Question What do organizations like the National Fluid Power Association, the FPDA Motion and Control Network, and the International Fluid Power Society have in common?
Answer They all want to educate the OEMs and end-users that rely on fluid power to design and maintain the most reliable and energy-efficient fluid power systems possible.
During the November Fluid Power Systems Conference, co-hosted by the NFPA, FPDA, and IFPS, held in Rosemont, Ill., conference attendees were able to do just that.
Now in its third year, the conference (formerly known as Energy Efficient Hydraulic and Pneumatic Conference) helped to ensure that fluid power is a more competitive and logical technology choice now and in the future. Attendee feedback concurred that this conference gave participants the opportunity to enhance their educational prowess for themselves and their organizations.
Fluid power industry engineers and technicians took advantage of the dynamic, interactive environment of the conference to learn design concepts critical to developing efficient fluid power systems, techniques to keep the systems operating at peak efficiency, and discussions about the future direction of reliable and energy-efficient fluid power. The three-day program provided the following:
Design workshops communicated and explored why energy efficiency and reliability are increasingly a concern for the machine builder and the important role that fluid power can play in increasing machine efficiency and reliability.
Hands-on instruction highlighted specific practical maintenance techniques, taught by fluid power component manufacturing members, distributors, and systems integrators.
Facilitated round-table discussions provided an opportunity for peers to come together to share specific challenges among many different industries and applications.
Downloadable presentations and handouts are available at www.nfpa.com/events/fpsc_schedule.htm.