Eaton's Hydraulics Instructor Symposium Introduces Industry Training Leaders to Latest Technologies and Teaching Methods

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. ... Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation announced the completion of Eaton's Hydraulics Instructor Symposium, an event designed to expose hydraulics industry leaders involved in academic and commercial training operations to the latest in both emerging hydraulic technologies and instructional methodologies. Hosted at Eaton'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.

"This was not a lecture," explained Tom Blansett, manager, Training Services for Eaton's Hydraulics Group. "Each session encouraged attendees to engage in a dialogue with both the presenters and the other attendees. 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.

Attendees also witnessed a demonstration of HTS-2 technology and were introduced to a broad range of training materials available from Eaton's ecommerce site

"The symposium was limited to 20 attendees so we could be sure to provide as much individual interaction as possible," Blansett noted. "Judging from the number of people on the waiting list it seems quite possible that this could turn into an annual event, and perhaps even a multi-session event.

"The attendees were especially interested in the emerging electro-hydraulic technologies that Eaton has been pioneering. And the presentation on Rules of Thumb that should be 'Thumbs Down' was also very well received."

Eaton's Hydraulics Group is a segment of the company's Industrial Sector. The business is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of a comprehensive line of reliable, high-efficiency hydraulic systems and components for use in mobile and industrial applications. Mobile and industrial markets include agriculture, construction, mining, forestry, utility, material handling, earthmoving, truck and bus, machine tools, molding, primary metals, automotive, power generation, port machinery and entertainment. Eaton's Hydraulics Group provides customer-driven solutions under product names such as Aeroquip®, Boston®, Char-Lynn®, Eaton®, Hydro-Line®, Synflex®, Vickers®, Walterscheid(TM), and Weatherhead®. For more information, visit

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2009 sales of $11.9 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit

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