The Equipment Service Association (ESA) is hosting its Virtual Tech Event Thursday, September 10. ESA changed the format from in-person to virtual, condensing a few days into one impactful day, fulfilling ESA’s elite training standards by offering seven dynamic sessions filled with industry-rich content. For just $50, the Virtual Tech Event encapsulates exceptional training, time for networking and questions, and allows for lunch and breaks.
“ESA knew virtual was the only way to host this event, safely,” said Rick Lindemann, president of ESA and Dakota Fluid Power. “We had to do this the right way for our members so we concentrated on inviting the best fluid power experts in the field, while focusing on the elite training and educational know-how our members expect.”
The agenda is as follows:
- 9:30 ET – Welcome and Introductions
- 9:40 – 10:10 – Hydraulic Cylinder Cushions, Tony Casassa, Application Engineer, Aggressive Hydraulics
- 10:10 – 10:40 – Hydraulic Seal Failures – Some Common and Some Not So Common, Sonny Goldsmith, Training, Hercules Sealing Products
- 10:40 – 11:20 – Understanding ISO Codes, Curtis Hass, National Sales Manager, Donaldson Company
- 11:20 – 11:50 – STAMPED, Dave Miller, Vice President of Global Product Line Management, Gates
- 11:50 – Morning Wrap-Up/Afternoon Review
- 12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch Break
- 1:00 ET – Introduction of CFC Hosts
- 1:05 – 4:00 – Session Series
- Fluid Power Safety (55 Minutes)
- Basic Industrial Control Theory (55 Minutes)
- Predictive & Preventative Maintenance (55 Minutes)
Robert J. Sheaf Jr., CEO of CFC-Solar, Inc. — Sheaf founded Certified Fluid Consultants (CFC) in 1990 and is owner/CEO of CFC-Solar Inc. (Currently operating as CFC Industrial Training). He has been directly involved with fluid power for 45 years and has taught fluid power courses for 39 years throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. In 2014, CFC was awarded runner-up as “Best Training and Education” company by 21,000 readers of Penton’s Hydraulic and Pneumatic Publications. He served two years on the Board of Directors for the Equipment Service Association and was a director of the ESA Scholarship Fund.
Jon Rhodes, President of CFC Industrial Training — Rhodes is the president of CFC Industrial Training and has 31 years of Industrial Experience. As an instructor, he assisted in the development of custom fluid power training stands for the oil and gas industry as well as providing machine specific fluid power and electrohydraulic hands-on training for an entire maintenance and engineering staff at a new start-up steel mill. He has also designed and built custom hydraulic test rigs for variable torque loading and simulation for the US Military. Rhodes holds an A.S.E.E.T. in Electronics Engineering. He also holds U.S. Patent # 6,158,923 for Method and Apparatus for installing Pre-Assembled Silt Fence.
Tony Casassa, Application Engineer at Aggressive Hydraulics — Casassa started his career out of Purdue University by working at Parker Hannifin in the Hydraulics Group in a combination of sales and engineering positions, involved in complete hydraulic systems for mobile equipment. He then moved to the OEM side working at Tadano Mantis as their Hydraulic Engineer for the mobile telescoping boom crawler cranes products- including working to improve the production roll off cleanliness of the hydraulic systems. Casassa joined Aggressive Hydraulics in 2014 as an Application Engineer working with customers on custom cylinder applications for a variety of mobile and industrial applications.
Melvin “Sonny” Goldsmith, Hercules Sealing Products — Goldsmith was employed by Hercules Sealing Products for 39 years during which time he was a territory manager, regional distribution manager, sales manager and developed and presented customer product training seminars. He retired from full time work with Hercules about 6 years ago but continues to provide customer product training seminars as requested.
Curtis Haas, Donaldson Company, Inc. — Haas has been with Donaldson Company Inc. for 21 years and is currently U.S. National Sales Manager, Stationary Hydraulics & Lube Filtration Division. He was previously the District Manager, Industrial Hydraulics Upper Midwest Region supporting End User, OEM, and Distribution customers. Haas is experienced with current contamination control methods relative to particulate, water, and varnish mitigation. He holds a B.S. Degree in Industrial Technologies from Saint Cloud State University and is a U.S. Army Aviation Veteran. He was born and raised in the Twin Cities.
Safety is the priority for ESA members and while factory tours are always the highlight of the in-person event, ESA’s Virtual Tech Event offers a viable advertising opportunity. There are commercial and social media options available, with various advertising packages, allowing companies to create a visual medium broadening the reach of their advertising funds.
“We know the factory tours are very important to our members and we wanted to create a platform where ESA members could participate while also giving them the opportunity to network,” said ESA Executive Director Amy Luckado. “Virtual events are successful when you provide both exceptional training, and educational materials and we want our members to have every opportunity possible that will increase their business.”
Visit www.2esa.org/training-events to register. Registration closes at 5pm (Eastern) Friday, September 4.