NFPA/FPIC Regional Conferences

2019 NFPA/FPIC Regional Conferences Schedule

March 1, 2019 “Electrification of Fluid Power Systems”
June 7, 2019 “IIoT Benefits and Applications for Fluid Power Systems”
September 6, 2019 IoT Enablers (Make Data, Move Data, View Data)
December 6, 2019 IoT Integrators (Use Data, Scale Data, Analyze Data, Secure Data, Share Data)

Past Presentations Available

Past presentations are available to NFPA members in the FPIC presentation archives.*

Go to the Archives
*NFPA member login required to access archives. FPIC members who are not NFPA members can access the presentations here.

About the Consortium

Benefits of the consortium include:

  • Access to the latest technology advances in
    fluid power vetted for no-sales pitch
  • Opportunity to educate employees on current
    advances within the fluid power industry
  • Association and networking with diverse
  • Interaction with the FPI’s students,
    engineers and researchers
  • Member discount for professional education

Established in 1962, the Fluid Power Institute™ (FPI) at MSOE is a leader in fluid power education, motion control, research and evaluation, distinguishing itself as one of the nation’s foremost academic fluid power research laboratories.

To further support its industrial partners, the FPI has established the Fluid Power Industrial Consortium (FPIC) to provide quarterly half-day seminars on the latest fluid power technology advances with immediate implementation.

The annual membership fee of $2,000 enables a company to send up to four (4) of its employees to the quarterly seminars. With a combination of OEMs, manufacturers, SMEs, distributors, etc., the consortium provides a platform for networking, problem solving and access to cutting edge technology. Presenters will be leaders from their specific areas of expertise.

The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) is a supporting partner of the FPIC. As a result, NFPA member companies are exempt from the annual FPIC membership fee and are able to participate freely in the quarterly seminars. Members of NFPA’s Roadmap Committee, who assist the association in maintaining the NFPA Technology Roadmap, are especially encouraged to participate. It is expected that FPIC seminar topics will provide Roadmap Committee members with an ideal way to stay abreast of the technological advancements that will help meet the future needs of fluid power customers, expand fluid power into new customer markets, and attract the best and brightest young engineers to fluid power.


Upcoming seminar topics will focus on, but are not limited to, the following areas:

NFPA Technology Roadmap objectives:

  • Increasing the energy efficiency of fluid power components and systems.
  • Improving the reliability of fluid power components and systems (e.g., increasing up-time, reducing maintenance requirements, making fluid power safe and easy to use).
  • Reducing the size of fluid power components and systems while maintaining or increasing their power output.
  • Building “smart” fluid power components and systems (i.e., ones that perform self-diagnostics and troubleshooting and that integrate easily with “plug and play” functionality).
  • Reducing the environmental impact of fluid power components and systems (e.g., lowering noise, eliminating leaks).
  • Improving and applying the energy storage capabilities of fluid power components and systems.

Fluid Power Manufacturing Roadmap objectives:

  • Improving the manufacture and function of fluid power components and systems through:
    • Coatings
    • Micro-machining
    • Composites and engineered plastics
    • Sintered metals
    • Additive manufacturing
    • Batch-free heat treating
    • Robotics
    • Hybrid manufacturing
    • Metrology
    • In-process sensing, feedback, and control


Contact Information

FPICFor more information, NFPA members should contact:

Eric Lanke
National Fluid Power Association
(414)778-3351 |

Other companies and organizations should contact:

Sheku Kamara
Dean of Applied Research
Milwaukee School of Engineering
(414)277-7416 |

Tom Wanke
Director, Fluid Power Institute™
Milwaukee School of Engineering
(414)277-7191 |