wjta-imcaThe 2016 WJTA-IMCA Expo will be held Nov. 2-3 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The Expo is the premier tradeshow and educational program dedicated to high pressure waterjet technology and industrial/municipal cleaning. Representatives from all related industry sectors, including waterblast cleaning and field services; paint/coating removal and surface preparation; concrete removal; industrial and municipal vacuuming; hydro excavation; and field cutting are invited to attend.

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“Our goal is to help equip participants with the tools necessary to succeed in a competitive and challenging marketplace through educational programs, safety practices, equipment options, innovative live demonstrations and opportunities to connect with high-level contacts and build new relationships,” says Peter Wright, WJTA-IMCA association manager. “Industry professionals can see and learn about new robotic waterblasting equipment, safer and more ergonomic manual/semi-automated waterjetting equipment, and advanced vacuum trucks/hydro excavators.

“The Future of Our Industry” panel discussion is a highlight of the educational program. Panelists representing contractors, industrial facilities and manufacturers will share insights into future challenges and opportunities.

“So much has changed in the hydroblasting and municipal cleaning industry in the past few years,” says panel organizer and moderator Kerry Siggins, CEO, StoneAge, Inc. “The automation movement has inspired technology development. A laser like focus on safety has instigated updates in plant and contractor safety practices and programs. Manufacturers are continuing to create solutions to address tough application and environmental challenges. And industry leaders grapple with change due to consolidation within the industry and a shrinking workforce pool. Join us on November 2, 2016, as our panelists explore these issues and their potential impacts on the future of our industry.”

The Boot Camp educational program will cover focused, industry-specific information and training to improve safety, productivity and the bottom line. Topics include waterblasting safety devices and use, OSHA regulations and new developments in foot protection, productivity through automation, electronic driver log requirements, hydroblast training and best practices, new requirements for vacuum trucks (verified ground/diesel engine runaway/vapor emissions), pressure loss, and trends in hydro excavation.

A focused global exposition of new industrial waterblast tools and equipment, trucks, ancillaries and services will be on display in the exhibit hall.

Participants will see cutting edge equipment operate, the mechanics behind the operation and observe safety practices necessary to avoid jobsite accidents during innovative live demonstrations.

Networking events, including the Northern Safety & Industrial-sponsored Industry Appreciation Reception on November 2, 3:30-5:30 p.m., will give participants opportunities to connect with industry leaders and make valuable new contacts.

Details are available at wjtaimcaexpo.com or contact the WJTA-IMCA by email: [email protected] or telephone: 314-241-1445.