It's Coming Up Fast: The Fluid Power Conference & Expo in Nashville

November 6th - 7th, 2013

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The Fluid Power Conference & Expo is coming up fast, so make plans to head to Vanderbilt University in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee. This two-day event will bring fluid power professions together from across the country, providing an excellent opportunity to talk with experts from industry and academia about the latest challenges and developents in fluid power technology.

Both days of this two-day event opens with a keynote address delivered by an engineering expert and is followed by practical sessions presented by professional trainers. As an added bonus, representatives from fluid power manufacturers and service providers will be on hand to introduce the latest developments in their particular fields of expertise.

Furthermore, members of the Equipment Service Association will be holding their annual meeting in conjunction with the Fluid Power Conference & Expo to further enhance networking opprtunities.

Following is a schedule of events, including a plant tour and evening at Nashville's famous Jack's Bar-B-Que. So don't delay; rooms at a special rate of only $119 per night at the Holiday Inn Express (easy walking distance to the Country Music Hall of fame) are going fast. Click here for details.

Why Vanderbilt?

Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering Department will host the Fluid Power Conference & Expo November 6 and 7. Vanderbilt engineers are a key part of the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) team in an ambitious national effort to advance the field of fluid power, which could lead to reductions in fuel consumption, state-of-the-art rescue robots and new devices to aid people with mobility impairments.

Furthermore, Nashville’s strategic location makes it close not only to the many manufacturing facilities in the Midwest, but also to the many newer, state-of-the-art plants in the South and Southeast. These facilities are heavy users of hydraulic and pneumatic components that are specified for the machines they manufacture and for their in-plant production equipment. Naturally, then OEMs, users, and distributors are eager to learn more about fluid power technology, components, and services they can incorporate into their designs.


Session Schedule
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Wednesday, November 6th

8:30am - 9:00am
  Breakfast and Registration
9:00am - 9:45am
  Keynote Presentation
10:00am - 11:15am


Introductory Level Discussion on Understanding Circuit Design
Presented by:Bob Sheaf, CFC Industrial Training

The Lethal Strike
Presented by: Rory McLaren, Fluid Power Training Institute

11:15am- 11:30am
11:30am - 12:00pm
  Sponsored Session
12:00pm - 1:00pm
1:15pm - 1:45pm

Sponsored Session

1:45pm - 2:00pm
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Why Lockout and Tagout does not Guarantee Hydraulic System Safety
Presented by: Rory McLaren, Fluid Power Training Institute

How to Make Fluid Power Systems more Energy Efficient
Presented by: Bob Sheaf, CFC Industrial Training

3:45pm - TBD

Des-Case Plant Tour

Reception at Jack's Bar-B-Que
Sponsored by: Des-Case


Thursday, November 7th

9:00am - 9:30am
  Breakfast and Registration

9:30am - 10:15am

Keynote Presentation
Knowledge of Hydraulics can Save Big Bucks
Presented by: Bill Caldwell, Consultant & Instructor

10:15am - 10:30am


10:30am - 11:45am

Proactive Maintenance for Hydraulic Systems
Presented by: Rory McLaren, Fluid Power Training Institute

Tips and Tricks for Circuit Design
Presented by: Bob Sheaf, CFC Industrial Training
Sponsored by: Webtec - Webster Instruments

11:45am - 12:00pm
12:00pm - 12:30pm

Sponsored Session

12:30pm - 1:30pm


1:30pm - 1:45pm


1:45pm - 2:15pm
  Sponsored Session
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 4:00pm

Mobile and Industrial Electrohydraulic Systems
Presented by: Bob Sheaf, CFC Industrial Training

Presented by: Rory McLaren, Fluid Power Training Institute


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