WJTA-IMCA Count Members Around the Globe

The WaterJet Technology Association (WJTA) and Industrial & Municipal Cleaning Association (IMCA) share an extensive international member list, a commitment to excellence within their overlapping industries and a strong set of member benefits. The conjoined WJTA-IMCA is also the only association of its magnitude in the country.

Ken Carroll, administrator for WJTA-IMCA, says, “Although other associations may cover a segment of the industry, I know of no others that cover these two groups of people.” WJTA-IMCA’s corporate and individual members include high-pressure waterjet and industrial vacuum equipment users, manufacturers, distributors, researchers, regulators and consultants. WJTA-IMCA is international in scope, with corporate and individual members around the world.

According to the organization’s website, “The Industrial & Municipal Cleaning Association is a special interest group within the association for WJTA members who have an active interest in industrial and municipal cleaning.” The IMCA component, formed in 2009, aims to provide a more focused forum that permits these specialized WJTA members to “communicate with each other, share ideas and knowledge, and foster closer collaborations.”

Beginning in 1983, WJTA has sponsored a biennial conference, and last year, WJTA-IMCA held its first annual expo. Since the expo and conference are presented together in odd-numbered years, Carroll and his staff are gearing up for the WJTA-IMCA Conference & Expo to be held September 19-21, 2011 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

The program includes live demonstrations and displays of new high-tech products and equipment. The educational component of the conference includes a pre-conference workshop, entitled, “Waterjet Technology: Basics and Beyond,” which is a boot camp for contractors and end users. In addition, a range of industry professionals from around the world will present some thirty to thirty-five papers on projects, practices and lessons learned from their experiences in the industry.

Seminars on the use of industrial vacuum equipment and of high-pressure water-jetting equipment are sometimes presented at the conference, as well as at other venues around the country. Carroll says, “Wherever there are groups of people who request training, or companies who send their employees, and if there are enough people to make it worthwhile for us and for the company, we’ll host a seminar.”
For instance, the association has offered its “Safe Operation of Industrial Vacuum Equipment” three times: once in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, then in Houston, Texas, and again, in Orlando, Florida. Although the organization does not currently offer certification programs, those who attend a seminar do receive a certificate of completion.

The association has a listserv that provides a forum for members to ask and answer questions about equipment, applications, safety, job performance and technical problems. It is moderated by the office staff, and when queries come in through other avenues, they are posted to the listserv. This means that members have access to the knowledge and experience of hundreds of waterjet professionals and industrial contractors, including researchers, developers, users, consultants, regulators, distributors and manufacturers from the United States and countries around the world.

Besides the listserv and networking opportunities, member benefits are extensive and include reduced fees for meetings, expo and conference, a copy of and inclusion in the WJTA-IMCA Membership Directory that has one thousand listings, and a subscription to Jet News, which comes out six times a year. Members also have access to extensive information on new applications, products, testing and on-the-job safety, and have a voice in issues affecting the waterjet and industrial cleaning industry, as well as help in communicating industry specifics to clients.

Non-members can purchase any of the organization’s materials right off the WJTA-IMCA’s website, www.WJTA.org, as well as register to attend the expo and conference, and use the association’s online professional directory, which can be searched using geographical or service parameters. Hampton explains, “Non-members can also participate in the organization’s listserv by sending questions to the WJTA-IMCA office, which we will post for them.”

Members’ willingness to share with each other is the feature of WJTA-IMCA that makes Carroll most proud, “The networking that begins at the conferences and expos is carried out through the year. If a problem arises, we have people on our committees who are willing to roll up their sleeves and find a solution. The egos disappear.”

To learn more: www.WJTA.org or contact Ken Carroll, Administrator, WaterJet Technology Association and Industrial & Municipal Cleaning Association, WJTA-IMCA@WJTA.org, 314.241.1445, 906 Olive Street, Suite 1200, Saint Louis, MO 63101

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