2017 Learning Theater

2017 Learning Theater

*Program subject to change

Five 30-minute, professional development sessions will be offered each day of the event, and will be located in the IEX USA Learning Theater and Product Demo Area on the show floor (Booth #4737). FREE to all registered attendees, participants will be able to learn about valuable tools, better understand current technologies, and begin creating strategies and insights to help save money and earn more profits.

  • TUESDAY, December 12, 2017
  • WEDNESDAY, December 13, 2017

Layered Thermal Insulation Systems for Industrial and Commercial Applications

James E. Fesmire, Cryogenics Test Laboratory, NASA Kennedy Space Center
Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.

Coming from the high performance arena of cryogenic equipment, layered thermal insulation systems have been developed for industrial and commercial applications. In addition to the proven areas of cryogenic applications for piping and tanks, the new Layered Composite Insulation for Extreme Environments (LCX) has potential for broader industrial use as well as for commercial applications. The industrial applications may include, for example, liquid nitrogen (LN2) systems for food processing, liquefied natural gas (LNG) systems for transportation or power, and chilled water cooling facilities.

Target Audience: Insulators, Engineers, Plant and Facility Engineers, Maintenance and Reliability Engineers, Contractors, Purchasers, Research and Development Managers, New Product Development Managers

James E. Fesmire is lead researcher and founder of the Cryogenics Test Laboratory at NASA Kennedy Space Center. His expertise in thermal energy efficiency, materials research, and cryogenic systems design has supported multiple NASA and industry programs. He is a well-published author and inventor for multiple patents in thermal insulation materials and systems. Awards include the R&D 100 for research work in flexible aerogels.


FibaClad - Non Metallic Cladding

(Live Demo; Also being presented Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.)

Neil Grey, Thermal Insulation Engineer, Fiba Tech Industries, Ltd.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Fiba Tech is the manufacturer of FibaClad, a GRP non- metallic cladding that is widely used in the Oil & Gas, Process, Marine and Industrial markets around the world. FibaClad is a solution to combat CUI and mechanical abuse by providing a sealable and rigid alternative to standard cladding systems. This session will provide a demonstration of how to properly install FibaClad on pipes, valves flanges and fittings and how to properly seal the system to prevent CUI and Mechanical abuse.

Target Audience: Insulators, Project Managers, Plant and Facility Engineers, Maintenance and Reliability Engineers, Specifiers, Operations Management, Energy Managers, Purchasers

Neil Grey has 32 years of experience in the Insulation Industry. His experience includes Oil and Gas, Marine, and Industrial industry applications of thermal insulation systems and cladding. He co-wrote and developed the UK Industry Insulation apprenticeship program and is involved in the training of the “next generation” of Insulators in the UK. Currently Neil is the Head of Technical Training for Fiba Tech Industries based in the UK. Fiba Tech is the manufacturer of FibaClad a GRP non- metallic cladding that is widely used in the Oil / Gas, Process, Marine and Industrial markets around the world. FibaClad is a solution to combat CUI and mechanical abuse by providing a sealable and rigid alternative to standard cladding systems.


Flexible Insulation Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry

Luis Mario Rodriguez, Technical Manager - Americas, Armacell Engineered Systems Ltd.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 1:45 - 2:15 p.m.

This session will address the main challenges of CUI (Corrosion Under Insulation) on Insulation; including the difficulty of detection and the inherent safety and reliability issues that can result from CUI - as well as the advantages of Flexible Elastomeric Foams (FEF’s). Luis will detail the insulation systems approach to CUI Testing, assessment for water ingress in both liquid and vapor phase and Armacell Engineered System's unique Thermal-Acoustic Insulation systems and the superior acoustic offering ArmaSound Industrial Systems. In addition, research methodologies and results of CUI testing will be discussed.

Target Audience: Engineers, Architects, Contractors, Specifiers, Maintenance and Reliability Professionals

Luis Mario Rodriquez is the ES Technical Manager for the Americas at Armacell Engineered Systems, where he provides customer-focused solutions on the use of thermal and acoustic insulation. His responsibilities include advising on system performance, calculation of key properties, guidance on compliance matters and developing high-quality technical proposals including specification support.

Luis Mario received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Fermín Toro, with a concentration in Preventive Maintenance. He joined Armacell in 2016, bringing over 15 years’ experience in the Oil & Gas Industry.


Improve Jobsite Efficiency with the first, Water Resistant Calcium Silicate (Live Demo)

Jack Bittner, Senior Product Manager, Johns Manville
Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

This live demonstration will illustrate the benefits of Thermo-1200™, a water resistant, Type I calcium silicate designed to shed water. In the event of a typical rainstorm, the majority of the water will bead on the surface and run off of the insulation without ever penetrating into the substrate.

