Please join us at the EPRI Balance of Plant Symposium on Monday, July 31, 2017 – Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells 44600 Indian Wells Ln Indian Wells, California 92210.

We will be in Booth #24

Topics of the Symposium will range from benefits of consistent eddy current testing, tube leak detection and extending tube life in shell and tube heat exchangers.

Please join us at the Lowes Minneapolis Hotel for the upcoming Condenser Technology Conference where we will be exhibiting at Booth #6.

Sessions include; Innovations in Performance Improvements and Technologies and Maintaining Steam Condensers.

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In addition to networking opportunities throughout the course of the venue, there will be several panel discussions; Energy Matters Series 1 through 5.

The Convention finishes off with a Gala dinner featuring guest speaker Mr. Tom Brokow.

2017 Condenser Technology Conference

  • Loews Minneapolis Hotel
  • 601 1st Avenue
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
  • USA
  • July 26, 2017 – July 27, 2017

https://www.epri.com/#/pages/event/C9186FA8-2BF3-4028-A8FB-F547953C7928

14th EPRI Balance-of-Plant Heat Exchanger Nondestructive Evaluation Symposium

  • Hyatt Regency Indian Wells
  • 44600 Indian Wells Ln
  • Indian Wells, California 92210
  • USA
  • July 31, 2017 – Aug. 2, 2017

https://www.epri.com/#/pages/event/068C767E-4CF4-47ED-ADDE-E59970DA659C

 

What an honor to be able to attend the Ameren 2017 Supplier Diversity Symposium at the Four Seasons in St.Louis Missouri last week.  With Networking events and Workshops such as; “Doing Business with Ameren” headed by 5 panelists from Ameren, and “Leveraging Tier 2 – Strategies for Doing Business with Ameren” with speaker Kevin Settle from J.F. Electric, it was an informative event.  Made even more special with celebrated speaker Clifton Taulbert; pulitzer nominated author, entrepreneur and businessman whose inspirational speech was a highlight of the program.

Thank you Ameren for your attention and dedication to helping the Diverse Suppliers of America!

Recently, there has been some bad press with regards to the use of expandable tube plugs in the Power Plant Industry.  So bad actually that Plants are opting to pay out 10 times as much, for a tube plug that is perfect for  high pressure applications but OVERKILL for low pressure, low temperature heat exchangers and condensers.

Most of the bad press is due to failures seen with the black neoprene rubber type expandable plugs.  These are plugs made with the black rubber seals along with inexpensive spacers.  For some jobs, these plugs may work just fine, especially short term because the cost is low.

The cost is on par with the price of the pound in/”driven” plugs, either the two pin or a single tapered brass pin.  These types of plugs, while they will do the job, have two disadvantages over their expandable counter parts.
One is the fact that as soon as you pound in any plug into a tube, you have already created a scenario where; the tube has now expanded from it’s original shape, has potentially created cracks in the tube sheet and if the tube was taken out of service for flow reasons or scheduled to be tested at a later date, will need to be drilled out of the tube.  That will cost the Plant downtime and money and still you are left with tubes that have been permanently damaged.

The plug market is a niche market and one that often gets ignored until there is a significant problem with the Plants condensers/heat exchangers.  Best to be armed with the FACTS.

Here are the FACTS:

  • There are only a few types of plugs; Pound in/”Driven” pins, Expandables, and Mechanical/Explosives.
  • Pound in/Driven and mechanical/explosive plugs cause damage to tubes/tube sheets and if need to be removed will cost money and downtime.
  • Black rubber seal expandable plugs will crack, break down and lose their seal due to heat and cycling overtime.

 

  • Silicone expandable plugs will never break down, will last indefinitely, will NOT cause damage to tubes/tubesheet and will NOT have to be drilled out to be removed.

 

While the silicone expandable tube plugs cost a bit more in the short term due to preferable materials, such as non-water soluble washers and collars in conjunction with high temp silicone. You get what you pay for with our Hepco tube plugs. Our expandable plugs will not only LAST in the long term but COST less in the long term as they won’t cause any damage to your condensers and will seal indefinitely.

So the bottom line is this; when you have condensers and heat exchangers that don’t need a high pressure/high temp application, the BEST solution for plugging these tubes is HEPCO expandable silicone tube plugs. 

 

c/o Director of R&D for Hepco

Heat Exchanger Products Corp. (HEPCO) was pleased to join with Hennigan Engineering in attending and exhibiting at the AEP BRO FORUM or American Electric Power – Boiler Reliability Optimization Forum on August 11-13, 2015.  This year’s forum was held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, in Columbus, Ohio.

HEPCO displayed samples of our high-quality, made in the USA, tube plug products including our own “Plug and Track” identification system, where the Plants can color code tubes for known problems by marking them with our different color options. Optimization of boilers, heat exchangers and condensers are so important to plant efficiency and overall performance.

We enjoyed meeting so many people from the American Electric Power Plants and appreciated the opportunity to represent our products.

