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 295-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 Technology Roadmap Customer Drivers:

  • Increased Availability and Up-time
  • Increased Productivity and Performance; including through efforts to provide autonomous functions and operations and use integrated data and intelligence
  • On-time Delivery of the Machine; including through efforts to decrease lead time in getting the machine
  • Lower capital and operating costs
  • Compliance with Environmental and Safety Regulations and Machine Directives
  • Easier and more Predictable Maintenance; including through efforts to use integrated data and intelligence
  • Increased Energy Efficiency: including through efforts to reduce weight and increase power density 

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. FPIC was started in 2017 and has experienced substantial growth since. Average program attendance 110 in 2020. The remaining 2021 programs will be virtual using the Remo On-line conferencing platform.

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
  • Electrification IoT, AI software and smart tools for component and system design, simulation and optimization 

Future Dates:

  • September 2, 2021 – “Advanced Software Solutions for Machine Control Reliability”
  • December 2, 2021 – “Advanced Technologies for Eco-Friendly Fluid Power Systems”
  • March 3, 2022 – “Advanced Manufacturing Technologies for FP Components and Systems” - Location TBD
  • June 2, 2022 – NFPA/FPIC Quarterly Conference – Location and Topic TBD

FPIC Member Feedback

  • Excellent shared experiences in the current environment we find ourselves.”
  • I liked the panel discussion. It created a broad discussion of topics more relevant to a larger audience.”
  • Great info on high volume automation in real applications.”
  • Good presentations from all presenters. Good subject coverage and explanation given. Look forward to many more.
  • The presenters were relevant, engaging and overall offered great content.

 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
wanke@msoe.edu | (414) 277-7191

NFPA Members Contact:

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