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Fluid Power Technology Roadmaps

2017 Update to NFPA Technology Roadmap

The NFPA Technology Roadmap is a document that describes an industry-wide consensus regarding the pre-competitive research and development needs associated with improving the design and function of fluid power components and systems. It is used by the NFPA and the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) to guide their research efforts, by NFPA members and other industry partners to inform decisions about research partnerships and product development, and by academic, government, and other organizations that wish to pursue research and development projects of importance to the fluid power industry.

The document is updated every two years by the NFPA Roadmap Committee, and is being chaired this cycle by Jim Kaas of Iowa Fluid Power, the chair of NFPA's Distributor Council and member of the NFPA Board of Directors. The update process will occur between January and August 2017, and will comprise the following activities:

2017 Dates Activity Resources
Jan 23 Introductory conference call to present update process and timeline Presentation slides
Conference call recording
PHASE 1
Feb Customer driver briefing materials sent to Roadmap Committee
Mar 9 Presentation of draft Fluid Power Manufacturing Roadmap at CCEFP Steering Committee meeting
Mar Research challenge briefing materials sent to Roadmap Committee
Apr 4-6 In-person meeting at CCEFP University Summit at Texas A&M to identify customer drivers and research challenges
PHASE 2
Apr Working Groups for each Research Challenge identified
Apr Targets & objectives briefing materials sent to Working Groups
May-Jun Working Group conference calls to identify targets and objectives
PHASE 3
Jul Draft Roadmap sent to Roadmap Committee
Week of Aug 14 In-person meeting at NFPA industry and Economic Outlook Conference to review and approve final Roadmap

All donors in the NFPA Foundation's Pascal Society are invited to appoint a representative to the NFPA Roadmap Committee and be part of the process that updates and publishes the 2017 version of the Roadmap. A list of Pascal Society donors can be found at: http://www.nfpa.com/nfpafoundation/pascalsociety.aspx

Please contact Eric Lanke at elanke@nfpa.com or (414) 778-3351. If you would like your company to get engaged in this process. In addition to helping the industry produce a document that shapes and advances its research agenda, the process itself is a great education and networking opportunity for engineers and technicians across the fluid power supply chain.


U.S. Department of Energy Study on Energy Consumption of Fluid Power Systems

The U.S. Department of Energy has published a study estimating the total amount of energy consumed by fluid power systems in the United States. NFPA participated in the study and uses it to help frame new technology development initiatives for the industry.

The study report can be accessed here.


Fluid Power Advanced Manufacturing Consortium

The Fluid Power Advanced Manufacturing Consortium is a collaboration between the NFPA, the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power, the Association of Manufacturing Technology and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Its purpose is to advance fluid power manufacturing in the United States, and it’s the result of acquiring more than $400,000 in grant funding from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The first project of the Consortium will be to define a fluid power manufacturing roadmap. This roadmap, like the NFPA Technology Roadmap, will focus on identifying the areas of pre-competitive research that are needed to advance fluid power technology in the United States. But unlike our existing roadmap, which focuses primarily on improving design and performance characteristics of our components and systems, the fluid power manufacturing roadmap will focus on improving the mechanisms and methods for manufacturing our components and systems.

The activities of the consortium, including the output of several workshops and drafts of the Fluid Power Manufacturing Roadmap, are documented on the website of the Fluid Power Advanced Manufacturing Consortium .


2015 NFPA Technology Roadmap: Improving the Design and Function of Fluid Power Components and Systems

In 2014, NFPA launched the NFPA Roadmap Committee, a permanent volunteer structure tasked with developing, maintaining, and supplementing the NFPA Technology Roadmap, the industry consensus-based document which identifies the areas of pre-competitive research needed to increase fluid power’s competitive position in the marketplace, open up new markets for fluid power, and attract the best and brightest students to the field.

The Committee’s first report was published in August 2015, and it is an update to the task force report published in January 2013, reviewing and updating a pre-competitive research agenda for the fluid power industry. Because many of the challenges to be addressed in this agenda deal with the design and function of fluid power components and systems, this report has been titled the 2015 NFPA Technology Roadmap: Improving the Design and Function of Fluid Power Components and Systems.

In completing this work, the Roadmap Committee utilized many of the same processes and objectives identified by the 2012 task force, including the use of end market customer perspectives and drivers, the definition of pre-competitive research, the incorporation of CCEFP research successes and progress, and the inclusion of market education and standardization recommendations.

The 2015 NFPA Technology Roadmap: Improving the Design and Function of Fluid Power Components and Systems can be accessed here. There is no cost, but a brief registration process is required.


A Pre-Competitive Research Agenda for the Fluid Power Industry

In 2012, NFPA convened a task force of industry representatives to review and update the Technology Roadmap for the Fluid Power Industry. Their report, A Pre-Competitive Research Agenda for the Fluid Power Industry, was published in January 2013, and addressed several shortcomings of the original Roadmap. The updated report:

  • Expanded the use of end market customer perspectives and drivers in determining the fluid power research challenges to be met and objectives to be achieved.
  • Defined “pre-competitive” for the purposes of the report and NFPA’s future use. The report’s research agenda is targeted in areas that are broad enough that they are unlikely to be pursued by individual companies for competitive advantage, but targeted enough that they are likely to result in technological advancements that can assist wide industry sectors.
  • Reviewed and incorporated the research successes and progress of the CCEFP in the identification of future research objectives.
  • Made specific recommendations for supporting market education and standardization efforts that will complement and help advance the research agenda.

The 2012 report has again been used by the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation and the CCEFP to guide their respective research efforts, and again by numerous NFPA members and other industry partners to inform decisions about research partnerships and product development. It has also been used by NFPA to guide its market education and standards development work.

The 2012 report, A Pre-Competitive Research Agenda for the Fluid Power Industry, can be accessed here. There is no cost, but a brief registration process is required.


Technology Roadmap for the Fluid Power Industry

In August 2009, the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) published the Technology Roadmap for the Fluid Power Industry. The purpose of the Roadmap was to provide NFPA member companies and their research partners with an industry-wide consensus regarding the research and development needs of the fluid power industry.

The Roadmap was the result of a facilitated process among representatives from 20 organizations in the fluid power industry, and it charted a ten-year research and technology development agenda to realize industry-elevating advancements in mobile hydraulics, industrial hydraulics, and pneumatics. In creating the Roadmap, the representatives specifically focused on advancements they thought would help the industry meet the future needs of its customers, expand fluid power into new customer markets, and attract the best and brightest students to field.

Since its publication, the Roadmap has been used by the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation and the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) to guide their respective research efforts, and by numerous NFPA members and other industry partners to inform decisions about research partnerships and product development.

NFPA members can download the 2009 Technology Roadmap for the Fluid Power Industry here.