NFPA, FPDA and IFPS - What's the difference?

The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA), the FPDA Motion and Control Network (FPDA), and the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) leadership recognize confusion exists as to the purposes and intersections of our three organizations. We work together to build a common framework that can be used to define and shape appropriate areas of collaboration. This framework contains two important dimensions.

First, while all three organizations pursue a number of strategic priorities in order to fulfill their missions, the nature and scope of those priorities vary by organization.
  • NFPA is largely focused on shaping the marketplace in which its members exist;
  • FPDA is largely focused on shaping the forum in which its members learn and connect;
  • IFPS is largely focused on shaping the skills and knowledge of technical fluid power professionals.
Second, while all three organizations connect with many different types of companies and professionals, each has a primary focus within that diverse industry network. For
  • NFPA, the focus is on company executives at fluid power component and system manufacturers;
  • FPDA, the focus is on sales and marketing professionals at fluid power distributors and system integrators;
  • IFPS,  the focus is on fluid power technicians and engineers at companies across the supply chain.
Viewing the three organizations along these lines helps to delineate their distinct zones of focus and influence, and emphasizes the reason three organizations make sense for the fluid power industry. The intersection points where collaboration serves the interests of NFPA, FPDA, and IFPS members also becomes much clearer. As our three organizations continue to pursue their own strategies, we will work together where it makes sense to do so according to this framework.

Download a PDF document to help you better understand our efforts.

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