Eaton Hosts Hydraulics Instructor Symposium

Eaton Corp., Eden Prairie, Minn., recently completed a Hydraulics Instructor Symposium, to expose hydraulics industry trainers to the latest in both emerging hydraulic technologies and instructional methodologies. Hosted at the company’s hydraulic training center in Maumee, Ohio, the symposium was attended by representatives of Alexandria Technical College, The University of Dayton, and Alfred College, as well as training executives and instructors from Eaton’s customers and distributors across North America.

“Each session encouraged attendees to engage in a dialogue with both the presenters and the other attendees, said Tom Blansett, manager of training services for Eaton’s hydraulics group. “The goal was to fully understand the technology being presented while sharing insights into potential applications and exploring the instructional methods that might best be used to transfer the necessary knowledge to other students.”

Among the subjects presented at the symposium were a CANbus primer, systemic contamination control, thread identification, cavitation and aeration, principles of proportional valve operation, hose assembly, proportional valve amplifier tuning and troubleshooting, fixed and variable pump controls, causes and cures of leaks, plus an introduction to IEC 61131-3 compliant programming.

“The symposium was limited to 20 attendees so we could be sure to provide as much individual interaction as possible,” said Blansett. “The attendees were especially interested in emerging electro-hydraulic technologies and the presentation on Rules of Thumb that should be ‘Thumbs Down’ was also very well received.”