Educational Boot Camp

The WJTA-IMCA Expo is known as a key source of education for contractors, facility/asset owners, and others involved in waterblasting, industrial cleaning and vacuuming, and related services. 

Thursday, November 1

11:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Impact and Cut Resistant Gloves
Shawn Howell, Ansell

11:40 a.m.–12:10 p.m.

Next Generation Hydrodemolition
Roger Simonsson, Aquajet Systems AB

12:20 p.m.–12:50 p.m.

Providing and Improving Bonding and Grounding in Mobile Applications
Richard Puig, Newson Gale - Hoerbiger Safety Solutions

1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Global Hydroblasting Standards: Why, How, and When
Kerry Siggins, StoneAge, Inc.

1:40 p.m.–2:10 p.m.

Hands-Free Hydroblasting From an Asset Owner's Perspective
Jim Ashmead, DuPont

2:20 p.m.–2:50 p.m.

Ultrasonic Cleaning
Byron Kieser, Acden Tech Sonic

Friday, November 2

10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Calm Down, Automation Will Not Take Your Job
Terry Gromes Jr., Terydon, Inc.

11:10 a.m.–11:40 a.m.

Job Brief: Using Automation in Non-standard Setups
Bill Shires, StoneAge, Inc.

11:50 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

Update on Revisions to WJTA Vacuum Equipment Recommended Practices


Session Details

Impact and Cut Resistant Gloves - November 1, 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  1. Cut Gloves: Statistics in the marketplace.
  2. “Cut Resistance” verses “Cut Proof”
  3. Cut levels and how they are determined
  4. Impact Gloves: Statistics in the marketplace.
  5. History and future of Impact Gloves
  6. “Who do we contact at facilities to determine hand protection requirements on facility grounds?”
Shawn Howell

Shawn Howell has 11 years providing solutions into the downstream oil & gas, manufacturing and government markets. He is a product expert in mechanical (general use and cut protection), single use, chemical and body protection products. His focus is education and training on how our products can help reduce injuries, improve productivity and provide overall cost savings.

Next Generation Hydrodemolition - November 1, 11:40 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

Today’s new hydrodemolition robots are faster, easier to use and more cost effective than ever before. The key points we will cover during the presentation are:

  1. To protect and preserve
  2. The superior method
  3. The technology
  4. Safety and training
  5. Environmental issues
Roger Simonsson

For most of his professional life Mr. Simonsson has worked with organizing, developing and generating business. He has been market manager or CEO for several companies such as Trivselhus (housing), Asko Cylinda (household appliances), Moelven Töreboda (bearing wood structures) and Aneta belysning (lighting fixtures). Mr Simonsson has been the CEO of Aquajet Systems since 2015 and has taken the company to the next level, explored new markets and continued to meet the customers’ needs.

Providing and Improving Bonding and Grounding in Mobile Applications - November 1, 12:20 p.m.–12:50 p.m.

  • More customers and end users are requiring something better than a simple mechanical clamp and cable for grounding.
  • Equipment options exist with the ability to detect a valid earth ground connection in a mobile scenario.
  • Monitors the bond and ensures the operator is doing the right thing by incorporating process control with interlocks to truck.
  • Proper use of Mobile Ground Verification system.
Richard Puig

Richard Puig is regional manager for Newson Gale Inc with responsibility for the Gulf Coast and Latin America. Richard has been involved in Fire and Explosion protection for over 20 years. NICET Level III certified in Special Hazard Suppression Systems and a Technical Committee member of NFPA 77 – Recommended Practice for Static Electricity. Richard is a graduate of Texas Tech University with an MBA from the University of Missouri.

Global Hydroblasting Standards: Why, How, and When - November 1, 1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

The WJTA and the Belgium-based safety organization Stichting Industriele Reiniging (SIR) have partnered with safety organizations and asset owners around the world to build a compelling case to develop basic global safety standards to promote, educate, and ultimately require safe waterblasting practices. While this global initiative will be a massive undertaking, it’s an incredibly important mission. We mustn’t be okay with our colleagues putting their lives at risk when there is a safer, more productive way to do things. Asset owners must educate themselves on available technology and require the use of automated water jetting. Contractors must commit to training their people in the use of safe water jetting methods. Equipment manufacturers must develop equipment that promotes safety and simplicity. Global safety associations must partner with all three stakeholders to implement more stringent and standardized best practices. It takes all of us to affect change. Attend this session to learn more about this mission and how you can join the effort.

