Every day we use thousands of standardized items—the light
bulb in your lamp, the electrical plug on your hair dryer, the film in your camera, to name a few.
Standards simplify our lives.
For more information on how standards support business, visit http://www.standardsboostbusiness.org/, developed by the American National Standards Institute.
Since it was
formed in 1953, the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA)
has worked to foster cooperation among users and manufacturers
by developing recommended standards and practices.
Standards benefit the fluid power industry as a whole. Standards benefit users because they:
Standards benefit manufacturers because they:
Standards for fluid power products and systems fall into three basic categories:
Communication standards define the basic terms, symbols and other
communication tools used in the fluid power industry.
Vocabularies, graphic symbols and dimension codes
are typical subjects for communication standards.
Design standards establish dimensions, tolerances or other
physical characteristics of products. They ensure that fluid
power products meet dimensional criteria that enable
interfacing and interchangeability.
Performance standards provide a voluntary method of rating products.
Pressure rating, particle counting methods used in
contamination analysis, and methods of testing for strength
and volume are typical performance standards.
ISO and NFPA standards are available from a number of sources. Use these links to search for and purchase fluid power standards:
If you need assistance in locating a standard, contact Carrie Tatman Schwartz or (414) 778-3347.
You benefit personally and professionally from participating in
standards development by interacting with your peers in the
industry and by learning more about fluid power technology and
the industry itself.
Your company benefits from participating by being in a position to
influence the content of standards as they are developed
and/or by using its vote, as each company, large or small has
the same influence at ballot time.
Membership on U.S. TAG committees entitles members to
vote and comment on standards under development, thereby
influencing the standards' content. If you volunteer to serve
as a U.S. TAG project sponsor or
ISO project leader, you are a key person in developing a
standard's content, overseeing the project from beginning to
For more information please contact:
Denise Rockhill (U.S. TAG), (414) 778-3354
Carrie Tatman Schwartz (NFPA), (414) 778-3347