In September, Eaton’s Hydraulics Group hosted its 2015 Eaton Distributor Meeting, or EDM, welcoming more than 1,000 distributors, original equipment manufacturers, and product and market experts from around the world. Featuring over 100 breakout sessions, including training classes at every level, new product information and technical courses, the event highlighted Eaton’s latest developments, features, and solutions that help power end-users through every fluid power challenge.
The EDM expo floor featured product displays and hands-on demonstrations of Eaton’s hydraulic products incorporated into real-world applications, including a timber trailer featuring Eaton’s new sectional mobile valve controls, a forklift simulator, and multiple innovations, from Pro-FX® Electronic Controls and Software to Eaton’s LifeSense® hose condition monitoring system installed on a customized Ford Mustang.
For the first time ever, the event got social, using the Periscope live video streaming app to broadcast quick hot-topic interviews with product managers and Eaton leaders to expand EDM outside the conference rooms and expo floor to customers, distributors, and others engaged with Eaton’s Hydraulics Group on Twitter.
EDM also featured a series of general sessions with presentations from Eaton’s senior leadership, including Sandy Cutler, Eaton’s chairman and chief executive officer, who highlighted the importance of the collaboration between Eaton and the company’s distributor partners; and Astrid Mozes, chief technology officer, Eaton’s Hydraulics Group, who discussed how innovation is fueling growth.
“This year’s EDM was fantastic; we could not have expected better,” said Shyam Kambeyanda, president, Eaton Hydraulics – Americas. “We saw great energy from our distributors and channel partners. When facing challenging markets, it is important to build up the energy of the team to drive towards success, and that is what we did at the show.”