On Thursday 10 October 2019, the Dutch Fluid Power Transmission Conference (DFPTC), co-organized by the CETOP member association FEDA, took place for the 9th time at the DeFabrique in Utrecht. Theme of this year's conference was "Intelligent Hydraulic Drive Technology" - the influence of electronic intelligence on hydraulic and mechanical drive technology. As in previous years, this was a substantive congress, an event where colleagues meet and network with eachother. We are very enthusiastic about our new approach with duo presentations.
The program started with a keynote by Janette Kothe (Bosch Rexroth), expert in the field of Internet of Things (IoT). Her focus was not too much on the technological side of Intelligent Hydraulics, they learned a lot about it in the parallel sessions. Janette believes that it is all about sharing experiences, about shaping the 4th technical revolution, focusing on three perspectives: desirability, technological questions, but of course also the business perspective, however fallible. After the keynote, the four parallel sessions followed and the Young Professional Award (YPA) and wrap-up plus closing by Harry Glotzbach (comedian at Comedy Café Amsterdam) ended, he was present all day and gave us a looking back through his eyes. After that people could network extensively with each other during a snack and a drink.
The prize winner of the fourth edition of the Young Professional Award (YPA) from FEDA was announced. The winner is the "Rock Solid" team from the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, students with the Engineering discipline. Jury chairman Michiel de Ruyter expressed the jury's assessment as follows: "The product that the team has developed and delivered can be described as an End-effector for picking up, moving and placing / placing natural stones in a structure". The specific points on which they have dragged in the profit is that the application of the disciplines such as business administration, pneumatics, robotics, control technology and mechanical engineering where the models are well calculated and worked out. The second prize went to the "Nut Welding add-on" team at Windesheim Zwolle and the third prize went to the "The Egyptians" team at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam.
The Table-Top and network square were also enthusiastically visited, where catching up and hearing what the new developments were, went hand in hand.
DFPTC is organized by FEDA and Vereniging Platform Hydrauliek.
For all information and photos of this congress you can look at www.dfptc.nl.