FPTC 2019 — the event exclusively dedicated to fluid power technology — will be held at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center November 19 and 20.
Fluid Power World, the industry leader in print, digital and in-person content for users and designers of hydraulic and pneumatic systems, is pleased to announce that it will be expanding its Fluid Power Technology Conference (FPTC) to Cleveland on November 19 and 20. The event — which brings together design engineers and maintenance personnel with fluid power manufacturers and industry experts — will be held at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center, in its Conference Pavilion (East and West Wing).
“We’re excited to bring the FPTC to our hometown of Cleveland, which has always been a hub for manufacturers and users of fluid power technologies,” said Michael Ference, Publisher. “Cleveland is home to some of the biggest and most well-known names in the industry, and with its strong manufacturing base, these technologies are used heavily throughout Cleveland and all of Ohio.”
FPTC Cleveland will also feature several plenary sessions led by industry experts and presentations from the stage by sponsoring exhibitors with technical deep dives on specific components and technologies. The event also features intimate networking opportunities, with manufacturers being available at their booths as well as additional chances to chat in more informal settings including an evening cocktail hour.
Paul Heney, Editorial Director, explained that not only will global experts be on hand to educate attendees, but local and renowned experts will be conducting plenary sessions.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled than to report that Dr. Joseph A. Kovach, President of KoMotion Technologies Ltd. — a well-respected expert who retired from a long career as an expert in innovation and R&D — will be presenting the opening keynote,” Heney said. “His presentation, ‘Five technologies that will change the future of fluid power,’ will certainly be an informative and entertaining opening session.”
Kovach founded KoMotion Technologies Ltd., an engineering consulting organization focused on motion and control technologies with emphasis on new product innovation for major industrial firms. His firm has collaborated on several government contracts in the areas of advanced manufacturing technologies (AmTech), high efficiency pump-motor development, and the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP).
Prior to forming his company six years ago, he held several V.P. positions at Parker Hannifin including V.P. of Technology & Innovation for Parker’s Hydraulic Group. Kovach was previously employed by the Eaton Corp., where he led a corporate R&D department dedicated to the development and production implementation of advanced manufacturing processes.
In addition, returning to Cleveland are Fluid Power World favorites Carl Dyke, founder of CD Industrial Group, and Josh Cosford, Operations Manager of Higginson Equipment.
Dyke is a contributing editor for Fluid Power World, and has presented live schematics and personal stories at the FPTC each year, with in-depth looks at mobile and industrial hydraulic systems, maintenance, troubleshooting and more. For 20 years, his team has specialized in media-rich training tools that empower the learner and bring fluid power and electrical control systems to life on-screen. His team has produced Live Schematics for mining machines and pulp mills among numerous industries. Dyke’s popular LunchBox Sessions learning site is used in 97 countries.
Cosford is a Fluid Power World reader favorite, contributing to both the magazine and its many associated websites regularly. He uses his expertise throughout the year to host educational webinars for the Fluid Power World audience and has been a presenter at the FPTC for two years. His presentation, “Understanding SAE J517 Hose Standards,” will provide an in-depth look at hydraulic hose and their selection.
He has more than a decade of experience with fluid power systems, and has held the Certified Fluid Power Hydraulic Specialist designation from the Fluid Power Society since 2009. Cosford has been involved in the design and sales of hydraulic systems since 2006 and is the Director of Communications for the Canadian Fluid Power Society.
The Fluid Power Technology Conference provides technical fluid power information to professionals who design, maintain, repair, and operate machinery and equipment powered by fluid power systems, both hydraulics and pneumatic. For more information, visit cle.fluidpowertechconference.com/.