October 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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The 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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After 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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We’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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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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The 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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After 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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More 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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Recently, 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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