Tag Archives: energy efficiency

fluid power standardization
  by Eric Lanke NFPA CEO Using a new process for determining positions of public advocacy for standardization initiatives (see this NFPA News post), the NFPA Board of Directors recently adopted the following position: “The fluid power industry needs a standardized way to measure the energy consumption and efficiency of fluid power components and systems....

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Capitol Hill
  by Eric Lanke NFPA CEO Not too long ago I wrote about NFPA’s day on Capitol Hill—when several NFPA members and I met with 20 or so Congressional offices to advocate for a new research program within the Department of Energy focused on fluid power in off-highway vehicles. The Good News Language friendly to this...

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NFPA member news
  by Eric Lanke NFPA CEO   The U.S. Department of Energy maintains more than twenty Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) around the United States—university programs where energy management engineering students perform no-cost assessments of industrial facilities and make recommendations for reducing their overall energy consumption. According to the data I saw when I attended an...

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Fluid Power Design Blog
As NFPA Industry Marketing Manager, I often search out blog posts and articles relating to hydraulics and pneumatics.  I recently discovered an article posted on the Parker Hannifin blog that pertains to the type of content typically published on our Fluid Power Design Tech Blog. In his article entitled, “How Manufacturers Find Savings in Compressed Air”,...

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Standards Development
  by Eric Lanke NFPA CEO   Utilizing a new process for determining positions of public advocacy for standardization initiatives (see this NFPA News post), the NFPA Board of Directors recently adopted the following position: “The fluid power industry needs a standardized way to measure the energy consumption and efficiency of fluid power components and...

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This is the second blog in a series, contributed by Festo Corporation, that focuses on reducing the operational costs of pneumatic systems and discusses how users can get more throughput while using less energy. According to Festo, “This is the goal of every manufacturer, but in order to optimize usage, machine builders and manufacturers alike...

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While researching ways to increase efficiency in fluid power systems I ran across a recent pneumatics blog by Parker Hannifin that I thought I'd share with the Fluid Power Design readers.  The Parker blog gives a number of recommendations to help increase plant efficiency and save on overall maintenance costs.  Some of the pointers include:...

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“A common goal throughout the business world is to increase productivity while reducing costs. This certainly applies to machine design, which means achieving the fastest possible cycle times. For pneumatic systems, this often requires running actuators as fast as possible without introducing excessive shock loads to the system.” This is the second post in series...

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Fluid Power's Energy Efficient Future
  by Eric Lanke NFPA CEO The Energy Efficient Hydraulics and Pneumatics Conference (EEHPC) is an event co-sponsored by NFPA, the FPDA Motion & Control Network, and the International Fluid Power Society. It has been held three times, in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Each time, content has been targeted to engineers and technicians in fluid power’s...

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While visiting The Future of Pneumatic booth at PACK EXPO Las Vegas I talked with one research student to learn about a novel way to save energy in an industrial settings by turning waste heat into useful work with a Stirling pressurizer. In a recent study the U.S. Department of Energy said that the industrial...

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