During this demonstration, you will see first-hand the outcome...Thermo-1200 does not have to be jacketed immediately during installation. This offers more flexibility to contractors during the installation process than traditional calcium silicate insulations. When inclement weather hits large-scale projects, Thermo- 1200 can improve efficiency, reduce labor, and save money during the installation process.

Target Audience: Contractors, Installers, Estimators, Engineers, Facility Operations

Jack Bittner is the product manager for all of the materials produced by Industrial Insulation Group. He has been involved in the Industrial Insulation business for more than 25 years and has experience on both the distribution and the manufacturing side of the industrial insulation business. His past experience includes Sales Rep, Branch Manager, Regional Territory Manager, Product Manager, Marketing Manager, and Senior Product Manager. Jack is a graduate of The University of Houston, and holds an MBA from Lamar University.


Corrosion Under Insulation: The Research is In

Farhan Qadir, P.Eng., Technical Services Manager, ROXUL, Inc.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 3:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) is a major challenge for many industries today, for cost and especially for risk reasons. The role of the insulation material, in relation to corrosion under insulation of carbon steel, is normally assumed to be three-fold, providing:

  1. An annular space or crevice for the retention of water and other corrosive media;
  2. A material that may wick or absorb water; and
  3. A material that may contribute contaminants that increase the corrosion rate.

Via the testing of six generically different insulation materials, the study has tried to identify factors in an insulation material that are more influential on corrosion rates of carbon steel.

This presentation will explore the role insulation plays within the complex CUI puzzle and the ongoing research into solutions to help mitigate CUI.

Target Audience: End-User Engineers, Facility Managers, Engineering Consultants & Contractors

Farhan Qadir is the Technical Services Manager Americas for ROXUL Technical Insulation. He is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 10 years of industrial experience with various roles including piping engineering, field engineer and project manager on mega industrial projects. Farhan was also the Americas lead for Materials & Coating with a multinational engineering firm and brings with him a depth of knowledge and experience with materials specifications and CUI.

The World is Open for Your Business: The Advocacy Process and You

Richard Ryan, Director: Commercial Service - Houston, U.S. Department of Commerce;
Brent Klepko, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service - Houston, U.S. Department of Commerce
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 11:15 - 11:45 a.m.

The U.S. Commercial Service’s Advocacy Center exists at the intersection between business and foreign policy, where commercial diplomacy efforts are required to let U.S. business compete fairly. The Advocacy Center and its guidelines were developed for project- focused, company specific issues in order to promote fairness in the tender processes and to provide a counter weight to foreign government political pressure.

This session will explain what the Advocacy Center is (and is not), what it does, and how companies can effectively interface and strategize with the Advocacy Center. You’ll leave with a solid understanding of how to contact your local Commercial Service U.S. office and create opportunities to build a relationship with a local government representative who can take your company though the advocacy process.

Target Audience: Engineers, Owners, Facility Managers, Specifiers

Richard Ryan entered public service in 2001 after a career in the private sector. Richard began his career in Washington, D.C. as the Policy Officer in the Advocacy Center where he guided policy and operations, and he worked with U.S. companies to help them present and defend their capabilities in foreign markets. He integrated the Advocacy Center’s mission to level the playing field for international trade with financing, procurement, and risk mitigation programs offered by the Multilateral Development Banks.

Before assuming his current position as Director, Commercial Services - Houston, Richard held a position assisting North Texas U.S. companies in aerospace/defense and energy sectors explore new markets overseas. Prior to returning to Texas, he served as Policy Officer for the Advocacy Center, Liaison for Associations and Trade Promotion, and with the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service’s strategic planning office.

Brent Klepko joined the United States Marine Corps in 1989 and, after completion of honorable service, worked in the construction industry until 2001. In 2002, after graduating with a B.A. from the University of New Orleans, Brent started an 8-year political and governmental relations career on both the state and federal level. He worked on campaigns in various capacities and was a governmental policy aide for state government and on the federal level as a legislative assistant.

In 2011, Brent began working for a defense contractor specializing in fast-boat production and then as a field engineer in oil and gas drilling operations. He also graduated with his M.A. from Georgetown University in 2014 in international affairs. He joined the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service in 2015 and currently works in the Houston office.


Recent Studies on the Effects of Moisture on Insulated Pipes

Tim Ledden, Technical Manager - Insulation, Armacell, LLC
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, Noon - 12:30 p.m.

In this session, Armacell’s Tim Ledden will present the findings from 3 separate and independent studies testing the properties and performance of moisture on insulated pipes operating at below ambient temperatures.

Tim will detail the methodologies employed, various insulation systems tested and results obtained. You’ll hear about the nature and cause of condensation, and the observed effects of moisture on thermal conductivity and corrosion under insulation for the insulation systems included in the studies.

