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Fluid Power Industrial Consortium (FPIC)

Established in 1962, the Fluid Power Institute™ (FPI) at MSOE is a leader in fluid power education, motion control, research and evaluation, distinguishing itself as one of the nation’s foremost academic fluid power research laboratories.

To further support its industrial partners, the FPI has established the Fluid Power Industrial Consortium (FPIC) to provide quarterly half-day seminars on the latest fluid power technology advances with immediate implementation.

The annual membership fee of $2,000 enables a company to send up to four (4) of its employees to the quarterly seminars. With a combination of OEMs, manufacturers, SMEs, distributors, etc., the consortium provides a platform for networking, problem solving and access to cutting edge technology. Presenters will be leaders from their specific areas of expertise.

The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) is a supporting partner of the FPIC. As a result, NFPA member companies are exempt from the annual FPIC membership fee and are able to participate freely in the quarterly seminars. Members of NFPA’s Roadmap Committee, who assist the association in maintaining the NFPA Technology Roadmap, are especially encouraged to participate. It is expected that FPIC seminar topics will provide Roadmap Committee members with an ideal way to stay abreast of the technological advancements that will help meet the future needs of fluid power customers, expand fluid power into new customer markets, and attract the best and brightest young engineers to fluid power.

Past Seminars

Twenty-four NFPA members attended the March 31, 2017 seminar to learn about cutting edge coatings technologies—one of the enabling technologies highlighted on the new Fluid Power Manufacturing Roadmap. Click the links to download copies of the presentation slides from the event:

Issues and Answers: The Advantages of using NitroSteel® and the Ferritic Nitrocarburizing Process
Arnold Johnson and Lew Fortune, Gerdau
Nanostructured Coatings for Wear and Resistance
Gary Doll, University of Akron
Surface Engineering at NanoCoatings, Inc., and the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Frank Kustas, NanoCoatings

Upcoming seminar topics will focus on, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • NFPA Technology Roadmap objectives:
    • Increasing the energy efficiency of fluid power components and systems.
    • Improving the reliability of fluid power components and systems (e.g., increasing up-time, reducing maintenance requirements, making fluid power safe and easy to use).
    • Reducing the size of fluid power components and systems while maintaining or increasing their power output.
    • Building “smart” fluid power components and systems (i.e., ones that perform self-diagnostics and troubleshooting and that integrate easily with “plug and play” functionality).
    • Reducing the environmental impact of fluid power components and systems (e.g., lowering noise, eliminating leaks).
    • Improving and applying the energy storage capabilities of fluid power components and systems.
  • Fluid Power Manufacturing Roadmap objectives:
    • Improving the manufacture and function of fluid power components and systems through:
      • Coatings
      • Micro-machining
      • Composites and engineered plastics
      • Sintered metals
      • Additive manufacturing
      • Batch-free heat treating
      • Robotics
      • Hybrid manufacturing
      • Metrology
      • In-process sensing, feedback, and control

Benefits of the consortium include:

  • Access to the latest technology advances in fluid power vetted for no-sales pitch
  • Opportunity to educate employees on current advances within the fluid power industry
  • Association and networking with diverse industries
  • Interaction with the FPI’s students, engineers and researchers
  • Member discount for professional education training

The next three FPIC seminars will be held:

  • June 2, 2017
  • September 8, 2017
  • December 1, 2017

Seminar locations and agendas will be announced as each meeting date draws nearer.

For more information:

NFPA members should contact:

Eric Lanke
National Fluid Power Association
(414)778-3351 |

Other companies and organizations should contact:

Sheku Kamara
Dean of Applied Research
Milwaukee School of Engineering
(414)277-7416 |

Tom Wanke
Director, Fluid Power Institute™
Milwaukee School of Engineering
(414)277-7191 |