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Future of Pneumatics at Vanderbilt University
Months after launching a new giving and recognition society within the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation to increase support for fluid power education and research, the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) and the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) have formed a collaborative, synergistic staffing plan to provide administrative support for those activities...

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Fluid Power Challenge program at Joliet Junior College (JJC)
  by Eric Lanke NFPA CEO Lynn Beyer has already written about how successful the first-ever Fluid Power Challenge program at Joliet Junior College (JJC) was. But I thought I would share some of my own experiences there, since I attended the event in person. By the way, thanks to NFPA members Caterpillar and Industrial...

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Fluid Power Challenge Veterans Continue to Shine
In the last quarter of 2014, some of NFPA’s Fluid Power Challenge veterans continued to help get students interested in fluid power. In Deltrol Fluid Product’s sixth year of hosting the NFPA Fluid Power Challenge, seventy-four teams participated in two events last October and November. That is 296 students learning about fluid power, teamwork and...

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Georgia Tech's ME2110: Creative Decisions and Design class
I recently visited the Georgia Institute of Technology to see first-hand how the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation teaching grant has inspired the increased use of pneumatic systems in the Creative Decisions and Design course. The grant has enabled the school to purchase additional components to accommodate the increased number of students enrolling in the...

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Iowa State Univ. Research Grant Project
Students at Iowa State University are working on a research project, Dielectric Spectroscopic Sensor Development for Hydraulic Fluid Contaminant Detection, funded by the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation. The goal of the project is to develop a practical dielectric sensor for detecting contaminants in hydraulic fluids. The sensor was designed and fabricated to be low...

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NFPA Fluid Power Challenge
First's. The first time you rode your bike without training wheels, the first time you spoke in front of a large audience, your first year away from home at college. Many times, First's are not completely successful. That is not the case with the inaugural NFPA Fluid Power Challenge hosted at Joliet Junior College by Caterpillar, Inc.,...

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Students learn about fluid power through NFPA Foundation funded projects
The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation has awarded six teaching grants. The projects will begin in January 2015, and give a number of students opportunities to learn about and study fluid power: At Western New England University, a senior mechanical engineering student is involved in the design and modeling of the Development of Servo-Pneumatic Experimental...

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CCEFP's FPIRC14 a huge success
  By Eric Lanke NFPA CEO I was recently asked to comment on the state of the fluid power industry for a feature that ran in OEM Off-Highway magazine. Here’s how I decided to respond: What trends are you seeing in the fluid power industry? "Our industry is challenged by an increasingly sophisticated and demanding...

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The Pascal Society
The Pascal Society, the annual, charitable giving society of the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation, dedicated to meeting the technology and workforce needs of the U.S. fluid power industry, was first announced in August 2014 at NFPA's Industry & Economic Outlook Conference. Named after Blaise Pascal, the French mathematician, physicist and inventor whose famous law...

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grants update
The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation has awarded six teaching grants that will begin in January 2015.  The objective of the  grants is to engage students in learning about fluid power, encourage teaching resources at 2-year colleges and 4-year universities, connect talented students to our industry and foster ongoing forums between educators and industry. The...

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