Waterjet Technology Association and Industrial & Municipal Cleaning Association

With 200 corporate members and 800 individuals, Waterjet Technology Association and Industrial & Municipal Cleaning Association (WJTA-IMCA) members are contractors, suppliers, end-users and other stakeholders in the environmental services, industrial cleaning, high-pressure waterjet/hydroblasting, vacuum truck and hydroexcavation industries among others.

Staying safe
One of the organization’s goals is to improve industry safety. They have published white papers such as “Safety First… the New Normal in High Pressure Hydroblasting,” articles and recommended practice manuals to urge users to stay safe.

Two of the organization’s main goals for 2014 included, “distribute updated new editions of our Recommended Practices manuals, and release a Spanish translation of the Recommended Practices for Waterjetting,” says Peter Wright, association manager for WJTA-IMCA.

“WJTA-IMCA also publishes a Medical Alert Card with important information for medical attention in the event of a high pressure water injection injury. These cards are carried by operators doing waterjetting, hydroblasting, sewer jetting, hydro-excavation, etc. To date, more than 120,000 cards have been distributed.”

Keeping members up-to-date
“Our primary goals are to improve industry safety, technology, and trade and foster communications within the industry,” says Wright.
To that end, WJTA-IMCA’s publication, Jet News, features technical articles, feature stories and press releases related to the industry and is distributed to members to improve best practices, safety and keep them up-to-date on the industry’s latest technology.

“The association is also a great way to network within this industry,” says Wright. “We distribute a membership directory to all of our members and have recently introduced a searchable online companion for members on the WJTA-IMCA website.

“Additionally, our annual tradeshow—the WJTA-IMCA Expo—was designed to provide a forum for hydroblasting, vacuum truck and industrial/environmental services contractors, suppliers, end users, and other stakeholders to network, and find new technologies, products and business opportunities in an environment focused specifically on our industry sector.”

Since 1983, they have held a conference along with the Expo every other year. “The conferences include research papers and case studies on a number of topics in the fields of high pressure waterjet, industrial vacuum and industrial cleaning,” says Wright. “Over the years the conference papers have addressed a number of emerging applications and technologies as the use of high-pressure waterjets has expanded tremendously, and they continue to provide a great resource for participants as the industry continues to evolve.”

Another goal for 2014 was to establish a new location for the Expo while continuing to provide exceptional value to their members. They found that location in New Orleans. “Our annual tradeshow, the WJTA-IMCA Expo, in New Orleans offers a number of high-quality educational opportunities,” says Wright. “We provide certificates of attendance for participants who might need CE credits for a certification they hold.

“In 2015, the Expo will include a technical Conference as well, so a primary goal is to continue to grow the 2015 Conference & Expo in terms of exhibits, attendance, technical papers and case studies. The Conference & Expo will be held November 2-4 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The Expo will also include a day-long waterjet technology short course—The Basics & Beyond.”

Looking ahead
This next year will bring the release of the association’s Waterjet Safety Video. “The new video will include information on safety with automated waterblast systems, as well as safe operating recommendations for manual waterjetting and features a variety of new equipment and techniques,” says Wright.

“This coming year we also want to continue to grow our membership base, expand our informational offerings and respond to the needs of our members.”

Benefits of membership
Through safety publications, a membership directory, networking opportunities, and industry-specific news and information, members receive a lot of benefits for their money. In addition, they get an active voice in the industry.

“Association membership signals to your customers and business associates commitment to quality, safety and professionalism,” says Wright. “Membership also provides a resource for high-quality, industry-specific news and information, as well as unsurpassed networking opportunities.

“Many members also view membership as part of their stewardship of the industry—a way to support the association’s goals and initiatives and improve the business environment for all of the industry’s stakeholders.”

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