Final First Look: Getting Closer to the Biggest Trade Show in Fluid Power

Final First Look: Getting Closer to the Biggest Trade Show in Fluid Power

Thousands of fluid power professionals and exhibitors are preparing themselves for IFPE 2017.

Held every three years, IFPE will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center on March 7-11 in conjunction with CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017, an international gathering for construction industries. More than 400 exhibitors will attend with product categories including electrical & mechanical power transmissions, industrial hydraulics, mobile hydraulics, water hydraulics, and pneumatics. International visitors serving more than 20 markets from aerospace and defense to off- and on-highway vehicles will attend. A list of exhibitors in booth order begins on page 54 to help visitors plan the way they navigate the show. 

IFPE registration includes Badge Pack, which provides access to the TechExperience, featuring 49 exhibitors showcasing innovative technologies like the first 3D-printed excavator. More information about Project AME (Additive Manufacturing Excavator) and its 3D printed heat exchanger can be found here.

Events ranging from nightly meetups for young professionals and networking sessions at Country Round Tables will create a fun, inclusive environment to make new connections. The World Summit, hosted by the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA), will update on current trends around the world. Educational sessions and college level-courses will target beginner and seasoned audiences with topics covering power transmission and motion control technologies, lubricants, and more. Registration includes discounts at museums like the Bodies Exhibit and Titanic Exhibit at Luxor, and VIP access to night clubs.

International Events

Hosted by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the Country Round Tables will take place on March 8 and 9 in the International Trade Center on the 2nd floor of the Grand Lobby in room N250. Sessions will discuss business in Southern Africa, Latin America, and India. Specific topics will include industry outlook, policy changes, planned public investments, project outlook, and overall opportunities for growth. 

There will be even more chances to learn about the fluid power world markets at the NFPA’s World Fluid Power Summit. It will start with a lunch at noon, followed by a welcome from Marc Weston, NFPA’s Vice Chair at 12:30 p.m. Two speakers will then address the availability of fluid-power certification programs around the world and the latest standards. At 1:45 p.m., a spokesperson for the International Fluid Power Statistics Committee will present their findings about the state of the industry. Trend reports from spokespeople in participating countries will follow at 2 p.m. The list of speakers are shown below:

Australia – Tony Cheers, Australian Fluid Power Society
Canada – Josh Cosford, Canadian Fluid Power Association
China – Changjiang Wang, China Hydraulics Pneumatics & Seal Association
Europe – Stéphane Rakotoarivelo, CETOP
Germany – Christian Kienzle, VDMA’s Fluid Power Association
India – M. Seethapathy Rao, Fluid Power Society of India
Italy – Marco Ferrara, ASSOFLUID
Japan – Keishiro Sawada, Japan Fluid Power Association
Mexico – Guillermo Vazquez, Mexican Fluid Power Association
Taiwan – Robert Chen, Taiwan Fluid Power Association
Turkey – Sevda Kayhan Yilmaz, Turkish Fluid Power Association
United Kingdom – Phil Keep, British Fluid Power Association
United States – Eric Lanke, NFPA

The Summit will conclude at 3:30 p.m. with an open Q&A session. Advanced registration for the World Summit is required by contacting NFPA CEO Eric Lanke at [email protected].

Transportation and Badge Packs

Visitors can plan to pick up their badge packs at various onsite remote locations at select hotels and the airport. Registration in advance costs $195. Visitors can also register at the Convention center for $249, and then pick up their badges at remote locations.

The badge pack includes a 3-day pass for the Monorail to provide round-trip transportation from various hotels to the convention center and other destinations every 4-8 minutes. Visitors can scan their badge packs at the gate to start their first day of the pass. The monorail runs between seven major stops along the strip and carries thousands of trade show passengers each year. The Monorail runs usually until after midnight.

Complimentary shuttle bus service will also be provided March 7-11 from most official show hotels to the convention center. These do not have mid-day service, but run every 15-20 minutes from 7:30-10:00 a.m. and 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on the days of the show. Visitors are encouraged to confirm these times at their hotel lobby, or to download the hotel shuttle information on the IFPE website.

Educational Opportunities and Business Resources

The show will offer a range of educational opportunities including college courses starting a day before the show. The first college course will be The Fundamentals of Hydraulic Systems and is presented by Dr. Medhat Khalil of the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), followed by Hydraulic Fluid Properties, Efficiency and Contamination Control taught by Research Chemist, Paul Michael from MSOE.  Two more college-level courses will be offered the first day of the show.

More educational opportunities will be offered through the Energy Efficient Hydraulics & Pneumatics Conference taking place March 8-10. Friday, March 10, will have a special focus on future applications in fluid power. Keynote speakers will start the conference each day at noon, covering methodologies for energy efficiency in fluid power, innovative applications, and human-assist fluid-power systems for robotics.  See the last issue of Hydraulics & Pneumatics for an extensive list of educational seminars at IFPE. 

IFPE offers various resources to cater to its diverse audience.  Interpreters for Spanish, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, German, Japanese, Korean, French, and Italian can be requested by exhibitors to occupy booths for 2-hour sessions and to assist in private meetings. International delegates and U.S. exhibitors can facilitate their business deals by registering for the International Buyer Program. The program includes sessions about export opportunities and regulatory issues, matchmaking services, and export counseling. An exclusive webinar for exhibitors is scheduled for March 16, a week after the show, to present practices and tools from CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE that can help exhibitors apply the leads from the show to their careers, sales, and business.

Before You Go

To prepare for the show, visitors and exhibitors can access the conexpoconagg YouTube channel for webinars that cover pre-show preparation, deadline recaps, how to pick up badges, driving traffic to your booth, and making the most out of the last show day. Visitors are encouraged to download the Mobile App before the show to so that they can schedule their days effectively.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG-IFPE provides accommodations like wheelchairs, and private rooms for prayer or nursing. To learn more about accommodations and services, visit www.ifpe.com/visit/attendee-faq and click on the links.

IFPE is owned by National Fluid Power Association (NFPA), Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) and National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA). AEM is show producer. For more information about the show and to register, visit www.IFPE.com.

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