Every three years, fluid power and mobile machinery descend on the Las Vegas Convention Center as IFPE and CONEXPO-CON/AGG take over the city for five days. The next iteration of these events will take place from March 10-14, 2020, and changes are coming to the event.
The Las Vegas Convention Center is in the midst of a huge renovation, and that means that for this event, the Gold Lot will be unavailable. So, the CONEXPO-CON/AGG portion of the show is expanding its 2020 footprint to include the Las Vegas Festival Grounds, adjacent to the Circus Circus hotel. Organizers are calling this the connected campus, and there will be new and expanded transportation options — including more buses to help get attendees to and from the show.
Additionally, there will be more golf carts and Pedicabs to shuttle people around. Organizers are also offering more food outlets and other creature comforts to help enhance the attendee experience. The types of exhibits in the festival grounds will include aerial equipment and cranes, including NCCCO’s Lift Safety Zone, earth-moving, hauling, and underground construction. Exhibitors in the festival grounds include brands such as Caterpillar, JLG Industries, Manitou, North America, and Volvo Construction Equipment, North America.
In all, there will be 2,800 exhibiting companies and 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space.
In 2017, the shows introduced a “tech experience” and accompanying exhibit dedicated solely to presenting new construction innovations and emerging technologies that will drive change and improvement across the construction industry. In 2020, that journey to the future of the construction industry will continue in a slightly different way.
“Never before have we witness the converging of so many technologies at once. Artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D printing, thousands of sensors all over the machines, all over the world and robotics. All of which will drive efficiency in our industry,” said Al Cervero, senior vice president of construction, mining and utility at AEM. “The main goals of the tech experience are to drive awareness and adoption of new technologies and innovations, engage and attract the next generation of attendees and position the show as a thought leader. The tech experience is focusing on three areas that will impact the future of the industry. Modern mobility, sustainability, and sustainable building and smart cities.”
In 2017, there was a large focus on jobs of the future, where attendees could go to a kiosk, decide what your assets and attributes are and figure out what you could be, career-wise. But they decided not to go back down that road in 2020.
“Our feeling is that as technology evolves, jobs may evolve, but there’s going to continue to be plenty of work out there for us,” he said. “I will tell you, one of the reasons we focused on that in 2017 is all the concern was about all these people losing their job because of autonomous call trucks and everything else. We’re finding more and more that there’s a different need, but there’ll still be a lot of jobs.”
And let’s not forget that IFPE is a whole show unto itself, and one that’s unique.
“Unlike its slightly larger co-located counterpart CONEXPO-CON/AGG, IFPE brings the products and the technology that goes well beyond just construction industry,” said John Rozum, IFPE show director. “IFPE gets into those who are manufacturing anything related to fluid power transmission or motion control. And those engineers that are designing equipment for construction, agriculture, aerospace, automotive — even amusement parks — they’re all coming to IFPE. For example, the same company that might be looking for a hydrostatic drive for a new loader may be sending two people to the show. One to shop for those parts and another to look for factory automation solutions for the manufacturing line where that loader will be built.”
Education is still key
Education has always been an important part of both CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE to help attendees not only survive, but thrive in a changing and global industry.
Attendees at the 2020 shows can take advantage of more than 180 education sessions packed with timely and actionable information, developed with the guidance of leading industry groups, and delivered by industry experts.
New for this iteration of the show are mix-and-match sessions between CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE for company teams to cost-effectively obtain learning sessions targeted to their needs.
“The line-up of programming is not only larger than it has ever been but includes a fresh line-up of speakers stacked side-by-side with core programming that is always highly attended,” said Eileen Dickson, VP education, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and CONEXPO-CON/AGG Education Committee chair.
CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 education features 10 tracks covering a variety of equipment applications, site development, fleet management, business best practices, technology, safety, and attracting and retaining talent.
IFPE education is grouped in two tracks: Hydraulics & Pneumatics at Work and The Business of Fluid Power. Its popular College Courses return, and new is an IFPE Research Symposium.
The IFPE College Courses emphasize hands-on technical knowledge on 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.) on 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 includes:
- Additive Manufacturing – Vince Anewenter, Milwaukee School of Engineering
- Industry of the Future – Prasad Ganorkar, McKinsey & Company
- IoT – Sharing Data Across Customer Boundaries – Adam Livesay, Elevat-IoT
- Mobile Hydraulic Robotics – Autonomous Machines – Chris Woodard and John O’Neill, Danfoss
- Workforce Development – Lynn Beyer, NFPA