What can you expect to learn in Essential Fluid Power Skills?

The essential premise of any hydraulic system is: force applied at one point, is equally transmitted to another, using an incompressible fluid.  Most fluid power problems are the result of: poor installation practices, a “replacement” approach to troubleshooting, an improper adjustments of fluid controls.  These strategies are found to be ineffective in improving asset reliability, consume un-needed time/resources and reduce manufacturing quality/throughput.


Class participants will have a thorough understanding of practical fluid power operation principles, common failure modes for fluid and pneumatic assets with field tested techniques to prevent failure. Attendees will be ready to apply and demonstrate the identification problems including the effects of poor fluid conditioning, pump and actuator assembly errors, cavitation and aeration, incorrect control adjustments, excessive temperature, fluid conductor leaks, and provide a “performance” report that states as found and as left condition with the use of dynamic measurement tools to extend asset reliability. In-class hand-on activities provide proper techniques to place equipment in a more reliable and precise state, Attendees will be introduced to a logical troubleshooting approach by understanding symbols, schematics and correctly interpret machinery operating data. Class focus is not on fixing or replacing but in preventing fluid power issues from happening in the first place. 

Subjects (included but not limited to):

  • Introduction to Reliable Manufacturing®

  • Introduction to Fluid Power Systems

  • Fluid Power Advantages & Disadvantages

  • Hydraulic Essential Principles

  • Pneumatic Essential Principles

  • Hands-On Component Inspections

  • Component Failure Sources

  • Hydraulic and Pneumatic Safety Tips

  • Schematics and “Logical” Troubleshooting


Target Participants:

The seminar is aimed towards participants with a mechanical craft background but production operators and engineers will find the seminar valuable and first line supervision is encouraged to attend to demonstrate advocacy and understanding for renewed essentials.



It is highly recommended that Craft personnel have previously successfully attended and field applied techniques discovered in Essential Craft Skills 1 & 2



5 days of formal training for 15 participants.  Recommended class make-up is 10 crafts personnel and 5 from the other mentioned roles.

Essential Fluid Power Skills


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