April 2020 - IFP Motion Solutions Inc.


April 17, 2020

The NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge is a competition that challenges college engineering students to redesign a traditional bicycle using hydraulics as the mode of power transmission. This program was designed to support teams of undergraduate students through a senior capstone design project or extracurricular project.
Students develop a fluid powered vehicle without the use of chains or belts. NFPA member industry professionals serve as mentors and judges. The 2017 competition was hosted by NFPA member, Danfoss in Ames, IA on their test track. Students competed for cash prizes in three separate races -0 Sprint, Efficiency, and Reliability.
The NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge provides students with experience in real world engineering under strict deadlines for designing, building, testing, and demonstrating their designs.

This year it was all done virtually with multiple online meetings. The competition is usually held in Colorado at IMI Norgren. Sixteen different teams competed in the challenge held on April 12-18, 2020 and will consist of judged final student presentations as well as information sessions from supporting companies for students.
On April 16th, IFP President Jim Kaas and Sales Territory Manager, Dean Eberhardt delivered an online presentation – “The Role of Distributors in Fluid Power” to approximately 70 students participating in this year’s event. Each student who joined the presentation received a complimentary IFP “I am Fluid Powered” cup.

The benefit for the NFPA Pascal Society participating members and sponsoring companies is to have an opportunity to address future engineering employees and fluid power customers by learning about the opportunities that exist in the growing Fluid Power industry.


April 16, 2020

Oilgear simply builds superior products that are made in America with a 95% on-time delivery rate. For over 60 years they have been building some of the most precise pumps on the market for industrial, oil & gas, and mobile (closed-loop open-loop) applications. They have expanded into our Innovative Fluid Power locations in Houston, Minneapolis, and Kansas City to serve as product distributors.  Oilgear continually offers new, innovative products; for example:

XD5 | More Power. Smaller Package.

Extremely effective across numerous industrial applications that require quick response in extreme environments, the XD5 series of pumps offer lightning-fast control response on both low-viscosity fluids and standard hydraulic oil. Engineered to handle the most challenging environments, they have been designed to be a high-performance solution for demanding mobile applications.

Other product line leaders include the PVWJ and PVG variable displacement pump lines in various sizes in standard frames. Check out their online product filter to find the pump that meets your requirements. Oilgear also has a good line of radial piston pumps – their product depth is their true versatility and have proven excellent in low viscosity applications. For example, using a proportional servo valve with the LS PVWJ series pumps, users have seen control down to 0.5-1 psi in force control applications.

TB 05 thru 12 | Hydraulically-controlled pump for extreme pumping applications.

With a unique, patented design, the Transfer Barrier™ Pumping System gives you precision control when pumping high-pressure water, chemicals or slurries. Users have applied it to fracking, LNG, waterjet cutting and press control. It can do that—and a lot more.

The Oilgear Transfer Barrier Pumping System uses the flow of oil from a hydraulic power unit (HPU) to precisely control the motion of large pumping plungers. And based on the area ratios of the plungers, the Transfer Barrier either intensifies or reduces the output pressure.

The Transfer Barrier Pumping System is a top choice in various industries for a variety of reasons. But it’s best known for its long life, precision control, flexible packaging and placement, and reduced downtime. High pressure up to 200,000 psi has been seen in static applications.

To learn more about Oilgear’s products – pumps,  valves, accumulators, electronics, cylinders, services, applications and more visit Oilgear.com or check out the IFP Oilgear Supplier page.

April 14, 2020


In a limited orientation this week (with ‘air handshakes’), we are welcoming Josh Scarbrough to the IFP group of companies. Josh is starting his summer internship early, while completing online classes with Murray State. He will be located in Engineering.