Basics and Beyond Short Course

The Basics and Beyond short course is specifically designed to provide an applied introduction to the technology and practical applications of waterjets and related equipment,” says course coordinator Hugh Miller, Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines. “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 staff, engineers, marketing personnel, and potential new users.”

The Basics & Beyond Short Course will be held in rooms 220-222. The preliminary schedule appears below.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

7:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. 8:05 a.m. Welcoming Comments and Introductions
8:05 a.m. 8:30 a.m. Waterjet Technology: Past, Present and Future - Kerry Siggins, CEO, StoneAge, Inc.
8:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. Applications of Waterjet Technology - Darrell Terpenning, Vice President Sales, NLB Corp.
9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Equipment Considerations - Hugh Miller, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Colorado School of Mines
10:00 a.m. 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. 11:15 a.m. Safety - Gary Toothe, Training Manager, FS Solutions
11:15 a.m. 11:45 a.m. UHP & Abrasive Cutting Applications - Mohamed Hashish, Ph.D., Senior Technology Fellow, Flow International Corporation
11:45 a.m. 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. 1:45 p.m. Cleaning Applications - Jeff Hensley, Technical Sales Manager, StoneAge, Inc.
1:45 p.m. 2:15 p.m. Field Cutting Applications - Bill McClister, Vice President of Equipment and Technology - Industrial Business, Veolia North America
2:15 p.m. 2:45 p.m. Surface Preparation - Lydia Frenzel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Advisory Council
2:45 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Sewer Cleaning - Eric Boonstra, Field Operations Manager, Spartan Tool
3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Robotics and Automation - Ray Gonzalez, Product Manager – Tool Systems, Shape Material Removal, and Terry Gromes Jr., Sales Consultant/Product Support, Terydon, Inc.

Waterjet Technology: Past, Present and Future

Kerry Siggins, CEO, StoneAge, Inc.

Learning Objectives

This presentation will take attendees on walk through the history of waterjetting, starting from the early days of nozzle design to today where automated equipment is playing a major role in shifting the way the industry works. We will then peer forward into time and have a brief discussion on the future of robotics and what the industrial cleaning industry may look like 10 years from now.

Speaker Bio

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-IMCA vice president. To subscribe to Kerry’s blog, visit www.kerrysiggins.com.

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Applications of Waterjet Technology

Darrell Terpenning, Vice President Sales, NLB Corp.

Learning Objectives

  • How waterjets are used
  • Rotary hand lances
  • Automated systems
  • Variety of applications

Speaker Bio

Darrell Terpenning joined NLB Corporation in 2013 as the Vice President Sales at NLB Corporation covering the United States and Canada. He received his bachelor’s degree from Cedarville University in 1986. Mr. Terpenning started his career as a contractor focused on cleaning Automotive Paint Shops both domestically and internationally. In 1999, he joined an industrial services contractor based in the Midwest expanding his experience into new applications. From 2001 through 2012, Mr. Terpenning led the sales and operations for a major filtration supplier to industrial plants.

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Equipment Considerations

Hugh B. Miller, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Colorado School of Mines

Learning Objectives

  • Fundamentals of equipment selection
  • What matters and why
  • System design configuration
  • Nozzle design and selection

Speaker Bio

Hugh Miller is an Associate Professor in the Mining Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), where he teaches courses and conducts research in a variety of specialized areas including waterjet technology and hydroexcavation, excavation engineering, and occupational safety. Prior to entering academia, Hugh worked 13 years for several mining and engineering companies in capacities ranging from operations to management, including five years as Director of Operations for International Engineering Technology, Inc. and its waterjet research subsidiaries, where he oversaw projects related to equipment development and waterjet technologies associated with mining, civil-construction, and drilling systems. With more than 25 years of experience related to waterjet technology and hydroexcavation, he has served on the Boards of several companies and professional organizations, including WJTA-IMCA.

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Safety

Gary Toothe, CET, Training Manager, FS Solutions

Learning Objectives

  • Waterblast safety is integral to both productivity and quality on all waterblast projects
  • Scientific basis to all waterblast rules/best practices
  • Other safety standards become even more critical when waterblasting
  • Automation has the potential to significantly reduce employee exposures, but only when the entire system is inspected and proven to be safe

Speaker Bio

Gary is a Board Certified Environmental Safety and Health Trainer through BCSP, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Georgia and a Premier Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Gary is a member of the WJTA-IMCA and sits on both the WJTA-IMCA Waterblast and Vacuum Safety Committees. Gary received the WJTA's 2009 Safety Award and shared the 2016 Safety Award. Gary is also a member of NESHTA (National Environmental, Safety & Health Training Association) and sits on their Board of Directors. Gary has been in the industrial contracting field for over 33 years, the last 17 plus in Safety and Training. Gary is an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer in both Construction and General Industry and an NCCER Master Trainer. Gary has developed numerous training programs and has been a featured presenter at Waterblast Safety Conferences worldwide. Gary began as a rookie technician working his way up to foreman in the field before moving into management. In that capacity he developed innovative plans for shutdown management, planning and execution in industries including: nuclear, paper and pulp, plastics manufacturing, shipyard services and many others.

