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All About the Co-Located IFPE

The International Fluid Power Exposition (IFPE) 2020 provides the forum for engineers to develop the solutions that drive the equipment of tomorrow.

“There’s simply no better place for engineers to find new ideas, make new connections and – most importantly – discover new solutions,” said John Rozum, IFPE show director and director of ag events at Association of Equipment Manufacturers.

Construction industry trade shows are often seen as prime opportunities to see the latest and greatest equipment set to go to market – cranes, excavators, trucks and much, much more. But what’s often overlooked is all the innovative achievements of the engineers tasked with making that equipment stronger, faster, more efficient and easier to operate.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers, along with the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA), is proud to bring together a unique combination of engineers and executives at IFPE 2020 – both in booths and in aisles – to share ideas, educate one another, and ultimately shape the future of the construction industry through collaboration and consensus.

There’s really no show quite like IFPE. It sits on the second floor of South Hall, surrounded by CONEXPO-CON/AGG, the largest construction equipment expo in the Western Hemisphere.
But unlike its co-located trade show counterpart, IFPE brings products and technology well beyond the needs of the OEMs who manufacture the offerings seen at CONEXPO-CON/AGG.
The products on display span all sectors of the fluid power, power transmission and motion control industries. Engineers designing equipment for construction, agriculture, aerospace, automotive – even amusement parks – come to IFPE. 

For example, the same company that’s looking for hydrostatic drives for a new loader might also be looking for hydraulic or pneumatic factory automation solutions for the manufacturing line where that loader will be built.

Part of the IFPE show experience for many attendees includes participation in IFPE’s education program, including college courses and timely sessions to help them stay on top of their game.

IFPE Education – Focused on Fluid Power

The IFPE college courses emphasize hands-on technical knowledge of the effective use of hydraulics in mobile equipment. 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 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) March 11-13. 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.

IFPE 2020 Education:

- Additive Manufacturing: Vince Anewenter, Milwaukee School of Engineering

- Industry of the Future: Prasad Ganorkar, McKinsey & Company

- IoT - Sharing Data Across Customer Boundaries: Adam Livesay, Elevāt

- Mobile Hydraulic Robotics - Autonomous Machines: Chris Woodard and John O’Neill, Danfoss

- Workforce Development: Lynn Beyer, NFPA

Presenters for IFPE’s education sessions come from distinguished universities and organizations like Milwaukee School of Engineering, Purdue University, Parker Hannifin, Danfoss and many more.

New for the 2020 show is the opportunity to mix and match IFPE sessions with those offered through CONEXPO-CON/AGG, giving attendees an even greater value for their education dollar.

To add to the great education sessions and the more than 400 exhibitors, IFPE will be hosting, for the very first time in 2020, a special networking reception for engineers and executives – right on the show floor.

IFPE’s Fluid Power Hour, presented by Bosch Rexroth, will be held on March 11 from 4 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 Rozum.

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