based and synthetic fluids, phosphate esters - for high pressure and severe conditions.

-65°F to 225°F -54°C to 107°C

Neoprene rubber

General-purpose industrial use, Freon 12; weather and salt-water resistant.

-65°F to 300°F -54°C to 149°C

Nitrile rubber (Buna N)

Petroleum-based fluids and mineral oils - used for some rotating seals, extrusion resistant.

-65°F to 225°F -54°C to 107°C

Silicone rubber

Water and petroleum-based fluids, phosphate esters; low tensile strength and tear resistance, recommended for static seals only.

-80°F to 450°F -62°C to 232°C

Fluoro-elastomers (Viton and Fluorel)

Petroleum-based, synthetic, diester, silicate ester, and halogenated hydrocarbon fluids - for high-temperature applications.

-20°F to 400°F -29°C to 204°C

Polyurethane

Petroleum-based fluids - high resistance to ozone, sunlight, and weathering; low water resistance.

-65°F to 220°F -40°C to 93°C

Figure 2: Fluid compatibility chart.

TEST YOUR SKILLS 1. W  hich of the following is not a function of hydraulic fluid?

2. The viscosity index (VI) is used to

a. Lubrication. b. Sealing. c. Heat transfer. d. Particulate removal.

e. Dissolving air and water.

a. describe the lubricating qualities of the fluid. b. determine how much water is in the hydraulic fluid. c. indicate the relative change in viscosity with changes in temperature. d. indicate the point where the fluid loses its lubricity. e. classify synthetic fluids. Solutions found on page 31.


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Regenerative Circuit Drops Out By Robert Sheaf, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPE, CFPS, CFPECS, CFPMT, CFPMIP, CFPMMH, CFPMIH, CFPMM, CFC Industrial Training

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A SPECIALTY MACHINE builder was having problems getting a vertical cylinder with a regenerative circuit to lift a hinged member. When the hinged member was lowered, an attached drill would drill a hole and lift it out of the way so the work piece could move horizontally and then have another hole drilled. It looked somewhat like a band saw that would cut horizontally fed bars and angles. When the cylinder was extended to lift the pivoting fixture up, it would extend about halfway up slowly and then pick up speed reaching the designed regen speed. You could hear oil blowing over the relief valve when it was extending slowly and stop when the regen speed was reached. Adjusting the counterbalance valves did not help. What was the problem?

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Hydraulic Flanges and Components New 120 page catalog includes popular styles of MAIN Manufacturing’s extensive offering of carbon and stainless Hydraulic Flanges and Components – ready for immediate shipment. Metric ordering information, weld specs, and dimensional information included. The “Quick Reference Guide” helps specify less popular items often stocked or quickly manufactured (generally 3-4 days) at our US plant. MAIN Manufacturing Products, Inc. Grand Blanc, MI 800.521.7918; FAX: 810.953.1385 E-mail: info@mainmfg.com www.mainmfg.com/fpj

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Hydraulic Live Swivels Catalog Inline and 90° hydraulic live swivels. Available in sizes from 1/8" to 2-1/2", rated to 10,000 PSI, heat treated, superior quality alloy steel, chrome or stainless steel ball bearings, withstands heavy side loads, burnished (micro smooth) barrel bores, Viton®, Aflas®, or Teflon® encapsulated seals, zinc or nickel plated, available in 304 and 440 stainless steel, full flow - low pressure drop, rebuilding kits available. Super Swivels Phone: 763.784.5531 Fax: 763.784.7423 Website: www.superswivels.com

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