Author Archives: Eric Lanke

2017 Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge
    By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO During the last few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of serving as a judge for the midway reports of the student teams competing in this year’s NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge. The Vehicle Challenge is a competitive workforce development program designed to support teams of undergraduate students as...

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NFPA FAMTEN Network
    By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO As we approach a new year, many NFPA members are putting together their business plans for their next fiscal year. That makes it a great time for me to remind everyone of a new program in NFPA’s fluid power workforce development initiative, and to ask interested members to...

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NFPA member news
    By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO As we enter the season of giving, I’d like to take this opportunity to shine the spotlight the Pascal Society, the annual giving society of the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation. Over the last four years, many NFPA members have made donations through this important mechanism, which has...

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NFPA Board of Directors
    By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO Earlier this month, the NFPA Audit and Investment Committee held a conference call to review NFPA’s annual financial audit. Good news — we passed the audit with flying colors. Special thanks go out to committee chair John Stenz of FORCE America and all the dedicated members of this committee....

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NFPA member news
    By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO Three major government funding initiatives for fluid power research have so far come out of the fluid power industry’s successful partnership with the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP). One is the hydraulic research program for off-highway vehicles at the Department of Energy. The second is...

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NFPA Board of Directors
    By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO In October, the NFPA Board of Directors gathered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to review our progress towards fulfilling the association’s mission of strengthening the fluid power industry as defined in the five strategic objectives approved by the Board back in June: NFPA provides an effective forum for fluid power...

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NFPA member news
By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has just announced up to $3 million of new funding for fluid power systems research for off-road vehicles. The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) has been posted to the EERE Exchange website and can be accessed at: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx#FoaIdb316f593-12df-4e13-8c28-a4f31d459976 According to the web posting, “The objective of...

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NFPA member news
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO In follow-up to my recent post on my experience at the DOE workshop held at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to discuss the formation of a new, $5 million hydraulics research program for off-highway vehicles, two important documents have just been released. The first is a summary from...

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September 2017 FPIC Seminar
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO The presentations from the third seminar of MSOE’s new Fluid Power Industrial Consortium (FPIC) are now available. These presentations covered market-ready hydraulic fluids and the energy saving properties that they have demonstrated in field trials. Click the links to download copies of the presentation slides: Hydraulic Fluid Technologies for Enhanced...

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NFPA member news
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO On September 12, 2017, I attended what is sure to be an important event in the history of fluid power research. The U.S. Department of Energy held a workshop for stakeholders to discuss their new $5 million research program focused on energy efficiency improvements in hydraulic systems for off-highway...

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