Engineering Spotlight: Connor Szczepaniak

Tell me a bit about your role within the Digital Displacement team? 

I work within the Digital Displacement systems team in Ames, Iowa. It’s my job to take our Digital Displacement products that the engineering and software teams have developed and apply them to customer vehicles or industrial machines. I’m involved with a lot of integration with the system and solving customer challenges.

How did you get into engineering? 

From a young age, I was always interested in how things worked, even taking apart VCRs and TVs to see how they were put together. This then led to studying more maths and science focused subjects in high school before moving to Iowa to study mechanical engineering at Iowa State University.  

 

Connor Szczepaniak.

Service tool demonstration

How did you fall into the role you are in now? 

I started with Danfoss in 2015 as an intern for the Advanced Systems Engineering team who did similar things to the team I work with today. After about a year in this role, I heard about an intern position focusing on Digital Displacement technology and was brought into the team. I’ve been involved in Danfoss Digital Displacement from its early stages, becoming a full-time Systems Engineer in 2017 upon my graduation from college.  

What do you find the most interesting thing about Digital Displacement? 

There’s a lot! It’s very set apart by its controllability and flexibility and the nature of it being digital. Doing testing a few weeks ago I was amazed at the control I had over pressure and flow from multiple independent pump outlets at once. It does exactly what it’s asked to compared to traditional pumps where there are many effects in the system that make it less controllable. It’s just so precise compared to conventional hydraulics.   

 

What would you say to someone considering using Digital Displacement pumps within their technology/machinery? 

If an OEM is seeking to offer the most state of the art, technologically advanced vehicle or machine then Digital Displacement is going to fit from a hydraulics side. If a vehicle or machine is having to conduct complex tasks with a high degree of control or automation, then this product is a great match. From a tangible point of view, the fuel savings are immense, for example, testing conducted on a forklift has shown up to 40% fuel savings against an industry-standard duty cycle.   

What streamof engineering do you see yourself being involved with in the future? 

As computer control becomes more accessible there will be a bigger push towards advanced control software and simulation. Within Digital Displacement, I’ve spearheaded a lot of the focus around software and simulation and I can see within the industry there is a big push towards that. Personally, it’s what I’m passionate about and what I want to continue in my career.

At our ADC in Ames, Iowa

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