2022 Retrospect

Heat Exchanger World Americas 2022: A Resounding Success!

The third annual Heat Exchanger World Americas Expo and Conference took place on November 16th-17th, 2022 at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, TX. The event provided a platform for professionals in a variety of aspects of heat transfer to connect with peers and share their industry expertise.

The dynamic and interactive event gave attendees the opportunity to network with the leading minds who continuously drive ahead innovation and excellence in the fields of heat exchanger and heat transfer equipment use, maintenance, manufacturing and repair. Featuring an exhibition and a technical conference, the event had something to offer for everyone, including manufacturers, fabricators, service providers, EPCs, and end users.

“Heat Exchanger World Americas 2022 raised an already high bar. We noted better attendance from plant personnel and contractors in addition to already good participation from fabricators. The conference presentations were noteworthy for a good mix of new technical information that is grounded in the practical realities of real-world application challenges. For anyone who was thinking of attending in 2022 but did not – I highly recommend that you do not miss next year,” said Mike Nemeth, President, Elliott Tool Technologies Ltd.

Engaging Exhibition

“What impressed me the most about Heat Exchanger World Americas 2022 was the tremendous year over year growth. This industry has clearly spoken and demands such an event. The event provides a forum for all stakeholders of heat exchangers to meet, interact and learn. I cannot wait to see what Heat Exchanger World does in 2023,” said Craig Sullivan, President, ADTUBI USA, Inc.

To accommodate growth, the event moved to a new venue which allowed for an expanded expo floor, providing manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors with the chance to exhibit their latest products, services, and capabilities. With over 1000 attendees, the nearly 60 exhibitors were able to showcase the latest in heat transfer technology and meet with key industry professionals interested in diversifying their portfolios.

Dynamic Conference

The technical conference similarly gave a platform to heat exchanger experts, from various sectors, to focus on a wide range of topics related to the heat exchanger and heat transfer industries. The conference, consisted of two workshops running concurrently on a variety of topics, including Tube to Tubesheet Joints, Maintenance, Antifouling & Cleaning, Design & Materials, Bolted Joints, Air Cooled Heat Exchangers and New Technologies.

The conference kicked off with a keynote presentation by the event Chairman, Scott Hamilton, CEO and Founder of Hex Technology, followed by Tim Goedeker of TRICORD Consulting who discussed Industrial Revolution 2.0 – Renewable Energy & ESG and TEMA Technical Committee members Sangeeta Bakshi of Brask and Wade Armer of Ohmstede provided an Overview of the TEMA Standard.

“Heat Exchanger World Americas 2022 Conference and Expo was an amazing event and a great success for the heat transfer community. The community came together to show new inventions, practical solutions and cost, time and environmental saving opportunities for design, fabrication, maintenance and safety for end users, EPC companies and manufacturers of heat exchangers. I really enjoyed walking in the Expo to explore new technologies, having discussion with vendors and end users to find solutions for current heat transfer problems in EPC projects,” said event Vice Chair Naomi Jabbari, Heat Transfer Engineer for S&B Engineers & Constructors. “I was impressed by conference presentations that showed that the heat transfer community is ready to support energy transition in the decades ahead to satisfy the growing demand on the clean energy market to reduce the risks and costs of environmental pollution and climate change.”

The morning session was an interactive and engaging panel of industry experts to discuss The Good, Bad & Ugly of: TEMA, API 660 & 661, PCC-1, and End User Specs. The panel discussion between experienced engineers and attendees provided a great opportunity to gain experience and solve major heat transfer problems which are not covered in commercial standards and provided a great platform for members of the audience to ask their questions, receive feedback and even initiate debate within the community.

Vice Chair Naomi Jabbari of S&B Engineers & Constructors, opened the second day with a keynote about the pathways to net zero by 2050. This was followed by a presentation from Chad Burke, Economic Alliance Houston Port Region, who provided a thorough overview of new project developments in the region. Fred Schweighardt, Director of Business Development – Advanced Fabrication Markets for Airgas, closed out the morning with a discussion on Fabrication of Heat Exchanger Alloy Materials.

Both days also had several social programs, such as complimentary lunch for everyone attending, coffee and snacks served throughout the whole event, and happy hour on both days. Day one was capped off with a networking reception including a live performance by The Spazmatics and an exhibitor cook-off. The competition was very tight – congratulations to the 2023 Cook-Off Champions, Teadit!

Quality Experience

“It was even better than expected, we had a lot of visitors. This is the first exhibit we have joined since Covid happened, and we met so many people,” said Nozomi Kurahara, Senior Manager – Sales, Nippon Yakin America.

In addition to the successful transfer of knowledge delivered through the conference program, both exhibitors and conference delegates were impressed by the quantity and quality of attendees.

“The variation in conference topics was refreshing and interesting and the keynote presentations were very educational and gave an in-depth view of our environment,” said Robert Taylor, Technical Director, 3S Superior Sealing Services. “It provided a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with great interaction.”

The event was especially successful due to its amazing sponsors; Brask Inc., Cust-O-Fab, Dunn Heat Exchangers, Elliott Tool Technologies, Flexitallic, Ohmstede, Superior Tool Rentals, Teadit, Vahterus, and Ward Vessel & Exchanger. Heat Exchanger World Americas would also like to thank our supporters, BIC Magazine, Chemical Engineering, Downstream Calendar, Economic Alliance Houston Port Region, HTRI, Inspectioneering, Midstream Calendar, NARSA and TEMA.

“I want to thank everyone that made this event possible. It was by far one of the most interesting, motivational and educational conferences I have been to,” Mike Radicone, Project Lead, HTRI (Heat Transfer Research, Inc.)

Meeting Point

“What a great event for vendors, manufacturers and end users alike! I have been impressed by the growth of Heat Exchanger World and the professional approach to putting on this event. The breakout sessions are full of insight from industry professionals and I always wish I had more time to sit in on more talks. Personally, I came away with a new appreciation for the amount of experience under this roof and the willingness to share with each other. We plan on keeping this event on our calendars in the future,” said Chris Grice, VP of Field Services, Ward Field Service Group.

We look forward to inviting the community join us next year at Heat Exchanger World Americas 2023 being held at the Pasadena Convention Center on October 17th-18th.

For more information, please visit https://heat-exchanger-world-americas.com/

If you would like to participate in the conference, or submit an abstract for a presentation, please contact Sarah Bradley at s.bradley@kci-world.com

For more information on how to become an exhibitor or to book your booth today, please contact Mathijs Gordon at m.gordon@kci-world.com.