Sixteen members of the U.S. Army recently attended Milwaukee School of Engineering’s “Introduction to Hydraulics” course.
When 2011 started, I would have expected that the triennial IFPE show would have been the talk of the year. And the show was an impressive one, with more than 400 exhibitors, 100,000+ attendees at the combined co-located shows (including CONEXPO and CON/AGG) and a wonderful technical conference. But what I find perhaps most significant for the industry was how three of the main fluid power organizations came together in a joint effort to discuss efficiency.
Friction between lubricated surfaces is a principal source of energy losses in fluid power systems—a ubiquitous problem for fluid power users across the industrial spectrum. But thanks to research underway within the Engineering Research Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power, that problem is on its way to resolution.
Besides negatively affecting hearing and impairing effective communication, excessive noise can increase mechanical fatigue and reduce component life. In short, excessive noise detracts from the attractiveness of existing fluid power products and can be an entry barrier for this technology into new markets and applications.
A record-breaking 304 attendees heard economist Alan Beaulieu’s urgings to spend money and hire employees at the National Fluid Power Association’s 2011 Industry & Economic Outlook Conference in the Chicago suburbs from August 15 – 17.
Last month’s NFPA Conference was an excellent event, with plenty of insight on the future from a bevy of speakers.