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Fluid Power and Basic Hydraulics

Basics for the Fluid Power Mechanic
Greg P. Gordon, PE, (Ohio State University) and noted fluid power author and educator John J. Pippenger, PE, provide the basics of both hydraulics and pneumatics for entry-level fluid power mechanics, and machine operators. The text covers principles of operation, maintenance procedures, machine set-up, troubleshooting, and equipment repair. This book should help prepare candidates to take any of the three Fluid Power Mechanic Certification tests (Industrial Hydraulic, Mobile Hydraulic, or Pneumatic) offered by the Fluid Power Society. Review questions are included at the end of each chapter.  An accompanying instructor's manual is also available that provides the answers to the review questions and includes suggestions for class projects.

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Industrial Hydraulics Manual

Author: Eaton Corporation

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Eaton Fluid Power Training's Industrial Hydraulics Manual has set the standard for the industry for many years. Clear, plainly written text and high-quality illustrations make the Eaton Industrial Hydraulics Manual one of the the most popular hydraulics text. Take advantage of the most comprehensive hydraulics training and training aids in the industry.

Hydraulic System Volume 1: Introduction to Hydraulics for Industry Professionals
Author: Dr. Medhat Khalil, Ph.D.
Table of Contents

Price: $150.00

This book is intended for industry professionals who would like to achieve a deeper understanding of the principles of hydraulic control, and who would like to improve their practical skills in building a hydraulic-driven machine. Unlike similar books, the contents of this book are presented in a unique way. It fills the gap between the very academic style of fluid power books and the very commercial style of books that are produced by fluid power manufacturers. The book contains two software packages to download. The first package is the Hydraulic Components Sizing Calculator. The second package is the Animated Circuits Files, which is produced by Automation Studio Software. Both packages are extremely helpful in understanding the subject and interactive designing of a hydraulic system.

Books by Brendan Casey

Inside Secrets to Hydraulics, 2nd Edition
Learn insider secrets to hydraulics and slash the operating cost of hydraulic equipment!
More than 70% of spare parts sold for hydraulic plant and machinery are used to replace defective components. 90% of these defects can be traced to improper operation or maintenance.

Price $29.95

The Hydraulic Maintenance Handbook
A maintenance guide for users and owners of hydraulic equipment. Brendan Casey, shows you how you can avoid expensive service calls, repair bills, and enjoy a reliable hydraulic machine that does not let you down when you need it most.

Price $87.00

The Hydraulic Troubleshooting Handbook
Tackle any hydraulic problem in a way that ensures correct diagnosis in the shortest possible time – even if your knowledge of hydraulic systems is not extensive.

Price $97.00

The Mobile Hydraulics Handbook
Each chapter of this specialized guide begins with a review of the basics and moves quickly into advanced territory. Fluid power theory, like Pascal’s Law for example, is the realm of the basic hydraulics text book, so it’s not covered here. What are covered instead are the key laws of hydraulics which relate to today’s mobile hydraulics controls and systems. The Mobile Hydraulics Handbook is an essential additional to your technical reference library.

Price $129.00

Mobile Hydraulics Manual

Author: Eaton Corporation

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The newest edition of the Mobile Hydraulics Manual has more than 500 pages and 475 illustrations. It covers the major aspects of mobile hydraulics and theory, including the basic hydraulic theory, basic electrical theory, hydrostatic transmissions, steering, and fixed and variable displacement pumps.

Zero Downtime Hydraulics
Author: John J. Pippinger, P.E.

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Zero Downtime Hydraulics offers you guidance for circuit design, choosing appropriate components and new electro-hydraulic controls for increased efficiency, improving performance and extending the life of the system. New maintenance procedures and service programs are described that have been developed in heavy industry and adopted by the robotic and automatic machinery builders and users. Zero Downtime Hydraulics presents a crash-course in hydraulic equipment survival that can be understood and used in several readings.

Fluid Power - The Hidden Giant
Author: John J. Pippenger, PE

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This 530-page hardcover is a documentary of America's Fluid Power Industry. Comprehensive history provides insights into the industry organizations and the leaders who brought us to where we are today.

