Fluid Power Industry Reviews, Selects Research Projects for CCEFP-Part 1

by Eric Lanke NFPA CEO

One of the most common questions I get about the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) is how do they pick which research projects to fund. It’s a question I love answering, because it’s a welcome surprise for many to learn that it is the fluid power industry, not academia, that provides the majority of input into this decision.

Within the CCEFP, there lives a group of industry professionals called the Industry Engagement Committee. Since we began providing financial support from the NFPA Foundation and its new Pascal giving and recognition society to the CCEFP, seats on this committee have been extended to Silver and Gold donors in the Pascal Society. The industry members of the committee elect their own leadership, with the current chair being Eric Bretey of Danfoss and the current vice chair being QingHui Yuan of Eaton.

One of the jobs of the committee is to identify the research topics that CCEFP projects should focus on. In this respect, they rely heavily on NFPA’s industry-driven Technology Roadmap for the Fluid Power Industry, and on their own real-world understanding of the pre-competitive research challenges facing our industry. They are committed to identifying the challenges that will “lift all boats” for the industry—focused neither on the product development objectives of any single company, nor on a far-out research frontier with no foreseeable application.

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