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Tom Wanke, CFPE - Milwaukee School of Engineering. Milwaukee, WI, US

Tom Wanke, CFPE Tom Wanke, CFPE

Director Fluid Power Consortium & Industry Relations | Milwaukee School of Engineering

Milwaukee, WI, UNITED STATES

Tom Wanke is an expert in hydraulic component and system design reviews, development, troubleshooting and failure analysis.

Education, Licensure and Certification (5)

M.S.: Engineering, Fluid Power Specialty, MSOE 1995

B.S.: Mechanical Engineering Technology, Fluid Power Specialty, MSOE 1978

AAS: Fluid Power Engineering Technology, MSOE 1975

Certified Fluid Power Engineer: International Fluid Power Society

Certified Fluid Power Hydraulic Specialist: International Fluid Power Society

Biography

Tom Wanke is director of the Fluid Power Industrial Consortium and industry relations at MSOE. He is an expert in hydraulic component and system design reviews, development, and evaluation; field troubleshooting and failure analysis; and fluids, filtration and contamination control in hydraulic systems.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Fluids, Filtration and Contamination Control in Hydraulic Systems

Hydraulic Component and System Design Reviews, Development and Evaluation

Fluid Power Industry Trends

Hydraulic Component and Systems Field Troubleshooting and Failure Analysis

Accomplishments (6)

International Fluid Power Society Hall of Fame

2019 - Inaugural Class of Inductees

Fluid Power Champions Award, National Fluid Power Association

2015

Fluid Power Achievement Award, MSOE

2015

Outstanding Service Award, International Fluid Power Association

2014

Service Award, International Fluid Power Association

2011

Otto J. Maha Pioneer in Fluid Power Award, MSOE

2007

Affiliations (4)

  • International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) : Member
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) : Member
  • International Organization for Standardization (IOS) : TC 131 Committee on Fluid Power Standards
  • National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) : Various Technical Standards Committees

Social

Media Appearances (2)

2019 Fluid Power Tech Conference Interview: Thomas Wanke

Fluid Power World  

2019-04-30

Thomas Wanke, Director of the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Fluid Power Industrial Consortium and Industry Relations, talks with Fluid Power World Associate Editor, Mike Santora about what attendees can expect during his workshops at FPTC 2019. Wanke’s Fluid Power MSOE “Basics” Workshops will begin at 8 am CT on Monday, May 13th and will run throughout the day.

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Fluid power research at Milwaukee School of Engineering helps move the world

Journal Sentinel  

2017-04-01

Researchers are seeking ways to scale-down fluid power applications to human-size prosthetics. Current reality has started to resemble science fiction in bionic arms and legs operated by pressurized fluid and gases. “You could have, in essence, super human strength,” Wanke said. “We are on the forefront of being there. It’s just a matter of whatever pressure you can generate and contain in a system,” he added.

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Event and Speaking Appearances (10)

Understanding Pump and Motor Efficiencies

WTWH Media Fluid Power Technology Conference Virtual Series  Virtual Webinar

2020-08-04

The Importance of Contamination Control in Fluid Power Systems

WTWH Media Fluid Power Technology Conference  Cleveland, OH

2019-11-19

Fluid Power Basic Workshop

WTWH Media Fluid Power Technology Conference  Cleveland, OH

2019-11-18

Fluid Power Basic Workshop

WTWH Media Fluid Power Technology Conference  Milwaukee, WI

2019-05-13

Advanced Technologies for Fluid Power Systems

Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers Discovery Conference  Waukesha, WI

2019-05-01

Fluid Power Basics 101

WTWH Media Fluid Power Technology Conference  Milwaukee, WI

2018-05-13

Importance of Contamination Control in Hydraulic Systems

WTWH Media Fluid Power Technology Conference  Milwaukee, WI

2017-05-17

Hallite-MSOE Seal Test Program: a Partnership for Advanced Seal Test Methods

NFPA International Fluid Power Exposition  Las Vegas, NV

2017-03-04

Improving Hydraulic Systems Reliability

US Fish & Wildlife Service Regional Maintenance Managers Conference  Milwaukee, WI

2017-01-12

Importance of Contamination Control in Hydraulic Systems

WTWH Media Fluid Power Technology Conference  Milwaukee, WI

2016-06-22

Patents (2)

Integral Oil Filter Pump System

6,002,281

1998 An integral oil filter-pump system for an electric power device which involves a cabinet having an oil-filled compartment for containing the power device, as well as a circulation pump for circulating oil through the system, including the compartment for containing the power device. Moreover, this unique system has an oil-filter unit, connected within the system, for removing contaminants and, notably, has the circulation pump contained within the oil-filled compartment.

MSOE Fluid Power Demonstration Facility

4,984,989

1989 The invention provides a fluid power demonstration facility comprising means defining a fluid power source, directing means in fluid communication with the fluid power source and for selectively supplying fluid power from the fluid power source, pre-arranged rotary means, in fluid communication with the directing means, for demonstrating rotational motion produced in response to fluid power, and adapted to be selectively engageable by the directing means, and pre-arranged linear means, in fluid communication with the directing means, for demonstrating linear motion produced in response to fluid power, selectively engageable by the control means, and separate from the means for demonstrating rotational motion.

Research Grants (3)

Hydraulic Systems Reliability, Efficiency and Sustainability Improvements/upgrades on the AAV FOV

US Marines PEO Land Systems AAV Program Office $1,949,000

20 Month contract for FPI starting in July 2015

Hydraulic Systems Reliability Improvements and Upgrades on the ABV, JAB, M9ACE and EFV

US Marines MARCORSYSCOM $1,796,000

Five-year contract, 2006 - 2011

Campus and Off-Site Chase Laboratory Facility Development Grant

FPI $560,121

2010 - 2017

Selected Publications (2)

Hydraulic Fluid and System Standards

Chapter 7 Handbook of Hydraulic Fluid Technology Second Edition

2011

An Investigation of Hydraulic Fluid Properties and Low Speed Motor Efficiency

Proceedings of the 7th International Fluid Power Conference

2010