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NFPA Technology Roadmap

2021 Process for Updating the NFPA Technology Roadmap

The NFPA Technology Roadmap describes an industry-wide consensus regarding the pre-competitive research and development needs associated with improving the design, manufacture, and function of fluid power components and systems.

It is updated every two years under the guidance and leadership of the NFPA Roadmap Committee. For the 2021 update cycle, the following process and timeline will be followed:

Date

Activity

Resources

Oct 30, 2020
 

Video describing update process posted

Watch Video

Nov 12, 2020
 

Launch of survey on customer drivers

Take Survey

Dec 17, 2020
 

Deadline to respond to survey on customer drivers

 

Jan 21, 2021
 

Virtual committee meeting to discuss, define and prioritize customer drivers

 

Jan 28, 2021
 

Meeting report sent with prioritized customer drivers and setting the stage for fluid power alignment and capability improvements

 

Jan 28, 2021
 

Launch of survey on fluid power alignment and capability improvements

 

Feb 18, 2021
 

Deadline to respond to survey on fluid power alignment and capability improvements

 

Mar 4, 2021
 

Virtual committee meeting at NFPA Regional Conference to discuss, define and prioritize capability improvements

 

Mar 11, 2021
 

Meeting report sent with prioritized capability improvements and setting the stage for research areas and targets, including process for defining working groups for each capability improvement

 

Mar 11, 2021
 

Launch of survey on research areas and targets

 

Apr 1, 2021
 

Deadline to respond to survey on research areas and targets

 

Apr/May 2021
 

Virtual working group meetings to discuss and prioritize research areas and targets for each capability improvement

 

Jun 3, 2021
 

Virtual committee meeting at NFPA Regional Conference to review and harmonized research areas and targets for each capability improvement

 

Jun 2021
 

Draft Roadmap document written

 

Jul 8, 2021
 

Draft Roadmap document sent for review and comment

 

Jul 22, 2021
 

Deadline to return comments on draft Roadmap

 

Aug 17, 2021
 

Final Roadmap document presented at NFPA IEOC

 

2019 NFPA Technology Roadmap

The 2019 NFPA Technology Roadmap: Improving the Design, Manufacture and Function of Fluid Power Components and Systems, has been published by the National Fluid Power Association. See the link below to download your copy and share it with a colleague.

The purpose of the Roadmap is to provide NFPA member companies and their research partners with an industry-wide consensus regarding the pre-competitive research and development needs of the fluid power industry. It identifies the following eight broad capability improvements for the fluid power industry to tackle in order to meet the future needs of its customers and expand fluid power into new customer markets.

  • Improve fluid power control systems (including through electrification)
  • Monitor, gather and use data generated from working fluid power products to add value
  • Provide greater fluid power expertise
  • Improve fluid power’s reliability and durability
  • Increase fluid power’s energy efficiency
  • Increase fluid power’s power density
  • Reduce the environmental impact of fluid power components and systems
  • Reduce lead time for fluid power components and their control elements
  • For each of these capability improvements, the Roadmap also identifies a set of research targets that quantify or otherwise describe successful strategies for pursuing advancements in these areas. Organizations that wish to pursue projects of importance to the fluid power industry should seek alignment with these research areas and targets.

The Roadmap is the intellectual property of NFPA. It is not for reprint, resale, or redistribution, in whole or in part, without the written permission of NFPA.

The Roadmap is a tool that can be used, with permission obtained from NFPA, by organizations that wish to pursue projects of importance to the fluid power industry. These organizations include both research institutions and companies across the fluid power supply chain. By aligning their activities with the challenges, objectives, and proposed projects described in the Roadmap, they will all play a role in positively shaping the future of fluid power technology.

By putting forth this Roadmap, representing a broad consensus of industry players, and focused on pre-competitive initiatives that will help develop new technologies to benefit the industries, markets, and people served by fluid power, NFPA demonstrates a commitment both to collaboration and to long-term growth and sustainability.


 

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Request a Presentation

NFPA President and CEO Eric Lanke is available to attend your company or organization event to present on a variety of topics from the 2019 NFPA Technology Roadmap, including:

  • Fluid Power’s Primary Customer Drivers
  • Capability Improvements Needed for Fluid Power to Continue to Meet the Needs of Customers
  • Important Fluid Power Research Areas and Targets

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