Phone Apps
I’ve been writing about different aspects of social media usage among NFPA members using both my own observations and survey data about member habits. While it’s easy to tell who is using social media for marketing, it’s harder to tell whose efforts are successful. Like the Facebook friend who posts every day but rarely gets...

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IFPE show floor with attendees
    March 7-11, 2017 Las Vegas Convention Center Las Vegas, NV   Priority assignment for exhibit space at IFPE 2017 will begin April 1, 2015. NFPA members receive a substantial savings on IFPE space. The deadline for the priority assignment process is August 15, 2015. Exhibitors submitting applications after the August 15 deadline will...

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ORNL Manufacturing Demonstration Facility
by Eric Lanke NFPA CEO I got a good look at some possible additive manufacturing applications for fluid power on my recent tour of the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) for additive manufacturing at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Our friends at the CCEFP helped arrange the tour on the tail end of the...

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future of the distribution channel
Several times in recent years, NFPA’s Distributor Council has discussed the need for an overview of the differences in perspective manufacturers and distributors tend to have, how the differences stem from fundamental differences in their place in the supply chain and the way their businesses need to operate, and how this affects their business relationships....

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Membership continues to grow
TCI Precision Metals  Gardena, CA - TCI Precision Metals is a warehouse distributor of Alcoa aluminum products and a supplier or other metals. TCI specializes in providing customers with Machine-Ready Blanks that are machined to customers' exact specifications, ready for final machining. TCI Precision Metals also provides customers with repeat production runs of consistently high-quality...

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NFPA membership connections
NFPA Company Profiles for NFPA News With NFPA membership at an all-time high, publishing a short profile of an NFPA member each week is one way for us to highlight the diversity and strength of our industry. Today’s company is Rosenboom Machine & Tool, (RM&T). Rosenboom Machine & Tool, (RM&T) with Headquarters in Sheldon, Iowa...

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Milwaukee Regional Meeting
NFPA will be on the road again this spring hosting regional meetings in both the Detroit and Minneapolis areas. Plus, both locations will feature additional fluid power activities beyond our meeting times. As always, NFPA Regional Meetings are free and open to members and non-members alike. First up is the Detroit Regional Meeting featuring a...

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NFPA Member Company News
Gates Corporation, announced that Jeff Brekke, Executive Vice President Global Aftermarket, has retired from the company after 35 years of service, effective January 7, 2015. He will remain a part of the company in an advisory capacity helping Gates continue to build its Aftermarket presence in the APAC region. Dave Miller has been promoted to...

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additive manufacturing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
by Eric Lanke NFPA CEO I’ve been asked that question more than once in the past few months, mostly by NFPA members who are beginning to examine the emerging technology of additive manufacturing and make the determination for themselves. In case you’re not familiar with the term, additive manufacturing is more commonly known as 3D...

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FIRST_fluid-power_robot
By Eric Lanke NFPA CEO Had to share one more picture from my recent tour of the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) for additive manufacturing at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. As I’ve mentioned before, our friends at the CCEFP helped arrange the tour on the tail end of the Fluid Power Innovation and...

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