Since it's inception The Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) has been working to improve access to fluid power education for engineers and technicians of all stripes. Access to fluid power education remains a challenge for many at the university level. The Fluid Power Institute and the Professional Education department at the Milwaukee School Of Engineering (MSOE), are key members of this consortium and continue to contribute research and host educational workshops for students in the CCEFP educational program.


The Fluid Power Scholars Program is a collaborative effort between the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), MSOE and companies within the fluid power industry who are corporate members of the Center. Fluid Power Scholars, in this highly selective program, begin their summer internship with an intensive 3 day instructional program in fluid power technology at MSOE's state-of-the-art component and systems laboratory. Topics covered include identification of features of hydraulic and pneumatic systems; application of industry standards to hydraulic and schematic systems; analysis of circuits from a schematic drawing; understanding of the operation and applications of valves, cylinders, pumps, and motors; identification of the chemical and physical properties of fluids, etc. Following this instruction, each scholar begins a paid three or six month internship at a sponsoring company.

If your organization would like to participate in this valuable program and take a leadership role in fluid power education, contact the CCEFP,

The National Fluid Power Association has been instrumental in developing standards tools for assessing the reliability of fluid power components.

These standards can be used to:

  • benchmark current levels of reliability and measure improvement and
  • provide customers with reliability data they can use in designing and maintain their machines.


The following standards have been published:

  • For Hydraulics – Recommended Practice NFPA/T2.12.11-2-2007 provides guidelines for assessing the reliability of hydraulic components by testing and reporting for components used in fluid power systems. Specific requirements for assessing the reliability of the components are contained in annexes for the following components: accumulators; hydraulic cylinders; hydraulic filters; hydraulic pumps and motors; and hydraulic valves. The standard provides:
    • general requirements for reliability testing;
    • statistical methods for assessing reliability;
    • an example of reliability calculations; and
    • annexes with specific test guidelines and threshold level criteria for each component listed above.

ISO has also published ISO/TR 19972 1:2009, Hydraulic fluid power — Methods to assess the reliability of hydraulic components — Part 1: General procedures and calculation method, which lists a number of methods that can be used to assess the reliability of hydraulic components, including several that do not require testing.

  • For Pneumatics – The ISO 19973 series, titled Pneumatic fluid power — Assessment of component reliability by testing, was published in 2007 and currently consists of:
    • Part 1: General procedures
    • Part 2: Directional control valves
    • Part 3: Cylinders with piston rod
    • Part 4: Pressure regulators


Does your organization utilize these best practices? Join us for a seminar dedicated to ensuring you get consistent reliable service from your hydraulic components. Join us for "Service and Operation for Improved Hydraulic System Reliability", August 11 - August 15.

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