NIST Funds a Fluid Power Advanced Manufacturing Consortium

Credit: Welding: EWI; Blast furnace: University of Purdue Calumet; Sintering: EOS; Additive mfg: Young/NIST Awarded to 19 industry-driven partnerships, NIST advanced manufacturing technology planning grants will support technology roadmapping efforts across a wide spectrum of industries and processes. The images provide a sampling. Starting clockwise, from top left: welding, simulation of a blast furnace used in steel manufacturing, direct metal laser sintering, and additive manufacturing.

Brad Bohlmann, CCEFP Sustainability Director

 

 

by Brad Bohlmann
CCEFP Sustainability Director

The Regents of the University of Minnesota, in partnership with the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA), the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will launch the Fluid Power Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (FPAMC) to collaborate to address manufacturing challenges in this technology. The launch of the consortium will be funded through a NIST Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMTech) Program grant totaling $413K over two years.

FPAMC’s goal is to create a sustaining industry-led consortium of experts from academia, industry and government labs to advance fluid-power manufacturing in the United States through technology road mapping for the next generation of hydraulic and pneumatic fluid power components and systems. In addition, it will explore the use of fluid power as a means to create or improve advanced manufacturing machines and processes. The initial road mapping event is scheduled for late July at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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