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NFPA Releases Classification of Systems and Environmental Characteristics Documents

Article-NFPA Releases Classification of Systems and Environmental Characteristics Documents

NFPA Releases Classification of Systems and Environmental Characteristics Documents

The National Fluid Power Assn. is making two new documents - one for hydraulics and one for pneumatics - available for FREE download on the NFPA's website at In response to feedback from NFPA members and their customers, the NFPA has developed these guides to help system designers and manufacturers select the right components for a particular application. These documents are not intended to be a comprehensive, definitive guide for every application, but rather are intended to provide a general set of application platforms.

The guides, "NFPA classification of system and environmental characteristics related to hydraulic/pneumatic systems and components, and relationship with application platforms," consist of two parts:

  • A list and classification of typical system and environmental characteristics, supplemented by a number of options for each; and
  • A matrix that relates these characteristics to the most common hydraulic and pneumatic systems applications.

"Marketers can use the lists to help system designers narrow in on an application's characteristics and then use that information in communications with manufacturers to specify component requirements," says John Berninger, a key member of the NFPA technical committee that developed the pneumatic document.

Jerry Carlin of Eaton and chairman of the NFPA technical committee that developed the hydraulic document adds, "Component manufacturers and system designers or integrators will find the documents useful as checklists and basic guidelines for identification of design characteristics."

Of course, every system is unique. System designers should consult with potential component suppliers and other experts to investigate applicable standards and regulations to ensure that the components they select meet the system's needs.

Those using these documents are encouraged to offer improvements for future upgrades.

For further information or to suggest improvements, contact Karen Boehme at 414-778-3345 or [email protected].

Design Engineers Can't Miss IFPE 2011

March 22 - 26, 2011 - Las Vegas, USA

IFPE is the leading international exposition and technical conference dedicated to the integration of fluid power with other technologies for power transmission and motion control applications. Held every three years, the exposition showcases the newest innovations and expertise from more than 500 exhibitors. Product concentration areas make it easy for visitors to locate specific products, services and exhibitors of interest. Register at

IFPE 2011 is also filled with educational opportunities for design engineers - from free presentations on the show floor to new in-depth courses led by industry experts. Learn the "next thing coming" solutions that you can integrate now and drive leaps in the market. Events include:

Technical Courses
March 21-22, 2011, Las Vegas Convention Center
These new IFPE college-level courses offer hands-on technical knowledge on fluid power with a focus on hydraulic fluids and their applications; design, modeling and control of hybrid vehicles; noise in hydraulic fluid power systems; and basic lubrication. These sessions will benefit practicing engineers and others involved in design and manufacturing processes.

Monday, March 21
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Basic Lubrication
1:00 - 5:00 pm Hydraulic Fluids and Their Application

Tuesday, March 22
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Noise in Hydraulic Fluid Power Systems
1:00 - 5:00 pm Design, Modeling and Control of Hybrid Vehicles

Upon completion of these courses, Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available. Course descriptions can be found at

Innovations Theater
March 23-25, 2011, Las Vegas Convention Center
The IFPE 2011 Innovations Center will feature 15 sessions that are free for all registered IFPE and CONEXPO-CON/AGG attendees. Experts in the field will present real-world solutions for current and future design applications. The sessions will run Tuesday through Friday during regular exhibit hall hours. Sessions include:

Fluids and Lubricants

  • Environmental Lubricants in Industry
  • Oil Condition Monitoring by Using the OCM01

Hydraulic Hybrids

  • Evolution in Diagnostics and Maintenance of Vehicle Hydraulic Systems: Integrating External Functionality On-Line
  • Development of Hydraulic Hybrid Powered Energy Efficient Palm Oil Processing Plant
  • Hydraulic Assist Drive, Electronically Controlled for Trailer
  • Hybrid Hydraulic Vehicle Energy Management System

Tier IV

  • Tier IV Impact and Solutions for the Vehicle Designer
  • Performance Requirements of Electrically Heated Hose for Use in Tier IV and EPA 10 Emission Systems

Sensors and Monitoring

  • Electronic Position Sensing for Hydraulic Cylinders - A New Approach
  • Where and/or How to Use Flow Meters to Safely Check a Fluid Power System

52nd National Conference on Fluid Power
March 23-25, 2011, Las Vegas Convention Center
The 52nd National Conference on Fluid Power is the no. 1 resource for information on the latest research for the design engineering community. Wednesday and Thursday presentations will include keynote addresses from leading industry experts on pumps and hydraulic hybrids.
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