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NFPC Open Day attracts over 250 visitors

02 April, 2015

National Fluid Power Centre’s free-to attend Industry Open Day, held on 18 February, was a major success, with over 250 visitors in attendance. The yearly event has established itself as an important fixture for manufacturers/OEMs, distributors and end users of fluid power and control and automation equipment.

Some 38 national and international companies exhibited on the day, with a number of these companies making their NFPC exhibition debut. These included: Atlantic Fluid Tech; Beaumanor Fluid Power Products; Eaton; Fairway Hydraulics; Hercules Hydraulics Ltd.; Holmbury Premier Products; Hydraulic System Products Ltd.; Hydrowatt; Kawasaki Precision Machinery; Mitsubishi Electric; Pall Corporation; Ryco Hydraulics Ltd.; Tiefenbach; and Trelleborg.

Technical papers

Six technical papers were presented throughout the day by key speakers from industry. Adrian Sorsby from Balluff presented a paper titled: ‘Innovative solutions in hydraulic actuator control’. John Ayres from Bosch Rexroth gave a presentation titled: ‘Vehicle hydrostatic transmission configurations and performance prediction’. Ian Wright from Eaton presented a paper titled: ‘Eaton LifeSense –Hydraulic Hose Condition Monitoring’. David Joyce from Husco International gave a presentation titled: ‘Suspending the front axle of a tractor for improved operator comfort’. The paper from Tim Harris of Parker Sales (UK) Ltd. was titled: ‘Electronic hydraulic control –good reasons for increasing complexity’. Andrew Gibson from Shell (UK) Ltd. gave a presentation titled: ‘Developments in the manufacture and monitoring of hydraulic fluids for industrial applications.’ These papers are now available to view on the NFPC Website www.nfpc.co.uk.

In addition to being able to gain valuable knowledge and insight from the technical paper presentations, visitors were also saw first-hand the NFPC’s state-of-the-art training facilities and talk with the Centre’s training engineers.

John Savage, director at the NFPC, commented that feedback from the event has been excellent, with many companies already reserving their place at next year’s Open Day, scheduled for 17 February 2016. “I wish to personally thank all concerned in supporting this annual event here at the National Centre and making it a day to remember,” he said. “We anticipate that the 2016 event will be even bigger and better.”

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