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 Welcome to the website of the Dutch Fluid Power Conference.

At November 13th the Dutch Fluid Power Conference has been organized for the sixth time in succession in a joined cooperation of the FEDA (Federation of Drives and Automation) and the VPH (Dutch Fluid Power Association). The main topic for this year was: Hydraulics & Maintenance.

More than 200 visitors can reflect on an even useful as pleasant day.  The purpose of this conference was sharing knowledge, gaining knowledge and meeting other people from the hydraulics industry and based on the enthousiasm of the visitors this has been realized. As this international conference was aimed at participants from the whole of Europe the presentations were all in English. In total presentations have been held by 20 speakers from Finland, Germany, Swiss, Belgium and The Netherlands. 

At the presentation of Martyn Smart from the BFPA / Pirtek UK the booklet “”Fluid Injection Injury Emergency - The Facts “ was presented. As the necessary knowledge concerning this topic is not well known amongst people from the hydraulics industry and the medical world, the FEDA, following the BFPA, has developed and implemented this booklet in The Netherlands. This document examines the factors that influence the background, symptoms, treatment and likelihood of fluid injection injuries - specifically identifying people who are most at risk and how such an injury should be treated.

A scoop this years symposium was presenting the papers and presentations in a digital format by giving the visitors a free E-reader when they arrived at the Cinemec in Ede. With this E-reader every visitor had directly the possession over all digital information. With an increased number of 27 tabletops a lot of companies from or connected to the hydraulics industry , took the opportunity to present themselves at this networking part of the symposium. 

The symposium was concluded by a forum discussion whereby the audience had the opportunity to ask some final questions to the speakers. This resulted in some really interesting debates about maintenance intervals, the options for online condition monitoring, the impact of machine guidelines on maintenance and the health & safety issues that play an increasingly major role when it comes to hydraulic hoses and pipes.  

Please click here for the gallery of pictures that were taken during the conference. Photography, Marc Roos

The digital files (papers and presentations) are available , see Paper page.


On behalf of the organising and technical committee,


Ivo Willemsen,

Chair of the VPH