This November, the three leading fluid power organizations—The International Fluid Power Society (IFPS), the FPDA Motion and Control Network (FPDA), and the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA)—will once again embark on a mission of education and training to ensure fluid power is a more competitive and logical technology choice now and for the future. Based on industry feedback from the last two conferences, the curriculum development team (led by Jon Jensen, CFPAI, SMC Corp. of America; Pat Maluso, CPFAI, Western Hydrostatics; Rance Herren, CFPAI, National Oilwell Varco; and Mark Perry, CFPHS, Fitzsimmons Hydraulics) secured top-notch speakers for this year’s topics.
The Fluid Power Systems Conference (formerly known as the Energy Efficient Hydraulic and Pneumatic Conference) is being held from November 19-21, 2013 at the Doubletree Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. This successful conference will provide a dynamic, interactive environment where industry engineers and technicians can learn design concepts critical to developing efficient fluid power systems along with the diagnostic and maintenance techniques essential to keeping those systems operating at peak efficiency.
With fluid power used in dozens of industries and hundreds of applications to precisely control movement of machinery and material, the conference will provide an optimum setting to fortify the professional’s skill set. Included in this powerhouse symposium will be hands-on instruction, facilitated roundtables, and networking events designed to augment the participants’ knowledge base of the newest, cutting-edge developments in energy-efficient and reliable hydraulics and pneumatics.
Highlighting the conference’s agenda will be the keynote lecture by Gary W. Rogers, president and CEO of FEV, Inc. Mr. Rogers currently sits on the National Academy of Sciences’ (NAS) Board on Energy and Environmental Systems and on the Medium and Heavy-Duty Truck CO2 and Fuel Economy Phase 2 committee for the NAS. His address, “Reducing Energy and Expenses Utilizing Hydraulic Hybrid Waste Trucks, Transit Buses, and Delivery Vehicles,” will focus on the state of development of hydraulic hybrid systems with respect to commercial vehicles, including factors such as efficiency, commonality of infrastructure, and the total cost of ownership. The technology will be paralleled to hybrid electric and CNG-fueled alternatives.
The Fluid Power Systems Conference is your vehicle to enhancing your educational prowess, both for yourself and your organization. The key to maximizing gains from this three-day program is taking advantage of each instructional opportunity available. In today’s competitive marketplace, success depends on persuading potential customers that your company is the business of choice. How effectively and cost-efficiently you provide the positive-end results clients want depends on a vast array of expertise, good references, and rock-solid reputation.
Make the most of your experience at the conference, and if you have not already done so, consider certification in your respective discipline. This will reflect your dedication to the highest standards in the fluid power industry while acting as a conduit of satisfaction to customers, ensuring improved safety, reliability, and greater efficiency.
A host of educational opportunities are at your fingertips within the conference; don’t pass up this chance. For complete details and to register for the conference, go to www.ifps.org.
Donna Pollander, ACA, IFPS Executive Director