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On February 2-5, 2015 the Heat Exchanger Performance User Group (HXPUG) held their Annual HXPUG Meeting. HEPCO was proud to attend this year’s meeting along with other nuclear industry personnel involved with performance and maintenance of heat exchangers. This year’s meeting was held at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Amelia Island, FL.

The goal of this year’s meeting was to provide attendees with further heat exchanger knowledge and training and provide a forum for heat exchanger issue resolution and information exchange. The four-day event consisted of one all-day training session, open door sessions for technology suppliers and HXPUG funders and closed door sessions for HXPUG funders only. There was also was a Vendor Fair held on Tuesday evening.

We at HEPCO take pride in manufacturing one of the most reliable condenser tube plugs found today including other valuable products for several industries, including electrical generating power plants (nuclear and fossil), pulp and paper and petro-chemical.

For more information about HEPCO or the products and services we offer please visit our website at www.heatexchangerproducts.com or call us at 800-472-8484.

With the start of 2015 upon us, here at Hepco we are celebrating our success found in 2014, as well as the numerous opportunities we’ve had to network and connect with other experts and professionals in the Power Generation industry. In 2014 we are proud to have attended numerous conferences, conventions and expos around the country, and we look forward to the exciting functions we plan to attend this year.
2014, A Great Year With Many Great Experiences
For our team, the value of attending meetings, expositions and other events extends beyond the ability to network. Each event allows us to expose and display new heat exchanger plugs in our product line, gain exposure for our brand, and obtain valuable information about the newest industry developments, trends, and breakthroughs. At each event we also get the opportunity to conference with knowledgeable power plant personnel, many of whom become clients, or connect us with potential leads. It’s the combination of these valuable benefits and connections that motivate us to attend these functions year after year.
Ending The Year On A High Note
To bring 2014 to a close with one final event, we attended Power-Gen International, December 9-11 in Orlando Florida. This world-renowned event provides a stage for the newest ideas, innovations, and solutions in the power generation industry. The function attracts monumental attendance, with this year’s event bringing in a record-breaking 22,000 attendees from around the world. This powerful forum offered 5 days of tours, workshops, conference sessions, exhibitions and panel discussions, as well as unmatched networking opportunities.
2015 Heat Exchanger Performance User Group Meeting
To kick off the new year, we look forward to attending the annual Heat Exchanger Performance User Group or (HXPUG) meeting which is held in Amelia Island, Florida in February of 2015. This unique function welcomes nuclear industry professionals who are involved with the maintenance and performance of heat exchangers. Hepco will be exhibiting our products at the Vendor Fair, as well as attending papers at the forum. This meeting offers the unique opportunity for our team to broaden their heat exchanger knowledge and contribute to discussions which help steer the direction of future heat exchanger research.

So much more to come as we reflect on the connections, knowledge, and exposure we’ve gained throughout 2014, we look forward to filling our schedule with numerous functions to attend in the coming year. The power generation industry is ever changing and developing with new research and innovations.

We value each and every opportunity to connect and convene with the individuals and companies at the forefront of these discoveries. Please stay tuned for further details on the other events we will attend in 2015.

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HEPCO is proud to be a part of the Electric Power trade show, being held in New Orleans this upcoming April 1-3, 2014. Presented by Power Magazine, the conference is focused on maintaining and improving upon clean energy standards, and new innovations in the power industry.

HEPCO will be showcasing their newest heat exchanger and condenser tube plugs for industry professionals from all over the world, including their newest technology, “Plug and Track” tube plug markers.

Nine individual tracks, including a new CHP/Cogeneration Track, are included in the event schedule. The three days are made up of floor exhibitions, the Plant Management Institute, as well as the Women in POWER segment, which HEPCO is also participating in. Women in POWER is an event that allows high level female power professionals to network and share their concerns, expertise, and strategies. Colleen Campbell of Oakton Energy will be moderating these discussions which are vital to the growth of the female demographic within the industry.

Environmental, plant management, disruptive technology, and power industry executive sessions will take place throughout the daily agendas. The conference will also include keynote speakers, specialty receptions and focus groups comprised of the most experienced and successful innovators in the power industry.

The 16th iteration of the Electric Power gathering of minds will take place at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Speakers and moderators include a prestigious line up of professionals, including Jeff Perry, Chief Development Officer, Veolia Energy North America, Tony Laska, Owner, E&E Strategies, Tim Mehl, Director of Development and Compliance, CMS Energy Corporation, Paul Cauduro, Executive Director, Texas Combined Heat and Power Initiative, Jack Kelly, Project Manager, Energy & Power Solutions Group, Jacobs Engineering, Suresh Jambunathan, Director of Business Development, Recycled Energy Development, and Steven P. Yambor, PE, Senior Consultant, Commonwealth Associates, Inc.

Look for the representatives from HEPCO at booth #960 on the exhibition floor for new insight into how the heat exchanger industry is growing in 2014. For more information about the Electric Power Conference and how HEPCO is taking part, contact us at 800-472-8484.