By Eric Lanke
On March 31, 2017, I had the privilege of attending the first seminar of MSOE’s new Fluid Power Industrial Consortium (FPIC). Through a quarterly series of half-day seminars on the latest fluid power technology advances with immediate implementation, FPIC provides a platform for fluid power OEMs, manufacturers, SMEs, and distributors to network, problem solve, and access cutting-edge technology.
NFPA is a supporting partner of 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 us 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 influence the direction of our roadmap.
The seminar on March 31 was a great example of this process in action. Twenty-four NFPA members were in attendance, and they heard presentations on cutting edge coatings technologies—one of the enabling technologies recently highlighted on the Fluid Power Manufacturing Roadmap. Click the links to download copies of the presentation slides from the March 31 event:
Issues and Answers: The Advantages of using NitroSteel® and the Ferritic Nitrocarburizing Process
Arnold Johnson and Lew Fortune, Gerdau
Nanostructured Coatings for Wear and Resistance
Gary Doll, University of Akron
Surface Engineering at NanoCoatings, Inc., and the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Frank Kustas, NanoCoatings
Following the presentations, a networking lunch was held, where discussions focused on the possible application of these coatings technologies to fluid power components and systems. As I listened to the discussion, it seemed very much like the fluid power experts in the room were looking for a single coating that offered wear resistant, corrosion resistant, and low friction properties to fluid power components. Such a coating would represent a game-changing technology for our industry.
The next three FPIC seminars are already scheduled—for June 2, September 8, and December 1. Watch for announcements of program topics and locations as those dates draw closer.