MAPI April
A weekly round-up of the MAPI resources available to NFPA members through NFPA's membership in MAPI. Issues in Brief Igniting a Passion for Manufacturing: Q&A With Sylvia Wetzel Bison Gear & Engineering takes a holistic approach to closing the skills gap, and Chief Learning Officer Sylvia Wetzel is indispensable in this endeavor. In this interview,...

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International Fluid Power Summit at IFPE 2014
NFPA members have come to rely on NFPA for data and information on the health and growth of the U.S. fluid power industry—but one area that we receive increasing requests for is information on what’s going on in other fluid power markets around the globe. Our Global Market Reports and Forecasts are a great resource...

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ISO/TC 131 Meetings in San Antonio
A number of ISO draft International Standards related to connectors,  cylinders, and contamination control have been circulated for ballot.  Two new working drafts (WD) are currently being considered by their respective U. S. TAG committees: ISO/WD 1552 - Basic, mounting and accessory dimensions for 1000 kPa pneumatic cylinders with bores from 32 mm to 320...

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NFPA member news
Freudenberg Sealing Technologies, of the Freudenberg Group,  announced its acquisition of Tobul Accumulator, Inc., effective July 31, 2014.  Tobul is a family-owned company that was established in 1980 by Jim Tobul. “Becoming a part of the Freudenberg Group is decisive for our future development,” stresses Tobul. Full press release   Kaman Corporation today announced effective...

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Bill Gorski
NFPA is Addressing the Needs of the Fluid Power Industry   by William G. Gorski CFO, Bimba Manufacturing Company In June of this year, the NFPA Board of Directors held its annual strategic retreat where we talked about many of the challenges faced by the fluid power industry and what NFPA is and should do...

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Meet NFPA's newest members
John Henry Foster Minnesota Inc. Eagan, MI - John Henry Foster Minnesota, located in Eagan, Minnesota has been providing innovative compressed air systems since 1938. Product lines include air compressors and pneumatic/motion control automation. Member since 7/28/2014. Western New England University Springfield, MA - Western New England University (WNE) is a small private university in...

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James D. Van de Ven is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Mechanical Engineering where he operates the Mechanical Energy and Power Systems (MEPS) Laboratory.  Professor Van de Ven received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2006.  From 2007 to 2011, he was an...

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Tom Chase is a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota.  Past CCEFP projects include: 1E.1, Helical Ring On/Off Valve Based 4-Quadrant Virtually Variable Displacement Pump/Motor; 1E.4, Piston-by-Piston Control of Pumps and Motors Using Mechanical Methods;  2F, MEMS Proportional Valve;  and TB3: Hydraulic Hybrid Passenger Vehicle.
Free Piston Engine Pump...a revolutionary technology that directly converts fuel into hydraulic flow thus dramatically reducing size while increasing overall efficiency
by Mike Gust, CCEFP Industry Liaison Officer The mission of the CCEFP is to change the way fluid power is researched, applied and taught. The main method for accomplishing this is our pre-competitive fluid power research program. CCEFP students get excellent hands on training while completing their research project. What is meant by pre-competitive research?...

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