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Get Ready for IFPE 2020

Registration is now open for the co-located CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2020 exhibitions, North America’s premiere events for the fluid power, construction, power transmission and motion control industries. Held on March 10-14 in Las Vegas, both CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE have already set exhibit space records and will feature industry-leading education programs. One ticket provides access to both of the shows, offering the opportunity to mix and match education sessions between CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE for one price.

IFPE and CONEXPO-CON/AGG comes around every three years for a can’t-miss event. No other shows bring together as many segments of the construction, power transmission, motion control and fluid power industries in one place. Attendees will have up-close access to the leading manufacturers and suppliers, the latest product innovations, and knowledge resources to help their businesses thrive.

IFPE makes it easy to prepare for the event with an interactive online exhibitor directory and a show mobile app that will continuously synch to your online customizable show planner. For 2020, fluid power professionals can expect to see:

• The Tech Experience returns with two locations.

• The show campus has expanded with the new Festival Grounds for a total of 10 areas to explore.

• Plenty of show shuttles and hotel shuttles will run during the event, plus information stands and staff will help attendees easily navigate the show campus.

Taking Charge of the Future

Education is always a vital component of both CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE to help attendees not only survive, but thrive in a changing and global industry. Attendees at the 2020 shows can take advantage of more than 180 education sessions packed with timely and actionable information, developed with the guidance of leading industry groups, and delivered by industry experts.

New for 2020 are mix-and-match sessions between IFPE and CONEXPO-CON/AGG for company teams to cost-effectively obtain learning sessions targeted to their needs. “The line-up of programming is not only larger than it has ever been, but includes a fresh line-up of speakers stacked side-by-side with core programming that is always highly attended,” said Eileen Dickson, vice president education, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and CONEXPO-CON/AGG Education Committee chair.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 education features 10 tracks covering a variety of equipment applications, site development, fleet management, business best practices, technology, safety, and attracting and retaining talent. IFPE education is grouped in two tracks: Hydraulics & Pneumatics at Work and The Business of Fluid Power. Its popular College Courses return, and new is an IFPE Research Symposium.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG Education – Targeting the Construction Industries

CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 education tracks will offer the latest trends and best practices focused on: aggregates; asphalt; concrete; cranes, rigging & aerial lifts; earthmoving & site development; equipment management & maintenance; business management; and safety, plus technology solutions and attracting, engaging and retaining talent.

“The education committee took great care in putting together a program that grows attendee knowledge on building their business on all fronts, whether the technical skills needed in the field or best practices to build their business,” said Graham Brent, CEO of the NCCCO Foundation and CONEXPO-CON/AGG Education Committee vice chair.


  • Driving New Innovation at Complacent Companies – James Benham, JB Knowledge
  • Drones on Construction Sites for All Contractors – Ryan Murguia/Zach Pieper, Quantum Land Design
  • Gain a Competitive Advantage Through Construction Technology – Tauhira Hoossainy, Milwaukee Tool
  • How to Win the War for Talent – Gregg Schoppman, FMI
  • Safety Training Ninja – Regina McMichael, The Learning Factory, Inc.
  • Technology Trends: Lessons Learned – Helga Jacobsen, United Rentals
  • Top 10 Reasons Why Construction Businesses Fail – Larry Kokklenberg, Center for Business Development

IFPE Education – Focused on Fluid Power

The IFPE College Courses emphasize hands-on technical knowledge on the effective use of hydraulics in mobile equipment. Some of the content includes Fundamentals of Hydraulic Systems; Electro Hydrostatic Actuation; Safety Hydraulics, Best Practices for Modern Machinery; Hydraulics in the Digital Age: Hydraulic Fluid Properties, Efficiency and Contamination Control; and Digital Design.

The IFPE Research Symposium is hosted by IFPE co-owner National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) and runs during lunch (11:30 am -12:30 pm) on March 11-13. Education sessions will showcase the latest fluid power research at U.S. universities being funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to improve energy efficiency of off-road vehicle hydraulic systems.

“We focused on developing education programs that offer attendees the latest ideas and innovations in fluid power technology, applications and research. Our classes and sessions deliver critical information for engineers and others involved in the design and manufacturing process,” said Eric Lanke, president/CEO, NFPA.


  • Additive Manufacturing – Vince Anewenter, Milwaukee School of Engineering
  •  Industry of the Future – Prasad Ganorkar, McKinsey & Company
  •  IoT – Sharing Data Across Customer Boundaries – Adam Livesay, Elevat
  • Mobile Hydraulic Robotics – Autonomous Machines – Chris Woodard and John O’Neill, Danfoss
  •  Workforce Development – Lynn Beyer, NFPA

IFPE’s Fluid Power Hour

To add to the great education sessions and over 400 exhibitors, for the first time in 2020, IFPE will be hosting a special networking reception for engineers and executives, right on the show floor. The IFPE’s Fluid Power Hour, presented by Bosch Rexroth, will be held on March 11th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the IFPE show floor. The event includes a bonus hour on the IFPE show floor, complimentary hors ‘d oeuvres and cocktails, and entertainment.

“We encourage all exhibitors to bring their top engineers and executives to take advantage of a great networking experience and interact with industry peers,” said IFPE 2020 show director John Rozum. “AEM and the National Fluid Power Association are proud to bring together a unique combination of engineers and executives at IFPE 2020, both in booths and in the aisles, to share ideas, educate one another, and ultimately shape the future of the construction industry through collaboration and consensus. There’s simply no better place for engineers to find new ideas, new people and new solutions to significant organizational challenges than a trade show floor.”λ

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