Fluid Power Technology Conference returns to Milwaukee


Now in its third year, the FPTC—slated for May 14 to 16 at MSOE’s Kern Center—boasts expanded session offerings for design engineers and MRO professionals.


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The third annual Fluid Power Technology Conference offers an expanded three-day program, with technical presentations geared towards OEM design engineers and after-market professionals in the maintenance, service and repair sectors. The event returns to the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Kern Center May 14-16.

NEW this year will be two pre-conference workshops presented by the experts at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and the International Fluid Power Society, with full-day sessions titled “Fluid Power Basics 101” and “Advanced Hydraulics Workshop.” Click here for complete descriptions.

The following two days will be packed with more than 20 technical presentations led by industry experts, including faculty from MSOE; Canada’s preeminent fluid power trainer Carl Dyke; Fluid Power World’s own Josh Cosford; and experts from the manufacturers themselves. In addition to keynotes from Austin Ramirez from Husco International and Astrid Mozes from Eaton Corp., attendees will have a chance to hear from women in fluid power, tour MSOE’s labs and facilities, and more.

Register at fluidpowertechconference.com.

Special thanks to all sponsors, including:

Host University:
Milwaukee School of EngineeringPlatinum Sponsor:
HYDAC Technology Corp.Gold Sponsors:
Aggressive Hydraulics
CEJN North America
Delta Computer Systems Inc. Grimstad
Famic Technologies Inc.
Freudenberg Sealing Technologies
GS Global Resources Inc.
HED Inc.
Milwaukee Cylinder
MP Filtri
OEM Controls Inc.
Parker Hannifin
Price Engineering
SIKO Products
Thomas Magnete
TTP, an API Heat Transfer Co.
Elwood Corp.
HBC-radiomatic Inc.
IC-Fluid Power Inc.
Nitro Steel a div. of Premier
Thermal Solutions
MTS Sensors
WebtecCorporate Registration Sponsors
Systems Inc. – Loading Dock EquipmentMedia & Industry Sponsors:
Fluid Power World
OEM Off-Highway
Canadian Fluid Power

Tuesday, May 15

Registration opens at 7 a.m. on Tuesday. This day’s agenda includes:


Attendees listen during 2017’s Fluid Power Technology Conference at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

8:00-9:00 – Optional tours of MSOE’s Grohmann Museum and Fluid Power Institute Lab / Rapid Prototyping Center. Click here for complete details. Registration is required.

9:30-10:30 — Opening Keynote: What Washington gets right—and wrong—about manufacturing, by Austin Ramirez, Husco International

10:30-11:00 — Exhibition Opening/Networking Break

11:00-11:30 — Breakout 1: Give your cylinder a bath: Hydraulic system cleanliness from the cylinder and beyond, by Tony Casassa,Aggressive Hydraulics

11:00-11:30 — Breakout 2: Hose failures—causes and effects, by Josh Cosford, Fluid Power World, Higginson Equipment, Canadian Fluid Power Association

11:30-12:00 — Breakout 1: Integrated position sensors for telescopic cylinders, by Cary Mulvany, SIKO Products

11:30-12:00 — Breakout 2: Condition Monitoring; Obstacles And Real World Approaches For Results, by Dan Davis, Parker Hannifin Corp., Quick Coupling Division

12:00-1:00 — Exhibition/Luncheon


The FPTC returns to MSOE’s Kern Center.

1:00-1:30 — Breakout 1: Modern mobile complex machine design; MATCH – “Machine Application Tool Chain” by Eric Ringholm, HYDAC

1:00-1:30 — Breakout 2: Delivering Value Beyond Fleet Management, by Chad Repp, HED Inc.

1:30-2:00 — Breakout 1: Cylinders can do anything—A review of 10 specialty designs to spark your imagination, by Peter Frymark and Douglas Lacina, Milwaukee Cylinder

2:00-2:30 — Breakout 1: Creating flexible interactive training material with Automation Studio, by Denis Lenoble, Famic

2:00-2:30 — Breakout 2: Slip-in logic cartridges in 3D for plant and mobile, by Carl Dyke, CD Industrial Group

2:30-3:00 — Exhibition/Networking Break

3:00-3:45 — Breakout 1: Wireless safety, by Jamie Sanderson, HBC-radiomatic

3:00-3:45 — Breakout 2: MSOE Presentation — Benefits of filter debris analysis, by Paul Michael

3:45-4:30 — Keynote Presentation: Dynamic machine control: A new era in hydraulics, by Astrid Mozes, Eaton Corp.

4:30-5:30 — Exhibition/Networking Reception

Wednesday, May 16

Wednesday morning begins with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. The agenda includes the following:


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8:30-9:30 — Opening Keynote: Women in fluid power panel discussion, featuring Caryes Allan, Higginson Equipment; Céline Cabana, FD Groups America; Dr. Monika Ivantysynova, Maha Fluid Power Research Center at Purdue University; Rachel Schmidt, Elwood Corp.; and Taryn West, K.R. West Co. Moderated by Mary Gannon, Fluid Power World

9:30-10:30 — Breakout 1: Hydraulic System Maintenance and Troubleshooting, by Carl Dyke, CD Industrial

9:30-10:30 — Breakout 2: Cleanliness Monitoring and the Advantages of Online / Inline Particle Counters against Bottle sampling analysis, by Geoff Grant, MP Filtri Group

10:30-11:00 — Exhibition/Networking Break

11:00-11:30 — Breakout 1: Modeling & Simulation of a Braking System HPU, by Céline Cabana, fd-groups

11:00-11:30 — Breakout 2: Advanced Hydraulic Motion Control Design Practices, by Jason Palmer, Delta Computer Systems


Attendees will have ample opportunity to visit with the more than 30 manufacturers as well as industry organizations throughout the two-day conference.

11:30-12:00 — Breakout 2: Understanding Seals in an Industrial Environment, by John Plut, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies

12:00-1:00 — Exhibition/Luncheon

1:00-1:45 — Breakout 1: Cab Systems solutions for the OEM, by GS Global Resources

1:00-1:45 — Breakout 2: Hydrostatic Drive Troubleshooting Bootcamp, by Carl Dyke, CD Industrial

1:45-2:30 — Breakout 1: Choosing the right quick connect coupling for your application, by Andrew Wasielewski, CEJN

1:45-2:30 — Breakout 2: Student poster presentations

2:30-3:00 — Student Poster Sessions/Networking Break

3:00-3:45 — Breakout 1: Electrification of mobile hydraulic control systems, by Mark Jankowski, Thomas Magnete

3:00-3:45 — Breakout 2: Tie rod cylinder maintenance—Rebuilding a cylinder, by Peter Frymark and Douglas Lacina, Milwaukee Cylinder

3:45-4:45 — Breakout 1: Circuit basics, by Dr. Medhat Khalil, MSOE

3:45-4:45 — Breakout 2: Tools for Condition Monitoring, by Kate Kerrigan, MSOE

To register and for the latest schedule updates, visit fluidpowertechconference.com.


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