Fluid Power Advanced Manufacturing Consortium

Welcome to the Fluid Power Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (FPAMC) website. The FPAMC was founded in June 2015 with a NIST AMTech planning grant to the University of Minnesota.  The consortium's objective is to establish a sustaining, interdisciplinary consortium focused on creating, maintaining, expanding and facilitating implementation of an advanced manufacturing roadmap for the U.S. fluid power industry.  This group includes members from industry, trade associations, academia and Oak Ridge National Lab.  Key facilitators for the FPAMC are the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) and the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA).  Principal Investigators for the FPAMC are Prof. Kim Stelson of the University of Minnesota and Prof. Tom Kurfess of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The FPAMC is a sustaining organization that will continue to exist well beyond the AMTech planning grant timeline.  Its role will be not only developing a manufacturing roadmap for the US fluid power industry, but also maintaining the roadmap and providing leadership in advancing its implementation.  The roadmap will be a tool for directing fluid power advanced manufacturing research and development efforts that will likely contain a combination of processes and technologies currently in use in other market segments, emerging processes, technologies and materials such as 3D printing and composites and new to the world processes and technologies.

The work described on this website is funded under NIST Cooperative Agreement Number 70NANB15H061 from the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology.