Fluid Power Forum Explores Capabilities of Military ‘Robot Worm’

worms in dirt

Episode 39 of Fluid Power Forum, NFPA’s fluid power industry-focused podcast, is now live. This episode features Dr. Andrew Nuss of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Listen below to hear how studying earthworms has led to the design of innovative tactical tunneling technology. Listen to the Podcast This fluid power industry-focused podcast highlights the people, technologies and…

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Fluid Power Forum Explores How Pneumatics are Revolutionizing the Solar Industry

solar farm

Episode 36 of Fluid Power Forum, NFPA’s fluid power industry-focused podcast, is now live. This episode features Matt Schneider of the solar energy solutions company, Sunfolding. Listen below to learn about how Matt and his team are using pneumatics to improve their product’s ability to track the sun and increase energy output. [button link=” https://fluidpowerforward.libsyn.com/the-significant-role-of-pneumatics-in-solar-technology” target=”blank” style=”primary”]Listen to…

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IFPS Certifications Help Enhance the Fluid Power Workforce

Since 1960, the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) has provided an objective, third-party assessment of skill levels and knowledge for thousands of fluid power professionals, making it the industry standard for the fluid power and motion controls industries. Having a certified workforce can: Help increase your company’s credibility Ensure your employees are all fully trained…

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Keeping Comparisons Relevant with CSS Index Data

Stats Deep Dive

For over 50 years, NFPA manufacturer members have contributed monthly data to the  Confidential Shipment Statistics (CSS) program to get the aggregated industry results for tracking the latest market trends in pneumatic, industrial hydraulic, and mobile hydraulic products. That same market data also offers insights into your own company’s performance against the rest of the industry. While…

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Determining Growth/Decline Trends Using Year-to-Date Percent Change

Stats Fact of the Week

Stats Fact of the Week: Week of November 7, 2018 Growth and decline trends for segments of the fluid power industry is something that fluid power manufacturers consistently seek to increase business intelligence and improve strategic planning. While NFPA performs numerous types of analysis on multiple data sources to assist members in gathering this type…

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Fluid Power Journal Features Series of Articles on Standardization

fluid power standardization

Since its founding, the NFPA and the fluid power industry have recognized the value of standards development to simplify the use of fluid power and help assure fluid power system integrity and safety. NFPA continues to serve as the focal point in representing U.S. interests in international standards development as the TC 131 fluid power…

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FIRST® Robotics Competition Kicks off January 6

2018 FIRST Robotics Competition

The 2018 FIRST® Robotics Competition officially kicks off this Saturday, January 6. Teams will be able to begin designing and building their machines, find mentors, and learn more about this year’s competition. Many NFPA members use this program as an opportunity to work as mentors to local students and get them interested in pneumatics, a method…

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NFPA/ Festo Present Awards to High School Robotics Tournament

For 18 years, the Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association (OCCRA) in the greater Detroit, Michigan area has been facilitating robotics tournaments for local high school students. I recently attended their Diversity tournament, which is unique to OCCRA with all-girls matches required as part of the total scoring. I had the pleasure of walking the pits…

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NFPA Board of Directors Meets, Advances Key Initiatives

NFPA Board of Directors

    By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO In October, the NFPA Board of Directors gathered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to review our progress towards fulfilling the association’s mission of strengthening the fluid power industry as defined in the five strategic objectives approved by the Board back in June: NFPA provides an effective forum for fluid power…

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The Value of Apprenticeships

Participant in apprenticeships program

Preparing students for real-life work while they’re still in school can be tough, but apprenticeship programs have proven effective in helping to fill this gap. One such program is the Youth Apprenticeships program through Milwaukee Public Schools, which offers statewide school-to-work opportunities. In a recent information session for industry representatives, a panel of speakers shared…

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