The schedule has been announced for the March 5 NFPA/FPIC Regional Conference on “Advanced Sensor Technologies for Fluid Power Systems” at Lawrence Technological University. Registration is free to NFPA members.
As always, the event kicks off with breakfast and networking from 7:30 – 8:00 a.m., followed by welcome and introductions until 8:30.
The rest of the schedule is as follows:
8:30 – 9:20 a.m. — The End of Reactive Maintenance: Today’s Predictive Solutions for a Proactive Future, presented by Kris Mikulan, Group Product Manager, Filter Systems, and Anthony Maiolo, Senior Application Engineer – Electrical, Schroeder Industries. Predictive maintenance can be achieved by utilizing sensors integrated on a machine, in conjunction with an interface, to monitor and record machine operation to provide real-time machine and fluid condition status. But this isn’t the only way sensors/interfaces paired with software can be used. More and more manufacturers are discovering the high cost of warranty claims after the products have been delivered. Most of these warranty claims can be attributed to system cleanliness. Case studies implementing this technology will be presented focusing on machine operating cost reductions resulting from predictive maintenance and substantial cost reductions in warranty claims.
9:20 – 10:10 a.m. — Novel Position Sensors for Closed Loop Servo-Hydraulics, presented by Art Holzknecht, District Manager, and Matjaz Sivec, LinAce Sensors Engineering Manager, Renishaw Inc. Renishaw’s LinAce sensor technology is uniquely suited for use in servo-hydraulic applications, including hydraulic cylinder position feedback, as well as for servo-valve feedback control. It has applications in automated/autonomous hydraulic, pneumatic and hybrid power systems such as electro-hydraulic systems with energy recovery. Where applicable, alternative approaches to these applications will be compared, to provide an overview of available choices to system designers. Case studies will be presented showing the benefits of LinAce for closed-loop servo-hydraulic systems, including high positioning accuracy and resolution, frequency response and overall response time, and how LinAce works well as a component of a modern servo-hydraulic system using highly dynamic piezoelectric servo valves for state of the art motion control.
10:10 – 10:30 a.m. Break and Networking
10:30 – 11:20 a.m. Autonomy: How Close is the Future? Presented by Marcus Herrera, Sales Application Engineer – Sensors and Controls, HYDAC, We have all heard the buzzwords: Autonomy, Digitalization, Electrification, E-Mobility… but what do these mean for us? As machines transition from predominately mechanically to electrically controlled, sensors and controls are more and more important. As technology continues to progress, new sensors and controls enter the market to transition machines towards the future. Today, one can implement smart pressure sensors which can generate further relevant data over the standard operational data, precisely measure inclination whilst eliminating inaccuracies due to acceleration, and accurately predict filter life just to name a few examples. Case studies will be presented applying these sensors and controls to machine architecture to begin to build machines of the future today.
11:20 – 12:00 p.m. Reducing Cost of Field Operations Using HART Technology, presented by Leslie Perez, Senior Product Manager, and Steve Brown, Key Account Manager Oil & Gas, Barksdale Inc. Increasingly companies with large base of remotely installed equipment in the field are looking for ways to reduce cost and manpower associated with maintaining field operations, while also increasing availability and uptime. Reduction in costs can be realized in multiple ways using HART technology including using the digital communications capability for remote monitoring, enabling condition monitoring, and predictive maintenance. Further HART technology also preserves existing investments in equipment harnesses or plant wiring and analog instrumentation. Case studies will be presented focusing on cost reductions using HART technology and improvements in pressure sensing technology by providing more stable and longer lasting pressure measurement in remote field operations.
From 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. lunch will be served and structured networking and discussion is encouraged. “Educational content is most useful when people apply what they have learned in real-world situations. We’ll ask each table to discuss and share the major takeaways they’ve picked up from the day and, if willing, any actions they plan to take as a result,” said Tom Wanke, Director, Fluid Power Industrial Consortium and Industry Relations.
Fluid Power Industrial Consortium