Web Seminars, Study Groups and Virtual Training

Q&A Live Session for Hydraulic Specialist Certification
November 18, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM Eastern
Presented by Tom Blansett, CFPAI, IFPS Technical Director

RECORDED Study Groups and Web seminars - MEMBERS


HS Study Group for Outcome 1.2.3: Understand the application of valves - Part 1
HS Study Group for Outcome 1.2.3: Understand the application of valves - Part 2
HS Outcome 2.2.3 - Understanding the Principles of Levers
HS Study Group for Outcome 3.1.4: Calculate the thrust for a toggle mechanism
HS Study Group for Outcome 3.1.5: Calculate the hydraulic pressure to support jib boom loads
HS Study Group for Outcome 3.4.3 - Understand the application of logic elements (cartridge valves)
HS Study Group for Outcome 3.5.1: Calculate the capacity of a reservoir using volume requirements
HS Study Group for Outcome 3.5.2: Understand the limitations of the reservoir for fluid conditioning
HS Study Group for Outcome 3.6.1: Understand the difference between isothermal and adiabatic conditions & Outcome 3.6.2: Understand the purposes of the accumulator
HS Study Group for Outcome 3.9 - Specify heat exchangers

PS Study Group for Outcome 1.9: Understand supply side air preparation & Outcome 3.12 Understand Moisture Control 
PS Study Group for Outcome 3.19: Understanding critical flow velocity and sonic conductance
PS Study Group for Outcome 2.3: Understanding moving loads with friction and incline factors
PS Study Group for Outcome 3.10: Size and Select Vacuum Pads
PS Study Group for Outcome 3.18: Calculate the kinetic energy required to stop a load with a shock absorber
PS Study Group for Outcome 4.3: Familiarization with Ladder Logic Diagrams


  • “In the Line of Fire: Cause and Dangers of Fluid Injection Injuries”
                 Presented by: Dan Helgerson, CFPAI, CFPSOS, LLC - Watch
  • "Machine Safety Overview" (pneumatic focus)
                 Presented by: Jon Jensen, CFPAI, SMC Corporation of America - Watch


  • Hydraulic Cylinder Fundamentals and Failure Modes
  • Increase the Life of a Cylinder
  • Proper Sizing of Conductors when using Single Rod Cylinders


  • Proportional Valve Actuation
  • Functional Safety Methods for Mobile Proportional Valve Systems
  • Load Sens, Pressure Compensation Application
  • Counterbalance Valves
  • Flow Dividers
  • Slip-In Cartridge Valves
  • Industrial Directional Control Valve Common Spools and Actuation
  • Load Sensing Valves in Mobile Hydraulic Systems
  • Don’t Be A Knob Turning Idiot!


  • Closed Loop Hydraulic Circuits
  • Hydro-Mechanical vs. Electro-Hydraulic Solutions
  • Controller Area Network (CANBUS)
  • Proportional Valves - Wiring, Tuning, Troubleshooting
  • Proportional Directional Control Valve Systems for Mobile Hydraulics
    • Part 1 and Part 2
  • CANBus for Mobile Proportional Valve Systems
  • Proportional Valves
  • Troubleshooting Electrohydraulic Amplifier Systems


  • Interesting hydraulics troubleshooting phenomenon, Rules of Thumb Comparisons, and Counterbalancing Circuits
  • Hydraulic Manifold Design
  • Testing Mobile Hydraulic Equipment: A Basic Overview
  • Basic Hydraulic Troubleshooting
  • Selecting and Sizing Accumulators
  • High-Pressure Hydraulics
  • Accumulators in Hydraulic Systems
  • PSIA & PSIG – What’s the Difference?
  • Rules of Thumb – Thumbs Down


  • Fluid Maintenance
  • Contamination Study of a Hydraulic System Using a Variable Volume Reservoir
  • Fluids and Filtration Basics
  • Cavitation and Aeration
  • Causes and Cures
  • Filter Sizing


  • Low Cost / No Cost Energy Reduction Projects in Pneumatic Systems
  • Pressure Controls Factors to Predict Setting in Applications
  • Designing & Building a Machine for Energy Conservation
  • The Use and Misuse of Energy in Fluid Power Systems
  • How to Fix and Air Leak So It Stays Fixed
  • Energy Savings in Pneumatic Systems
  • Transforming Fluid Power
    • Hydraulics
    • Applications
    • Pneumatics


  • Hydraulic Pump Modeling for Application Engineers
  • Pumps, Controls & Where to Set the Relief


  • Pneumatic Filtration
  • IO Link High Level Basic Functionality
  • Machine Safety Overview
  • Vacuum Basic Concepts