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Fluid Power Industrial Consortium at MSOE offers latest advances in industry to companies

December 29th, 2016

Eric Lanke, NFPA president and Tom Wanke, FPIC director

Eric Lanke, NFPA president, and Tom Wanke, FPIC director

Dec. 29, 2016 – The new Fluid Power Industrial Consortium at MSOE provides educational and networking opportunities for members of the fluid power industry in a non-compete environment. With a combination of OEMs, manufacturers, SMEs, distributors and more, the consortium provides a platform for networking, problem solving and access to cutting edge technology.

In 1962, MSOE established the Fluid Power InstituteTM (FPI) and has been a leader in fluid power education, motion control, research and evaluation ever since. The FPI is one of the nation’s foremost academic fluid power research laboratories.

MSOE began the Fluid Power Industrial Consortium (FPIC) to further support its industrial partners. The annual membership fee of $2,000 enables member companies to send up to four of their employees to quarterly seminars. Presenters will be leaders from their specific areas of expertise.

Consortium benefits include access to the latest technology advances in fluid power vetted for no-sales pitch; opportunities 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; and member discount for professional education training.

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.

Visit www.msoe.edu/fpic for more information or contact Sheku Kamara, MSOE dean of applied research, at (414) 277-7416 or Tom Wanke, director of the Fluid Power Institute, at (414) 277-7191. MSOE also will be at the International Fluid Power Exposition (IFPE) March 7-11, 2017. Visit Booth SL80036 to learn more about fluid power at MSOE and how the university can assist you.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 97% placement rate; the highest ROI and average early and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc.; and is highly ranked by organizations such as U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, Wall Street Journal and The Princeton Review. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

 

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MSOE to host Fluid Power Technology Conference

June 16th, 2016

2016_news_FPI_ConferenceJune 16, 2016 — The inaugural Fluid Power Technology Conference, presented by Fluid Power World, will be held at MSOE’s Kern Center June 21 and 22. MSOE Fluid Power InstituteTM and Professional Education and Research Development faculty members will present technical seminars for design engineers and maintenance personnel. A tour of MSOE’s Fluid Power Institute is also incorporated into the conference. Find more information and register today at fluidpowertechconference.com.

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Mitchell Middle School wins NFPA Fluid Power Challenge at MSOE

November 16th, 2015

MSOE Fluid Power Challenge

news_2015_Fluid_Power_Challenge_OverallWinnersNov. 16, 2015 — For the fifth year in a row, students from Mitchell Middle School in Racine, Wis., were the 2015 Overall Winners in the NFPA Fluid Power Challenge. The team was coached by Keith Kohlmann.

The competition is designed to get middle school students excited about fluid power and on Nov. 11, 30 teams competed at MSOE. There were four students on each team, and they worked hard to design and build fluid power mechanisms that pick an object from one platform, rotate and place it on another. In addition to the number of pick-and-place cycles a school’s machine completed, a review of each team’s design approach, teamwork and portfolio was used in the final evaluation.

Team 2 from North Shore Middle School (Hartland, Wis.) was the 2015 Portfolio Award winner and Team 1 won the 2015 Design Award. David Grevenkamp coached both teams.

Team 3 from Lake Country School (Hartland, Wis.) received the 2015 Teamwork Award. Fred Levenhagen was the coach.

Park View Middle School (Milwaukee) was the 2015 Challenge Winner and Jackie Nowak was their coach.

news_2015_Fluid_Power_Challenge_04The NFPA Fluid Power Challenge introduced students to the world of engineering and fluid power during an on-campus workshop in October where they built a pneumatic lifter. During the Challenge, they returned to campus to apply their knowledge and compete against other teams and gain more hands-on experience while building a fluid power mechanism with real world applicability.

Through the Challenges, the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) hopes to encourage students to select more mathematics and science courses in their high school curricula to keep their options open for technology-based post-secondary studies. The program is sponsored by Automation Solutions, Enerpac, FORCE America, Grimstad, GS Robal Resources, HUSCO International, Poclain Hydraulics, Price Engineering, Rexroth Bosch Group, Ritter Technology LLC, Sun Hydraulics and Webtec.

