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Your fluid power system related enterprise will fail unless four factors come into play. These are proficiency in fluid power systems design, installation, commissioning or start-up, and maintenance. Unless your enterprise has personnel with proven expertise in these areas, which sometimes requires a fluid power certification, you won’t be able to compete against others who do.
Where the four factors feature, certain considerations arise. These are tube and hose assembly, and operating personnel and system safety. These are capabilities that any employee will need to prove expertise around. This is through appropriate experience and certification. An industry-wide recognized fluid power certification covers a critical aspect in providing this proof.
Once an employee successfully attains a connector and conductor certification, they will be able to bring certain competencies to your enterprise. They will be able to understand basic components involved in hose construction. Identifying types of hoses and pressure ratings will come easily to them. So will identifying the diverse two and four bolt flanges.
With the certification, applying appropriate charts in the determination of stainless and carbon steel ratings for tubing applications will come easy. They will be able to use the stamped acronym as they determine the appropriate hose or tube combination for precise assembly procedures. An understanding of language and metric values that ensure correct component assembly will be part of their skill set.
They will have proficiency in square cutting hoses to measured lengths, know when to precisely skive a hose and how, and know how to perform crimp machine calibration and inspection that ensures appropriate final hose assembly. They will also have a grasp on using calipers in measuring crimp dimensions and flare tubing for assembly making.
Another skill set determined through the certification includes inspecting flawless tube assembly, inspecting twin ferrule assembly in tubing and using silver brazing as they assemble fittings to a tube. In addition, they will prove they can apply hydraulic testing stands during impulse, burst, and proof testing.
Identifying and application of requisite standards, which ensure conformance with appropriate safety and quality conditions in the workplace, is another skill set determined through certification. So does providing safety cover for abrasive locations and lines of sight. Certification proves an employee can provide appropriate documentation and dispose used assemblies properly.
Any employee who shows a desire to attain national certification in fluid power specialization should be encouraged to do so. Such an employee will show a desire for practicing and recognition within your enterprise, as an engineering technician, within your fluid power section.
Another avenue, through which an employee shows a willingness to sit the examination associated with the certification, includes holding other nationally recognized certification. A National Certified Fluid Power Specialist certification is one example. Because of such a certification, an employee would be able to demonstrate teamwork and adhere to Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety practices and guidelines.
They would be able to identify components used within the fluid power world while applying engineering concepts where they relate to applications in fluid power. They will show competence, in employing best practices in fluid power methods, as they troubleshoot and repair fluid power related systems.
They will apply with competence International Electro-technical Commission and National Electrical Manufacturers Association practices and standards where these relate to electrical equipment and concepts.
With employees who possess the certification, an employer is assured of competence, proved through an organization that provides comprehensive technical certification in power and motion control industry.
This certification testing provides objective third-party assessments in the determination of employee skill set levels. This certification is portable and has industry-wide recognition. This means you can promise your clients of professional conduct from employees with widely recognized skill sets.
Another critical benefit arising from sitting for the examination is that once an employee passes, they must have this certification renewed every five years through sitting for a fresh examination. This ensures that your employees will keep pace with changing and emerging technological trends within the fluid power and motion control industry.
Do not let a lack of certification in your employees, where critical areas of your enterprise feature, be the source of operational challenges and safety blind spots. A deficit in this area means lower returns on investments and a poor reputation among prospective and current clientele.
Should you be interested in finding out more regarding fluid power certification and determining if your employees are ready for it, contact NTT Training today.
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