Attendees won’t want to miss three keynote presentations. These high-level talks will shed light on trends in the industry and where the fluid power market is headed.
First up is Husco International’s Austin Ramirez, who will open Tuesday with his presentation, “What Washington gets right—and wrong—about manufacturing.” Ramirez, President and CEO of HUSCO, was selected as a White House Fellow and served on the National Economic Council for both the Obama and Trump Administrations. He will discuss HUSCO’s culture and the company’s strategy for success. He will give some general observations on his time in the White House and how he thinks we can fix our political system. Ramirez will explain a policy framework for sustainable success of U.S. manufacturing in an environment of growing populism and a rising China.
Prior to his current role, Ramirez served as President of INCOVA Technologies, a subsidiary of HUSCO, as well as director of strategic business development. He earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business as a Goldman Sachs Fellow, and graduated as an Arjay Miller Scholar, awarded to the top 10% of academic performers in the graduating class.
Tuesday will culminate with Eaton Corp.’s Astrid Mozes, VP, Hydraulics Business, Power and Motion Controls’ presentation, “ Dynamic Machine Control: A New Era in Hydraulics.” She will review the Internet of Things’ impact on fluid power. The rise of the IoT in the mobile and industrial markets has delivered intelligent components and automation in ways not previously thought to be possible. What is the next step in IoT integration? Mozes will cover where we are now and what we can expect to come as we enter a new era of revolutionary dynamic machine control that will yield never seen before productivity levels.
Mozes joined Eaton in 1990. She became president – Hydraulics Business EMEA in Dec 2010. Prior to her current role, she was CTO for hydraulics. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
We’ll kick off the day Wednesday with a panel discussion: “Connecting women in fluid power.” Throughout the 2017 edition of the FPTC, one theme resounded over and over again — the need to get more women into engineering and, specifically, into fluid power. Join several leading women from different aspects of fluid power as they discuss why this predominantly male industry has been tough to break into and how we can—and should—make changes to the status quo.
Moderated by me, the panel will include educators, executives, distributors and manufacturers. Panelists scheduled to appear include Dr. H.C. Monika Ivantysynova, Maha Professor Fluid Power Systems and Director of the Maha Fluid Power Research Center at Purdue; Rachel Schmidt, Sales Application Engineer with Elwood Fluid Power; Caryes Allan, Vice President, Higginson Equipment; Taryn West, Vice President, K.R. West Company; and Céline Cabana, Technical Account Manager, FD Groups America.
Finally, the conference will conclude with a talk from Price Engineering, which plans to bring Sawyer, a collaborative robot from Rethink Robotics. More details will be released about this keynote in the coming days.