The 9th International Fluid Power Conference took place in Aachen from March 24th to March 26nd, 2014, and carried the slogan:
„Modern Fluid Power Challenges, Responsibilities, Markets“
Contributions regarding the leading themes
have been presented to more than 700 participants from 30 countries. On the first day, the conference was opened with a workshop on „Digital Fluid Power“ and a fundamental symposium. The accompanying exhibition registered an exhibitor record of a total of 35 companies.
Besides the festive evening and the hall event at IFAS, a diverse cultural program has been offered.
The 8th IFK under the slogan “Fluid Power Drives” took place in Dresden from March 26th to March 28th, 2012.
The IFK attracted more than 700 participants from 29 countries. On the first day, international scientists had the opportunity to present the latest topics in the groups
in a symposium. The two conclusive conference days offered application oriented topics from the groups
Simultaneously to the conference, an exhibition took place with 31 exhibitioners of the industry. This was a platform to talk about the latest trends, technologies, and products. The evening held a festive reception and the traditional hall event at the Institute for Fluid Power at the TU Dresden. The conference was accompanied by a cultural as well as technical supporting programs in and around Dresden.
The 7th International Fluid Power Conference (IFK) took place from March 22nd to 24th, 2010 in Aachen, Germany. The year's motto was "Efficiency through Fluid Power".
Almost 750 participants from over 30 countries attended the 7th IFK in Aachen. In addition to our European guests, we were also able to welcome participants from China, Japan, Canada, Korea and the USA. Overall, 170 presentations were given and over 40 scientific posters were presented.
The first day of the 7th IFK began with a scientific workshop where participants, most of whom were members of universities in Germany and around the world, presented results of their fundamental research. The workshop was divided into four simultaneous sessions, which dealt with the following nine topics:
On the two subsequent conference days, presentations were given on the following eight topics in three parallel session:
The accompanying exhibition with 30 presenters allowed the IFK participants to get up to date on recent developments in products, software and services in fluid power as well as in motion and control technology.
The diverse program of the 7th IFK was completed with a conference banquet in the Coronation Hall of Aachen, followed by an informal gathering in the vaulted cellar of Aachen’s town hall.
During the conference and the concluding party, participants were invited to visit the testing facilities of the institute and gather information on current research activities of the IFAS.
The 6th International Fluid Power Conference (IFK) was held in Dresden from March 31st to April 2nd, 2008. The conference theme was:
"Fluid Power in Motion".
The 6th IFK in Dresden was a great success with more than 600 international participants. We not only had the pleasure of welcoming participants from Europe, but also from China, Japan, Korea, the USA and the United Arab Emirates.
On the first day, a workshop took place. Above all, it offered university members from Germany and abroad the chance to present the latest basic research. Lectures were given on the following 6 topics:
On both conference days, a total of 59 lectures were given on the following 6 topics:
Each of the topic sessions were started with an overview lecture on the subject. The accompanying exhibition with over 30 participating companies was a good opportunity to gather information on the latest products, software and services in the field of fluid power, as well as measurement and automation technology.
A cultural program gave participants the chance to enjoy Dresden's historical buildings, such as the Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche) and the Green Vault (Grünes Gewölbe). A boat trip down the Elbe river to the famous Königstein fortress enabled them to experience the beauty of the Elbe valley and to learn about Saxon history.
A closing banquet at the Hotel Westin Bellevue in Dresden completed the 6th IFK. On April 3rd and 4th, excursions allowed our guests to visit the following important and innovative companies in the region:
The 5th IFK was themed 'Customer Benefits of Fluid Power' and took place from March 20th to 22nd, 2006 in Aachen, Germany at the Eurogress Aachen and at the Institute for Fluid Power Drives and Controls (IFAS) at the RWTH Aachen University. At this event, we had the pleasure of welcoming more than 500 participants from all over the world.
The 4th International Fluid Technology Colloquium with the topic "Intelligent Solutions in Fluid Technology " took place on March 25th and 26th, 2004 in Dresden. Hosting the conference were the Institute of Fluid Power and Motion Control from the Dresden University of Technology, the Dresdner Verein zur Förderung der Fluidtechnik e.V., the Fachverband Fluidtechnik im Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V. (VDMA) Frankfurt/Main and the Network of Fluid Power Centres in Europe (FPCE). In addition to the main program and the exhibition, a workshop for more lectures was held for the first time. This provided more opportunity for presentations on basic research topics and proved to be very popular among international guests. Both conference days consisted of 56 presentations related to the 6 main topics. Speakers were open to answering questions in small group discussions after the lectures. A total of 418 experts, among whom were 329 Germans and 89 international guests from 20 different countries, attended the 4th International Fluid Technology Colloqium.
The 3rd International Fluid Technology Colloquium was carried out in Aachen on March 5th and 6th, 2002 by the IFAS. "Fluid Power Focused on Applications" was the main topic encompassing the 82 lectures. 25% of the 450 participants were international guests.
Manufacturers of hydraulic and pneumatic components represented 65% of the guests, while 12% were industrial end-users and 20% members of various universities.
On March 16th and 17th, 2000, the 2nd International Fluid Technology Colloquium (IFK) took place in Dresden, focusing on "Competitiveness of Fluid Power". Many technical and commercial aspects of the then-current competitive situation were presented and thoroughly discussed in lectures, in-depth discussions and on posters. The conference was organized and hosted by the Institute of Fluid Power and Motion Control at the Dresden University of Technology, the "Dresdner Verein zur Förderung der Fluidtechnik e. V." (Dresden Association for the Promotion of Fluid Power) and the "Fachverband Fluidtechnik" (Fluid Power Association) in the "Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e. V. (VDMA)" (German Engineering Federation).
The 2nd IFK was attended by 481 people, 406 of whom were from Germany and 75 who were international guests from 19 different countries. Among the participants, 23 % (111 participants) were industrial end-users (machine manufacturers), 40 % (192 participants) fluid power components and systems manufacturers, 30 % (144 participants) members of various universities, and 7 % (34 participants) individual guests from associations, authorities, the press etc.
The very first International Fluid Technology Colloqium took place in 1998 on March 17th and 18th in Aachen, Germany. This conference was formed by combining the Aachen Fluid Technology Colloqium and the Dresden Conference for Hydraulics and Pneumatics and aims at presenting international, state-of-the-art research and technology in the field of fluid power. The international orientation of the colloquium was a success, made evident by the large number of lecturers from abroad and foreign participants from 23 countries, accounting for 25 % of all colloquium visitors. 71 % of the guests were representatives of fluid power component manufacturers, 9 % representatives of user companies and 20 % representatives of the scientific research community, associations and journals. A total of 652 visitors attended the conference.