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Standards Development Activity for April 15, 2014

Hydraulic CylindersTwo ISO draft International Standards related to cylinders have been circulated for ballot: ISO/DIS 4393 (basic series of piston strokes for fluid power cylinders [revision of ISO 4393:1978]) – U.S. TAG ballot closes 2014-05-12. ISO/DIS 6020-2 (mounting dimensions for 16 MPa compact hydraulic single rod cylinders [revision of ISO 6020-2:2006]) – U.S. TAG ballot closes […]

NFPA Member News – April 15, 2014

NFPA Member Company NewsGates Corporation to be sold to private equity funds managed by Blackstone. Blackstone entered into a definitive purchase agreement with affiliates of Onex Corporation and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to acquire all of the equity interests in Pinafore Holdings B.V., the parent company of Gates Corporation (“Gates”). The transaction is expected to close later […]

NFPA Membership Continues to Grow

NFPA membership continues to growAngelina College Lufkin, TX – Angelina College is a comprehensive community college of 5,900 students located in Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas, and serves twelve counties of East Texas. Angelina College offers a strong slate of programs for fluid power including fluid power system design, basic hydraulics, pneumatics and advanced courses. Member since 2/25/2014. Bailey International […]

2014 Detroit Regional Meeting May 21st

NFPA Detroit Regional MeetingRegistration is open for the Detroit Regional Meeting in Troy, MI at the Somerset Inn. Always free and scheduled to fit within your busy workday, NFPA Regional Meetings are casual networking/educational events designed to bring together NFPA members and non-members alike. Details and registration can be found here. For more information, contact Leslie Miller at […]

Getting Customers Engaged in ISO Project for Gas-Loaded Accumulators

ISO StandardsThe ISO working group on accumulators is developing an ISO document for requirements, especially for performance, for gas-loaded accumulators (ISO/TS 16920). The intention of the project is to create a single document to replace the current regional and national standards that limit global trade in and use of accumulators on machinery (including construction and agricultural […]

NFPA Member Company News – April

NEWSKaman Corporation announced that its Distribution Segment, Kaman Distribution Group (Kaman), has executed a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all the operating assets of B.W. Rogers Company and certain affiliated entities (collectively, B.W. Rogers). The acquisition significantly expands Kaman’s footprint in both fluid power and automation. The transaction is expected to close early in the […]

Standards Development Activity for April

Standards Development  A proposal to revise ISO 11943:1999 (methods of calibration and validation of on-line automatic particle-counting systems) is out for ballot.  The U.S. TAG ballot to determine the USA vote closes 2014-04-09. ISO/FDIS 7241-1 (hydraulic quick-action coupling dimensions and requirements [revision of ISO 7241-1:1987]) is out for ballot.  The U.S. TAG ballot to determine the USA […]

April MAPI – Manufacturers Alliance Economic News and Reports

MAPI AprilA monthly round-up of the MAPI resources available to NFPA members through NFPA’s membership in MAPI. Issues in the Brief Europe Slips in Rankings for Ease of Doing Business Between 2009 and 2014, international rankings for ease of doing business improved in only about a third of 29 European economies. This would justify the (cautious) […]

NFPA Members Recognized with Best of Industry Awards at IFPE 2014

BEST of Industry AwardsCongratulations to all recipients of Hydraulics & Pneumatics’ inaugural Best of Industry Awards presented at the 2014 IFPE show. These awards were created to recognize those in the industry that have done a great job evolving to help provide engineers with the critical information they need. New media have taken many forms, so they asked […]

NFPA Foundation Funds “IRON MAN” Servo Arm

Montanta State University Servo ArmLast semester, students in the ETME 430 Fluid Power Systems Design class at Montana State University constructed three lab apparatus projects. The entire effort, Automation Lab Project, was made possible through a teaching grant from the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation. With the funds, the school purchased a programmable logic controller (PLC), sensors and valves, […]

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