Tuesday, March 20, 2018

OEM or Aftermarket?

We have content and exhibits to serve both the OEM and the aftermarket for fluid power components and technology at the 2018 Fluid Power Technology Conference.

Our 2018 event will serve the interests of both OEM and aftermarket.  In fact, we have added two full-day courses on Monday, May 14, 2018 to increase our offering to both segments.  One course will focus on advanced hydraulic systems and the other on basic hydraulics.

Then, our two days of conference sessions will have interesting content directed to both segments also.  Included will be:

Hose Failures:  Causes and Effects
Modern Mobile Complex Machine Design Match Machine Application Tool Chain
Cylinders Can Do Anything - A Review of 10 Specialty Designs 
Creating Flexible Interactive Training Material with Automation Studio
Slip-In Logic Cartridges in 3D for Plant and Mobile
Wireless Safety

There is much more.  I invite you to visit the Fluid Power Technology Conference website https://www.fluidpowertechconference.com where we will be updating the information regularly.  You can also register now for the event.  There will be three full days of presentations, two days of exhibits, food, tours, and more.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Welcoming Our Partners to the Fluid Power Technology Conference

It pays to have good partners and for the 2018 Fluid Power Technology Conference, we have some excellent partners.  For the third straight year, we will be partnering with one of the nation's great engineering schools, the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

The campus of MSOE serves as our host for the 2018 Fluid Power Technology Conference and they have done a great job of hosting this event in each of the past two years.  Their very fine staff and faculty have provided us with not only an excellent location for this important fluid power event but they have contributed some very interesting and timely content.

They will be stepping up their efforts in May 2018 by doing some of the actual seminar sessions and adding a full-day basics of hydraulics course on Monday, May 14, 2018 right on the MSOE campus.

Visit our website for more information on how your technical people can enroll in that course.  Here is a link

Another great partner who has also been with us in the past two years is the International Fluid Power Society.  In our 2018 event, IFPS will also be providing a full-day of fluid power training on Monday with a course on Advanced Hydraulics.  Again, you can register on our website and Here is a link

Additionally, IFPS will be offering various certification exams by appointment on Monday.  Please visit their website to set up an appointment for fluid power certification testing Here is a link 

We welcome a new partner to the Fluid Power Technology Conference in 2018 and that is the Equipment Services Association ESA.

Here is their mission statement taken right from their website

The objective of the Equipment Service Association is to aid in the advancement and expansion of the industry in all markets; promoting activities that will enable the industry to conduct itself with the greatest economy and efficiency to improve members’ success in business. We provide education, technical and informal services necessary for members to operate in a profitable and sound manner. We are a member-driven organization whose activities are conducted according to the highest standards of business
practices and ethics.

We are very happy to welcome ESA who will be holding one of their annual meetings in conjunction with our FPTC.  For more information about ESA, please visit their website Here is a link 

Monday, March 12, 2018

The FPTC Schedule is Shaping Up with Session Topics

As you may know, the 2018 Fluid Power Technology Conference,  FPTC,will be held on May 15-16, 2018 at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, MSOE.  In addition to the two days of exhibits and seminar sessions, we have added a third day of learning with Monday now being included with two excellent workshops.

Basics of Hydraulics will be presented on Monday, May 14, 2018 by MSOE as a sort of preview for the next two days of seminar sessions.  Expert presenters will present fundamental topics of fluid power at this all-day event held on the campus of MSOE.  Additionally, the International Fluid Power Society, IFPS, will host an Advanced Fluid Power Session during the same hours on Monday.  Here are two great opportunities to increase your fluid power knowledge.  IFPS will also be offering certification testing on several levels on the same day.

Add that to our two full days of seminar presentations at the FPTC and we now have a fantastic opportunity for design engineers, mechanics, and supply chain professional to learn more about fluid power.  Meals and networking opportunities will be blended in with our exhibit hours on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Keynote speakers, Women in Fluid Power, and off-site tours complement this great lineup.

