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.
The U. S. Technical Advisory Group (U.S. TAG) to ISO/TC 131 provides input and promotes U.S. interests in the development of the International Standards Organization (ISO) standards for fluid power products and systems. NFPA administers the U.S. TAG on behalf of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The membership of the U.S. TAG is made up...

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IFPE
Caterpillar Inc. & HUSCO International executives lead IFPE Management Committee               Philip McCluskey, System Product Manager for Caterpillar Inc. and NFPA Board Vice Chairman, along with Bob Mortensen, Chief Operating Officer for HUSCO International and NFPA Board Director, have been named co-chairs of the 2017 IFPE Management Committee. They both served as vice chairs of...

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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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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 Membership Satisfaction Survey
Our first post about the 2014 membership survey focused on overall satisfaction with membership and likelihood to renew for the current membership year, as well as some responses on why members belong to NFPA generally. In this post, we start to drill down a little further, with some program level detail. The survey listed 25...

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Federico received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2012 and his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2014 from the University of Parma (Italy). He is currently a PhD. student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Parma (Italy). His main research topic is Prognostics and Health Management applied to fluid power systems and...

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Paul Michael is a Research Chemist at the Milwaukee School of Engineering Fluid Power Institute.   He has 35-plus years of experience formulating and testing lubricants. Paul is active in ASTM, ISO, and NFPA standards committees, serves as a lubrication subject matter expert for the US Military, and is principal investigator for energy efficient hydraulic fluids...

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Membership all time high
NFPA membership is at an all-time high with 355 members, representing the entire fluid power supply chain. 32 companies joined the Association in the NFPA 2013-14 membership year and the new year is off to a strong start with another five companies recently becoming members. NFPA’s retention rate remains above 90 percent. This strong and...

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