Hydraulic Cartridge Valve Technology
Author: John J. Pippenger, P.E.

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This is an exhaustive coverage of Hydraulic Cartridge Valve Technology, one of the most dynamic, cutting-edge advancements yet to appear on the fluid power technology scene. In very easy-to-read language utilizing minimum math, and supported by over 400 photos, illustrations and technical drawings, this book contains everything you need to know about this rapidly growing technology. It patiently and thoroughly describes the three basic types of cartridge valves used today: Insert, Screw-in and Slip-in. The advantages of each and the most effective way in which each can be used is covered. Those responsible for the design and purchase of economical, trouble-free and long-lasting machinery using hydraulic power transmission systems will find this book a must reference for their library. It is invaluable for either the designer, the builder, the user and above all, the educational community.

Noise Control for Hydraulic Machinery
Author: S. Skaistis

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Unlike most noise reduction books that almost exclusively consider architectural or environmental noise controls, Noise Control for Hydraulic Machinery focuses on producing quiet hydraulic components and hydraulically powered machines, permitting many new applications. This useful reference is unique in analyzing forces and moments in pumps, showing how these forces produce noise at specific frequencies, demonstrating how pump design controls these frequencies, illustrating how a machine's noise-radiating surfaces affect noise, and discussing fluid-borne noise.

Pump Characteristics and Applications
Author: Michael W. Volk

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This reference book offers a practical introduction to pumps and provides the tools necessary to select, size, operate, and maintain pumps properly, highlighting the interrelatedness of pump engineering from system and piping design to installation. Examines computer software for system design and pump selection and contains two 3-1/2" IBM-compatible demonstration disks that illustrate how software can facilitate the sizing and analysis of pumps and piping systems. This book presents the fundamentals of pump and pump systems hydraulics, discusses pump selection and system design, explains the latest developments in pump technology, and more. In the classroom, this book supplies useful pedagogical features: real-world pump system examples showing how pumps are selected and sized, a concise presentation that does not require a heavy reliance on design details, and clear discussions that avoid differential equations and other higher-level mathematics and start-up.

Technical Information

Fluid Power Math for Certification- 2nd Edition
Authors: Raymond F. Hanley, CFPE/CFPAI-Emeritus and Dan Helgerson, CFPAI

The IFPS Math for Certification book is very popular among individuals preparing to take an IFPS Certification test and the 2nd edition promises to be even more comprehensive.

Math For Certification, 2nd edition not only contains fundamental math skills important to compute complex formulas, this publication now includes all formulas and equations from the Hydraulic Specialist, Pneumatic Specialist, and Electronic Controls Specialist Study Manuals. An essential aid in the success of a Certification test, Math For Certification is permitted to be used during a test event.

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Fluid Power Data Books
A 64-page desk drawer size booklet with fluid power, mechanical, and electrical control design data and tables. These booklets are great handouts for industrial fluid power and automation courses.

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Fluid Power Designer's Lightning Reference Handbook
8th Edition Berendsen Fluid Power, Inc.

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This book is a great resource for anyone involved in fluid power. Loaded with illustrations and graphics, you'll refer to it again and again!

Fluid Power Design Handbook
3rd Edition
Author: Frank Yeaple

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This book presents engineering and application information to incorporate, control, predict, and measure the performance of all fluid power components in hydraulic or pneumatic systems. Detailing the latest developments in the ongoing "electronic revolution" of fluid power control, this edition covers new material on microprocessor control, "smart" actuators, virtual displays, position sensors, computer-aided design, performance testing, noise reduction, and more! Analyzes elements for every type of hydraulic and pneumatic element, including reservoirs and fluids, pumps, compressors, valves, cylinders, fluid amplifiers, motors, drives, actuators, shock absorbers, and many more. Furnishing over 700 tables, photographs, and drawings, this reference book is essential reading for mechanical design, control, chemical, power, system, and manufacturing engineers, designers of machines, vehicles, equipment, or systems in the aerospace, transportation, manufacturing, processing, agricultural, and power-generation industries, among others, as well as upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in these disciplines.

