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The Future of Fluid Power Technology

NFPA Launches Fluid Power Manufacturing Roadmap Project

NFPA first published a Technology Roadmap for the Fluid Power Industry in 2009. The purpose of this Roadmap is 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. Since its publication in 2009, and a subsequent update in 2012, 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, by NFPA to guide its standards development work, and by numerous NFPA members to make informed decisions about research partnerships and product development.

In 2015, NFPA will embark on two roadmapping projects:

  • A second update to the existing Technology Roadmap—focused on improvements to the design and functioning of fluid power components and systems; and
  • A new fluid power manufacturing roadmap—focused on improvements to the manufacture of fluid power components and systems, and resulting improvements to the manufacturing sector served by fluid power technology.

On February 24, 2015, an introductory conference call was held to launch the effort and inform potential participants of the project’s intended objectives and outcomes. As shown in the following graphic,

Manufacturing Roadmap graphic

the manufacturing roadmap will seek to describe how new manufacturing technologies can be used to improve the manufacture of fluid power components and systems, and how those improved components and systems can be used to improve the competitiveness of fluid power’s industrial end market customers. In order to help create such a map, the process will be designed to identify the specific needs the industrial ends market customers have of their fluid power suppliers, as well as the needs fluid power manufacturers have of new manufacturing technologies. As one of its primary outcomes, the Fluid Power Manufacturing Roadmap will then identify the key challenges for fluid power products to deliver increased competitiveness to industrial end markets, and the key technologies that can improve the manufacture of fluid power products.

A wide industry coalition of end market customers, distributors, fluid power manufacturers, fluid power suppliers, and manufacturing technology experts is currently being assembled to participate in the facilitated process that will create the manufacturing roadmap. To learn more about this effort, you can watch the archived recording of the introductory conference call here. Plans are currently underway to schedule and organize two, 2-day sessions in the summer of 2015 to complete the roadmap.

Contact Eric Lanke at or (414) 778-3351 with any questions.


To learn more about the Manufacturing Roadmap Project, watch the archived recording of the introductory conference call HERE.


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


The task force report, summarizing the 2012 update to the Technology Roadmap, can be accessed here. There is no cost, but a brief registration process is required.


In addition, 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 is using it to help frame new technology development initiatives for the industry. The study report can be accessed here.