Society originated in 1967 under the leadership and sponsorship of the Office of
Naval Research as the Mechanical Failures Prevention Group (MFPG). Charter
sponsors also included several other naval organizations, the Atomic Energy
Commission, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and several
industrial organizations. The MFPG was formed primarily to provide a mechanism
for effective interchange of technical information among segments of the
scientific and engineering communities in order to gain a better understanding
of the processes of mechanical failures. The anticipated result was to reduce
the incidence of mechanical failures by improving design methodology, to devise
methods of accurately predicting mechanical failures and to apply the increased
knowledge of the field to current problems. Improved reliability, greater
safety and economic savings were among the clear goals to be met through a
better understanding of mechanical failures. In 1990 the MFPG came under
the wing of the Vibration
Institute and in 1995 it changed its name to the
Society for Machinery Failure Prevention Technology (MFPT Society).
It has continued to evolve, but the original objectives still form the basis for
its current activities. In this way the MFPT Society acts as a focal point for
technological developments that contribute to mechanical failure reduction or
Organization and Operation
Society is an interdisciplinary technical
organization strongly oriented toward practical applications. The membership
includes professional scientists, engineers, failure analysts, maintenance
specialists and others who represent a wide variety of disciplines from
government agencies, universities, research institutes and industry. The MFPT
Society policy is to cooperate whenever possible with appropriate technical
committees from government, professional organizations, technical societies,
industrial associations and consortia - both nationally and internationally.
The MFPT Society is managed day-to-day by the
MFPT HQ Staff in Dresher, PA and is
steered by its Board of Directors, which meets at least
twice each year.
Interchange of information within the technical community is provided through
its annual conference and other symposia, seminars and short courses as
appropriate or necessary. The annual conference includes technical
presentations, panel discussions, tutorials, workshops and other features that promote an
atmosphere conducive to a free exchange of ideas, problems and solutions. When
appropriate, joint conferences are held with professional organizations having
similar technical interests. The technical papers from these meetings are
published as proceedings, distributed to each meeting participant (at the
meeting in hard-bound format, and after the meeting on CD), and made available
for subsequent purchase. In addition, MFPT publishes its
newsletter three times each year, and keeps its audience
up-to-date through email contact.
One of the key interchange mechanisms used by MFPT is its technical
Focus Groups, each of which is
chaired by a member of the Board of Directors. Finally, MFPT could not
continue to operate without the support of its Corporate
Members, for whose contributions we are indebted.
The objectives of the MFPT Society are:
stimulate interdisciplinary communication relative to component and
system failure prevention and to provide a forum for the interchange
of technical information among the academic, industrial and
government research communities.
stimulate awareness of component and system failures and their
impact in areas critical to international, national and regional
failures and to provide a technology base for failure prevention
To provide a
common meeting ground for those who have component and system
failure problems and those who are engaged in failure prevention.
contribute to the improved efficiency and collaboration of
government and industry through the transfer of technology within
and between sectors.