The heat exchanger plug engineers at HEPCO are proud to announce their newest product line, “Plug and Track” Tube Indicators. This color coded system of plugging provides technicians visual indication of patterns of tube failures within a condenser or heat exchanger. Plant Personnel and subtractors alike benefit from the improved efficiency of predicting future failures and determining root causes.

Using our color coding system, a specific problem can be readily identified and the same system can be applied to other heat exchangers/condensers within the same plant.  This Company-wide standardization can help streamline communication between personnel.

They can be used for a wide range common problems, from wall loss to pitting to obstructions.

Our HEPCO “Plug and Track” tube plugs are easily extracted, causing no damage to tube or tubesheet, to allow for retesting of the tubes during future outages.  The tubes can then be easily reclassified and help predict rates of future failures.

Contact HEPCO for more information about the “Plug and Track” line and wide range of additional heat exchanger and condenser tube plugs.
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Heat Exchanger Plug Meeting

St. Petersburg Beach, Florida will host the 2014 Plant Engineering Heat Exchanger Performance User Group (HXPUG) meeting February 4-5, 2014. Nuclear industry professionals from across the country will join to present and discuss the pressing news and new technology in the heat exchanger industry, including maintenance and performance.

The annual meeting will be supplemented by a technical advisory board, held separately on February 6, 2014, as well as a Heat Exchanger Design Bases and Margin Training session open to participants of the HXPUG meeting, by invite only, February 6, 2014.

Personnel in attendance will include heat exchanger system engineers, performance engineers and component engineers. The main focus of the symposium is the reliability and optimized performance of plant heat exchangers, with system safety as an integral aspect of the discussion.

Though agenda topics have not been released at this time, interested engineers can check back here for more information about the speaker line up and schedule.

Attendance fees vary depending on membership, and spots are limited to two individuals per company. Many of HEPCO’s heat exchanger plug clients will be making the trip to Florida for this illustrious event, and they hope to expand their network of industry professionals by sharing new ideas, discussing important safety concerns and further ensuring the dependability of plant heat exchanger systems around the country.

Jul 26 – McClatchy-Tribune Regional News – Chris Day Stillwater NewsPress, Okla.

Oklahoma’s oil and natural gas boom is fueling growth in another energy sector — electricity.Central Rural Electric Cooperative recently received a $9.7 million Rural Utility Service loan from the Department of Agriculture. CREC will use the money to upgrade lines, smart meters and other infrastructure, the cooperative’s Chief Executive Officer David Swank said.

“CREC is fortunate that we’re seeing growth throughout our service area,” Swank said. “The recent increase in oil and gas production in the area has created a steady boost to our economy. Businesses are busier, houses are being built and CREC is working hard to meet this new demand.”

The Stillwater-based electricity cooperative is working with more than 250 oil and gas producers throughout its service area which covers 2,000 square miles and includes parts of Noble, Garfield, Lincoln, Logan, Oklahoma, Pawnee and Payne counties. Much of the growth is on the western half of the CREC system, CREC Communication’s Coordinator Larry Mattox said.

“We serve all the way down to Stroud and east of Cushing, but most of it (growth) is happening near Mulhall-Orlando on west side of our system,” Mattox said.

The cooperative already has responded to that growth using its utility crews and contractors to upgrade the system, Mattox said. The federal loan will spur the process forward.

The federal loan is commonplace for cooperative and the capital-intensive rural utility industry.

CREC was founded and began operating with a $130,000 Rural Electrif-fication Administration loan in 1937. Over the years, federal loans from the REA, which evolved into the Rural Utility Service, have helped CREC keep up with growth. The cooperative has assets in excess of $110 million and employs approximately 80 people, according to information on the CREC website.

Knight-Ridder

 

Thank you to everyone that visited us at the EPRI Condenser Technology Conference in Chicago, IL this past week of Aug. 3rd and 4th. A lot of good information was shared with regards to improving condenser performance and tackling some of the various problems associated with cleaning and maintaining the condensers.

For our part, we look forward to providing you with the best performing and versatile condenser tube plugs in the Industry. One that can be used to seal a tube permanently or temporarily given your specific criteria and also, one that will not cause any further damage to tubes or tube sheets. Read more

After overseeing the daily operations of Heat Exchanger Products Corporation (HEPCO) for the last seventeen years, Tracy Hennigan Bonnyman has finally decided to purchase HEPCO making it officially a Woman Owned and Operated Business.

Hepco is currently in the process of acquiring it’s Certification for being Woman Owned in order to be able to be included in the Industries Diversified Vendor Data Base. “We manufacture a very reliable product and I believe this will be a great benefit for our clients to be able to access us within this data base.” Bonnyman stated recently. Read more

While it’s a well known fact that titanium is a more expensive material than say stainless steel or copper-nickel alloys, when given the facts about corrosion resistance, titanium comes out ahead.

The reason titanium is an overall better tubing option than some materials is due to it’s immunity to corrosion. It is impervious to corrosion in saline and brackish environments and since titanium produces a naturally occurring oxide film, it resist breakdown from chloride ions as well. It is also resistant to biofouling. Read more

By using the newest technologies in silicone rubber, Hepco proves their dedication to providing their clients with high-performance, cost effective, condenser tube plugs. Silicone rubber is the material of choice over black rubber and metal for low pressure condenser and heat exchanger tube plugs.

There are several reasons why Hepco recognizes silicon rubber as a superior material for their condenser tube plugs. At the top of their list is its superior performance when it comes to flexibility and heat resistance. Read more