Stay Ahead of the Curve at FPIRC16

Fluid Power Innovation and Research Conference 2016 (FPIRC16)
October 10-12
Minneapolis, MN
Co-sponsored by the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) and Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP)   

In addition to FPIRC’s collaborative technical breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and local industry and laboratory tours, keynote presentations provide another opportunity for attendees to learn more about what’s happening in the fluid power industry. This year’s presentations are:

  • Keynote:  Wearable Robots: Exoskeletons, Orthoses, and Prostheses – Tuesday, October 11, 10:45 – 11:45 AM
    Dr. Thomas Sugar of Arizona State University will present the challenges and opportunities for building powerful lightweight systems to assist legged locomotion and enhanced gait performance.  Developments in these areas should highlight the potential for new applications and markets in the fluid power industry.
  • Commercialization Pitch Competition – Tuesday, October 11, 12:00 – 1:30 PM
    Learn about the latest innovations in fluid power research. The CCEFP research community will pitch research as potential candidates for commercialization.  The competition will be judged by a panel of three experienced industry experts.  Cash prizes will be given to the top three winners.
  • Keynote:  Via Negativa – Wednesday, October 12, 8:30 – 9:30 AM
    Dr. Peter Achten of INNAS, an engineering and innovation company in Breda, the Netherlands will present Via Negativa – a way of finding the right solution and best design from the pool of thousands of ideas.  The presentation will explore the methodology behind creativity, solution-finding, innovation, and revitalization specifically in relation to the hydraulic industry.

Register for the conference here.

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