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.

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.



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