Fluid power drives the enormous productivity of heavy equipment such as excavators and wheel loaders. So how much could end-users save if fluid power efficiency was doubled?

Good news: the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), a network of researchers, educators, students, and industry, has already achieved this goal, using an innovative new hydraulic system architecture coupled with swing axis hybridization.

But that’s not all. The CCEFP is investigating other fluid power innovations as well, including:

  • Integration of high-speed digital valves into pumps and motors
  • New ways to capture swing brake energy on excavators
  • New pump, motor and valve designs
  • New high-efficiency oils
  • New operator interfaces that improve productivity.

Fluid power engineers, technical leaders, CTOs and others can learn more about the CCEFP by attending the Fluid Power Research and Innovation Conference, October 14-16 in Chicago, Illinois. The conference is co-sponsored by the CCEFP and the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA), a co-owner of IFPE 2017 in Las Vegas.

The conference goal is to connect industry to university resources and talent through technical sessions, networking opportunities, laboratory tours, and panel discussions on the technologies and workforce skills needed to continue growing the fluid power industry.

Participants include industry practitioners and leaders, government representatives, and academic fluid power researchers and students from around the world.

For more information and to register, contact Alyssa Burger at alyssa@umn.edu.