NSF MME Workshop

NSF MME Workshop on Fluid Power Advanced Manufacturing - May 24 & 25, 2016

The rapid advance of new manufacturing technologies, such as additive and hybrid manufacturing, provides exciting opportunities to improve the performance, reliability and cost of many products.  The fluid power industry is actively working to adopt many of these advanced manufacturing technologies into their products.  In June 2015, the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) was awarded a NIST AMTech planning grant to establish the Fluid Power Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (FPAMC).  The initial activity of the FPAMC is the creation of an advanced manufacturing roadmap for the fluid power industry.  This workshop built upon the industry-led manufacturing roadmap to enable new fluid power applications and systems.  Additional information can be found in the workshop flyer.


The workshop, held on May 24 & 25, 2016, brought together experts from industry, academia and national labs to identify the pre-competitive research objectives and approaches of integrating manufacturing innovations with model-based design and analysis for fluid power components and systems. Fluid power is a unique method for power transfer and motion control. The two major domains of fluid power are hydraulics and pneumatics. Fluid power is widely used in industrial and mobile applications.

The workshop helped to connect the manufacturing innovations with model-based design and analysis to enable new fluid power systems and applications. Currently there are significant gaps in the knowledge and methodologies for bring new system concepts to design, modeling and analysis, and finally to manufacturing in fluid power. This fact will limit the innovations of new systems or applications and the impact and wide spread of advanced manufacturing technologies. A critical, and yet overlooked process is how to integrate the model-based design and analysis with the advanced manufacturing technologies so that system efficiency and performance can be evaluated and optimized at an early stage. The streamlining of the design, analysis and manufacturing processes will not only reduce cost but also provide an attractive platform for researchers from industry, academia and national labs to collaborate in fluid power innovation. The workshop included experts in manufacturing, fluid power components and systems, system modeling, analysis and control to identify the research needs and recommend the research directions for integrating the model-based design and analysis with advanced manufacturing technologies for fluid power. 

Speaker's Presentations (in order presented)
Workshop Outcomes

The workshop culminated with four breakout groups discussing what research and tools were needed to facilitate the creation and introduction of model-based design and analysis processes to successfully implement advanced manufacturing technologies into fluid power components and systems.  The breakout groups represented:
  • Systems modeling and software tools
  • Materials processing
  • Meeting industry's needs through manufacturing
  • Factory automation and control
The input from the plenary session speakers and breakout groups will be used to write a white paper that will be linked to this website when completed.

Questions?  Please contact Mike Gust (mjgust@umn.edu, (612) 624-4956)

This workshop is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, Manufacturing Machines and Equipment (MME) Program