Regional Meetings NFPA Regional Meetings offer a chance to meet with other area fluid power professionals over lunch. NFPA members and non-members alike are welcome to attend and the meetings are free! Recaps from last year’s meetings are below. Upcoming Meetings NFPA Regional Meetings will resume in fall 2019. Check back here for registration and meeting updates! Meetings Recap | 2019 Recap – Minneapolis Regional Meeting | Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park, MN Over 40 fluid power professionals, as well as a few students, met over lunch this year for the 2019 Minneapolis Regional Meeting at the Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park Campus. This year’s featured speakers were John Stenz, CEO, and Karen Friary, PHR, both of FORCE America. John and Karen’s presentation addressed the current recruiting market, its current challenges, and some creative ways to tackle this market with different strategies, all while focusing on getting the right fit and right person into open positions. Recap – Detroit Regional Meeting | Macomb Community College, Warren, MI Over 30 fluid power professionals met over breakfast March 26 for the 2019 Detroit Regional Meeting at the Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan. This year’s featured speaker was Andrew Johnson, the CEO of ShelfAware, who presented, “A Practical Approach to Innovation – Theories into Reality.” Andrew’s presentation explored several use cases that illustrated entry-level innovations in process automation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and business optimization. Hardware and software demonstrations brought these high-tech theories into reality. Meetings Recap | 2018 Recap – Chicago Regional Meeting | Oak Brook Hills – Hilton, Chicago, IL More than 30 fluid power professionals attended the NFPA Chicago Regional Meeting at the Oak Brook Hills – Hilton just outside of Chicago, Illinois. Oxford Economics Senior Economist, Mike Reid, presented the recently released NFPA Fluid Power Demand Estimates Report. Mike and his team worked closely with NFPA’s Economics and Statistical Programs Manager Eric Armstrong to develop a customer industry demand model for fluid power products geographically by US state. You can view a video introduction of the demand report by visiting the Market Information site. Business updates from attendees showed good conditions and growth across the board as well as insight into each company’s IoT initiatives and progress. Attendees were able to network with each other and connect with NFPA staff and Oxford Economics representatives. Recap – Cleveland Regional Meeting | The City Club, Cleveland, OH Over 30 fluid power professionals filled the City Club of Cleveland for the 2018 NFPA Cleveland Regional Meeting. Attendees represented all areas of the fluid power industry and had the opportunity to network with other NFPA members while discussing strengths and brainstorming improvements within their companies. The meeting featured guest speaker Grace A. Kilbane, Executive Director of the Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Workforce Investment Board and of OhioMeansJobs. Grace used her experience with workforce in the Midwest to discuss one-stop career center systems and development of employment and training programs for youth and adults to get individuals re-engaged in the workforce. Recap – Milwaukee Regional Meeting | InterContinental Hotel, Milwaukee, WI The co-located Fluid Power Industrial Consortium (FPIC) seminar and Milwaukee Regional Meeting brought together over 40 fluid power professionals for networking and presentations on robotic automation at the InterContinental Milwaukee on September 7. The morning seminar presentations covered an array of use cases for robotic automation, including several types of collaborative robots, robots with specific applications such as food processing or medical plasma coating, and use of robotics in small-to-medium manufacturers. A smaller group stayed beyond the networking lunch for the Milwaukee Regional Meeting, which featured presentations by Thomas P. Heraly; Instructional Chair, Electronics Department, School of Technology and Applied Sciences – Milwaukee Area Technical College, and Mike Shiels, Dean, School of Applied Technologies—Waukesha County Technical College. Their presentations, under the topic of Robotics in Manufacturing & Distribution: Collaboration, Communication & Creating the Future Workforce, covered the ways these local technical schools are preparing students for careers in robotics. Recap – Minneapolis Regional Meeting | MTS Corporation The meeting room was full on Thursday, May 10, when MTS Corporation opened its headquarters for the NFPA 2018 Minneapolis Regional Meeting. Bringing in people from not only the Minneapolis region, this meeting’s attendees also came from upstate New York, Chicago, Cleveland, and the greater Detroit area. The diverse group represented fluid power manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers and all voiced a positive outlook for their customer markets. In addition, Joe Mahon, Regional Outreach Director of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank, presented a very interesting look at the regional economy and how labor trends are currently affecting, and could continue to affect, productivity. The meeting closed with a look at how MTS testing platforms serve a variety of customers and how fluid power technology provides the flexibility and adaptability to enable testing of automobile safety, racing performance, tire safety, and infrastructure strength to name a few.