Tag Archives: engineering

Future Farmers of America Conference
NFPA and IFPS shared an exhibit booth at the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Conference in Louisville, KY, October 27-30. The National FFA Organization remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Louisville was packed with 60,000 "Future Farmers" in their blue...

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Although the Tech Blog has focused on pneumatic technology over the past several weeks, the following resource made its way across my desk - I found it too good to not share.  I hope that you find the information useful in your quest for the best possible solution to your design needs. -- Denise Rockhill,...

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grants update
I recently attended the student poster session at Milwaukee School of Engineering to learn about the Agile Educational Robotics Platform project, which is supported by the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation with a teaching grant.  The goal of this project is to build a pneumatic robot to expose high school students to fluid power applications...

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Project 2C.2: Advanced Strain Energy Accumulator
Produced by the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), this series of bi-weekly webcasts highlights fluid power research progress and educational topics relevant to the fluid power industry. The webcasts are held on Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 pm Eastern/12:00 pm Central. The summer schedule is set and includes overviews of a variety of research topics...

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Professor Kim Stelson and Professor Zongxuan Sun
Two Engineering Research Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) leaders were recently honored by the University of Minnesota. Professor Kim Stelson, CCEFP Director, was elected College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Professor. The College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Professorship honors exceptional faculty for their efforts in and contributions to teaching and scholarly...

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NFPA Education and Technology Foundation awarded a teaching grant to support a team of students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign compete in the Chainless Challenge
NFPA Education and Technology Foundation awarded a teaching grant to support a team of students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that exposed them to fluid power design, applications and technology through a capstone design project that required them to develop a fluid powered bicycle to compete in the Parker Hannifin sponsored Chainless Challenge....

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NFPA's Annual Report on the Fluid Power Industry
Fluid power is a workhorse of the U.S. economy—a cross-cutting technology of choice for dozens of industries and hundreds of applications. That’s one of the many conclusions in the new Annual Report on the U.S. Fluid Power Industry, published by the National Fluid Power Association. The report reviews both the size and economic impact of...

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Credit: Welding: EWI; Blast furnace: University of Purdue Calumet; Sintering: EOS; Additive mfg: Young/NIST Awarded to 19 industry-driven partnerships, NIST advanced manufacturing technology planning grants will support technology roadmapping efforts across a wide spectrum of industries and processes. The images provide a sampling. Starting clockwise, from top left: welding, simulation of a blast furnace used in steel manufacturing, direct metal laser sintering, and additive manufacturing.
    by Brad Bohlmann CCEFP Sustainability Director The Regents of the University of Minnesota, in partnership with the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA), the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will launch the Fluid Power Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (FPAMC)...

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Clippard Instruments Laboratory
  By Eric Lanke NFPA CEO One of my recent NFPA member visits was to Clippard Instrument Laboratory in Cincinnati, Ohio. Clippard has been an active NFPA member for a long time, but this was my first visit to their facility. And it was a fantastic opportunity to see the true versatility of fluid power...

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CCEFP Alumni Johathan Slightam
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—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 number of fluid power focused...

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