The Fluid Power Technology Conference brings together fluid power industry professionals and academics for three full days of in-depth programming including pre-conference workshops, keynote sessions, industry panels, hands-on technology demonstrations, and networking sessions.

Technical sessions from the experts at MSOE and Carl Dyke includes:

  • Maintenance and reliability
  • The importance of maintenance and fluids
  • Cooling and temperature control
  • Hose failures – causes and effects
  • Diagnostics
  • Circuit basics
  • Practical hydraulics — part 1 and 2
  • Maintaining pneumatic systems
  • How to maintain and troubleshoot hydraulic systems
  • Hydrostatic drive troubleshooting bootcamp


Céline Cabana

Technical Account Manager, FD-GROUPS America

Rachel Schmidt

Application Engineer/ ISO 9001 Administrator, Elwood Corporation

Taryn West

Vice President, K.R. West Company

Caryes Allan

Vice President, Higginson Equipment

Connecting women in fluid power: Throughout the 2017 edition of the FPTC, one theme resounded over and over again — the need to get more women into engineering and, specifically, into fluid power. Join several leading women from difference aspects of fluid power as they discuss why this predominantly male industry has been tough to break into and how we can, and should, make changes to the status quo. Moderated by Fluid Power World’s Managing Editor Mary Gannon, the panel of innovators will include educators, executives, distributors and manufacturers. Panelists scheduled to appear include Rachel Schmidt, Sales Application Engineer with Elwood Fluid Power; Caryes Allan, Vice President at Higginson Equipment; and more.


Astrid Mozes

Vice President, Hydraulics Business - Power and Motion Controls Eaton

Austin Ramirez

President and CEO of HUSCO International


Jason Biwer

Managing Director - Automation, Price Engineering

Drew Bennecke

Product Marketing Manager, CEJN North America

Tom Munger

Field Sales, West, Rethink Robotics

Kate Kerrigan

Independent Machine Reliability Consultant, K Kerrigan Consulting

Terry Glidden

Managing Director of Industrial products, Cyclone Hydraulics and Price Engineering

Chinmay Godbole

Plant General Manager, Premier Thermal

Thomas Blansett, CFPAI

Technical Director, IFPS

Jason Palmer

Regional Sales Manager for the Central U.S., Delta Computer Systems Inc.

Chad Repp

Business Development Manager, CANect Telematics, HED

Céline Cabana

Technical Account Manager, FD-GROUPS America

John Plut

Territory Manager, Canada, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies

Geoff Grant

CMP Product Manager, MP Filtri Group

Cary Mulvany

Branch Manager Mobile Automation, SIKO Products Inc.

Dan Davis

Product Sales Manager, Parker USA

Jamie Sanderson

Quality Management / Support & Training, HBC-radiomatic

Rachel Schmidt

Application Engineer/ ISO 9001 Administrator, Elwood Corporation

Paul Michael

Research Chemist, Milwaukee School of Engineering Fluid Power Institute

Taryn West

Vice President, K.R. West Company

Caryes Allan

Vice President, Higginson Equipment

Josh Cosford

General Manager, Higginson Equipment

Denis Lenoble

Product Manager for Automation Studio™, Famic Technologies

Douglas Lacina

Commercial Director, Milwaukee Cylinder

Peter Frymark

Engineering Team Leader, Milwaukee Cylinder

Mark Jankowski

Technical Director, Thomas USA

Eric Ringholm

Division Manager, Electronics - HYDAC

Thomas Wanke, CFPAI

Director, Fluid Power Industrial Consortium and Industry Relations

Dr. Medhat Khalil, CFPHS, CFPAI

Director of Professional Education and Research Development, MSOE

Carl Dyke

Founder, CD Industrial Group

Tony Casassa

Application Engineer, Aggressive Hydraulics

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Media and Association Partners


MSOE, Kern Center
1245 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202