Author Archives: Carrie Tatman Schwartz

A new NFPA workforce program will connect industry with educators to help develop and maintain fluid power labs at universities and community colleges. The Adopt-A-Lab program will foster learning about fluid power and help build a potential pipeline for new hires. The program will match-make companies with a school in their area that already teaches hydraulics...

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Standards Development
At the NFPA Technical Board meeting this past spring, a number of NFPA standards underwent five-year reviews. One of the reviews was NFPA/T3.28.9 R1-1989 (R2009), Fluid power systems and products – Moving parts fluid controls – Method of diagramming. A motion was approved to withdraw the NFPA document if ISO 5784-1, -2 and -3, Fluid...

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  At CCEFP's Fluid Power Innovation & Research Conference (FPIRC) at Vanderbilt University in October, Lynn Beyer and I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to Jose Riofrio, Assistant Professor at Western New England University (WNE). He attended Vanderbilt University and has made many important contacts through CCEFP during his career. CCEFP is the...

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NFPA participated in the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Illinois on September 8-13, 2014 with an IFPE Fluid Power Zone and a booth in the Smartforce Student Summit. IMTS is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world and featured more than 2,000 exhibiting companies and 114,147 registrants. The IFPE Fluid...

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This spring, the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) received a teaching grant from the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation. The purpose of the grant was to help the Rearin’ Raiders team improve the design and functionality of the 2011 model of their Electrohydraulic Performance Puller (EHPP), and then bring the tractor to the ASABE International...

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NFPA Education and Technology Foundation
The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation has awarded $25,000 grants to four community colleges: Angelina College, Lufkin, TX—To purchase three new trainers and licenses for their hydraulics and pneumatics labs. Central Community College, Grand Island, NE—To expand their mechatronics program with the purchase of six TP 501 equipment sets. Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie, MN—To...

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NFPA-funded Fluid Power Lab at Western Michigan University
NFPA staff members Eric Lanke, Leslie Miller and Eric Armstrong had the opportunity to visit Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and see the new fluid power laboratory there. The lab was funded by a grant from the NFPA Education & Technology Foundation. Here’s a video of Dr. Alamgir Choudhury and graduate student Wallace W. Barasa...

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NFPA Fluid Power Career Video
One of the students who worked on an NFPA Education and Technology Foundation-funded project wrote a blog which is featured in Design News. In his blog, Ian Meissner, a student at Lawrence Technological University, talks about the fluid-powered gantry crane and his plans to pursue a career in industrial engineering. To read Ian's blog, click here....

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Students in the ME2110: Creative Decisions and Design class at the Georgia Institute of Technology used pneumatic actuators and control valves to make monkeys fly during a design competition. The project was made possible by a teaching grant from the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation, and the use of pneumatics. The ME2110 course consists of...

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NCFP 2014 Proceedings Flash Drive
The 2014 Proceedings of the 52nd National Conference on Fluid Power (NCFP) are now available. The technical papers were presented during IFPE 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 5-7. With an emphasis on “green,” they contain improved and new concepts for basic design, application and system management of fluid power and power transmission. There...

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