A Road Map for Fluid Power

Eric-Lanke
Eric Lanke, President and CEO of the National Fluid Power Association, talks to In the Groove about what the association’s Technology Roadmapmeans for the fluid power industry for 2020 and beyond.
Roadmap

“The eight drivers cited are the eight most important things that fluid power customers are trying to deliver to their own customers – the buyers of their machines.”

RoadMap elements

CUSTOMER DRIVERS

Fluid power's machine builders want to provide their customers with machines that offer:

  • lncreased availability and up-time1
  • Lower capital and operating costs2
  • lncreased productivity and performance
  • Autonomous operation
  • Compliance with safety regulations and machine directives3
  • Easier and more predictable maintenance
  • Greater integration of technologies, including data acquisition, utilization and ownership
  • Weight reductions and increased power density

  1. “Increased energy efficiency” and “Component interchangeability” were both discussed as possible Customer Drivers but were ultimately seen as ways to provide customers with “Increased availability and up-time.”
  2. “Increased energy efficiency” and “Manufacturing close to the customer” were both discussed as possible Customer Drivers but were ultimately seen as ways to provide customers with “Lower capital and operating costs.”
  3. “Lower environmental impact” was discussed as a possible Customer Driver but was ultimately seen as a way to provide customers with “Compliance with safety regulations and machine directives.”

CUSTOMER DRIVERS

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BIOGRAPHY

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ABOUT THE NFPA

Founded in 1953, the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) focuses exclusively on fluid power technology with members representing the entire fluid power supply chain.
Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the US, the NFPA began with 35 fluid power companies at the inaugural meeting on May 1, 1953. Its membership has now grown to over 340 companies with an ever-growing impact toward ensuring fluid power is a customer’s technology of choice.

To learn more about the NFPA, and to download the complete 2019 Technology Roadmap, visit:
https://www.nfpa.com/home/workforce/Fluid-Power-Industry-Roadmap.htm

The NFPA and Trelleborg Sealing Solutions As a Supplier Member of the NFPA, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions donates to the organization’s PASCAL society and actively participates in several committees, including the:

• Supplier Leadership Council
• Future Leaders
• Education Committee
• FAMTEM hubs
• Fluid Power Challenge