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NEWSThe Bosch Community Fund (Bosch Rexroth) has announced that it has awarded more than $117,600 to seven educational organizations in Anderson, South Carolina. The grants support a number of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) projects. Read more . . . NetShape Technologies, Inc. announced its acquisition of Capstan’s powder metallurgy operation in Rockwood, TN, […]

NFPA Board Visits NFPA Headquarters in Milwaukee

NFPA-BOD-NFPA-staff-Maxies-Southern Comfort  By Eric Lanke NFPA CEO I hope everyone saw the recent post from NFPA Board Chair Bill Gorski about the outcomes of the recent NFPA Board of Directors meeting in Milwaukee. (if not, go here). One thing Bill didn’t talk about was the fact that, as part of its meeting, the Board visited and […]

Member Visit Underscores Need for Innovation in the Fluid Power Industry

innovation-on-chalk-board  By Eric Lanke NFPA CEO A few weeks ago I found myself in Western New York—flying in and out of Buffalo for my meeting with the Canadian Fluid Power Association—and, as such, I decided to go visit my friends at Moog. This was long before the snows came—it was, in fact, a gorgeous fall […]

MAPI – Manufacturers Alliance Economic News and Reports

graph-icon1A weekly round-up of the MAPI resources available to NFPA members through NFPA’s membership in MAPI. Issues in the Brief The Price of Oil Falls Again The price of oil has decreased by 39% since June, mainly because of increased U.S. oil production and slowing growth in world consumption. Barring Middle Eastern turmoil, the price […]

Special Invitation to Discuss Energy Efficiency (Hydraulic Power Loss) in Systems

Standards DevelopmentSince November 2013, an ad hoc group of the U.S. TAG to ISO/TC 131 for Fluid Power Systems has been meeting by teleconference to discuss the feasibility of creating Standards for determining power consumption of components within the fluid power industry. To date, the focus has been to explore the possibility of adding such methods to current […]

My Life! My Plan! Gives High School Students a Head Start with NFPA as Coaches

My Life! My Plan! Workshop at Milwaukee WI Bradley Tech High SchoolOn December 11, Milwaukee Public Schools held a My Life! My Plan! Workshop at Bradley Tech High School that focused on STEM Careers – concentrating on Manufacturing and Engineering. NFPA members, Loretta Krenitsky of the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and I served as career coaches during the workshop. We were assigned 6-7 freshman high […]

NFPA Company Profile: Proportion Air

NFPA membership connectionsNFPA Company Profiles for NFPA News With NFPA membership at an all-time high, publishing a short profile of an NFPA member each week is one way for us to highlight the diversity and strength of our industry. Today’s Company is Proportion Air Inc. Joining NFPA in 2013, McCordsville, IN based Proportion-Air, Inc. is a manufacturer of […]

Chicago Regional Meeting Recap

Harper College Mechatronics labThis year’s third and final NFPA Regional Meeting took place over lunch at the Wojcik Conference Center at Harper College in Palatine, IL on December 8.  As always, the event was free and open to members and non-members.  The attendees represented the entire fluid power supply chain. In addition to the casual networking, chance to speak with […]

NFPA Identifies a Strategy Agenda to Address the Needs of the Fluid Power Industry

Young engineers innovating fluid power applications    by William G. Gorski CFO, Bimba Manufacturing Company A few months ago, following the NFPA Board’s strategic planning session, I wrote about a new strategy agenda that was being formed to help address the needs of the fluid power industry. As I wrote then, NFPA’s three strategic priorities: Inclusiveness: Serving as a forum […]

Advancing Our Priorities by Connecting More NFPA Members to the CCEFP

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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