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: Efficiency, Productivity, Performance, Availability, and Uptime 
  • On-time Delivery of the Machine
  • Lower Capital and Operating Costs
  • Compliance with Environmental and Safety Regulations and Machine Directives
  • Easier and More Predictable Maintenance

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

Future Dates:

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

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
wanke@msoe.edu | (414) 277-7191

NFPA Members Contact:

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