The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) has entered into a partnership agreement with UKI Media & Events to convene and co-locate an advanced hydraulics conference for off-highway vehicle and fluid power engineers at iVT EXPO, to be held August 21-22, 2024, in Chicago, IL.

iVT EXPO is an annual exposition for the off-highway vehicle design and engineering community, which first took place in the United States in 2022. The event is focused on all types of industrial and off-highway vehicles, with exhibits that are highly focused on a number of key technologies, including new powertrains, electric and hybrid systems, control systems, sensors, and autonomous technologies. With hydraulics serving as a key enabling technology for these vehicles and many of these systems, iVT EXPO offers an ideal platform for growth and expansion of hydraulics, both in its affiliated education program and on its show floor.

NFPA will plan and deliver a two-day conference, running in parallel with the trade show and other education tracks, that will offer iVT EXPO attendees and exhibitors with information on the latest advances in hydraulic technology. NFPA members are now encouraged to submit session proposals for inclusion in the conference. A multitude of presentation topics will be considered, but special consideration will be given to proposals that address:

  • Performance comparisons between hydraulic and electromechanical actuation technologies on off-highway vehicles
  • Hydraulic system designs optimized for performance on electrified off-highway vehicles
  • Thermal management strategies for hydraulicly-actuated, electrified off-highway vehicles
  • Improvements in hydraulic system efficiency, especially those that help to increase battery life on electrified off-highway vehicles
  • Strategies for reducing the volume and harshness of hydraulic noise on electrified off-highway vehicles
  • Hydraulic data collection and utilization strategies that provide system or machine-level performance improvements
  • Strategies for meeting the functional safety requirements of electrified off-highway vehicles
  • Hydraulic systems that operate in partial or fully autonomous modes

To submit a session proposal, send proposed title, presenter, and 250-word abstract of presentation to before April 12, 2024.

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