Application of Fluid Power Systems in Industry – 3

28 Mar

Assignment Brief


Purpose of this assignment


4. Be able to evaluate and justify industrial applications of pneumatics and hydraulics



As industrial companies develop they are always looking to improve productivity, whether it being the manufacturing sector or food production. Most industries now apply the use of Fluid Power equipment to help increase productivity and achieve better results, but to be able to determine what equipment/systems is needed extensive research & development has to be carried out.

Task 1


With the increasing use of fluid power systems in the engineering sector it is becoming more of a necessity to apply hydraulic and/or pneumatic equipment to aid in a given industrial application.

Produce a written report that evaluates and justifies the use of both pneumatic and hydraulic powered equipment for given industrial applications (your choice or fluid power system).


This provides evidence for P4.1

Task 2


The following specification has been provided for your to design a sequential circuit and select the correct equipment to carry out the operation:


An operator is to load a ready-to-size piece of material that requires drilling. Before drilling commences it is necessary for the material to be clamped in place to eliminate movement, which is provided by two fixed surfaces (perpendicular to drilling base plate) and two pneumatic linear actuators. Drilling is carried out by pneumatic means, both linear and rotary actuators. Once processed the article is then ejected from the fixed position, ready for the next workpiece to be loaded and processed.


For this task you are to:


a)     Produce a one page detailed document that describes how your designed manufacturing system

operates, and;

b)    Research into the cost of constructing this system and provide a ‘Capitol Cost’ report to your superior.


This provides evidence for P4.2, D1, D2

Task 3


Following on from task 2 produce a presentation for your tutor that identifies the health & safety requirements that relates to your fluid power systems (6 slides max). The topics of your slides must include:


– Circuit design;

– Equipment installation;

– Fluid power maintenance, and;

– Utilisation of system.


Provide detailed notes on each slide that discusses each topic of your fluid power system.


This provides evidence for P4.3, M1








[Summarise evidence required, e.g. ‘leaflet’,

‘presentation notes’ etc.]

Evidence presented

[tick boxes]

Task 1 Written report that evaluates and justifies the use of pneumatic and hydraulics for systems that the learner has identified  
Task 2 i) Circuit design of specified system

ii) Written details of the manufacturing system (max. one page)

iii) Capitol Cost document that is to be submitted to a supervisor

Task 3 PowerPoint presentation on the H&S issues relating to a fluid power systems (linked with task 2)  
Sources of Information

Parr A, Hydraulics and Pneumatics (Elsevier Ltd, 2011) 3rd edition, ISBN 978-0-08-096674-8

ISO 1219 – Graphic Symbols for Fluid Power Systems (Blackboard)



Grade Descriptors – BTEC Higher Nationals


Pass Grade A Pass grade is achieved by meeting all the requirements defined in the assessment criteria for pass of each unit
Merit Descriptors Indicative Characteristics Contextualisation
M1 Identify and apply strategies to find appropriate solutions An effective approach to study and research has been applied The discussion on each topic must link learner’s design to industrial standards and application.
Distinction Descriptors Indicative Characteristics Indicative Characteristics
D1 Use critical reflection to evaluate own work and justify valid conclusions Realistic improvements have been proposed against defined characteristics for success Written reflection on the design activity for task 2, proposing what the learner could have done differently to improve the industrial application.
D2 Take responsibility for managing and organising activities The importance of interdependence has been recognised and achieved Circuit design has been proved with little to no input/guidance from the tutor (feedback from tutor is required).


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