In every sector of industry whether it be Fluid Power or otherwise, the evolution and convergence of different technologies has long been recognised to be growing at an exponential rate. The role played by digitalisation and IoT is now becoming evident in every aspect of our business lives. Hardware oriented functions such as electronic control circuitry for valve actuation are being integrated into devices to an ever-increasing extent. This is resulting in a standardisation of input and output signals, thereby simplifying the design, commissioning and repair of fluid power systems.
It is no longer enough for an engineer to be a specialist in Hydraulics or Pneumatics. The future belongs to those Fluid Power engineers who can embrace the ever-increasing role played by electronics in developing what are now referred to as 'Integrated Fluid Power Systems' or simply; 'Integrated Systems.'
To be a part of this new world, engineers must be equipped with at least the basics of electronics and control technology, embracing the learning opportunity.
Therefore, CETOP published a new CETOP Education Recommendation on FPE1 Fluid Power Electronics. This Applied Electrical/Electronic Programme is a single, stand‐alone guidance document which aims to compliment the series of competence‐based qualifications designed around CETOP occupational levels. It complements the necessary knowledge and competence-based skills for those people taking part in all three levels of qualifications involving the maintenance and management of Integrated Fluid Power Systems (Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Applied Electrical/Electronics).
For the purposes of these recommendations the term Integrated System is used and this can represent either a combination of hydraulics and applied electronics or pneumatics and applied electronics.