The first annual Motion, Drives and Automation Conference — Hydraulics in Automation track —  was held at IMTS September 10 and 11, 2012, sponsored by Bosch Rexroth Corp. and presented by Hydraulics & Pneumatics and Machine Design magazines, as part of Penton Media's Design Engineering Group and the National Fluid Power Association.

Click the links below to see full presentations from the Hydraulics in Automation track at the event:

  1. Closed-loop position and force control
    Considerations and techniques for closing the control loop of electrohydraulic
    systems, including the valve, actuator, and controller.
    Speaker: Peter Nachtwey, President — Delta Computer Systems
  2. Energy-efficient hydraulic drives
    Simple, yet effective hydraulic components and circuits can be incorporated into a hydraulic system to total cost of ownership, especially energy consumption.
  3. Controlling hydraulic contamination to improve reliability
    Contamination of hydraulic fluid is the top cause of equipment malfunctions, so this
    session explores techniques to achieve and maintain clean fluid within a tight budget.
    Speaker: Marty Barris, Engine Liquid & Hydraulics Product Director — Donaldson Co.
  4. Save energy with variable-speed pump drives
    Applying variable-speed electric motor technology to a hydraulic power unit can yield
    impressive energy savings with no sacrifice in performance.
    Speaker: Jan Komsta, Manager, New Technologies & Simulation – Bosch Rexroth Corp.
  5. Performance and comparison of hydraulic fluids
    You can improve the efficiency of a hydraulic system simply by switching to a different
    type of fluid that’s more suited to the application.
    Speaker: Paul Michael, Research Chemist — Milwaukee School of Engineering
  6. Reducing noise in hydraulic systems
    Noise generated by hydraulic systems can be significantly reduced by following simple design and component selection techniques.
  7. Electronic control options for pneumatic systems
    Today’s pneumatic systems can operate from fieldbus systems, all the way down basic
    operators. This session summarizes control options and how to determine which is
    best suited to an application.
    Speaker: Ryan Hettinger, Application Engineer — Festo Corp.
  8. Reducing the electrical costs of pneumatic systems
    Virtually every manufacturing plant has multiple compressed air systems, which hold
    potential to save tens of thousands of dollars in electrical consumption every year.
    Speaker: Hank VanOrmer, President — Air Power USA