Fluid Power Conference & Expo, Minnesota

June 26th - 27th, 2012 • St. Paul, MN

Past Event:

The Fluid Power Conference & Expo heads to the Twin Cities for the first time, locating at the Continuing Education & Conference Center at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, June 26-27.

The event will feature a keynote presentation; informative technical presentations given by leading educators and industry professionals; an opportunity to tour a wind turbine research facility; and student poster presentations during a complimentary cocktail hour. Unlike at trade shows, you will not spend most of your day visiting exhibit booths. Instead, you’ll spend the majority of your day in classrooms learning about fluid power technology, yet still have plenty of time to visit one-on-one with exhibitors (many of which are speakers). In addition, Caterpillar Mining Group will be on hand recruiting for dozens of positions in hydraulics.


Keynote speaker

Expanding the Boundaries of Power Management: Is Hydraulics the Next Game Changer?

Presented by Anthony J. Welter, Segment Director Construction and Mining, Eaton Corp.

Electronics was the last game-changing technology, leading to a data management driven revolution that touched everything from manufacturing to transportation and mass communication. But the torch is about to be passed because power and energy management technologies will be critical in the coming decades as the world increasingly is constrained by resource availability.



Anthony Welter is the global marketing leader for the construction and mining segment for Eaton Hydraulics. He represents Eaton’s hydraulic product and solutions capabilities, coordinating global growth and support in construction and mining industries. Since 1998, he has held several roles at Eaton, including engineering, manufacturing, business development, and product management positions. He holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Robert J. (Bob) Sheaf has earned more than ten certifications by the International Fluid Power Society and 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 nearly 40 years and has been a contributing editor to H&P with his “Troubleshooting Challenge.”

Ernie Parker is an instructor of Fluid Power Engineering Technology at Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie and Brooklyn Park, Minn. He teaches 12 classes, holds 23 certifications and licenses, and fosters collaborations with local high schools, industry and universities. He also delivers industry training to local, regional and national manufacturers. Parker is past president of the International Fluid Power Society and student advisor for Skills USA. In 1988 he was the recipient of the International Fluid Power Society National Educator of the Year Award.

Location Details

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The Continuing Education and Conference Center at the University of Minnesota
1890 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108
United States

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Special thanks to the following sponsors, who will be exhibiting. Check back regularly for more updates to the exhibitor list, as it changes each week.

Meet our exhibitors
Brand Hydraulics
Caterpillar Mining Group
Fluid Power Society
Lynch Fluid Controls Inc.
Nott Co.
Panolin America
RT Dygert
Sprague Product
Thermal Transfer Products
Webster Instruments
White Oak Controls

School participants
Alexandria Technical College
Hennepin Technical College
University of Minnesota


Fluid Power Basics I. Presented by Ernie Parker, Hennepin Technical College. This session reviews major components of fluid power systems and their roles in circuits and systems. Standardized symbols and basic circuits will also be covered to help attendees in constructing and reading fluid power schematic diagrams. Sponsored by Panolin America
Hydraulic System Diagnostics. Presented by Bob Sheaf, CFC-Solar. This session introduces a systematic approach to pinpointing the sources of problems with operation of hydraulic systems in mobile and industrial equipment. It explains how to analyze pressure, flow, and temperature to determine causes of malfunctions, such as slow operation, inadequate output force or torque, overheating, and improper sequencing. Sponsored by Webtec - Webster Instruments


