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From Pre-Competitive Research to Commercialization: Avoiding the “Valley of Death”

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?…
NFPA Membership Satisfaction Survey

Membership Survey – Importance and Value of NFPA Programs

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…

Researcher Profile: Federico Campanini

Federico received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2012 and his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2014 from the University of Parma (Italy). He is currently a PhD. student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Parma (Italy). His main research topic is Prognostics and Health Management applied to fluid power systems and…

Researcher Profile: Paul Michael

Paul Michael is a Research Chemist at the Milwaukee School of Engineering Fluid Power Institute.   He has 35-plus years of experience formulating and testing lubricants. Paul is active in ASTM, ISO, and NFPA standards committees, serves as a lubrication subject matter expert for the US Military, and is principal investigator for energy efficient hydraulic fluids…
NFPA Customer Market Survey

NFPA’s Customer Market Survey – Last Chance to Participate

NFPA is collecting 2013 hydraulic and pneumatic sales figures from manufacturer members in a continued effort to create a more complete information source about fluid power customer markets. The annual Customer Market Survey (CMS) results will allow you to properly interpret the segmentation of total fluid power sales by sales channel and customer market. Great…
Membership all time high

Membership at an All Time High

NFPA membership is at an all-time high with 355 members, representing the entire fluid power supply chain. 32 companies joined the Association in the NFPA 2013-14 membership year and the new year is off to a strong start with another five companies recently becoming members. NFPA’s retention rate remains above 90 percent. This strong and…
NFPA Member Company News

NFPA Member News

In Memoriam Ed Strickland, President of Hydradyne, LLC, passed away on March 22, 2014. Mr. Strickland had been the esteemed leader of Hydradyne since 1989 and was a respected figure throughout the fluid power distribution industry. He is survived by his wife, Lynn Strickland, and two daughters. Mr. Ed Burgess Strickland’s obituary can be found…
NFPA Membership Satisfaction Survey

Membership Survey Continues to Show High Level of Membership Value

Over the past several months, with the help of an outside research firm, we surveyed more than 550 member contacts about their satisfaction with NFPA membership, importance and satisfaction with specific programs, agreement with NFPA’s strategic direction, and impressions of the major challenges faced now and in coming years. This will be the first in…
grants update

Fluid Power Challenge Grant for New Hosts

The NFPA Education & Technology Foundation is pleased to announce that a Fluid Power Challenge Grant for new hosts of the event has been launched. The grant application is easy to complete and the NFPA Foundation will cover the cost of the fluid power challenge kits for your event for up to twenty teams. Click…
NFPA membership connections

Membership Continues to Grow

Grede Holdings LLC Southfield, MI – Grede designs, develops, and manufactures high-quality cast, machined and assembled components for the transportation and industrial markets. Member since 7/14/2014.   Minnesota Rubber & Plastics Minneapolis, MN – Minnesota Rubber & Plastics, based in Minneapolis, manufactures and designs custom and standard sealing products and plastic components. Member since 7/14/2014.
NFPA Member Company News

NFPA Member News

Yates Industries announced it has expanded its operations to include Atlanta, Georgia. Yates is poised to further expand their hydraulic manufacturing and service capabilities throughout the Southern U.S., nationally and internationally. “This is a very exciting time for us here,” said Steve Cavera, Yates Industries National Sales Manager. “With this strategic acquisition we will be…
Fluid Power Challenge Our Future

Why the Fluid Power Challenge is so important to our future

Wojanis Supply Co, Inc., held a Fluid Power Challenge event on April 25, 2014 at California University of Pennsylvania, with 22 teams competing. Kristine Coblitz from the Fluid Power Journal attended and interviewed NFPA member, Judy Wojanis, and others for her article, read the full story here. For more information on sponsoring, hosting, or learning…