Wednesday, April 19, 2017

We have some great sponsors

I thank our 2017 sponsors of our Fluid Power Technology Conference in advance for their participation coming up on May 16-17, 2017 at the Milwaukee School of Engineer.

Two returning sponsors that I will call attention to today are Aggressive Hydraulics and Balluff who both participated in our 2016 event.

Aggressive Hydraulics will be presenting a session titled Six reasons your system might need a smart cylinder.  The use of “Smart Cylinders”, or hydraulic cylinders with integral electronic linear sensors, is on the rise.  The driving factors include the capabilities and reliability of both machine control electronics and of sensors, as well as increasingly demanding design goals due to competition, customer expectations and regulation.  With application examples from a variety of different industries, six potential system improvements that are made possible by smart cylinders are presented.  

Balluff will also be presenting on their area of specialty which involves controls for cylinders and fluid power systems in general.  This session as with all presentations are solution-based talks that will address specific aspects of system design and operation.  We invite all of our attendees to listen to the talks and then visit the booths of or sponsors for more information.

Friday, April 14, 2017

More about our sponsors

At our Fluid Power Technology Conference, scheduled for May 15-17, 2017 at MSOE in Milwaukee, we are thrilled to have some returning sponsors from our 2016 event.  The returning sponsors are FD-Group, Aggressive Hydraulics, Webtec, CEJN, OEM Controls, Milwaukee Cylinder, Price Engineering, and Jarp Industries.

In 2016, these sponsors and exhibitors at the Fluid Power Technology Conference helped us to get a first-class event started at MSOE.  Fluid Power World magazine hosts this annual event and just like our magazine and digital media network, we attempt to connect fluid power buyers and specifiers with our advertisers and sponsors.

The Fluid Power Technology Conference can been seen as our live version of the delivery of content to interested prospects and customers by fluid power solution providers.  To learn more about our 2017 event and to register in advance, please visit

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Join Us at MSOE

Fluid Power World magazine will be hosting the 2017 Fluid Power Technology Conference at the Milwaukee School of Engineering on May 16-17, 2017.  Here is a link to our website.

If you are involved with fluid power technology as a design engineer, maintenance specialist, or supply chain professional, this event is for you.  There will be two full days of seminars sessions on a variety of topics listed on our website.  We will have exhibits from fluid power solution providers, networking opportunities, tours, and more.

When you visit our website, you can register for the event and get further details.  If your company might be interested in exhibiting or participating as a sponsor, please give me a call at 408-769-1188. We have put together a team of experts to manage and present this fluid power educational event.  We have partnered with the Milwaukee School of Engineering and the staff a the Fluid Power Institute to assemble a timely and very informative list of topics.

I hope to see you there.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

NAHAD 2017

The Association for Hose and Accessories Distribution always holds a fantastic annual convention.  The 33rd Annual Meeting & Convention at the JW Marriott Hill country has lived up to expectations.

With expert sessions presented at the University of Innovative Distribution, hospitality, networking, excursions, a golf tournament, Showcase of Hose Solutions, and closing banquet, there is a lot to offer all of the delegates in attendance and their guests.

The highlight of the 2017 event has been a presentation by Captain Mark Kelly, an American astronaut, retired U.S. Navy Captain, aviator and test pilot.  Captain Kelly shared a very moving story about the assassination attempt on his wife, former Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords and how it changed his life.  The title of his talk was Endeavour to Succeed:  A Conversation with NASA Astronaut Mark Kelly.

Another fantastic NAHAD.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Reviewing IFPE in photos

Coming in the May issue of Fluid Power World

Every issue of Fluid Power World magazine is full of great content about system design, maintenance, component selection, and much more.  Our articles really help our OEM and aftermarket readers on the job with explanations of systems and components as well as success stories.

In May, we will discuss Mobile Hydraulics in Agricultural Applications where hydraulics meet the challenge of feeding our world in an efficient way.  Having more information about component selection for agricultural applications is certainly important to our mobile audience.

On the industrial side, our editors will take a look at Injection Molding Machinery where hydraulics play a big role in making many of these machine functions possible.  This has been a stable market for many years and we will take a look at some of the applications.

Compressed Air Efficiency will be the focus of our pneumatic feature in April.  Pneumatic systems are used in many applications including packaging, medical, and automation.  We cover pneumatics in every issue and on our websites.  Our product focus will review Hydraulic Valves and Manifolds.

Join us with your product advertising in May.  Our closing date for ad materials will be April 30.  Please contact me if you have any questions.

Let’s continue to make 2017 a great year!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Best IFPE Ever

Last week, I attended my tenth IFPE Show out of the eleven that have taken place.  My simple takeaway ... this was the best one ever.

As in the past, IFPE 2017 took place at the massive Las Vegas Convention Center and was held in conjunction with the ConExpo/ConAgg Show, an overwhelmingly large event itself.  The IFPE was staged on the second floor of the very nice and very large South Hall with hundreds of great exhibits.

Why was this the best ever ... at least from my prospective?  Well, I had a tremendous opportunity to meet with many existing advertising customers while meeting many new prospective customers as well.  There was a wide array of mostly hydraulic technology on display at the event and many educational opportunities available to all attendees.

I had the opportunity to spend time with many of our customers and attend one amazing hospitality party given by one of them.  This event offers many networking opportunities.

Additionally, Las Vegas is a great place to hold such a large show because of their capacity to do so both in terms of exhibit space as well as accommodations.

Our group mostly stayed at Paris Las Vegas which was both convenient and comfortable.  The monorail system in Las Vegas is a great way to move large numbers of people into and out of the Convention Center.  However, there were some delays due to the immense crowds.  The monorail connects directly with Paris.

Another aspect of IFPE 2017 that made it great for me was the fantastic team that I work with.  I thank our editors Paul, Mary, and Ken for their coverage of as many exhibitors as possible.  Thanks also to Jen, Marshall, Garrett, Mike, Derek, Brad, and Tom for their excellent efforts at the event.  Our Social Media Manager, Josh, attended his first IFPE and go to meet and hold discussions with many of our advertisers at the show.  This was a great opportunity for him to get a crash course in fluid power.

All in all, the best IFPE ever!