Category Archives: Headlines

Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge
The 2018-19 NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge is off to an exciting start! Coinciding with their senior capstone design courses, fifteen universities have registered to compete in this year's program. In the first semester of the Vehicle Challenge, teams gain knowledge in fluid power components, circuits, and systems, and their use in controlling force and motion....

Read More >

Fluid power energy efficiency workshop
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO I recently attended a workshop at the Argonne National Laboratory to discuss strategies for increasing the energy efficiency of off-road vehicles. The workshop was hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as part of its new, $10 million research funding program dedicated to the same cause. I was...

Read More >

CCEFP Summit
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO I recently attended the October 2018 Summit of the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) at the University of Minnesota. This is one of the meetings this fiscal year where the fluid power research projects supported by our new NFPA Research Supplement Program were presented. In our...

Read More >

Annual Report on the U.S. Fluid Power Industry
Download the latest trends and statistics on the NFPA website Join the NFPA member companies that have already downloaded the 2017 Annual Report on the U.S. Fluid Power Industry. This report includes an overview of the fluid power industry and showcases fluid power as a workhorse of the American economy. Right now, this report is being used throughout dozens...

Read More >

NFPA Board of Directors
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO At the recent NFPA Board meeting in October 2018, we engaged in a culture workshop conducted by Peter Rea, Vice President of Integrity and Ethics at Parker Hannifin and author of Exception to the Rule (which was the content focus of the workshop). The Board thought this would be...

Read More >

CCEFP Summit
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO I recently attended the October 2018 Summit of the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) at the University of Minnesota. This is one of the meetings this fiscal year where the fluid power research projects supported by our new NFPA Research Supplement Program were presented. In our...

Read More >

CCEFP Webinar
The new CCEFP Webinar Series is underway, and the next episode, taking place November 14 at 12 pm CST, will feature two NFPA Foundation Research Supplement recipients: High Efficiency Hydraulic Pump-Motors Employing Partial Stroke Piston Pressurization (Tom Chase, UMN) and Liquid Piston Gas Compressor/Expander for Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) and CO2 Sequestration (Perry Li, UMN). The webinar series is...

Read More >

Collaboration
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO Last month I announced NFPA’s new partnership with the Heroes MAKE America (HMA) program of The Manufacturing Institute. Under this partnership, NFPA members will be given priority access to candidates in the program, all of whom have received training for production floor jobs in manufacturing and are looking to...

Read More >

IoT Committee
Members of NFPA’s new Internet of Things Committee recently began scoping out activities to help NFPA bring useful information about IoT and fluid power to members. The committee agreed on two initial projects moving forward: An email-based survey of members to benchmark the current state of IoT activity within the fluid power industry. Respondents will...

Read More >

NFPA News
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO Finding fluid power-educated workforce candidates is an ongoing challenge for NFPA members, so I wanted to take this opportunity to reinforce one important benefit of donating in the NFPA Foundation’s Pascal Society. Pascal Society donors – of any level: Gold, Silver or Bronze – are invited to post their...

Read More >