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April, 2010


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Chapter News


IFPS Chapter MeetingOn March 18th the Central Florida Chapter held its second meeting of the year. It was held in the Training Facility at the PIRTEK USA headquarters in Rockledge, Florida. It was a very well attended meeting drawing members from a wide area with

a number of new faces

from different companies.


As one of the major objectives of the Chapter is growth in 2010 this was a very encouraging start and look forward to seeing more members attending these meetings.


IFPS members who come to the meetings have the opportunity to suggest new ideas, participate in decisions as well as bring a guest who may benefit from becoming a member.


The topics covered during the meeting were


  • Old or new business
  • Treasurers report
  • Guided tour of PIRTEK USA facility
  • Metric thread identification
  • Videos of recent FIRST competition.
  • Grill Master Mike



During the old and new business several topics were discussed including a contest to name this newsletter (see details below) as well as attendance at IFPS Chapter meetings to qualify for the annual behind the scenes tour at facilities like Disney.


It was decided that IFPS members who wanted to go on a behind the scenes tour would need to attend at least one Chapter meeting in 2009 to qualify. It would also allow sponsoring a guest to come with you on the tour.


There was an added incentive for any company who wants to host an IFPS Chapter meeting. A link to their company website will be put onto the monthly newsletter for 12 months as well as contributing up to $50.00 for food and drinks.


Next and without doubt the most popular part of the evening was the great Bar-B-Q burgers and hot dogs prepared by Grill Master, Mike Metcalf, PIRTEK USA's very own Training Manager.


PUSA Hose RoomFollowing the guided tour there was a training session dedicated to metric thread identification lead by Mike Metcalf an IFPS Certified Connector and Conductor specialist.


Most people were aware of the more common thread forms used on equipment and Mike gave a more in depth view on identification of metric thread forms including the difference between German and French metric threads.


The final part of the meeting was a really great video presentation from Scott Gower the local IFPS Chapter President who recently attended a FIRST robotics event at UCF in Orlando. This Chapter is a sponsor of several local teams and more information about the U. S. First Robotics teams can be found by following the link at the side of this page.




Name the Newsletter Competition


To give this newsletter an identity we are holding a competition open to all Central Florida IFPS members to name the newsletter.


The name should be short and just be one or two words. Most ideas will be considered including names with a catchy theme or something funny or humorous.


If you have a suggestion for the name of this newsletter then please e mail your idea to either


Scott Gower. sgower@gulfcontrols.com

Jamie Vokes. jvokes@PIRTEKusa.com

 Bass Pro Shop

There will be a $50.00 Bass Pro Shop Gift Certificate for the winning name.


The name will be chosen by a popular vote of attendees at our next chapter meeting in May.


Please submit your suggestion by Monday,  May 10th, 2010


If you want to participate in the vote to name the newsletter then put a note in your planner to attend the next meeting on Thursday, May 18th, 2010.


The venue for the meeting will be announced in the next edition of the newsletter.




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Planned Meetings

May 20th,
location TBD

September 16th, at
Sun Hydraulics

November 18th,
location TBD



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Written by Jamie Vokes, Director of Franchise Support at PIRTEK USA.


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