NFPA provides a forum for the fluid power industry’s channel partners—manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, customers and educators. Its 335+ U.S. and multinational members work cooperatively in advancing hydraulic and pneumatic technology through the association’s many programs and initiatives.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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MSOE FPI breaks new ground in hydraulic testing

February 5th, 2015

IMG_1660.JPG.jpgThe Fluid Power InstituteTM at MSOE has developed a new test procedure for assessing the amount of dirt and dust that enters a typical hydraulic system through the rod wiper. The test was developed in cooperation with Hallite Seals Americas Inc., a global manufacturer of high-performance hydraulic sealing solutions. The test breaks new ground because it features a novel methodology for measuring dry particles attributed to being a major cause of hydraulic system inefficiency, degradation and failure. It fills a critical need within the cylinder manufacturing industry.

The work was completed at the Fluid Power Institute’s off-site location on Milwaukee’s south side, and is an example of the custom work MSOE can do for its clients. Undergraduate students gain first-hand experience in developing testing methods for the fluid power industry and play a key role in conducting the tests.

“By cooperating with one of the leading academic fluid power research laboratories in the nation where students are building and managing the mechanical functions for test fixtures, Hallite is providing real-world interaction to help the next generation of hydraulics engineers learn more about seals and how they interact. This paves the path for innovative future testing methods,” said Chuck White, business development manager for Hallite.

Most hydraulic systems employ numerous cylinders which function like a syringe, drawing in contaminants. The rod wiper located in the sealing configuration of a hydraulic cylinder is designed to limit the ingression of dirt, dust and grit, making it one of the most critical system components. However, there is no speciIMG_1663.JPG.jpgfic ISO method for testing a rod wiper’s ability to prevent >4, >6 and >14 micron particles from entering the hydraulic system. These microscopic particle sizes are most damaging to hydraulic systems as referenced in ISO 4406 for coding contamination levels in hydraulic fluids.

“The MSOE rod wiper test uses an online particle counting method instead of traditional gravimetric measurement where particles are weighed,” said White. “The particle count approach provides a more complete and accurate assessment of contaminants than weight because two samples can have the same gravimetric weight in oil, but one may contain many more dirt particles than the other indicating much greater potential for damage to precision components. This new method raises the bar on keeping solid contaminants out of the system now to avoid problems later.”

Read more about the testing in Hydraulics & Pneumatics magazine or in this whitepaper published by Hallite.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,800 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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Mitchell Middle School wins NFPA Fluid Power Challenge at MSOE

December 9th, 2014

Students from Mitchell Middle School in Racine, Wis., were the 2014 Overall Winners in the NFPA Fluid Power Challenge. The team was coached by Keith Kohlmann.

2014 Fluid Power Challenge.jpgThe competition is designed to get middle school students excited about fluid power and on Dec. 8, 34 teams competed at MSOE. There were four students on each team, and they worked hard to design and build fluid power mechanisms that pick an object from one platform, rotate and place it on another. In addition to the number of pick-and-place cycles a school’s machine completed, a review of each team’s design approach, teamwork and portfolio was used in the final evaluation.

Six teams from Lake Country School (Hartland, Wis.) participated in the challenge. Team A was the 2014 Design Winner and Team D was the 2014 Portfolio Winner. Fred Levenhagen was the coach.

Team C from St. Thomas Aquinas Academy (Milwaukee) was the 2014 Challenge Winner and Melissa Steidl was their coach. Five teams from STAA participated.

Lake Shore Middle School (Mequon, Wis.) was the 2014 Teamwork Winner. Charles Harris was their coach.

This was the largest NFPA Fluid Power Challenge held at MSOE to date. Students were introduced to the world of engineering and fluid power during an on-campus workshop in November where they built a pneumatic lifter. During the Challenge, they returned to campus to apply their knowledge and compete against other teams and gain more hands-on experience while building a fluid power mechanism with real world applicability.

Through the Challenges, the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) hopes to encourage students to select more mathematics and science courses in their high school curricula to keep their options open for technology-based post-secondary studies. The program is sponsored by Advance Hydraulics, Bosch Rexroth, Force America, GS Hydraulics, HUSCO Intl., JM Grimstad, Poclain Hydraulics, Price Engineering, Sun Hydraulics and Web Tech.

