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2020 Annual Virtual Tech Event

Thursday, September 10, 2020



Robert J. Sheaf, Jr., CEO of CFC-Solar, Inc.

Mr. Sheaf founded Certified Fluid Consultants (CFC) in 1990 and is owner/CEO of CFC-Solar, Inc.  (Currently operating as CFC Industrial Training). He has been directly involved with fluid power for 45 years and has taught fluid power courses for 39 years throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. In 2014, CFC was awarded runner-up as “Best Training and Education” company by 21,000 readers of Penton’s Hydraulic and Pneumatic Publications. He served two years on the Board of Directors for the Equipment Service Association and was a director of the ESA Scholarship Fund.

Jon Rhodes, President of CFC Industrial Training

Jon (J.R.) Rhodes is the president of CFC Industrial Training and has 31 years of Industrial Experience. As an instructor, he assisted in the development of custom fluid power training stands for the oil and gas industry as well as providing machine specific fluid power and electro-hydraulic hands-on training for an entire maintenance and engineering staff at a new start-up steel mill. He has also designed and built custom hydraulic test rigs for variable torque loading and simulation for the US Military. Mr. Rhodes holds an A.S.E.E.T. in Electronics Engineering. He also holds U.S. Patent # 6,158,923 for Method and Apparatus for installing Pre-Assembled Silt Fence.


Morning Session

9:30 ET – Welcome and Introductions

9:40 – 10:10 – TBA

10:10 – 10:40 – TBA

10:40 – 11:20 – Understanding ISO Codes, Curtis Hass, National Sales Manager, Donaldson Company

11:20 – 11:50 – STAMPED, Dave Miller, Vice President of Global Product Line Management, Gates

11:50 – Morning Wrap-Up/Afternoon Review

12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch Break

Afternoon Session

1:00 ET – Introduction of CFC Hosts

1:05 – 4:00 – Session Series

  • Fluid Power Safety (55 Minutes)
  • Basic Industrial Control Theory (55 Minutes)
  • Predictive & Preventative Maintenance (55 Minutes)

4:00 – Wrap-Up

Interested in Advertising!?

ESA welcomes your participation as an advertiser in 2020 Virtual Tech Event on Thursday, September 10, 2020. Do not miss this extraordinary opportunity to reach and engage fellow ESA members! Submit a 1 to 2-minute commercial promoting your company and/or product to be viewed during the virtual event. Advertise and increase your exposure in the industry and beyond by selecting one of the social media opportunities!


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