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UHP & Abrasive Cutting Applications

Mohamed Hashish, Ph.D., Sr. Technology Fellow, Flow International

Learning Objectives

  • Introduction to UHP technology showing different pump systems and components and the relationship between UHP parameters
  • Jet formation techniques and a comparison among them, with more focus on abrasive waterjets and operational characteristics
  • Basic attributes of cutting features produced by waterjets and how these attributes are affected by the process parameters
  • Examples of waterjet systems for different applications
  • Machining applications such as cutting, drilling, milling, turning and surface preparation and upcoming challenges

Speaker Bio

Dr. Hashish graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Department, Alexandria University, Egypt, in 1970 and obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University in 1977. In 1980, Dr. Hashish invented the abrasive waterjet process for cutting any material. He continues to work on this technology today. Dr. Hashish also serves as an affiliate professor at the University of Washington. He has published over 350 papers and 50 patents in the areas of UHP and waterjet.

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Cleaning Applications

Jeff Hensley, Technical Sales Manager, StoneAge, Inc.

Learning Objectives

  • Planning and selecting the best waterjet for your application
  • Understanding pressure and flow in material removal
  • Understanding pressure loss, both before the water leaves the nozzle and after the water leaves the nozzle
  • Benefits of automated equipment

Speaker Bio

Jeff Hensley came to StoneAge Waterblast tools in 1995 and has since worked in all aspects of the business, including manufacturing, assembly, quality control, repairs, sales and customer support. In his current position as Technical Solutions Manager, Jeff provides training across all product divisions and safety procedures for StoneAge. As “hands free” automated equipment grows more sophisticated, Jeff has developed a leading role in training others to safely set up, operate and maintain these powerful tools.

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Field Cutting Applications

Bill McClister, Vice President of Equipment and Technology – Industrial Business, Veolia North America

Learning Objectives

  • Components necessary for field cutting
  • Advantages of field cutting
  • Commonly used abrasives
  • Hazards, including fire or explosion
  • Applications and case studies

Speaker Bio

Bill McClister is vice president of equipment and technology – industrial business for Veolia North America, Baytown, Texas, where he has been employed for 36 years. A large portion of his career has been spent developing advanced tooling and accessories to support Veolia’s waterjet cleaning activity. Mr. McClister played a major role in introducing UHP waterjet cleaning and abrasive waterjet cutting technologies to industrial applications. In 1987, Mr. McClister directed the waterjetting activity involved in the rescue of Jessica McClure, the “Baby in the Well.” Mr. McClister serves on the WJTA-IMCA board of directors and on the WJTA-IMCA Safety Committees for High Pressure and Vacuum Equipment.

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Surface Preparation

Lydia M. Frenzel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Advisory Council

Learning Objectives

  • Comparison between abrasive blast and waterjet surface preparation
  • Comparison of “flash rust, rust back, and rust bloom”
  • Surface preparation of concrete compared to steel specifications
  • Review of visual guide and methods of testing for flash rust
  • Guidance on cleaning rates
  • General comparison on the economics in large scale projects

Speaker Bio

Dr. Frenzel is the director of the Advisory Council, Vancouver, Washington. She is a recognized authority in the field of surface preparation using waterjetting and water/abrasive blasting. Since 1985, she has co-chaired the Society for Protective Coatings/National Association of Corrosion Engineers (SSPC/NACE) committees on waterblasting. She received the Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings (JPCL) Most Influential Persons in Coatings Award (2004) and the SSPC Technical Achievement Award in 1996 and 2012. She was recently honored with the SSPC’s 2014 John D. Keane Award of Merit, which acknowledges her outstanding leadership and significant contributions to the development of the protective coatings industry and to SSPC. In 2015, Dr. Frenzel received the 2015 WJTA-IMCA Pioneer Award, the highest recognition and honor presented by the association. The award acknowledges Dr. Frenzel’s significant contributions to the advancement, development and application of waterjet technology for surface preparation and coating removal. Dr. Frenzel serves on the WJTA-IMCA Safety Committee for High Pressure, and she served on the WJTA-IMCA Board of Directors from 1995 to 2007.

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Sewer Cleaning

Eric Boonstra, Field Operations Manager, Spartan Tool

Learning Objectives

  • Background on jetting
  • How hydro-jetters operate
  • Where jetters can be used most effectively
  • Do’s and don’ts by current operators of jet service businesses
  • Thinking outside of the box as it relates to applications

Speaker Bio

Eric has been in the plumbing industry since 1992 and has experience in all facets of the trade. He came to Spartan Tool in July 2013 as a territory manager and was promoted to sales manager in January 2016. Recently, Eric assumed the role of field operations manager. In this position, he oversees Spartan Tool’s customer service team, distribution center program, and the newly launched field service technicians.

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Robotics and Automation

Ray Gonzalez, Product Manager – Tools Systems, Shape Material Removal

Terry Gromes, Jr., Sales Consultant/Product Support, Terydon, Inc.

Learning Objectives

  • Overview of robotics and automation in various applications that utilize waterjetting
  • How adoption of waterjet automation has met with varying levels of success in different industries
  • Roles and challenges faced by both manufacturers and customers in making automation mainstream
  • Case studies from other industries that have adopted automation, and how to apply those lessons to our own industries

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