Target Audience: Engineers, Architects, Contractors, Specifiers, Maintenance and Reliability Professionals

Tim Ledden was appointed to the position of Technical Manager-Insulation at Armacell in June, 2015. Tim joined Armacell in 2002 as a Process Chemist after graduating from The University of Akron with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Tim was subsequently promoted to Technical Coordinator for the Mebane and Atlanta plants, and then to the position of Insulation Process Technology Manager for Armacell’s North American and Brazil plants, prior to assuming his current position.


Information Synergies: Creating Teams to Drive Revenues and Customer Satisfaction

David Patrick, Insulation Operations Manager, Apache Industrial Services
Sponsored by SWICA
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 12:45 - 1:15 p.m.

So many factors influence the pricing of projects. The final economical and efficiency success of the endeavor is much like a winning golf swing: you need to get all the parts lined up and moving correctly, with a dedicated focus, while anticipating the unexpected and having the right club for the shot.

Insulation projects are similar with strategies geared to energy savings, process control, equipment asset longevity, personnel safety, operational comfort, cost control, and environmentally responsible production. As a great golfer is usually supported by a team of professional trainers, coaches and caddies, so, too, it makes sense to include experienced individuals when designing and planning insulation projects.

This open discussion group will address issues engineers and architects may face when designing mechanical insulation solutions and why intended results don’t always develop. David will share how Apache has been able to effectively pair sales executives and business development leads with SMEs to discuss problems and solutions for insulation systems, allowing them to more accurately provide estimates and create greater customer satisfaction. In addition, there will be plenty of time for participants to share their thoughts, concerns and successes.

Target Audience: Owners and Managers, Facility Engineers, Contractors, Specifiers

David Patrick serves as the Insulation Operations Manager at Apache Industrial Services, a position he has held since 2014. Prior to Apache, David was the Insulation Construction Manager at Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services and the District Manager at Protherm Services Group.

David brings over 35 years of experience in the Industrial Insulation field with a focused goal to develop qualified individuals into productive, interactive teams for their professional and personal growth in order to benefit the company’s growth and profitability. His specialties include product and installation SME, contract negotiations, contract pricing formatting, safety execution, productivity and employee development.


FibaClad - Non Metallic Cladding

(Live Demo; Also being presented Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.)

Neil Grey, Thermal Insulation Engineer, Fiba Tech Industries, Ltd.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Fiba Tech is the manufacturer of FibaClad, a GRP non- metallic cladding that is widely used in the Oil & Gas, Process, Marine and Industrial markets around the world. FibaClad is a solution to combat CUI and mechanical abuse by providing a sealable and rigid alternative to standard cladding systems. This session will provide a demonstration of how to properly install FibaClad on pipes, valves flanges and fittings and how to properly seal the system to prevent CUI and Mechanical abuse.

Target Audience: Insulators, Project Managers, Plant and Facility Engineers, Maintenance and Reliability Engineers, Specifiers, Operations Management, Energy Managers, Purchasers

Neil Grey has 32 years of experience in the Insulation Industry. His experience includes Oil and Gas, Marine, and Industrial industry applications of thermal insulation systems and cladding. He co-wrote and developed the UK Industry Insulation apprenticeship program and is involved in the training of the “next generation” of Insulators in the UK. Currently Neil is the Head of Technical Training for Fiba Tech Industries based in the UK. Fiba Tech is the manufacturer of FibaClad a GRP non- metallic cladding that is widely used in the Oil / Gas, Process, Marine and Industrial markets around the world. FibaClad is a solution to combat CUI and mechanical abuse by providing a sealable and rigid alternative to standard cladding systems.


CUI Test Results that Could Change Your Corrosion Strategy

Larry Johns, Sr. Specification Rep - Gulf States, Johns Manville
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 2:15 - 2:45 p.m.

There is a persistent lack of real-world and field-validated application data for many industrial insulations. To address this deficiency, Johns Manville partnered with Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to explore how insulations perform in highly corrosive, real-world conditions. After six months of accelerated, real-world application research, we have exciting, new data and protocols to share that could influence your corrosion strategy and will help shape the future of CUI testing in the industry.

Target Audience: Engineers, Facility Operations, Contractors

Larry Johns is the Sr. Specifications Representative for Johns Manville Industrial Insulation Group in the Gulf States, and is based out of Houston. In this role he works with owners and engineers to ensure that their insulation specifications are up to date, and to keep them informed as to product updates. Larry works with the Johns Manville technical team to determine when additional product testing is required to support customer/industry need. Larry is NIA trained as a certified insulation energy appraiser (CIEA). His background includes fastening systems, structural adhesives, and industrial insulation. Larry studied business at Brigham Young University.

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