Kerry Siggins

Kerry Siggins is the CEO of StoneAge, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high pressure waterblasting and sewer cleaning tools and equipment based in Durango, CO. She has been key in building StoneAge’s strategic vision, worldwide sales, and employee ownership culture. Her passion lies in organizational and leadership development, and she enjoys helping StoneAge employees and those in our industry grow both personally and professionally. She is also the WJTA vice president.

Hands-Free Hydroblasting From an Asset Owner's Perspective - November 1, 1:40 p.m.–2:10 p.m.

This session covers the journey to hands free high pressure water cleaning. The goal is to give incite and perspective to the benefits and opportunities for improvement of transitioning from “Hands-on” high pressure water cleaning to “Hands-free” hydroblasting. Topics to be covered are Safety, Value and Cost.

  • Safety - Safer process, does not eliminate all safety concerns
  • Cost perspective - Cost savings or liability
  • Pitfalls of new technology - Can new technology be detrimental to cleaning
  • Is the journey worth the view - Long term benefits of hands free high pressure water cleaning
Jim Ashmead

Jim Ashmead is a research investigator for DuPont and has been with the company for 32 years. The last five years he has led the industrial cleaning and hygienic design program and served as a Hands Free Technology Subject Matter Expert at DuPont; Industrial Cleaning Resource for DuPont, Safety and Construction; and Subject Matter Expert for Hygienic Design and Clean-in-Place Technology. Noteworthy highlights are machine design and development, robotic automation, lab automation, CAD/CAM and microfluidic design and manufacturing.

Ultrasonic Cleaning - November 1, 2:20 p.m.–2:50 p.m.

This talk will cover the basics of ultrasonic cleaning and the science behind it, how and why it works, what it can and cannot do, and answer some of the more common questions and concerns that clients have about the process.

Byron Kieser

Byron is a scientist with over 25 years of research and product development experience in chemical instrumentation, forensics, and ultrasonic cleaning. Byron is currently responsible for R&D at Tech Sonic LP in Alberta, Canada.

Calm Down, Automation Will Not Take Your Job - November 2, 10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

In this presentation, we will explore the misconstrued fear that automation leads to unemployment, and dissect multiple examples which not only disprove this concept but also produce the opposite. We will also focus on how automation will change the way we approach the everyday workplace, and how statistical data shows that automation will inevitably be part of our everyday lives.

Terry Gromes, Jr.

Terry Jr. has acquired his knowledge of waterblasting during his employment at Terydon, Inc., with over a decade of experience. Working in the family business, he has acquired advanced machinist and design skills and has assisted in the manufacturing and development of waterblasting products. With an educated background in media production, he has been focusing on recent advancements from other technical fields and applying them to enhance productivity as well as safety within the waterblasting industry. Terry has combined his critical thinking and intense mechanical background to morph the finesse characteristics of electric, mechanical, and computerized solutions to the challenging environments of waterblasting. These efforts have enabled the company to develop elite safety equipment; as a result, Terydon was recently recognized as the recipient of the 2017 WJTA-IMCA Safety Award. Throughout his career, Terry Jr. has been invited to speak worldwide and deliver presentations on the importance of safety within industrial cleaning as well as the benefits of integrating new technology into waterblasting.

Job Brief: Using Automation in Non-standard Setups - November 2, 11:10 a.m.–11:40 a.m.

With the increasing demand of automated equipment come the challenges of increased utilization of expensive equipment, how to apply the equipment to varying applications, and how to be safe and efficient throughout the process. This presentation will demonstrate a challenging and non-standard set up for automated equipment cleaning evaporators in confined spaces within an ethanol production facility.

Bill Shires

As Plant Solutions Director with over two decades of experience, I serve as an advisor and facilitator to the industrial cleaning community regarding safe practices, hands free solutions, and available technologies. Along with the StoneAge Plants Solutions Team, I support global customers by performing technical job assessments, providing expertise, and facilitating custom design or modified off-the-shelf solutions for challenging applications. Our Team goals are to help reduce confined space entries, enable hands free cleaning, and promote safety and productivity. We service a wide range of industries and have extensive experience in the areas of Chemical, Petrochemical, Oil & Gas, Pulp & Paper, and Power Generation.

Update on Revisions to WJTA Vacuum Recommended Practices - November 2, 11:50 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

The WJTA’s Recommended Practices for the Use of Industrial Vacuum Equipment (blue book) is an essential reference for contractors, asset owners, manufacturers, and others. This session will discuss the rationale and strategic aims of the recent revision, discussion on the changes themselves and how the affect the industry, and next steps in promoting safety and workforce development for vacuum truck operators.

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