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Moving forward with fluid power education

The Fluid Power Conference & Expo returns to Cleveland, with new features and top-notch hydraulics and pneumatics training.

Once again, Hydraulics & Pneumatics will be hosting its Fluid Power Conference & Expo, at the Crowne Plaza in Downtown Cleveland, Tuesday and Wednesday, October 25-26. Now in its sixth year and fourth time in Cleveland, the event has been redesigned with new features, including opening remarks each day and special networking opportunities.

New keynote sessions added

John Treharn,
Parker Hannifin

Two special keynote speakers will open both conference days. The event will be kicked off on Tuesday by John Treharn, Vice President Business Development – Hydraulics Group, Parker Hannifin Corp., Cleveland. Treharn’s keynote, “Hydraulics: The Rebirth of a Mature Technology,” will highlight some of the newest technology coming to fruition in the field of fluid power. Some of these advances encompass sophisticated electronic controls and hybrid drives, while others involve more “mature” technology, such as hose assemblies and leakage prevention.

Bob Sheaf,

Treharn works with Parker’s 24 divisions to advance align corporate and group growth strategies. He has been with Parker more than 40 years, having served in several positions ranging from chief engineer of the Valve Div. to VP of engineering and mobile systems for Intertech and Parker, respectively. Treharn holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Youngstown State University and is on the NFPA marketing committee.

The mid-conference keynote on Wednesday morning will be given by CFC Solar’s Robert J. (Bob) Sheaf. Sheaf will cover the hot topic “Designing More Energy Efficient System,” and will offer tips on improving energy efficiency in fluid power systems without sacrificing performance. He’ll cover pumps and controls, prime movers, valves, line sizing, actuators, and even some little known tricks of the trade. His presentation will cover hydraulics and pneumatics in both stationary and mobile equipment.

Sheaf—who has earned more than ten certifications by the International Fluid Power Society—is president of CFC-Solar Inc., Fairfield, Ohio. He founded Certified Fluid Consultants in 1990, which obtained Solar Comp, a computer training and consulting firm in 1999 to become CFC-Solar. CFC-Solar provides global fluid power technical training, consulting, and field services. Sheaf has been involved in fluid power technology for more than 37 years. He has been a contributing editor to H&P with his “Troubleshooting Tips” since 2010.

From basic to advanced training

A variety of basic and advanced hydraulic and pneumatic training sessions will be held throughout the conference, including:

  • Designing Hydraulic Circuits with HyDraw CAD, presented by Yudi Raina of Vest Inc. (Sponsored by Vest Inc.
  • Integrating Electronics with Hydraulic Valves & Manifolds, presented by Russell Tackett of HcT (Sponsored by Hydrotech Inc.)
  • Hydraulic System Diagnostics, presented by Bob Sheaf, CFC-Solar (Sponsored by Webster)
  • Energy Savings with Pneumatics, presented by Phil O’Neil of Bosch Rexroth (Sponsored by Hydrotech Inc.)
  • Continuing Evolution and Design of Hydraulic Valves, presented by Jon Frey of Bosch Rexroth (Sponsored by Hydrotech Inc.)
  • Avoiding Pitfalls of Design Mistakes, presented by Bob Sheaf
  • Tips and Tricks for Circuit Design, presented by Bob Sheaf

Network one-to-one

Key sponsors and exhibitors include: Faster, Lynch Fluid Controls, Vest Inc., Fluid Power Society, Webster Instruments, Dura-Bar, Hydrotech, Western Fluidyne, and CFC-Solar.

In addition to breakfast and lunch being held on the show floor, day one will conclude with a social cocktail hour for both attendees and exhibitors to mingle and continue their discussions. Exhibits will be open throughout the conference for more in-depth discussions with speakers and exhibitors.

For complete session descriptions and times, and an updated exhibitor list, visit Registration can be done online or by calling Marge Dietrich at (216) 931-9550.