ESP and Controls Technical Training Seminar

Oct. 31 - Nov. 3, 2022 | Newport News, VA

ESP and Controls Technical Training Seminar

October 31 – November 3, 2022 | CEUs: 1.4

This seminar educates participants on why precipitators operate and behave unpredictably at times and how to effectively troubleshoot them.

Attendees will explore factors affecting ESP performance – divided into four or five simple rules that every ESP should follow.  Participants will learn methods for improving performance of their precipitators to meet regulatory compliance, as well as techniques to optimize the operation of B&W precipitator control technologies (such as the SQ-300®i voltage controller, PRC-100® rapper controller and Precipitator Manager™ software). 

Even if you don’t have B&W ESP controls, these sessions are resourceful for learning how ESP controls should operate.

 

Who Should Attend?

  • Wet and Dry ESP Users
  • Plant Managers
  • Plant Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Performance Engineers
  • Maintenance Personnel
  • Electricians
  • I&E Technicians
  • Consultants
  • Purchasing Personnel
  • Professionals seeking CEUs
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Seminar Agenda

Welcome Reception: Monday, October 31
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM 

Burger Theory inside Holiday Inn Newport News-Hampton (food/fun/beverages)

Training and Evening Functions:
Tuesday, November 1
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM – Training
5:00 to 8:00 PM – Offsite Dinner

Wednesday, November 2
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM – Training
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM – Offsite Dinner 

Thursday, November 3
8:30 AM to 1:30 PM – Training

Agenda is subject to change.

Seminar Topics:

  • Identifying why power levels are lowest in the inlet field yet collect the most dust -- while the outlet field functions in the opposite manner
  • How to read AVC meters to identify problems
  • How resistivity of the dust affects ESP performance and its possible causes
  • Explaining advantages and disadvantages of single phase, three phase, and switch mode power supplies
  • How to easily write a comprehensive rapper program
  • How to program the AVC for most applications
  • How to safely inspect the ESP, what to look for, and assess what is not acceptable
  • Simple rules: Is the problem in the ESP or with the process?
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Location & Tuition

Holiday Inn Newport News-Hampton
980 Omni Blvd, Newport News, VA 23606

Early Bird Registration: $1,495, ends September 30, 2022
Registration fee increases to $1,595 on October 1, 2022
Payment by credit card only.

  • Tuition includes:
    • Technical information from industry experts designed to enhance job performance
    • Printed binder containing technical presentations
    • Meals (breakfast, lunch, snacks and offsite dinners)
    • Transportation to offsite dinners and demonstration at the Newport News facility
    • A copy of the 42nd Edition of Steam/Its generation and use ($120 value)
    • Access to technical experts for any post-event questions and ESP insights
    • 1.4 CEU credits and course certificate (if opting to receive this benefit)
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Hotel Accommodations

Holiday Inn Newport News-Hampton
980 Omni Blvd, Newport News, VA 23606

Discounted hotel block rate: $99* per night plus fees and taxes
Ends Monday, October 17, 2022.

*Hotel and travel costs are not included in the registration fee. Each attendee is responsible for making their own hotel accommodations.

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Speakers

Paul Griffin - B&W

Paul Griffin

Paul Griffin is QA Coordinator for B&W’s ESP team based in Newport News, Va. He has more than 29 years’ experience with B&W. He began his career soldering circuit boards and building control cabinets. Currently, he coordinates quality testing of electrical products, precipitator software, and computer systems. He also has expertise in assisting customers with DCS integrations, troubleshooting and setup.

Rob Hummell

Rob Hummell

Rob was honorably discharged from the United States Navy in 1990 after graduating from several technical schools with specialized training in electronics, nuclear prototype instructor, nuclear power, and submarines. He has 27 years of experience in the design, installation, operation, and troubleshooting of electrostatic precipitator control systems and has been awarded four U.S. patents in recognition of his commitment to advancing innovative ESP technology development.

Rob frequently presents at technical training sessions, leading discussions that encourage the sharing of knowledge and valuable, actionable ideas among participants.

John A. Knapik 

John A. Knapik

Mr. Knapik has been serving as an Applications Engineer for Electrostatic Precipitators (ESPs) at B&W, for the last 29 years.  He has 38 years of experience in that field.  He has spoken multiple times on ESP topics at the Western Canada BLRBAC Conference; Eastern Canada BLRBAC Conference; MEGA Symposium; Energy, Utility, Environment Conference (EUEC); PRB Coal Users Group; Catalytic Cracker Conference; Western Regional Boiler Association; American Forest & Paper Association Conference; and at the International Conference on ESPs.  In addition, he has spoken at the Reinhold ESP Users group seven times.  He has authored many technical papers on electrostatic precipitators, two published in “Power Magazine.”

He has served as a consultant on precipitator performance and operations to the Electric Utility, Paper, Refining, Cement, and Mining industries.  He is known as an expert in terms of “reading the ESP” through a close examination of the automatic voltage control readings.  In addition, he is able to easily convey, in simple laymen’s language, “What is going on and why.”  He has conducted hundreds of ESP training courses for all industries over the last 30 years.

Howard Pace

Howard Pace

Howard Pace has more than 20 years’ experience in improving and standardizing ESP-related engineering processes. He began his career working in various roles at Northrop Grumman, L-3 Communications and General Electric. He then joined B&W as a designer and moved up to hold increasingly more responsible roles in Engineering and Proposal Engineering before being named to his current position, Operations manager at B&W’s facility in Newport News, Va. He is responsible for overseeing ESP activities including research and development, proposals, engineering, manufacturing and equipment installation and troubleshooting at customer sites.

