IFPE 2017 Recap IFPE 2017 and its co-located partner, CONEXPO-CON/AGG, broke records March 7-11 in Las Vegas. This year’s show spanned a record 2.8 million net square feet of exhibit space and featured a record 2,800-plus exhibitors. Represented companies ranged from large, multinational companies to small, more specialized ones. Approximately 130,000 people from all over the world were in attendance. One popular addition to the show was the all-new Tech Experience, where Project AME (pictured right), the world’s first 3D-printed excavator, made its debut and attracted solid traffic throughout the week. “Keeping pace with technology is critical for our industry’s success, and the 3D-printed excavator featuring fluid power innovations is a perfect example of the show’s future-forward commitment to explore innovations that are happening now and the exciting possibilities ahead,” said Robert Mortensen, IFPE 2017 chair and president of HUSCO International. The Tech Experience also featured “Tech Talks” from industry innovators as well as a glimpse into the future of jobsites, infrastructure development, and workforce development. On the show floor, the NFPA booth also attracted a bit of traffic as members made use of the available meeting space or stopped by for our scheduled mini educational talks, covering topics including industry statistics, standards development, and fluid power education. NFPA also hosted a number of meetings during IFPE, including the World Fluid Power Summit, which featured presentations on trends and forecasts from 13 participating countries, and meetings for subgroups of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO/TC 131. Mark Your Calendars The next IFPE is scheduled to take place March 10-14, 2020 in Las Vegas. Read more about IFPE 2017 and CONEXPO-CON/AGG here.