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2014 IFPS Spring Meeting Recap

Special thanks to the 35 International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) professional members who recently met in Orlando, Fla., to conduct the IFPS 2014 Spring Meeting. These dedicated members steer the Board of Directors meeting, committee meetings, and strategic-planning sessions, and are instrumental in driving the IFPS forward in its mission.

Highlights of the meeting:

  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics Boy Scout Merit Badge– Substantial progress has been made in the development of a Hydraulics and Pneumatics Merit Badge. Experimental programs are running across the United States.
  • Gearing up for Fluid Power Professionals’ Day (June 19, 2014) – Preparations include a Fluid Power Professionals in Action Photo contest. Deadline is March 31, 2014. Visit www.ifps.org to submit your photo.
  • Membership Recognition – A tribute for members who hold a continuous IFPS membership status will be acknowledged with recognition pins. Coming soon!
  • Streamlined Recertification Application – This application is in the works and will be available soon.
  • Online Hydraulic Safety Training Coming Soon – IFPS is working with the Hydraulic Safety Authority of Canada, a leader in hydraulic safety awareness training, to offer online safety training courses.

In addition to board and committee meetings, attendees toured the John Bean Technologies Corp. (JBT) headquarters.

If you are interested in joining an IFPS committee (certification, education, membership and chapters, and/or marketing and public relations), please e-mail info@ifps.org.

The Fluid Power Educational Board of Trustees also met in Orlando, Fla. and raised over $4,000.00 during the meeting from individuals for its scholarship program.

Chapter 49/50 Members and Guests Attend 2014 IFPS Spring Meeting Welcome Reception

Chapter 49/50 members are very involved in youth activities, and this endeavor was ever-so evident during its January 2014 chapter meeting at the Embassy Suites, Orlando, Fla.

Boy Scouts from Troop 223, Windermere, Fla., opened the meeting by presenting colors, reciting the Scout oath, and leading meeting attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Scouts recently participated in the Hydraulics and Pneumatics Merit Badge Experimental Program. They stated the program was a lot of fun, very educational, and opened their eyes to observing fluid power applications in their everyday lives. In addition to the Boy Scouts, representatives from FIRST Robotics team Exploding Bacon entertained attendees with their 2013 FIRST robot during the reception and gave an in-depth presentation during the meeting. Chapter 49/50 presented a check to assist the Exploding Bacon team for the 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition.

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