2011 WJTA-IMCA Conference and Expo for Industry Professionals

The 2011 WJTA-IMCA Conference and Expo will be held September 19-21 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. The Conference and Expo focuses on high pressure waterjet technology and related services:

• Industrial and Municipal Cleaning/Maintenance Services
• Industrial Vacuum Services
• Surface Preparation
• Paint/Coating Removal
• Hydro demolition
• Precision Cutting
• Hydro-excavation

The WJTA-IMCA Conference/Expo is the largest global exhibition of waterjet/waterblast equipment, systems, and service providers. Displays feature high pressure and ultrahigh pressure waterjetting systems and accessories, automated equipment, guns, hoses and hose assemblies, valves, fittings, tubing, nozzles, lances, pumps, abrasive cutting systems and abrasives, surface preparation supplies, concrete removal systems, safety gear and supplies, and vacuum trucks.

Live demonstrations enable participants to see manually operated and automated equipment in operation: abrasive waterjet cutting, rotary line cleaning, sewer line cleaning, tank/vessel cleaning, tube and bundle lancing, paint/coating removal, waterjet gun operations, waterjet pumps, and industrial vacuuming and offloading. Following the demos, participants can see the work accomplished and talk with company representatives.

Education is a key factor in this business and boot camp sessions on September 20-21 offer a variety of presentations on practical topics: high pressure waterblasting, waterjet safety, hose safety, automated tube cleaning, automated waterblasting, hydro-excavation, and nozzle selection.

Two of the boot camp sessions give plant personnel an opportunity share their knowledge. The first is “Driving to Zero…Together,” by Kathy Krupp, managed services leader of Dow Chemical Company, Freeport, Texas. Krupp will focus on creating a strong partnership between each customer and contract service provider in order to achieve zero incidents and injuries during hydro blasting jobs.

The second session is presented by Hans Borgt, maintenance engineer for industrial cleaning at Dow Benelux B.V. in the Netherlands. Borgt performs extensive work using automated cleaning equipment in the plant setting, and he will discuss the reduction of hydro blasting manual labor at Dow in the Netherlands.

The safe and productive operation of industrial vacuum equipment begins with knowing how the equipment operates. Industry veteran Phil Stein, who has been working in the industrial and municipal cleaning industry since 1969, will present “Understanding the Power of Vacuum and How Industrial Vacuum Loaders Work” on September 19 and the seminar will be repeated on September 20. Stein utilizes informative and entertaining visual training models to illustrate how vacuum systems work. This program is ideal for contractors and employees who are first-time users or contractors who are thinking about adding industrial vacuum technology to the business, plant personnel who contract for industrial vacuum work, or anyone who is looking to improve their understanding of industrial vacuum loaders.

“Waterjet Technology—Basics and Beyond” is a short course specifically designed to provide an applied introduction to the technology and practical applications of waterjets and related equipment. The course is taught by leading professionals and is intended for anyone with an interest in waterjet technology, ranging from first-time users and new employees to those seeking to increase their level of knowledge, including field techs, suppliers, support staffs, engineers, marketing personnel, and potential new users. This optional course is offered on September 19.

Participants will also have an opportunity to hear some of the world’s leading engineers and researchers share new developments in applications, mechanics, and procedures during paper presentations on September 20-21.

Register online or obtain additional information at www.wjta.org, or contact WJTA-IMCA by telephone: (314)241-1445, fax: (314)241-1449, email: wjta-imca@wjta.org, or mail:
906 Olive Street, Suite 1200, St. Louis, MO 63101-1448.

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