Participating schools included:

Brookfield
Wisconsin Hills Middle School

Hartland
Lake Country School (6 teams)
North Shore Middle School (4 teams)

Mequon
Lake Shore Middle School (2 teams)
Steffen Middle School (2 teams)

Milwaukee
Bruce Guadalupe Community School
Golda Meir School (2 teams)

Humboldt Park School (3 teams)
Milwaukee Scholars Charter Academy
Thomas Aquinas Academy (5 teams)

Mukwonago
Park View Middle School

Racine
Mitchell Middle School
Starbuck Middle School

Waterford
Fox River Middle School (4 teams)

NFPA provides a forum for the fluid power industry’s channel partners—manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, customers and educators. Its 335+ U.S. and multinational members work cooperatively in advancing hydraulic and pneumatic technology through the association’s many programs and initiatives.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,800 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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MSOE to host NFPA Fluid Power Challenge

December 5th, 2014

Milwaukee School of Engineering is hosting the NFPA Fluid Power Challenge, a competition that gets middle school students excited about fluid power. On Monday, Dec. 8, 33 teams of eighth-grade students will design and build fluid power mechanisms that pick an object from one platform, rotate and place it on another. In addition to the number of pick-and-place cycles a school’s machine completes, a review of each team’s design approach, teamwork and portfolio will be used in the final evaluation.

This is the largest NFPA Fluid Power Challenge held at MSOE to date. Students were introduced to the world of engineering and fluid power during an on-campus workshop in November where they built a pneumatic lifter. During the Challenge on Dec. 8, they return to campus to apply their knowledge and compete against other teams and gain more hands-on experience while building a fluid power mechanism with real world applicability.

Through the Challenges, the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) hopes to encourage students to select more mathematics and science courses in their high school curricula to keep their options open for technology-based post-secondary studies. The program is sponsored by Advance Hydraulics, Bosch Rexroth, Force America, GS Hydraulics, HUSCO Intl., JM Grimstad, Poclain Hydraulics, Price Engineering, Sun Hydraulics and Web Tech.

Participating schools include:

Brookfield
Wisconsin Hills Middle School

Hartland
Lake Country School (6 teams)
North Shore Middle School (4 teams)

Mequon
Lake Shore Middle School
Steffen Middle School

Milwaukee
Bruce Guadalupe Community School
Golda Meir School (2 teams)
Humboldt Park School (3 teams)
Milwaukee Scholars Charter Academy
Thomas Aquinas Academy (5 teams)

Mukwonago
Park View Middle School

Racine
Mitchell Middle School (2 teams)
Starbuck Middle School

Waterford
Fox River Middle School (4 teams)

A video of teams in action can be seen at http://www.nfpafoundation.org/FPChallenge/Index.aspx

To learn more about the NFPA Fluid Power Challenge, please contact Carrie Tatman Schwartz, NFPA Program Manager at (414) 778-3347 or ctschwartz@nfpa.com, National Fluid Power Association, 3333 N. Mayfair Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53222.

NFPA provides a forum for the fluid power industry’s channel partners—manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, customers and educators. Its 335+ U.S. and multinational members work cooperatively in advancing hydraulic and pneumatic technology through the association’s many programs and initiatives.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,800 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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New mechatronics/fluid power lab coming soon

January 17th, 2014

The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation awarded $97,000 to Milwaukee School of Engineering to establish a mechatronics/fluid power laboratory that will include modular hydraulic, pneumatic, electromechanical, and electrical components.

The lab will support a transformative curriculum that will develop mechanical engineering students’ technical skills throughout their four years of undergraduate study. Fluid power, mechatronics and computer technologies will be used to build student skills in modeling and simulation as well as in experimental techniques and instrumentation. Open-ended laboratory and design experiences in the junior and senior years will foster creativity and innovation and better prepare graduates to work in emerging fields of mobile hydraulics, industrial pneumatics, advanced manufacturing, medical applications, and sustainable energy technologies.

Dr. John Pakkala, associate professor, and Dr. Joseph Musto, professor, will lead the development of the laboratory, which will be in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Preliminary design work is currently underway and the lab is scheduled to be ready for student use by Fall 2015.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,600 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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