Tag Archives: engineering

Strategic Planning
Established in 1962, the Fluid Power Institute™ (FPI) at MSOE is a leader in fluid power education, motion control, research and evaluation, distinguishing itself as one of the nation’s foremost academic fluid power research laboratories. To further support its industrial partners, the FPI has established the Fluid Power Industrial Consortium (FPIC) to provide quarterly half-day...

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Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge
    by Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO Over the last few weeks, I’ve been participating and serving as a judge in the midway presentations of the nine university teams that are competing in this year’s NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge. The Vehicle Challenge is a workforce development program designed to support teams of undergraduate students...

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Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge
  by Eric Lanke NFPA CEO   Just had to share this tidbit from the pre-survey we’ve done of the undergraduate engineering students that are participating in the first NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge this year. The Vehicle Challenge is a workforce development program designed to support teams of undergraduate students (through a senior capstone...

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The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Booster Club, led by John Stenz and Heather Poush from FORCE America, organized the 2nd Annual Business & Technical Trades Career Exploration Day at Northfield Middle School in Minnesota this spring. Over 500 middle and high school students got hands-on experience with large equipment, had open discussions with career...

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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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Stelson Wins Koski Medal
Kim A. Stelson (pictured), Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota and Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) has received the 2016 Robert E. Koski Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The Robert E. Koski Medal, which is given annually to one...

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The International Standards Organization (ISO) technical committee for fluid power (TC 131), along with 19 of its subcommittees and working groups, converged on Frankfurt am Main, Germany and Milan, Italy in October to foster standards development within the hydraulics and pneumatics industries. The delegates in each committee/working group worked diligently to resolve and move many fluid...

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CCEFP Student Profile, Oscar Pena Jr.
We’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 created a 500% increase in the...

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This blog is the next in a series of blog posts contributed by Philipp Wahl, Festo AG & Co. KG. Mr. Wahl introduces valve technologies, what we need to know about poppet valves, piston spool valves and the cartridge principle.  He will also give us a valve selection aid to help us determine which valve type suits...

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The next several blog posts are contributed by Philipp Wahl, Festo AG & Co. KG. Mr. Wahl introduces valve technologies, what we need to know about poppet valves, piston spool valves and the cartridge principle.  He will also give us a valve selection aid to help us determine which valve type suits us best. Piston Spool Valves...

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