Author Archives: Carrie Tatman Schwartz

There’s no more doubling up on training equipment at Central Community College. A grant from the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation has made it possible for the school to purchase additional hydraulic and pneumatic training stations for its mechatronics lab on the Columbus, Nebraska Campus. Now, one student can work at each station instead of having...

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IMTS 2016
Help increase energy efficiency and productivity! We are looking for industry experts to discuss best practices in fluid power at the Integrated Industries Conference, held during the Motion, Drive & Automation North America at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS). The Fluid Power Track of the Integrated Industries Conference is scheduled for September 14, 2016...

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fluid power training in Texas
Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas received a fluid power lab grant from the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation in 2014. With it they purchased three new trainers—one hydraulic based and two pneumatic based, and students in four classes are now using the completed lab for fluid power training. Each new learning system has a set of...

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Collaboration
On September 22, I attended the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA. NFPA and IFPS work together and promote a number of workforce development programs to educate the fluid power workforce, so I sat in on the Education and Membership Committee meetings. Several initiatives were discussed that spanned all levels of...

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Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas received a fluid power lab grant from the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation in July 2014. They used the funds to purchase three trainers—one hydraulic based and two pneumatic based. Each new learning system has a set of Learning Activity Packets (LAPs) that include objectives, activities, skills and reviews designed...

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One of the teaching grants from the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation went to Western New England University (WNE) for the Development of a Servo-Pneumatic Experimental and Learning Platform. Some materials for the project were donated by Enfield Technologies. The main goal is to design and build a servo-pneumatic testing platform that can be used...

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A new NFPA workforce program will connect industry with educators to help develop and maintain fluid power labs at universities and community colleges. The Adopt-A-Lab program will foster learning about fluid power and help build a potential pipeline for new hires. The program will match-make companies with a school in their area that already teaches hydraulics...

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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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  At CCEFP's Fluid Power Innovation & Research Conference (FPIRC) at Vanderbilt University in October, Lynn Beyer and I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to Jose Riofrio, Assistant Professor at Western New England University (WNE). He attended Vanderbilt University and has made many important contacts through CCEFP during his career. CCEFP is the...

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NFPA participated in the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Illinois on September 8-13, 2014 with an IFPE Fluid Power Zone and a booth in the Smartforce Student Summit. IMTS is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world and featured more than 2,000 exhibiting companies and 114,147 registrants. The IFPE Fluid...

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