Click here to register

Monday, March 5, 2018

Things are shaping up for May

The 2018 Fluid Power Technology Conference will be held on May 15-16, 2018 at the Milwaukee School of Engineering MSOE.  Here is a link to our website for more information.

So what are we doing new or differently this time from past events?  Well, a lot really.  Here is a quick summary:

  • Moved the event to the better facility at the Kern Center and improved the decorating and the AV system
  • Formed a committee of exhibitors to suggest further improvements and to shape the conference
  • Partnered with the International Fluid Power Society to co-locate fluid power training and certification testing
  • Partnered with the Equipment Services Association to co-locate their national meeting at our event
  • Secured keynote speakers from Eaton Corp. and Husco, with the possible addition of Rethink Robotics
  • Initiated a corporate registration sponsorship to attract more OEM engineers and aftermarket specialists
  • Initiated a panel discussion titled Women in Fluid Power 
We are in the process of developing more ideas including some off-site tours in conjunction with our event.  If your company would like to present your fluid power solution from one of our two stages and continue the conversation from your booth, please contact me for details.

We have room for your company and your solutions.  mference@wtwhmedia.com

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What it the Work Truck Show?

Well, it happens every year around this time.  It is not a huge hydraulics show but there are are significant number of fluid power exhibitors there.  It is held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis on March 6-9, 2018.

It starts with a full day of technical sessions, networking opportunities, and receptions.  Three days of exhibits follow with everything you need to know about current work truck technology.  Here is their website for more information click here.

At Fluid Power World, we cover mobile hydraulics extensively in the pages of our magazine and in our websites and e-newsletters.  See this post   A lot of our coverage is about off-highway equipment and we have an entire website about mobile hydraulics titled Mobile Hydraulic Tips.  

The Work Truck Show, however, covers mainly what is considered on-highway machinery and equipment like small cranes, show plows, and other such vehicles.  This is an interesting and important segment of mobile hydraulics and that is why we cover the Work Truck Show.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Basics of Hydraulics and Troubleshooting added to FPTC

At the 2018 Fluid Power Technology Conference, being held on May 15-16, 2018 at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, we have arranged to have a full day of fluid power training on Monday May 14th for all attendees who are interested in such curriculum.  The training and education will be provided by the Milwaukee School of Engineering and the International Fluid Power Society IFPS.

For more information about either organization, please visit their respective websites IFPS and MSOE

To make the experience fuller, richer, and even more valuable, we have arranged with these two very well respected groups to participate in our May event to further the education of all attendees.  On Tuesday and Wednesday of that week, we will be holding our Conference with exhibits and technical presentations from the stage.

There will be meals, networking, and other interesting side trips to the Fluid Power Lab, and the Rapid Prototyping Center as well as the Grohman Museum during the 2018 Fluid Power Technology Conference.

So, for all engineers and mechanics interested in furthering their knowledge of fluid power technology, save the dates of May 14-16, 2018 to attend the Fluid Power Technology Conference.   For fluid power component manufacturers and distributors, we still have space for your booth and time for your presentation from the stage.

Please contact me for more information mference@wtwhmedia.com

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2018 NFPA Annual Conference

The NFPA Annual Conference takes place this week at the Four Seasons resort in Orlando.  That's right it is close to Disney World and all the related parks and attractions.  That should not distract from the events and presentations at the Conference.

The speakers on the agenda this year are Chris McChesney, Joe Ellers, Tim Eck, Marcus De Souza, Jeremy Drury, and Peter Zeihan.  Chris is a Wall Street #1 Best Seller with his book The 4 Disciplines of Execution.  Joe is a sales management and marketing expert with several books and articles published.

Jeremy will present THINGS to Consider - A Behind-the-Scenes Executive Guide to Fluid Power IOT Strategy.  Peter is a repeat presenter and an expert on Global Geopolitics.  This is a great lineup!

Add in the networking opportunities, tours, meals, and it will make for a great week at the NFPA!