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NFPA Foundation Grant Leads to New Technology Available for Licensing

Purdue University researchers, funded by a grant from the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation, have developed an overall hydraulic system technology to help improve the efficiency, reliability and performance in heavy equipment hydraulic systems. For a limited time, the licensing for this new technology is being offered to NFPA members only. The Purdue Research Foundation's Office of Technology Commercialization is seeking a partner for the commercialization of intellectual property relating to a Hydraulic System with Integrated Common Rail Energy Recovery Systems. The fluid power system allows energy recovery from assistive actuator loads to be immediately used by other resistive loads in the system or stored in a common rail accumulator for later use. Eric S. Lynch, one of the innovation strategy managers at the Office of Technology Commercialization, said, “In this hydraulic system, any port on any actuator can be connected to any other actuator via a common rail sys...

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