NFPA members and guests converged last week on Manalapan, Florida for the 2014 Annual Conference of the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA).  The Annual Conference is the one time when all task force members, board members, committee members, council members and future leaders come together to decide on initiatives, shape the direction of their projects...

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Mark Your Calendars for Tuesday, April 1, 2014 Register Here NFPA has added a NEW Regional Meeting to its 2014 Event Schedule.  For the first time, we will convene in Minneapolis—a true hub of the fluid power industry.  On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Hennepin Technical College—Eden Prairie Campus, will host the inaugural NFPA Minneapolis Regional...

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NFPA Member Company News
Airline Hydraulics Corporation has received ISO 9001:2008 certification at its branch location in Pittsburgh, PA. Alro Steel Corporation has announced several management changes. David Schmidt has been named President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) as of January 1, 2014. Mark Alyea, former President and COO, will assume the role of President Emeritus. Steve Laten has...

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Meet NFPA's newest members
Canimex Inc. Drummondville, Quebec, - Canimex works directly with OEMs all over North America assisting them in engineering, service and design. For over 30 years, Canimex has offered a complete range of products including DC power units, radio remote control kits, low speed high torque hydraulic motors, brakes and steering units, variable displacement piston pumps,...

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by Eric Lanke, CEO Second in a series of articles describing NFPA’s actions focused on the development of a program within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that can fund and focus on energy efficiency improvements using fluid power technology. The envisioned program would be partly research-focused, helping to develop new energy efficient fluid power...

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STEP Ahead - Women in Manufacturing
NFPA congratulates Judy Wojanis, president, Wojanis Hydraulic Supply Company, Inc. for being honored as one of the Manufacturing Institute 2014 Women in Manufacturing STEP Award recipients. The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the...

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NFPA Workforce Program Manager, Lynn Beyer was a call-in on the Joy Cardin Show on National Public Radio on January 22. The topic was The Tech Race and Gender Gap and the guest speaker was Barbara Ericson, Director of Outreach, College of Computing at Georgia Tech. Lynn spoke about how the NFPA Fluid Power Challenge...

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By Jerry Merz, Consultant The Wauwatosa School District updated its 6th grade Technical Education program curriculum in 2013. The new curriculum incorporates pneumatics and hydraulics and the course culminating project utilizes the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) Challenge.  480 6th grade students took the class during the 2012-13 school year and were exposed to fluid...

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For their senior capstone project, three students at Lawrence Technological University are working on a crane that uses fluid power to move large loads. The project, “A Gantry Crane Utilizing Fluid Power,” is being funded through a teaching grant from the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation. The objective is to design a fluid powered device...

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ISO/TC 131 Meetings in San Antonio
The latest progress on International Standards Doc # Name Stage/Close Date Impact Contamination control ISO 3723:1976 Hydraulic filter element end load test International Standard circulated to the U.S. TAG to ISO/TC 131/SC 6 for systematic review; ballot closes 2014-02-14. Improves reliability Control products — hydraulic ISO 4401:2005 Mounting surfaces for four-port hydraulic directional control valves...

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