Royce Warnick

Royce Warnick

Royce Warnick has been focused on serving the environmental needs of power and industrial customers since 1977.

He began his career at Virginia Power, where he was responsible for the performance and maintenance of electrostatic precipitators (ESPs) at one of its flagship power stations for more than 12 years. He went on to serve in various sales, technical and managerial roles at Epscon-FLS and Stock Equipment Co., and most recently was Director of Aftermarket Services at Hamon Research-Cottrell, where he had direct responsibility for field service, parts and engineered improvements on ESPs and fabric filters across North America.

In his current role as Technical Consultant for the ESP Parts & Services group at B&W, Royce helps customers evaluate ESP performance and collaborates on project strategies for existing and new ESPs.  

Matt Williams

Matt Williams

Matt was honorably discharged from the United States Navy in 2014 after graduating from several technical schools with specialized training in electrical, nuclear power, and submarines. In 2017, he graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering. He understands that precipitator control and proper ESP operation is a vital part of plant functionality. He and B&W’s other customer support engineers work hand-in-hand with design teams and repair departments to deliver a tailor-made solution for each and every customer.

FAQs

Attendees are encouraged to join B&W for a casual, welcome reception on Monday night (5:00 PM to 8:00 PM) at Burger Theory restaurant inside the Holiday Inn Newport News – Hampton.  Food and beverages will be served -- and various outdoor games available for friendly competition. Training starts promptly at 8:30 AM on Tuesday morning.

B&W assembled 2.5 days of technical training held at the Holiday Inn Newport News – Hampton. A tour and demonstration at the Newport News facility and its test cage will be held during (yummy food truck) lunch on Wednesday. The seminar is scheduled to end tentatively at 1:30 PM on Thursday.

Attendees will receive three breakfast vouchers to redeem each morning at Burger Theory Restaurant. Lunches and snacks will be provided throughout the training sessions. Dinners on Tuesday and Wednesday will be held offsite and transportation provided for attendees.

Attendees are responsible for booking his/her own hotel room and scheduling transportation to/from the airport. Complimentary parking is available at the Holiday Inn Newport News – Hampton. 

The discounted, early-bird rate is $1,495 and ends September 30, 2022.

Starting October 1, the rate increases to $1,595. Attendees are encouraged to register by October 17, 2022.

The registration fee is payable by credit card only during the registration process. Contact Hayley Lappin by email at hjlappin@babcock.com or by phone at +1 (330) 860-6195 for any assistance needed with processing the registration payment.

Payments are processed through Authorize.net -- a verified, third-party vendor. An automated receipt will be sent via email upon submission of attendee registration. 

  • All technical information from industry experts designed to enhance job performance
  • Printed binder containing technical presentations
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, snacks and offsite dinners)
  • Transportation to offsite dinners and demonstration at the Newport News facility
  • A copy of the 42nd Edition of Steam/Its generation and use
  • Access to technical experts with any post-event questions and ESP insights
  • CEU credits and course certificate (if opting to receive this benefit)

No, each attendee is responsible for reserving and paying his/her own hotel accommodations. Attendees are also responsible for arranging their own transportation to/from the airport.

It is strongly recommended attendees book hotel accommodations at the Holiday Inn Newport News-Hampton using the discounted event room block.

Holiday Inn Newport News - Hampton
Address: 980 Omni Boulevard, Newport News, Virginia, 23606
Phone: 1-757-223-2110

Block Rate: $99 per night plus fees and taxes
Block Rate Ends: October 17, 2022
Block Code: BWS
Complimentary self-parking

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Yes, it is strongly recommended attendees book their hotel accommodations at the Holiday Inn Newport News-Hampton using the discounted event room block B&W negotiated.

Holiday Inn Newport News – Hampton
Address: 980 Omni Boulevard, Newport News, Virginia, 23606
Phone: 1-757-223-2110

Block Rate: $99 per night plus fees and taxes
Block Rate Ends: October 17, 2022
Block Code: BWS

Book Online

Attendees can share any dietary restrictions during the registration process via the online form. 

Please connect with Hayley Lappin by email at hjlappin@babcock.com or by phone at +1 (330) 860-6195 for additional assistance with any dietary needs.

B&W is offering each attendee the opportunity to earn continue education credits (CEUs) through The University of Akron. A CEU is a unit of credit for participation in an accredited program designed for professionals with certificates or licenses to practice various professions. One contact/training hour equals 0.1 CEU.

For this seminar, each attendee earns 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The University of Akron will issue certificates via email to those attendees who indicated interest during the registration process, signed all daily attendance sheets and completed the post-event assessment form. 

While social distancing standards are not currently being imposed by official government and/or local authorities in Newport News, B&W wanted attendees to feel safe while learning in a classroom setting and opted for a learning space that allows attendees to spread out. 

Masks and hand sanitizer will be available during the seminar.

Registered attendees will be notified by email should any health and safety updates be imposed in Newport News.

Registered attendees may cancel up to ten working days prior to the first day of the seminar for a full refund. Cancellations received within ten working days will be charged 50% of the registration fee.

DISCLAIMER:  Babcock & Wilcox reserves the right to refuse and / or accept registrations as deemed appropriate.

Please connect with Haley and Courtney with any questions or special requests.

Hayley Lappin
Marketing Event/Customer Engagement Specialist
Email: hjlappin@babcock.com
Desk: +1 330.860.6195

Courtney Anani
Marketing Event/Customer Engagement Specialist
Email: clanani@babcock.com
Desk: +1 330.860.2443

Attendees are responsible for arranging their own transportation to/from the airport.

ESP and Controls Technical Training Seminar

October 31 – November 3, 2022 | CEUs: 1.4

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