Martin Kingsbury, Membership Director, the BFPA, surveys the range of courses currently offered by the BFPA Training Academy.
Fluid power-related equipment is a critical component in many types of equipment used in industries such as construction, agriculture, manufacturing, engineering and offshore oil & gas. However, in order for this equipment to be installed correctly, work efficiently, be wellmaintained and keep people who come into contact with it safe from injury or even death, it is important that the relevant personnel are equipped with the correct level of training for their allocated tasks.
With these issues in mind, the BFPA Training Academy has established a series of highly valuable and informative training courses. Let’s first look at the Academy’s three complementary hose training courses aimed at raising the awareness of people who work with hydraulic hose at all levels; from the system designer and field engineer, to the machine operator and the person who makes the hose. The training courses have been designed for two primary reasons; first to raise machine performance levels and further enhance the reputation of hydraulic systems, and secondly to keep operators safe. All courses have been written and developed using the expertise available to the BFPA and set out to establish a benchmark for training people involved in hydraulic hose installation, use, maintenance, inspection and management.
Foundation Course in Working Safely with Hydraulic Hose and Connectors
The BFPA Training Academy’s ‘Foundation Course in Working Safely with Hydraulic Hose and Connectors’ is a fully accredited and certified one-day course. The first part of this classroom-based course looks at Basic Hydraulics, including: understanding what is meant by the terms, ‘pressure’, ‘force’ and ‘area’; flow rates; and what steps can be taken to minimise contamination levels. The course then considers the theme of Health, Safety & Environment, including: health & safety legislation; competency – how is it defined; risk assessment; hose assembly & installation safety consideration and the dangers of hose failure. The last part of the course looks at Hose and Connector Identification, including: the importance of understanding the application; hose sizing; industry standards; material types and end terminations commonly used in the fluid power industry; and hydraulic fluid types.
Hose Assembly Skills Training Programme
The BFPA Training Academy’s practical, workshop-based course titled ‘The BFPA Hose Assembly Skills Training Programme’ follows in logical succession to the Association’s Foundation Course. The Skills Course takes this basic level of knowledge and trains to a fully assessed level of ability in hose assembly techniques. This two-day course covers the various theoretical and practical elements involved in working with hose and connectors. During the course the candidate is trained to an assessed level of ability in working with hose and
The first part of the course looks at Thread Awareness, including: understanding how to correctly identify an end termination; understanding the main characteristics and geometry of the male and female end termination along with how it seals for a range of end terminations. The course then focuses on Hose Assembly, including: understanding the production equipment and their associated requirements for the successful production of quality hose assemblies; understanding the test and inspection requirements for hose assembly production equipment; theoretical and practical aspects of manufacturing hydraulic hose assemblies; pros and cons of each coupling type; cleaning and protecting of hose assemblies prior to supplying to the customer; and pressure testing of hydraulic hose assemblies. The last section of the course considers Hose and Connector Identification; including: hose sizing; industry standards for hose; hose end terminations; and hydraulic fluid types.
Hose Integrity, Inspection and Management Training Programme
Following in logical succession to the Association’s complementary ‘The BFPA Foundation Course in Working Safely with Hydraulic Hose and Connectors’ and ‘The BFPA Hose Assembly Skills Training Programme’, the BFPA Training Academy’s Hose Integrity, Inspection and Management Training Programme course builds upon the knowledge already gained, extending it into managementrelated areas such as inspection, analysis, identification, registering and recording of hydraulic hose and related equipment.
Key themes covered during the one-day course include: hose life expectancy; risk analysis; competence by way of a robust competence assurance system; identify, inspect & record; hose register – recording of a hose assembly prior to it going into service; and visual hose assembly (installation) inspection check list.
As part of the courses, trainees are provided with their own personalised, attractively bound training manual featuring detailed colour images and diagrams, together with easy-to-follow technical guidance. Also, following the allimportant registration to the BFPA database, a formal certificate will be issued.
Small Bore Tubing Integrity Course
The BFPA Training Academy has also recently launched its BFPA Small Bore Tubing Integrity Course – Using Twin Ferrule Compression Fittings. This is a one-day course covering the various theoretical, practical and safety elements involved in the manufacture of Small Bore Tubing Assemblies using twin ferrule compression fittings. This course includes the benefits of Small Bore Tube Assemblies, tube preparation, bending,
assembly, installation runs, producing to drawings and thread identification. The first part of the course looks at Twin ferrule compression fittings, and considers practical issues such as: correct tightening, including the use of gap gauges; pre-swaging; disassembly and reassembly; common installation problems; visual identification of metric and imperial fittings; recommendations for clamping of small bore tube; tube fitting identification marks; twin ferrule fitting sealing areas; different profiles of the ferrules used by different manufacturers; installation procedures for port connectors; assembly procedures for plugs and caps; and assembly procedures for tube insert and plastic tubing.
The second part of the course looks at tube versus pipe, and talks about topics such as: the definition of tube and pipe; the advantages of tubing over pipe; bending quality tube and the use of less fittings; tube selection; tube hardness; surface condition; gas services; good and bad tube storage; tube materials, wall thickness and typical working pressures; and temperature reduction factors.
The third section of the course looks at tube preparation, and considers areas such as: correct handling of tube; and common tools and how they should be used in the preparation of tube.
By completing this comprehensive BFPA Small Bore Tubing Integrity Course, candidates will be able to demonstrate that they have gained the appropriate skills, knowledge and ability when working with twin ferrule compression fittings and tube line fabrication. Authorised training organisations The BFPA franchises its courses to a number of experienced training providers and institutions, as well as to independent freelance trainers. Trainees will then be able to attend the course at their own site location or at the trainer’s own premises. Some of the larger fluid power organisations have already assimilated some of the above courses within their own internal staff training regimes.
Since their introduction these courses have proven to be a major success; with the established hose courses attracting well over 3000 trainees from a wide variety of industry sectors. Book your place on these courses now by calling: 01608 647900, or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.