Avoiding Pitfalls of Design Mistakes. Presented by Bob Sheaf. This presentation covers common errors that often find their way into fluid power circuit designs, resulting in erratic operation, poor performance or efficiency, or machine malfunctions. The session will examine some of the most common design flaws and how to avoid or correct them. The presentation will cover hydraulics and pneumatics in both stationary and mobile equipment. Sponsored by FluiDyne
Fluid Power Basics II. Presented by Ernie Parker. This session continues basics of fluid power by showing how to use standard component symbols to design common circuits to transmit and control power. It will also help attendees learn how to interpret schematics to evaluate operation.
Advanced Hydraulic Motion Control Design Practices. Presented by Jacob Paso, Delta Computer Systems Inc. This session briefly presents best design practices for high-performance hydraulic motion control. It then focuses on advanced control techniques for overcoming common design deficiencies. The intent is to promote good hydraulic design for motion control while giving the designer confidence in knowing where the design can be modified to respond to practical considerations, such as cost and lead times. It also gives the harried system integrator the tools necessary to make the machine meet production specifications. Sponsored by Delta Computer Systems and J. M. Grimstad
Designing Hydraulic Circuits with HyDraw CAD. Presented by Yudi Raina, VEST Inc. This session introduces modern techniques for CAD systems to remember data, relationships, and company standards. It demonstrates efficient ways to select components and generate automatic bills of materials within the AutoCAD environment. ISO standards and symbols will be discussed, and time-saving drafting techniques will be discussed. VEST’s HyDraw CAD will be used for demonstration. Sponsored by VEST Inc.
Introduction to Electrohydraulic Proportional and Servovalves. Presented by Bruce Besch, Parker Hannifin Corp. This session outlines the basic operation of common open- closed-loop proportional valves and servovalves, including terminology and sizing criteria. Sponsored by The Nott Co.
International Fluid Power Society Certification Program. Presented by Sue Tesauro, International Fluid Power Society. IFPS Certification tests provide an objective, third party assessment of an individual’s skill level and are recognized industry wide. This session reviews the benefits of certification, different certification levels (including engineer, specialist, technician, mechanic, etc.), and how to prepare for and become certified. Sponsored by International Fluid Power Society
Benefits of Ductile Iron Components in High Pressure Systems. Presented by John Schultz, Dura-Bar, and Molly Stieber, MSOE’s Fluid Power Institute. Until recently, pressure ratings for ductile iron components were based on book values and theoretical calculations and have been somewhat conservative. This presentation will highlight the manufacturing benefits that can be gained by using continuously cast ductile iron bar stock for ductile iron components. The recent developments being done at Milwaukee School of Engineering determining the pressure ratings for ductile iron will also be presented. Sponsored by Dura-Bar


Designing more Energy Efficient Systems. Presented by Bob Sheaf. This session offers tips on improving energy efficiency in fluid power systems without sacrificing performance. Topics will include pumps and controls, prime movers, valves, line sizing, actuators, and even some little known tricks of the trade. The presentation will cover hydraulics and pneumatics in both stationary and mobile equipment. Sponsored by: Brand Hydraulics
Hydraulic Fluid Contamination and Assessment. Presented by Ernie Parker. This session covers different types of common contaminants, how they get into a system, and the detrimental damage they do to the system, components, and fluid. It also covers contamination assessment, fluid sampling, and testing procedures.
Improve Your Systems With Accumulators. Presented by Jim Tobul, Tobul Accumulator Inc. Accumulators can be used in many applications to reduce pump and motor sizes, which can provide substantial savings on the initial cost of equipment and reduce operating and energy costs. Sponsored by Tobul Accumulators Inc.
Introduction to Proportional Valve Controllers. Presented by Steve Wilson, WhiteOak Controls. This session provides an introduction to the operation of modern electronic proportional valve controllers. The presentation will cover the role of the controller and explain how it works. It will introduce general terminology and walk through a typical setup procedure. Sponsored by WhiteOak Controls
Offline Fluid Conditioning and Monitoring. Presented by Tim McDonald, Thermal Transfer Products. Providing an off-line fluid conditioning loop for new and existing hydraulic systems is easier than ever with Cool Loop, a turnkey solution for greater system reliability. Sponsored by Thermal Transfer Products


Hydraulic Fluid Filtration and Contamination Control. Presented by Ernie Parker. This session covers effective techniques and components, such as scrapers, seals, boots, reservoir filter-desiccant breathers, membranes, and other devices to keep contaminants out of the hydraulic system. It then summarizes the different types of hydraulic filters for removing contaminants from hydraulic systems.
Tips and Tricks for Circuit Design. Presented by Bob Sheaf. This presentation explores circuits, sub-circuits, and components to improve fluid power system designs. Attendees will advance their design skills to the next level, resulting in systems with improved functionality, greater reliability, higher efficiency, less leakage, and more compact design. The presentation will cover hydraulics and pneumatics in both stationary and mobile equipment. Sponsored by Lynch Fluid Controls Inc.
Eolos Wind Energy Research Consortium Tour. EOLOS was established to create new research-based collaboration between the industry, universities, and governmental agencies that will lead to advances in wind energy technology, new innovation and long-term expansion of wind energy production in the United States.
A shuttle bus will transport attendees to and from the wind research station near the turbine for a presentation from officials at this free event.

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