Grand Del Mar GuestSuites prado7
Registration for the NFPA 2015 Annual Conference is now open and the host property, The Grand Del Mar is accepting reservations. Based on past experience, it is important that our attendees book their rooms at the resort early to guarantee the special NFPA rate. But just as important is getting your conference registration completed and to...

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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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On November 12, I had the opportunity to attend a Partnership Breakfast sponsored by the School District of New Berlin, Wisconsin. The event brought all kinds of organizations together—the mayor’s office, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Junior Achievement and many local businesses—all with a common goal—to create a prepared workforce. The two-hour program explored ways...

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In October, the British Fluid Power Association hosted the annual ISO Technical Committee 131 – Fluid Power Standards development meetings at the British Standards Institute (BSI) headquarters in London, United Kingdom.  Sixteen separate subcommittee and working group meetings were held during this week long event.  Seventy-eight technical experts from all over the world came together...

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  By Eric Lanke NFPA CEO [dropcap]I[/dropcap]’ve written before about the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP)—the network of fluid power research laboratories, academic faculty, graduate and undergraduate students at seven universities—that is making a difference when it comes to preparing a better educated workforce for the fluid power industry. The CCEFP has...

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MAPI_weekly_update
A weekly round-up of the MAPI resources available to NFPA members through NFPA's membership in MAPI. Issues in the Brief The New Factory A wave of newly available process technologies is reshaping the manufacturing sector. The revolution that many speak of, however, can be fully realized only if these tools are properly incorporated into the...

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NFPA membership continues to grow
Introducing NFPA Company Profiles for NFPA News A short profile of an NFPA Member is a new feature for the NFPA News.  NFPA membership is at an all-time high and this is just one way for us to highlight the diversity and strength of our industry. Today’s Company is Nachi America, Inc. Nachi America, Inc....

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Milwaukee Regional Meeting
NFPA’s Chicago Area Regional Lunch—scheduled for Monday, December 8, at Harper College in Palatine—is the perfect opportunity to catch up with other fluid power industry people.  Hear from your peers in a casual, networking environment while enjoying lunch.  As is tradition for NFPA Regional Meetings, we’ll start out with introductions and short business updates from...

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Kyle Jacobson, an Oak Prairie Junior High STEM Teacher in Illinois, was awarded a grant of $250 from the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation. With this money Kyle purchased Pneumatic Rotating Arm kits and Rotating Base kits from Mechanical Kits Ltd. These kits were used as part of the STEM Lab curriculum for eighth graders...

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As the resident rookie here at the NFPA, I still have a lot to learn.  I’d be blatantly lying if I said that my background in journalism, linguistics, and marketing ever taught me anything about fluid power.  While having an outsider’s perspective can be helpful in finding new ways to communicate ideas, working in this...

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