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Registration Open for FPIRC 2016

FPIRC16October 10-12, 2016 Hyatt Regency Minneapolis in Minnesota The Fluid Power Innovation and Research Conference (FPIRC), co-sponsored by the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) and the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), is the premier conference for fluid power industry and academic research in North America. Conference presenters include industry practitioners and leaders, […]

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Roadmapping Continues in Fluid Power Advanced Manufacturing Workshop

MME WorkshopThe rapid advance of new manufacturing technologies, such as additive and hybrid manufacturing, provides exciting opportunities to improve the performance, reliability, and cost of many products.  To address these opportunities, the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) brought together experts from industry, academia, and national labs for a Fluid Power Advanced Manufacturing Workshop on […]

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NFPA Visits Iowa Fluid Power

Education Roadmap road to horizonAfter the Industry/University Engagement Summit, Eric Lanke and I went to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to visit Iowa Fluid Power. While we were there, we met with Jim Kaas, the president of the company, who is also very involved with the NFPA and has been a regular attendee at the Annual Conference and the Industry & […]

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Fluid Power Student Profile: Jenna McGuire

McGuire HeaderWe’ve written before about the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP)—the network of fluid power research laboratories, academic faculty, graduate and undergraduate students at seven universities—that is making a difference in preparing a better-educated workforce for the fluid power industry. The CCEFP has created a 500% increase in the number of fluid power focused […]

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June Hydraulic and Pneumatic Industry Trends Update

Industry Trends: Shipments – Cumulative year‐to‐date % change (2016 vs. 2015)As many of you may know, the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) is the leading source of hydraulic and pneumatic industry data. Members get and use our data in a variety of ways to run their businesses. Part of our market information services is providing overall industry trends. Here is the latest update: Pneumatic, Mobile and […]

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NFPA Future Leader Activities Available at 2016 IEOC

NFPA Industry & Economic Outlook ConferenceThe NFPA Future Leaders Network is a dynamic education and networking-based community of the best and brightest fluid power cohorts under the age of 45.  This network has two exclusive events planned as part of the 2016 NFPA Industry & Economic Outlook Conference: Tuesday, August 16 – 11:30 pm to 12:30 pm: A special Future […]

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NFPA Releases Stats Toolkit Pro

Stats Toolkit ProAfter months of planning and development, the National Fluid Power Association has released its newest statistical software, Stats Toolkit Pro. The new Toolkit provides users a new level of insight into valuable and exclusive industry statistics. The software, which works in conjunction with NFPA’s Confidential Shipment Statistics (CSS) program, can automate time-consuming calculations, perform trend analysis, […]

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Industry/University Engagement Summit Highlights Research Potential

Industry/University Engagement Summit AudienceMore than 50 members of industry and academia attended the Industry/University Engagement Summit June 6 – 8 at Iowa State University. The main feature of the event was fluid power research presentations, including ones on newly funded research projects, many of which are in their beginning stages. Topics ranged from innovative designs for fluid power […]

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Chainless Challenge: A Proven Way to Engage Young Engineers in Fluid Power

Chainless Challenge 2016Recently, over 30 engineering undergraduates learned fluid power in the best possible way — by organized tinkering. If you haven’t heard, the Parker Chainless Challenge is a fluid power workforce development program designed to support teams of undergraduate students as they develop a fluid powered vehicle without the use of chains or belts.  The NFPA […]

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Fluid Power Student Profile: Sangyoon Lee

student profile: Sangyoon LeeWe’ve written before about the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP)—the network of fluid power research laboratories, academic faculty, graduate and undergraduate students at seven universities—that is making a difference in preparing a better-educated workforce for the fluid power industry. The CCEFP has created a 500% increase in the number of fluid power focused […]

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