Every year, Eaton aims to “teach the teachers” the latest information covering a variety of fluid power components and technologies. Students studying hydraulics in vocational settings or technical colleges and universities learn the most up-to-date curriculum in classes, hands-on labs, and demonstrations.
Safety was a key message of this year’s symposium, which was held July 29-31 at Eaton’s training center in Maumee, Ohio. As new classes of fluid power specialists hit the workforce, it’s critical they understand how to properly use fluid power components to meet the engineering specifications of heavy, complex equipment.
Tom Blansett, CFPAI, CFPS, CFPIHT, CFPCC, Eaton Hydraulics Group North American Training Manager and 2014 IFPS president, said industry developments to facilitate hydraulic systems that produce higher pressures underscore the importance of keeping all professionals up to speed on the latest developments.
The 2014 Eaton Instructor Symposium covered topics including aeration and cavitation, Controller Area Network (CAN) basics, hose technology and assembly techniques, thread and port ID, advanced pump controls, sensor technology, systemic contamination control, logical troubleshooting with bar trim and simulators, proportional valve control technology, and Eaton’s Life Sense® hose health monitoring system.
“As products become smaller and capable of withstanding higher operating pressures, along with more complex integration with electronics and software, it is important for industry trainers to stay up to date on the latest technological developments across the fluid power industry,” said Blansett. “Eaton admires the dedication and energy of these educators, and sessions like this Instructor Symposium help teachers dig deeper into new developments while learning to apply traditional products and technologies in new ways.”
Eaton’s training programs date back to 1945, and its Hydraulics Group Training Services staff has a total of 140 years of experience in hydraulics and education. With an expansive history of fluid power tutelage, Eaton has established the Instructor Symposium and Eaton’s company training programs as industry standards in everything from mobile hydraulics to electro-hydraulics.