Member volunteer hours and donations help keep NFPA's various workforce development programs growing and effective. One program that helps schools teach fluid power at the middle and high school levels is the Fluid Power Action Challenge Classroom Activities Grant Application. Middle and high schools are invited to apply to offset the costs related to the...

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In December, the Florida Chapter of the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) hosted their first-ever Fluid Power Action Challenge. The seven teams were comprised of about 30 high school students who are also involved in FIRST® Robotics. As an additional incentive, IFPS Chapter President, Jordan Kimelman, arranged for a scholarship award system for each team in...

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Don’t Get Left Out in the Cold—Book Your Annual Conference Hotel Reservation Now
Registrations for the NFPA Annual Conference are strong and keep coming in, which means rooms at the host hotel—The Four Seasons Orlando at Disney—may soon be on the endangered list. NFPA Annual Conferences are known not only for their scheduled networking opportunities, but also for those unexpected chance conversations that can build long-lasting business relationships, and that’s...

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2017 Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge
    By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO During the last few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of serving as a judge for the midway reports of the student teams competing in this year’s NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge. The Vehicle Challenge is a competitive workforce development program designed to support teams of undergraduate students as...

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2018 FIRST Robotics Competition
The 2018 FIRST® Robotics Competition officially kicks off this Saturday, January 6. Teams will be able to begin designing and building their machines, find mentors, and learn more about this year's competition. Many NFPA members use this program as an opportunity to work as mentors to local students and get them interested in pneumatics, a method...

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2018 Fluid Power Professional's Day photo contest
The 2018 Fluid Power Professional's Day Photo Contest is officially open. This annual contest is run by the International Fluid Power Society and Fluid Power Journal. The deadline for submissions is March 31, and the winners will be announced on Fluid Power Professional's Day (June 19). This year's categories include New Perspective, Teamwork, Fun with...

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NFPA Member Company News
NFPA member news is designed to inform members of key industry updates in quick, bite-sized posts that provide only the most important information. This week's update comes from Hydraulics & Pneumatics. Hydraulics & Pneumatics magazine will celebrate its 70th anniversary with its first-ever January-February combined issue. The issue will commemorate the magazine's February 1948 launch...

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Back in November, Cross Manufacturing attended the Career / Post-Secondary Expo in Hutchinson, Kansas. The organizers of the expo encouraged exhibitors to provide an interactive experience for the over 5,000 students who registered for the event. Cross Manufacturing accepted the challenge and delivered insight into the fluid power industry by allowing students to assemble a hydraulic...

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Santa Claus checking the 2018 Annual Conference attendee list
It is time to register for the NFPA 2018 Annual Conference scheduled for February 20-22, in Orlando. A great program of speakers and networking events are in place and the location couldn’t be easier to access. You’ll meet colleagues, business partners, customers and industry leaders all in one beautiful, convenient location. Plus, this year’s general...

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industry trends, industry update
As many of you may know, the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) is the leading source of hydraulic and pneumatic industry data. Members get and use our data in a variety of ways to run their businesses. Part of our market information services is providing overall industry trends. Here is the latest update: Hydraulic and...

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