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That’s NFPA CEO Eric Lanke looking puzzled as we pulled away from Harper College and the NFPA Regional Breakfast, on our way to several member visits. We went back for him. This time. Once in the car, we proceeded to visits at Muncie Power Products in Muncie, Indiana, and then to Sheffer Cylinder and Clippard...

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U.S. TAG to ISO/TC 131/SC 4 (Connectors and similar products and components) chair Phil Robinson, Parker Hannifin Corp., and vice chair Jim Miller, Deere & Company, have recently retired. NFPA would like to thank each of them for their many years of service. Both gentlemen have contributed to the successful development of multiple ISO Standards....

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Students learn about fluid power through NFPA Foundation funded projects
The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation has awarded six teaching grants. The projects will begin in January 2015, and give a number of students opportunities to learn about and study fluid power: At Western New England University, a senior mechanical engineering student is involved in the design and modeling of the Development of Servo-Pneumatic Experimental...

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New Faces in Fluid Power - Jose_Garcia
  By Eric Lanke NFPA CEO [dropcap]I[/dropcap]’ve written before about the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP)—the network of fluid power research laboratories, academic faculty, graduate and undergraduate students at seven universities—that is making a difference when it comes to preparing a better educated workforce for the fluid power industry. The CCEFP has...

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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 Firestone Industrial Products Company. Firestone Industrial Products Company, has been an NFPA member since 1992. Firestone...

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Modern business concepts - communications survey
I recently wrote about my observations of NFPA member company social media usage from an outsider’s perspective. I found that most members have social media accounts that may or may not be regularly used. The insider’s perspective provided by the recent communications survey measured the importance of social media in members’ marketing plans. The results...

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Audience-NFPA Annual Conference
A couple weeks ago I attended the Association of Equipment Manufacturers Annual Conference in Napa, CA. This was an excellent, well-run conference, and it’s helpful to experience events from a participant’s point of view as we prepare for NFPA’s own Annual Conference in March—thanks AEM. Here are a couple items from the AEM Conference that...

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Free Piston Engine Pump...a revolutionary technology that directly converts fuel into hydraulic flow thus dramatically reducing size while increasing overall efficiency
The Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) invites you to the inaugural Industry Engagement Committee (IEC) Summit at the Georgia Institute of Technology, February 2 - 4, 2015, to help influence the direction of U.S. academic fluid power research, meet one-on-one with faculty and students, and network with your colleagues in the industry. All...

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Students meet local manufacturers and learn firsthand about fluid power career opportunities
On December 2, the Waukesha County Business Alliance invited NFPA staff to attend their Schools2Skills™ program. The program provided high school students with an opportunity to visit local manufacturers, tour their facilities and learn about career opportunities. The tour concluded at Waukesha County Technical College where students learned about educational programs available for these types...

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