The March 2 Fluid Power Industrial Consortium (FPIC) seminar drew in a record-breaking 66 fluid power academics and professionals to learn about the use of smart technologies in fluid power components and systems. The presentations covered an array of use cases, including smart sensors and transducers as well as IO-Link technology. The examples that were presented could be used in a variety of different areas that use fluid power, including for automotive, robotic, industrial machine, HVAC, aerospace, and medical applications. All of the speakers emphasized how the use of smart technology can enhance a particular component or system’s ability to do its job while often reducing overall costs for users due to predictive maintenance options, remote self-diagnostics capabilities, and greater reliability.
- Smart Sensors in Fluid Power: A Systems Solutions Approach | Roger Grace, President, Roger Grace Associates
- Pressure and Temperature sensing are combined into a single package by using Smart packaging, calibration, and testing | Gary Winzeler, VP Sales & Marketing DunAn Sensing
- IO-Link: A New Way to Communicate with Smart Sensors | Yuen Li, Product Marketing Manager, Industrial Networks, IFM Efector
NFPA members can access the presentations in the FPIC archives. A member login is required.
Smart technology was one of the many topics directly related to the Fluid Power Advanced Manufacturing Consortium’s Manufacturing Roadmap that have been selected for the seminar series. These topics focus on identifying the areas of pre-competitive research that are needed to advance fluid power technology in the United States, specifically involving the mechanisms and methods for manufacturing fluid power components and systems. While the seminar series is informative and free for all NFPA members to take part in, Roadmap Committee members are especially encouraged to participate.
Three more half-day, quarterly seminars have been scheduled for 2018:
June 1, 2018 | “Advanced Hydraulic Fluids for Enhanced System Reliability”
September 7, 2018 | “Robotic Automation for Small Batch Manufacturing of Fluid Power Components”
December 7, 2018 | “Advanced Sealing Technologies and Materials for Improving System Reliability”
More information about the upcoming seminars will be announced as the dates draw nearer.