Successful WJTA-IMCA 2015 Conference/ExpoPublished 23/12, 2015 at 14:59
The WaterJet Technology Association-Industrial & Municipal Cleaning Association welcomed 1,075 delegates representing 30 countries to the 2015 WJTA-IMCA Conference and Expo held 2-4 November at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
Ninety-one exhibitors displayed waterjet and industrial cleaning supplies, equipment, systems and services, industrial vacuum trucks and hydro-excavators, and related services.
The pre-Conference workshop, Waterjet Technology: Basics and Beyond, was held on 2 November. The course covered the history of waterjet technology, fundamentals, applications, equipment, UHP and abrasive cutting applications, and safety.
The Boot Camp sessions covered the power of industrial vacuum, pressure loss in waterjet systems, hands-free hydro-excavation, a training program for entry level waterblasters, waterblast nozzle selection, static electricity in HAZLOC vacuuming operations, and robotics in hydrodemolition.
Users and automation developers discussed how the design and application of automated high-pressure waterjet cleaning equipment has improved safety, productivity and the quality of industrial cleaning during a panel discussion.
Live demonstrations included surface preparation, industrial vacuuming, robotically controlled shot gunning systems, heat exchanger and tube cleaning, waterjet cleaning at 55 kpsi, advanced controls, new pumps, and more.
Some of the world’s leading engineers and researchers shared the latest technological developments during paper presentations. Topics covered abrasive jet applications, material removal and the environment, jet forces and cut surfaces, drilling and mining, efficiency enhancement and cleaning and blasting.
The WJTA-IMCA awards ceremony was held on 3 November and Lydia Frenzel, Ph.D. received the Pioneer Award in recognition of her significant contributions to the advancement, development and application of waterjet technology for surface preparation and coating removal.
BASF Corporation and The Dow Chemical Company received the Safety Award in recognition of their owner leadership in driving improvement in hydroblasting safety processes and automation.
StoneAge received the Technology Award in recognition of major contributions to the development and application of hands-free waterjet technology.
The 2015 Service Award was presented to Kathy Krupp, Lake Jackson, TX, in recognition of her service to the WJTA-IMCA.
“Enhancing the Adhesion Strength of Cold Gas Dynamic Sprayed Coatings by Preparing the Substrates with the High-Frequency Pulsed Waterjet,” by M. Vijay, A. Tieu, W. Yan, B. Daniels, and M. Xu of VLN Advanced Technologies, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and B. Jodoin, T. Samson, D. MacDonald, R. Fernández, and M. Yandouzi of the University of Ottawa, received the 2015 Best Paper Award.
WJTA-IMCA 2016 will be held on 2-3 November at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans,