Digitisation, Connectivity, Communication

The manufacturing industry has clearly understood that maintenance (PM) is a key issue, a precondition for efficient, sustainable service delivery in the future. Progress in the technologies required by PM is swift and significant.

Technics and Standardization

ISO published ISO 18582-2 in November 2018. It structures pneumatic products into classes and defines property definitions for them.
VDMA Fluid Power invites you to the information day "Fluid Power - Technology and Standardization" on 27 February 2019 in Frankfurt.
ISO committees met at the VDMA in October 2018 to work on international standardisation projects for fluid power components.
The objective of the VDMA specifications 24580 and 24581 is to support appliers of hydraulic and pneumatic systems in stationary machines to design machines which can be operated energy efficiently by taking into account functionality and economic efficiency.
The VDMA Specification 24577 describes besides the characteristics of the cylinder which is to be checked the testing conditions and the measuring procedure. Here it has to be distinguished between static friction and friction during a uniform test velocity.
At the beginning of March 2017, the Fluid Power Association provided approximately 70 participants with a comprehensive overview of the ongoing standardization activities and addressed current technology trends.
More than 60 experts from all over the world gathered in Winterthur, Switzerland, in October 2017 to work on the updating of the technical standards. During the ISO meetings, the focus was laid on pipe and hose connectors, hydraulic filters as well as further pneumatic and hydraulic components.
The subcommittee 'Cylinders' within the ISO fluid power committee elected Ferdinand Rein, SMC Pneumatik, as its new chairman. In this function he succeeds Dieter Waldmann, Festo.
The VDMA Specification 24579, Fluid Power – Hydraulic cylinder – Parameters for the application of hydraulic cylinders, gives advice on the type of hydraulic cylinder to select and on its ideal place of application to ensure its optimal operation. When selecting, respectively designing or operating a hydraulic cylinder, energy efficiency needs to be taken into account.

Legal Regulations

CETOP has adapted the CETOP position paper PP 04 on the Pressure Equipment Directive to the Directive 2014/68/EU under the auspices of the VDMA Fluid Power Association.
Products with potential ignition sources that are used in potentially explosive areas must meet the ATEX Directive. This position paper by the Fluid Power Association at VDMA applies to the use of mechanical seals in compressors subject to the ATEX Directive and is intended to support compressor manufacturers in the use of mechanical seals.
The VDMA Position Paper serves as a guide and gives an overview of the application of the machinery directive, which came into effect from Dec. 29th 2009, to parts or components for fluid power applications.
Jörn Dürer
Jörn Dürer
Fluid Power: Standardization and Technology, European Directives
+49 69 6603-1652
+49 69 6603-2652
Dr. Christian Geis
Dr. Christian Geis
Fluid Power: Standardization and Technology, Sealing Technology, DIN NAM Department Fluid Power (Basis, Pneumatic, Sealing Technology)
+49 69 6603-1318
+49 69 6603-2318
Peter-Michael Synek
Peter-Michael Synek
Deputy Managing Director of VDMA Fluid Power Association, Deputy Managing Director Forschungsfonds Fluidtechnik, Project Manager Mechatronic, Managing Director Förderverein Mobile Arbeitsmaschinen e.V.
+49 69 6603-1513
+49 69 6603-2513


7th symposium "Hybrids and energy-efficient drives for mobile machinery".

On 20 February 2019, the 7th symposium "Hybrids and energy-efficient drives for mobile machines" will take place in Karlsruhe.

20th ISC – International Sealing Conference Stuttgart, Germany 2018

At the 20th ISC Sealing Conference in Stuttgart, 283 participants from 18 countries informed themselves about the latest findings in sealing technology.