IFPE debuts inaugural episode of web show Manufacturing the Future, featuring AEM’s Sara Feuling and Husco’s Ben Holter


The International Exhibition of Hydraulic Fluids (IFPE) recently launched the inaugural episode of its new web show, Building the future: off-road equipment, high technology.

Hosted by engineering.com Jim Anderson, Director of Media Content, and featuring AEM’s Senior Construction Manager, Sara Feuling, and Husco’s Automation Systems Manager, Ben Holter, Build the futureThe first episode of detailed the future of the off-road equipment industry and how advancements in hydraulic systems will help guide that future.

Check out the first episode hereor watch it below.

In this episode, Feuling noted how professionals in the construction industry are becoming increasingly adept at using technology to their advantage.

“They find those nuances, those productivity gains, those efficiencies, using other tools,” she continued. “The software tools that exist and are available to the industry really balance each other out and determine what those bid prices are, what that time is going to take and what that cost is going to take. In their operations, they find ways to do better and faster.

One of the biggest questions about automation today is whether it can match the intuitive feel of things that experienced equipment operators have. In this episode, Holter gave an overview of improvements in this area.

“The convergence of technology is now forcing us, hydraulic manufacturers and other control manufacturers, to make this possible. We are now able to do it and now we have to prove that it is possible,” he said. “But it all starts with electrohydraulics. Many machines don’t even have electro-hydraulics, and you can’t even hook up a control system to make that happen. And so, we are progressively advancing in our industry to make all of this possible.

Looking to the long-term future, Feuling also noted that there is potential for technological advancements in the industry.

“It has to work, and it has to be a proven solution and proven technology,” she continued. “And once the industry starts to see that these things work and they do the job well, I think at that point we will absolutely see, in 10, 20 years, these things extrapolate.”

For more information

IFPE is the leading international exhibition and educational resource dedicated to the integration of fluid energy with other technologies for power transmission and motion control applications. Held every three years, the next IFPE will be held March 14-18, 2023 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, USA. IFPE is co-located with CONEXPO-CON/AGG, one of the world’s largest gatherings for the construction industries. To learn more, visit www.ifpe.com Where sign up for show alerts.

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