The World Fluid Power Summit at IFPE 2017

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

The International Fluid Power Exposition (IFPE) showcases the latest innovations and expertise in the fluid power, power transmission, and motion control industries. The 2017 event will be held on March 7-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada. The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) is organizing and hosting the World Fluid Power Summit for this year and will hold it on March 9. Representatives from various countries will present the fluid power market trends in their home markets.

What is NFPA?

The NFPA is an American trade association that aims to strengthen the fluid power industry by offering an effective forum, resources and opportunities to the stakeholders from across the supply chain: manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, educators and fluid power customers.

An NFPA membership allows an organization to connect with industry colleagues through networking, grow the business, shape the industry, and help build the workforce of the future.

What is Fluid Power?

Fluid power is a term used to describe the technologies of hydraulics, which uses a liquid such as mineral oil or water, and pneumatics, which uses a gas such as air or other gasses.

Applications of Fluid Power

Below is a list of examples showing some typical applications of fluid power technologies:

1. Electrohydraulics – concrete saw, missile pump test and flight simulator

2. Electropneumatics – multiple welding machines, pneumatic torque for engine bolts and well-digger brake

3. Pneumatic Automation at work – assembly, clamping, and drilling

Source: NFPA

The video below demonstrates how fluid power works:


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