Fluid Power Essential Practices
Author: Raymond Hanley, CFPE/AI-Emeritus Essential Practices
Table of Contents / Chapter Highlights

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Fluid Power Essential Practices is a 110 soft back-bound handbook on how to perform the necessary steps to ensure optimum performance, reliability, efficiency, and safety in fluid power systems. Raymond Hanley, CFPE/AI-Emeritus, the author, has 60 years of experience in engineering design, application, and installation of fluid power systems. He has compiled this resource for the system designers, reliability engineers, installation inspectors, installers, mechanics, and maintenance personnel. Hanley solicited information and review from fluid power professionals, professors, and manufacturers in compiling this handbook. There is a wealth of information on each topic and most important “what is critical” in selection, application, design, and maintenance of fluid power components and systems. Illustrations and charts are provided to aid the reader. This handbook is written to be a guide that is easily understood by persons with limited fluid power experience.

Handbook of Hydraulic Fluid Power Technology
Author: George Totten

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Contains over 1,200 drawings, photographs, tables, and equations clarifying and reinforcing essential concepts in the book. This authoritative reference facilitates a broader understanding of the total hydraulic system, including hardware, fluid properties and testing, and hydraulic lubricants in a single volume—providing a comprehensive and rigorous overview of hydraulic fluid technology.


Controlling Electrohydraulic Systems
Author: W. Anderson

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This book provides an in-depth look at electrohydraulic components and systems, from pump-motor operation and sizing with valves to portraying linear and nonlinear, analog and digital electrohydraulic elements. Offers concise treatment of these topics: pump, valve, and load parameters in pressure, flow, velocity, and position control loops, servo valves in pressure and flow control configurations, pilot-valve arrangements for proportional valves and servo valves ...and more.

Closed Loop Electrohydraulics Manual

Author: Eaton Corporation

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The manual covers the operation of open and closed-loop servo valves, proportional valve systems, and design considerations such as valve sizing, actuator selection and feedback transducers. The reader will learn about voltage, current, resistance and capacitance in DC circuits.

Hydraulic System Volume 2: Electro-Hydraulic Components and Systems
Author: Dr. Medhat Khalil, Ph.D.
Table of Contents

Price $175.00

Hydraulic system builders and users will find this book beneficial in understanding the construction and the operating principles of the electro-hydraulic systems. The book is designed to cover the knowledge of electro-hydraulic components including solenoid operated valves, proportional valves, servo valves and amplifiers. The book also covers the technicalities of in-field tuning of open-loop and closed-loop electro-hydraulic systems. The book also presents guideline to select a valve for an application and how to read data sheet of a valve. The book covers the basic functions contained in the electronic control units that drive EH valves such as gain adjuster, maximum current limiter, ramp generator, pulse width modulation, dead band eliminator, and null adjustment current much more.


Beginning Pneumatics
Author: SMC Corporation of America

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This is an entry level textbook designed to give the student an understanding of air, air pressure, and how pneumatic equipment is used in general industry.  Questions for discussion and opportunities to draw representative symbols for various components are sprinkled throughout this engaging text.
Pneumatic Technology Textbook
Author: SMC Corporation of America

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This publication will focus on the technology of the components in control systems, describing types and design features of air treatment equipment, actuators and valves, methods of interconnection and introduces basic pneumatic circuits.
Zero Downtime Pneumatics
 Authors: John J. Pippenger, P.E. and Dr. Z.J. Lansky, P.E.

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Zero Downtime is a generic text written for mechanics, machine operators, technicians, industrial machinery designers, and others in the fluid power industry who are looking for more information on pneumatics and vacuum technology. The 250-page volume contains illustrations and charts, as well as a set of review questions at the end of each chapter. The aim of the book is to acquaint readers with pneumatic power, highlight design basics, and supplement texts that are used in technical training programs.

2017 Annual Meeting / Training / Upcoming Events
Math For Certification - 2nd Edition
HS and PS Certification Updates
June 19th - Fluid Power Professionals' Day
Important Information for Engineer and System Designer Certifications

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