*Editor's Note: This article was updated February 3 with additional information.
CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2023 will once again bring together the latest technology advancements for the construction industry. While CONEXPO will have a key focus on new construction equipment and many of the technologies utilized in it, such as GPS, IFPE — the International Fluid Power Exposition — will be the place to see the most up-to-date fluid power and other power transmission technologies.
The construction equipment industry, and the heavy machinery market in general, is an important one for fluid power. It is one of the largest market segments in which fluid power components, particularly hydraulics, are used.
As such, co-locating these two events provides attendees for both shows the chance to see how equipment designs are trending as well as the technologies which enable them to do their work.
Following is a sampling of some of the components and systems that will be on display at CONEXPO and IFPE 2023.
Bosch Rexroth to Exhibit eLION Electrification Portfolio
During IFPE 2023, Bosch Rexroth intends to show a wide range of its products including the eLION electrification platform. Products in this platform include electric motor-generators, inverters and accessories. Gearboxes, hydraulics and software components are also a part of the platform.
All products within eLION have been developed specifically to meet the needs of heavy-duty off-highway equipment. The components are scalable and robust, and have integrated safety features.
Four sizes are currently available for the products to meet a range of equipment needs, and can be used for both travel and work functions.
Bosch Rexroth will be located in South Hall 3 (second level of South Hall), the IFPE portion of the event, at Booth S80215.
Danfoss Powering Future of Machine Performance
Danfoss Power Solutions intends to showcase its range of hydraulic, fluid conveyance, and electrification solutions at IFPE 2023 under the theme "Powering the future of machine performance."
"Autonomy, electrification, connectivity, and digitalization aren’t just buzzwords. They’re enabling original equipment manufacturers to develop machines with better productivity, safety, efficiency, precision, and operator experience," said Mike Hill, senior vice president, OEM sales, Danfoss Power Solutions, in the company's pre-show press release. "At Danfoss, we’re helping OEMs harness these trends and working with them to design, iterate, and validate their machines faster. It’s how we’re powering the future of machine performance."
The company intends to have dedicated booth areas highlighting these industry trends which includes products from its Editron brand focused on electric powertrain systems.
Among the technologies on display will be the North American debut of the new Thorx family of cam lobe motors. Designed to be 33% shorter in length, and therefore easy to install, the motors also help to reduce shock at speed changeover by 70% which helps to improve machine handling and operator comfort. Brake technology integrated into the motor is durably designed and offers a 20-25 times longer lifespan than competitive options.
The CLM 8 S motor for machines equipped with chain drives will be on display as will a prototype of the CLM 12 T motor for machines with track drives.
Danfoss will also exhibit its Dextreme system for excavators which is based on its Digital Displacement technology. An efficient and digitally controlled hydraulic pump is at the heart of the system, enabling improved flow control for increased system efficiency. The system enables up to a 50% energy savings for excavators by helping to minimize losses common with hydraulic systems. Digital control of the hydraulic pump aids with system efficiency and faster operator response times as well as better control of engine loading which reduces fuel consumption.
Danfoss will be located in South Hall 3 at Booth S80515.
Hallite Introducing New Fluid Power Products
Hallite has announced its plans to exhibit at IFPE 2023. Its booth will include interactive kiosks to provide attendees with a unique means of learning about its latest seal, wiper and bearing products. A kiosk focused on testing capabilities will provide a virtual tour of the company's state-of-the-art lab and testing facility in the UK.
The company says its booth will be focused on four central themes
- fluid power product innovation,
- fluid power product testing,
- fluid power education, and
Mike Baxter, managing director at Hallite Seals Americas, said in a pre-show press release "Exhibiting at IFPE...allows us to share our knowledge and expertise with the industry while keeping our finger on the pulse of the construction and agricultural equipment developments and trends requiring the latest fluid power sealing innovations."
Hallite has announced it plans to introduce three new products at IFPE that will aid with reducing environmental impacts while maintaining quality and performance. In addition, the company plans to exhibit several legacy products such as its 730 double-acting piston seal and 605 rod seal.
"Sustainable manufacturing processes and what this means for Hallite and our customers is a key driver for everything attendees will see from us at the show," said Andrew Iddeson, Global Technical Director for Hallite, in a pre-show press release. "We are testing and working with our suppliers to qualify raw materials that are renewable or recyclable, such as polyurethanes based on bio-sourced polyols, derived from plant-based oils. We look forward to having conversations with customers about our work in these areas."
Hallite will be located in South Hall 3 at Booth S82240.
Ewellix Exhibiting SmartX Linear Motion Platform
Linear motion and actuation technology developer Ewellix — which was acquired by Schaeffler Group in July 2022 — will exhibit for the first time at CONEXPO/IFPE 2023. Among the technologies on display will be the company's newly launched SmartX platform.
SmartX is a digital platform designed to help design teams create motion, robotic and automation systems with higher levels of intelligence, connectivity and adaptability. By doing so, they can help customers improved productivity, reliability and safety.
Products within the new platform feature intelligent digital control, sensor and communication technologies. These technologies are integrated directly into the standard product envelope, benefiting installation for end-use customers. Other devices often require sensors or other components to be installed externally, which can cause issues; and if the components are from different suppliers there can be issues with compatibility.
Ewellix will offer a range of sensors for easy integration. Onboard electronics, software and other features will help to ease programming and setup for customers. The company said the technology can be used in a wide range of applications.
Ewellix will exhibit its SmartX platfrom and other technologies in South Hall 1, Booth S62629.
Epec to Show New Electrification Technology
Epec Oy, the technology brand specializing in advanced electronics of forestry OEM Ponsse Group, plans to show its newly launched Epec Flow solution. Featuring a control system and power distribution unit (PDU), Epec Flow is designed to aid equipment manufacturers with their electric machine designs.
The system's PDU distributes power to the components used to electrify a machine, such as electric motors and batteries. It includes integrated safety solutions to ensure safe and reliable distribution of energy as well as manufacture and maintenance of the machine. The PDU can easily be integrated with machine control systems to optimize and automate power distribution the company said in a press release announcing the launch of Epec Flow.
Epec's system also includes the Epec Flow Hybrid Control Unit (HCU) which the company said controls the electric powertrain and includes software to enable optimal energy consumption, productivity and usability.
OEMs can customize the system as they like, and it is adaptable to various off-road and commercial vehicle architectures. The key electrification components can be selected from various suppliers; Epec does provide component sourcing support to aid OEM customers with their developments.
Epec will exhibit its technology in the North Hall at Booth N12347.