New NFPA Standards Update Specs for Circuit Diagrams & Compressed-Air Pressure Regulation

March 12, 2013

The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) has recently published two new technical documents on fluid power standards.

Two new NFPA standards have been published and are now available from the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA).
ISO 1219-2:2012 (supersedes ISO 1219-2:1995) Fluid power systems and components – Graphical symbols and circuit diagrams – Part 2: Circuit diagrams (second edition]
This part of ISO 1219 establishes the main rules for drawing hydraulic and pneumatic circuit diagrams using graphical symbols drawn in accordance with ISO 1219-1. It also applies to circuit diagrams relating to systems relating to cooling systems, lubrication systems, and systems of technical gases used in conjunction with fluid power applications. The standard also includes examples of circuit diagrams.
Benefits: ISO 1219-2 lays down the rules for creating circuit diagrams for fluid power systems. Circuit diagrams facilitate understanding of the design and description of a system so that confusion and error can be avoided during planning, manufacturing, installation and maintenance.
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ISO 6953-3:2012 Pneumatic fluid power—Compressed air pressure regulators and filter‑regulators—Part 3: Alternative test methods for measuring the flow-rate characteristics of pressure regulators

Scope: This part of ISO 6953 specifies alternative test methods for determining the flowrate characteristics of pneumatic fluid power components that can be applied when:

  • the pressure regulation dynamics of a component under test are rapid enough to be negligible, compared to the response of pressure changes during charge and discharge tests;
  • the pressure response does not show any overshoot or any oscillating behavior.

This part of 6953 applies to the following components:

  • compressed air pressure regulators and filter-regulators according to ISO 6953-1;
  • electro-pneumatic pressure control valves according to ISO 10094;
  • other components such as relief valves.

The standard does not cover pressure regulation characteristics, which are dealt with in ISO 6953-2.
ISO 6953-3 benefits users and manufacturers by facilitating comparisons of compressed air pressure regulators and filter-regulators by standardizing test methods and the presentation of test data related to flow-rate characteristics.
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These NFPA standards are intended as guides to aid the manufacturer, the consumer, and the user. For more information, visit

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