Free fluid power mini-seminars offered at IFPE and ConExpo/ConAgg

Pressed for time in Las Vegas? Get a serious tast of fluid power by attending one or more of our free quick and convenient 1-hr mini seminars.

In addition to the IFPE Technical Conference and college-level short courses, IFPE will also host a series of free seminars. Sessions consist of generic topics presented by professional trainers and industry experts. Seminar sessions are arranged in convenient 1-hr intervals, so participants can attend at their convenience. All sessions are free to anyone registered for ConExpo/ConAgg and IFPE 2014, all you will need to attend is your show badge.

Sessions will be held throughout the day on Wednesday, March 5 and Thursday, March 6. Attendance is free to anyone registered for ConExpo/ConAgg or IFPE 2014.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Best Practices in Mobile Hydraulic Maintenance — 9:00 to 9:50
Mobile hydraulic systems are powerful, so it’s important to practice safety when maintaining them. This session covers money-saving maintenance techniques for hydraulic systems and how to work safely around them.
Presented by Robert J. Sheaf Jr., CFC Industrial Training.

Reducing Leakage and its Environmental Impact — 10:00 to 10:50
Hydraulic fluid leaks are not only messy, but unsafe and can cost your company plenty if they harm the environment. This session examines practical techniques to eliminate, reduce, and manage leaks.
Presented by Robert J. Sheaf Jr., CFC Industrial Training.

Conquering the Extremes of Hydraulic Sealing — 11:00 to 11:50
High pressures, extreme temperatures (both high and low), aggressive chemicals, and other hostile conditions present real challenges to sealing technology, all of which will be address in this session.
Presented by Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies.

Pneumatic Systems in Mobile Equipment — 1:00 to 1:50
Pneumatic systems are widely used in all types mobile equipment, so this session explores important issues of mobile pneumatic systems that often are overlooked that those familiar with industrial pneumatics.
Presented by Robert J. Sheaf Jr., CFC Industrial Training.

Balancing High-Strength Tubing Selection and Cost in Hydraulic System Design — 2:00 to 2:50
Hydraulic system engineers who need metal tubing to meet today's demands for higher system pressure are often faced with limited choices and cost constraints.  This session will explore high-strength tubing options and their impact on system design and how new developments in high-strength tubing give designers more cost-effective solutions.
Presented by John H. Wilbanks, Quality Manager, Plymouth Tube Co.

Contamination Management in Hydraulic Systems — 3:00 to 3:50
By far, hydraulic fluid contamination is biggest cause of hydraulic system malfunctions. This session helps attendees reduce operating costs and downtime through contamination assessment and control.
Presented by Robert J. Sheaf Jr., CFC Industrial Training.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Understanding Mobile Hydraulics — 9:00 to 9:50
This session provides an overview of the wide variety of pumps, valves, and controls used in mobile hydraulic systems to make mobile equipment more efficient, powerful, and versatile than ever.
Presented by Terry Hershberger, Bosch Rexroth Corp.

Hydraulic Sealing Topic to be Announced — 10:00 to 10:50
Presented by Trelleborg Sealing Solutions.


Electronic Control of Mobile Hydraulics — 11:00 to 11:50
Picking up where the previous session leaves off, this presentation summarizes electronic pump and valve controls and their advantages over conventional pilot-operated systems in mobile hydraulics.
Presented by Terry Hershberger, Bosch Rexroth Corp.

Troubleshooting Excavators and Loader Backhoes — 1:00 to 1:50
After providing an overview of hydrostatic transmissions and other circuits commonly found in mobile equipment, this session examines basic malfunctions that occur and how to identify and correct them.
Presented by Robert J. Sheaf Jr., CFC Industrial Training.

Troubleshooting Hydraulics in Aerial Lifts — 3:00 to 3:50
This session opens by reviewing common circuits used in mobile lift equipment, common malfunctions that occur in lift circuits and drives, and how to pinpoint their causes and correct them.
Presented by Robert J. Sheaf Jr., CFC Industrial Training.

Note: These sessions assume the attendee has a basic knowledge of fluid power systems. To gain a working knowledge of hydraulic and pneumatic systems, please refer to the short course, “Overview of Fluid Power Systems,” which is being held Monday, March 3 in the South Hall.

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