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2013 NFPA Fluid Power Career Fair
November 6, 2013
Radisson Hotel & Conference Center,
Pleasant Prairie, WI
2013 Fluid Power Systems Conference
November 19-21, 2013
2014 NFPA Annual Conference
February 3-5, 2014
The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach,
March 4-8, 2014
Las Vegas Convention Center,
Las Vegas, NV
2014 IFPE Fluid Power Zone
September 8-12, 2014
Standardizing Energy Measurement for Fluid Power Systems
The following article was written for NFPA’s Power2Move blog–a site created for those interested in knowing more about new technologies and changes going on in the fluid power industry. To learn more about Power2Move go to www.pwr2move.com.
One of the core challenges identified in the Technology Roadmap for the fluid power industry is increasing the energy efficiency of hydraulic and pneumatic systems. According to a study recently published by the U.S. Department of Energy, fluid power systems in all environments—mobile, industrial, and aerospace—account for roughly 2-3% of our nation’s energy, and they run at an average efficiency of only 22%.
Organizations like the National Fluid Power Association, research universities in the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power, and companies throughout the fluid power industry are working—and succeeding—in making improvements on this score, but one area that is just starting to get attention is finding a standardized way to measure energy consumption in fluid power systems.
It is a critically important area to focus on. Without such a standard, demonstrating energy efficiency improvements in the marketplace as a result of new component designs, new system architectures, or other technical advancements is a very subjective proposition.
Imagine if there was no standard driving cycle by which miles per gallon were measured in automobiles. Every car manufacturer would use its own driving cycle, publish its own results, and the consumer would have no way to compare cars from different manufacturers. Perhaps more importantly, automotive suppliers who wanted to sell products to the car manufacturers that would help improve fuel economy would have to have truly remarkable breakthroughs—adding 10 or more miles per gallon—before such breakthroughs would be adopted by the industry as a whole. Such leaps in fuel savings would be necessary in order to show progress on all of the various testing methods being employed by all the car manufacturers.
Fortunately for the car industry, there is a standardized way of measuring fuel economy—consumers can reliably compare the efficiency of one automobile versus another, and suppliers can introduce products that demonstrate incremental savings on fuel economy. Unfortunately, however, this is not the case for the fluid power industry and many of the heavy equipment industries that it serves.
But now, an effort is underway in order to change that. ISO Technical Committee 131, the international body responsible for fluid power standards, is initiating a discussion on how to tackle this problem in hydraulic and pneumatic systems. I was able to participate on its inaugural teleconference on the subject and will be part of the expanded discussion as it moves forward. There will even be a meeting of interested parties at the upcoming Fluid Power Systems Conference this November.
We welcome all perspectives into the discussion.
Learn How to Use Standards to Design and Build Better Fluid Power Systems
The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) is continuing to organize webinars that focus on how standards can help address key issues facing the fluid power industry today:
- Increasing energy efficiency
- Improving reliability
- Reducing environmental impact
- Ensuring system safety
These webinars are presented by leading experts in those standards that can help you apply fluid power more effectively and efficiently. Each 60-minute presentation includes at least 15 minutes for questions and answers, giving you the opportunity to talk with the people who know these important standards best.
For a list of upcoming webinars and to view archives from past webinars, visit http://www.nfpa.com/events/webinars.aspx.
Questions? Contact Karen Boehme at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-778-3345.
NFPA Fluid Power Innovation Awards – Applications Now Being Accepted
The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA)’s fluid power technology award program recognizes innovative engineers and technicians who are using fluid power to address the needs of their customers. Nominations are now being accepted for the next NFPA Innovation Awards. This program provides cash awards and recognition for individuals using fluid power technology in innovative ways. NFPA invites engineers to submit their innovative fluid power applications. Applicants must provide documentation of their innovations. Engineers and technicians who have used fluid power to
- increase energy efficiency;
- improve reliability;
- reduce system size while maintaining or increasing power output;
- reduce environmental impact; and
- improve and apply energy storage, recovery and redeployment capabilities are especially encouraged to apply.
Application submission is now open, and submissions will be accepted until October 31, 2013. The winners will be selected by a judging committee consisting of members of the NFPA Marketing Committee. Membership in NFPA is not required. Full eligibility criteria and application materials are available online at www.nfpa.com/award.
Questions? Contact Denise Rockhill at 414-778-3354 or email@example.com.
Looking For a Job in the Milwaukee-Chicago Corridor? Plan to Attend…
NFPA Regional Fluid Power Career Fair
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Radisson Hotel and Conference Center • 11800 108th Street, Pleasant Prairie, WI
More than 25 NFPA member companies located in and around Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois will be there to talk to candidates about jobs in the fluid power industry. Whether you plan to graduate soon or are already working in fluid power and want to explore other options, registration is free to all job seekers.
For further information, a list of participating companies and to register for the event, go to http://www.nfpa.com/events/fluidpowercareerfair.aspx
NFPA’s Career Resources Connects Job Seekers to Jobs
Career Resources was recently updated and reorganized. It’s revamped into two sections for two different audiences: those looking for jobs in fluid power and those looking for information on the education needed to get a job in fluid power.
Do you want to know . . .
- what types of jobs are available in the fluid power industry?
- how much these jobs pay?
- what type of education you’ll need to enter the industry?
The site has answers to these questions and more. There are expanded sections for job descriptions, finding a career in fluid power, salary information, and certification courses. There’s even a current listing of employment opportunities available at NFPA member companies.
To access the site, go to www.nfpa.com, choose Education & Careers, then Career Resources. For further information, contact Carrie Tatman Schwartz at 414-778-3347 or firstname.lastname@example.org.