Fluid Power Industrial Consortium logoThe FPIC is a partnership with the National Fluid Power Association and other stakeholders in the fluid power industry.  The FPIC provides quarterly half-day technical seminars with a focus on the latest technological advances that provide you with solutions to overcoming challenges within your industry.

How Your Company Benefits:

  • Access to the latest technology advances in fluid power vetted for no-sales pitch presented by industry professionals
  • Association and networking with diverse industry representatives
  • Interaction with MSOE’s Fluid Power Institute Technical Staff including engineers, researchers, undergraduate and graduate students
  • Presentations are archived on a secure website for members to review at their convenience
  • Professional Development Hours (PDH’s) or Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) awarded to participants upon request
  • Member discount of 15% on MSOE’s Fluid Power Professional Education training programs

FPIC’s 340-member companies include those that design and manufacture fluid power components and systems, system integrators, OEM’s, users and other organizations.  Seminar topics are aligned  with customer drivers from NFPA’s Fluid Power Technology and Manufacturing Roadmaps as well as topics recommended by seminar participants.

NFPA Fluid Power Roadmaps Customer Drivers:

  • Increased: Efficiency, Productivity, Performance, Availability, Uptime, Ease & Predictability of Maintenance
  • Lower Capital and Operating Costs
  • Weight Reductions and Increased Power density
  • Compliance with Safety Regulations and Machine Directives
  • Greater Integration of Technologies Including Data Acquisition, Utilization and Ownership
  • Autonomous Operation

OEM’s manufacturers, SME’s Distributors and users are encouraged to join.  The annual consortium membership fee allows the member company to send up to four employees to each of the quarterly seminars.  There is no registration fee for NFPA member company employees to attend FPIC seminars. The second year of the FPIC was a huge success.  FPIC experienced substantial growth in 2018 increasing Non NFPA consortium members by 350% and total attendance for the year by 61% compared to 2017.  The average program attendance was 58.   We are planning on making 2019 even better.

Seminar Topics:

Topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Advanced coatings and hydraulic fluid technologies
  • Micro-machining, batch-free heat treating, additive and hybrid manufacturing
  • Advanced materials, composites, engineered plastics and sintered metals
  • Robotics, advanced automation, smart systems, in-process sensing, feedback, and control
  • IoT, AI and system modelling

Future Dates and Locations:

  • December 6th“IoT Integrators (Use Data, Scale Data, Analyze Data, Secure Data, Share Data)Renaissance Chicago O’Hare
    This program will cover:
    • Big data analytics, what’s important? Is it easy to access and understand, flexibility in changing/updating report formats and outputs.
    • Using and scaling data to predict maintenance and prevent failures.
    • Securing, storing and sharing data for future machine improvements
  • March 5, 2020 – NFPA/FPIC Regional Conference – Detroit, MI – Topic: Advanced Sensor Technologies for Fluid Power Systems
    This program will cover:
    • Better (more robust able to withstand vibration, magnetic interference and ambient temperature extremes) sensors including smart and wireless for measuring:
      • Real time fluid conditions (viscosity, aeration, bulk modulus, cleanliness)
      • Pressure, temperature, position (end actuation, pumps & valves), flow, torque, velocity (linear and angular), acceleration and vibration.
    • Wireless maintenance free no need to replace batteries
    • Reduced cost without reducing effectiveness
    • Adapt lower cost automotive sensors to fluid power systems
    • On board diagnostics and self-calibration functions
  • June 4, 2020 – NFPA/FPIC Regional Conference – Minneapolis, MN – Topic: TBA
  • September 3, 2020 – NFPA/FPIC Regional Conference – Milwaukee, WI – Topic: TBA
  • December 3, 2020 – NFPA/FPIC Regional Conference – Chicago, IL – Topic: TBA

FPIC Member Feedback

  • These are intense and focused sessions that are well worth the effort to attend”
  • “It was an excellent presentation”
  • “Seminar exceeded my expectations, presentations were very informative and not beyond the technical capabilities of the audience”
  • “I thought the presenters were excellent examples of experts in their field”
  • “Conversation during presentations was great”
  • “Awesome, Excellent, Thank You”
  • “I found the topics extremely interesting”
  • “Very good presenters”
  • “we need more of this kind of thinking as we move away from large lot production to make to order manufacturing”

 Previous FPIC presentation titles and Abstracts can be found here.

For more information regarding the FPIC or to join the consortium please contact:

Thomas Wanke, CFPE
Director: Fluid Power Industrial Consortium and Industry Relations
(414) 277-7191

NFPA Members Contact:

Eric Lanke
National Fluid Power Association
elanke@nfpa.com - (414) 778-3351