Bill Gorski
NFPA is Addressing the Needs of the Fluid Power Industry   by William G. Gorski CFO, Bimba Manufacturing Company In June of this year, the NFPA Board of Directors held its annual strategic retreat where we talked about many of the challenges faced by the fluid power industry and what NFPA is and should do...

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Meet NFPA's newest members
John Henry Foster Minnesota Inc. Eagan, MI - John Henry Foster Minnesota, located in Eagan, Minnesota has been providing innovative compressed air systems since 1938. Product lines include air compressors and pneumatic/motion control automation. Member since 7/28/2014. Western New England University Springfield, MA - Western New England University (WNE) is a small private university in...

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James D. Van de Ven is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Mechanical Engineering where he operates the Mechanical Energy and Power Systems (MEPS) Laboratory.  Professor Van de Ven received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2006.  From 2007 to 2011, he was an...

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Tom Chase is a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota.  Past CCEFP projects include: 1E.1, Helical Ring On/Off Valve Based 4-Quadrant Virtually Variable Displacement Pump/Motor; 1E.4, Piston-by-Piston Control of Pumps and Motors Using Mechanical Methods;  2F, MEMS Proportional Valve;  and TB3: Hydraulic Hybrid Passenger Vehicle.
The U. S. Technical Advisory Group (U.S. TAG) to ISO/TC 131 provides input and promotes U.S. interests in the development of the International Standards Organization (ISO) standards for fluid power products and systems. NFPA administers the U.S. TAG on behalf of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The membership of the U.S. TAG is made up...

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IFPE
Caterpillar Inc. & HUSCO International executives lead IFPE Management Committee               Philip McCluskey, System Product Manager for Caterpillar Inc. and NFPA Board Vice Chairman, along with Bob Mortensen, Chief Operating Officer for HUSCO International and NFPA Board Director, have been named co-chairs of the 2017 IFPE Management Committee. They both served as vice chairs of...

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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
by Mike Gust, CCEFP Industry Liaison Officer The mission of the CCEFP is to change the way fluid power is researched, applied and taught. The main method for accomplishing this is our pre-competitive fluid power research program. CCEFP students get excellent hands on training while completing their research project. What is meant by pre-competitive research?...

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NFPA Education and Technology Foundation
The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation has awarded $25,000 grants to four community colleges: Angelina College, Lufkin, TX—To purchase three new trainers and licenses for their hydraulics and pneumatics labs. Central Community College, Grand Island, NE—To expand their mechatronics program with the purchase of six TP 501 equipment sets. Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie, MN—To...

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NFPA Membership Satisfaction Survey
Our first post about the 2014 membership survey focused on overall satisfaction with membership and likelihood to renew for the current membership year, as well as some responses on why members belong to NFPA generally. In this post, we start to drill down a little further, with some program level detail. The survey listed 25...

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