Specialist Industry Open Day draws over 400 to region
The National Fluid Power Centre (NFPC UK) held their annual ‘flagship’ Industry Open Day event, on Wednesday 15th February. Our impressive dedicated ‘Exhibition Pavilion’ created excellent networking opportunities for all exhibitors and visitors. This year our marquee pavilion was an impressive 12m x 81m.
The event drew 90 exhibitors and more than 400 visitors to the Centre. The day included guided tours of the Centre’s facilities with 4 Technical Lectures presented by industry experts, topics ranging from “Energy Saving”, “Innovation” “Electro-Pneumatic Solutions” to the “Impact of Industry 4.0 on Hydraulic Systems”.DSCF1836
The event attracted attendees from all over the UK & Ireland as well as Exhibitors from as far afield as Niagara Falls in Canada and Barcelona in Spain. The wide variety of exhibitors displayed a range of specialised products including seals, valves, condition monitoring, filtration and coolant products, air blast coolers and hydraulic measurement and control equipment. Also this year we were pleased to welcome more companies directly involved with Electronics & Control, this follows our forward thinking move towards ‘Integrated Systems Engineering’ (ISE), these exhibitors brought along with them robotic displays and other examples of integrated systems.
The NFPC UK, world class leader in integrated systems engineering, is consistently supported by its Advisory and Strategic Planning Group consisting of over 60 major national and international companies. This year was no exception as members supported the Centre once more as exhibitors and attendees on the day.
John Savage, Director commented “This year’s event is bringing the key representatives from the Fluid Power Industry together. Now we are actively involved with Integrated Systems Engineering,IMG_0351 Electronics & Control, those related companies are now starting to attend, which is positive for the Centre. We now have over 3.5 million pounds worth of equipment all supplied by UK Industry and all aligned to the education, training and skills development of the UK workforce”. The many Advisory companies who exhibited on the day are actively working with NFPC staff to develop training courses to ensure that they have a 100% effectiveness factor”.
New for this year
‘Hallam FM – Cash4Kids’. Our amazing ‘Exhibitor’ companies kindly donated a fantastic selection of ‘Raffle Prizes’, tickets were sold, in order to raise money towards the ‘Hallam FM Cash 4Kids Charity’, Allan Ogle, Charity Manager and his team from ‘Hallam FM – Cash4Kids’ joined us on the day, selling tickets and collecting money raised. We are extremely pleased to say that the event raised a total of £1206.50 on the day.
‘Institute of Quarrying’ CPD accreditation which enabled all delegates who attended our ‘Technical Lectures’ to secure their own record of CPD (1 hour DSCF1843for each lecture attended).
Presentation of the Joseph Bramah Medal to John Savage, Director, NFPC (UK) made by Ian Morris on behalf of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. This medal is awarded for outstanding achievements in mechanical engineering and in particular in John’s case in the field of hydraulic engineering.
Through the hard work and dedication of the Business Development Team, this annual event is set to grow each year, supporting the local economy and local industry, as well as providing an international network linked to career developments.
Check out our promotional ‘Open Day 2017’ short video, showcasing how successful this annual event has now become.