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Fluid Power Innovation & Research Conference

Registration is Open: Fluid Power Innovation & Research Conference 2014 / FPIRC14

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]anufacturers, OEMs, researchers and media from around the nation will convene at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, from October 13-16 for the Fluid Power Innovation and Research Conference 2014 (FPIRC14), an extended series of educational events hosted by the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP). The event will feature collaborative technical breakout sessions, networking opportunities, tours of…
NFPA 2014 Industry & Economic Outlook Conference

Thank You to All for Successful 2014 Industry & Economic Outlook Conference

Thank You to all attendees and sponsors for making the 2014 Industry & Economic Outlook Conference (IEOC) a huge success. This year’s event drew our second highest attendance total of 317, which further illustrates the value and importance of the information attendees receive from this conference. This year’s conference offered hard data, critical insight and opportunities…
MAPI April

MAPI – Manufacturers Alliance Economic News and Reports

A weekly round-up of the MAPI resources available to NFPA members through NFPA’s membership in MAPI. Issues in Brief Igniting a Passion for Manufacturing: Q&A With Sylvia Wetzel Bison Gear & Engineering takes a holistic approach to closing the skills gap, and Chief Learning Officer Sylvia Wetzel is indispensable in this endeavor. In this interview,…
International Fluid Power Summit at IFPE 2014

Data on the Global Fluid Power Industry Presented at the 2014 International Fluid Power Summit

NFPA members have come to rely on NFPA for data and information on the health and growth of the U.S. fluid power industry—but one area that we receive increasing requests for is information on what’s going on in other fluid power markets around the globe. Our Global Market Reports and Forecasts are a great resource…
ISO/TC 131 Meetings in San Antonio

Standards Development activity for July 2014

A number of ISO draft International Standards related to connectors,  cylinders, and contamination control have been circulated for ballot.  Two new working drafts (WD) are currently being considered by their respective U. S. TAG committees: ISO/WD 1552 – Basic, mounting and accessory dimensions for 1000 kPa pneumatic cylinders with bores from 32 mm to 320…
NFPA member news

NFPA Member News – August 7, 2014

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies, of the Freudenberg Group,  announced its acquisition of Tobul Accumulator, Inc., effective July 31, 2014.  Tobul is a family-owned company that was established in 1980 by Jim Tobul. “Becoming a part of the Freudenberg Group is decisive for our future development,” stresses Tobul. Full press release   Kaman Corporation today announced effective…
Bill Gorski

A Message from the 2014-15 NFPA Chairman of the Board

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…
Meet NFPA's newest members

NFPA Membership Continues to Grow

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…

Researcher Profile: Jim Van de Ven

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…

Researcher Profile: Tom Chase

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.
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NFPA Welcomes New U. S. TAG Committee Members to ISO/TC 131 Standards Development

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…