AMPP Introduces Series of AMPPiTheater Presentations

As part of the 2024 AMPP Annual Conference + Expo in New Orleans, a series of presentations will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday at various AMPPiTheater locations within the Exhibit Hall. Details on sponsored presentations include:

DATE:  Tuesday, March 5

TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

LOCATION:  AMPPiTheater #1



TITLE: Corrosion on the soilfacing side of tank bottoms: How to stop it forever.

SPEAKER: Tony Collins, CEO and Founder of EonCoat LLC

DESCRIPTION:  Technology and application method to stoprust on the soil facing side of tank bottoms.

BIO: Discover the secrets to permanent corrosion prevention with Tony Collins, CEO and Founder of EonCoat LLC, in his compelling presentation, "Corrosion on the soil facing side of tank bottoms - How to stop itforever." In this session, Tony will unveil groundbreaking technology andapplication methods designed to halt rust on the soil-facing side of tankbottoms. His expertise in developing innovative, sustainable coating solutions promises to transform conventional approaches to corrosion protection. Attendeeswill gain invaluable insights into a technique that not only prevents rust but also ensures safety and durability, even after welding plates in place. Don't miss this chance to learn from a leader in the field and revolutionize yourapproach to tank bottom maintenance.



DATE:  Tuesday, March 5

TIME: 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

LOCATION:  AMPPiTheater #3

SPONSOR:  Rockwool


TITLE:  Shield Your Plant from the Dangers of CUI:  World’s First Stone Wool Insulation with a Built-In Corrosion Inhibitor

SPEAKER:  Jack Blundell, Technical Sales Manager

DESCRIPTION: Introducing ProRox® PS 965 with CR-Tech™(Corrosion Resistant Technology), the industry's first stone wool insulationwith an embedded corrosion inhibitor for industrial piping systems. Developedby ROCKWOOL, CR-Tech forms a protective layer on the pipe's inner outer pipingsurface, shielding it from water and mitigating corrosion risks. Thisinnovative solution, combined with WR-Tech (Water Repellency Technology) forsuperior water repellency, ensures longer operating times, minimizes downtime,and optimizes plant performance. ProRox PS 965 with CR-Tech outperforms other hydrophobic insulation materials, delivering five timesbetter corrosion mitigation instringent industry-standard tests. It is an easy-to-install, cost-effective choice for reliable and efficient industrial insulation.

BIO: Jack Blundell is the Technical Sales Managerfor ROCKWOOL Technical Insulation. He is based in Houston, Texas, and brings morethan 13 years of experience in the insulation industry, providing solutions tofacilities such as refineries, petrochemical, and power plants. He has heldvarious roles that included responsibilities over engineering support,specifications, business development, and product management. Jack holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and an MBA from the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.



DATE:  Tuesday, March 5

TIME: 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION:  AMPPiTheater #3

SPONSOR:  Sherwin Williams


TITLE:  CUI Mitigation to Elimination: Breaking the Boundaries of CUI & TIC Coatings

SPEAKER:  Mark A. Rubio,Energy Business Manager & Neil Wilds, Global Product Director of CUI and Testing

DESCRIPTION:  An introduction to Sherwin-Williams new Heat-Flex products for corrosion under insulation (CUI) mitigation andelimination. The Heat-Flex CUI-mitigation product line has earned the 2023 Vaaler award from Chemical Processing for its ability to mitigate CUI, highlighting Heat-Flex ACE, a new breakthrough technology product. Also introducing Heat-Flex 7000 demonstrating major improvements in Thermal Insulation Coating (TIC) technology. The purpose of this presentation is toreview technology advances in CUI and TIC coatings to help address CUI, which continues to be one of the costliest problems facing the process industry.

BIO:  Mark Rubio serves as Energy Business Manager for Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine and has 28 years of international coatings experience, primarily in the energy segment working onmajor global oil and gas industry projects. He provides engineering and projectsupport to owners and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firmsspecializing in areas such as corrosion under insulation (CUI), fireproofing, linings, subsea and atmospheric coatings. He is an AMPP Certified Coatings Inspector and member of several AMPP committees.



DATE:  Tuesday, March 5

TIME: 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

LOCATION:  AMPPiTheater #3

SPONSOR:  Sherwin-Williams


TITLE:  Firetex FX9502: Modernizing Steel Construction with Epoxy Fire Protection

SPEAKER:  Max Tritremmel: Global Portfolio Director, Fire Protection

DESCRIPTION:  Industrial and commercial construction have traditionally favored the square foot-installed cost economics of low-density SFRMs despite the challenges that they bring to projects in terms of scheduleimpacts, mess, sustainability, and burdens on sub-trades.  Advances in epoxy technology have reduced those square foot cost impacts enough that general contractors are finallylooking at shop-applied epoxy intumescent as a viable alternative to SFRMs.  In this presentation, we look at how the shop-appliedprocess, fueled by the lower protection thicknesses and higher film build ofSherwin-Williams Firetex® FX9502 cellulosic epoxy fire protection enablesowners, designers and general contractors to reap the benefits of reducedinsurances and financial exposure, improved safety and productivity, less tradeconflict, and faster time to asset utilization to unlock huge savings that go beyond cost per square foot.

BIO:  Max Tritremmel is Global Fire Protection Portfolio Director for Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine. Since 1997, he has served the coatings industry as a sales representative, business leader, industrial painting contractor and now marketer. He is an SSPC Protective Coatings Specialist and an SSPC Level 3 Certified Coatings Inspector.


DATE:  Wednesday, March 6

TIME: 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

LOCATION:  AMPPiTheater #2

SPONSOR:  Johns Manville


TITLE:  Fight CUI with Cross-Flow Metal Jacketing from JM

SPEAKER:  Jacob Lass and Matt Ball

DESCRIPTION:  Johns Manville’s new innovative Cross-Flo Metal Jacketing is designed to reduce the risk of corrosion under insulation (CUI), while also providing other system benefits. Learn how Cross-Flojacketing helps remove moisture from a system and how the jacketing works effectively, no matter the insulation, thickness, or installation technique. Don’t miss this presentation, which includes a demonstration so you can see Cross-Flo in action for yourself.

BIO: Matt Ball, Industrial Regional Sales Manager for JM

Matt is a sales leader, responsible for the Gulf States (Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma) and has been with Johns Manville for 16 years.  He has roughly 30 years of experience in allfacets of insulation: residential, commercial, mechanical and industrial. Matt serves on the board for SWICA.

Jacob Lass, Senior Product Engineer

Jacob is primarily focused on JM’s Metal and PVC Jacketing and Mineral Wool insulation. He has eight years of experience with Johns Manville, working in operations and new product development. Jake is actively involved with NAIMA, ASTM, and AMPP.



DATE:  Wednesday, March 6

TIME: 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

LOCATION:  AMPPiTheater #2

SPONSOR:  Garmor – A Division of Asbury Carbons


TITLE:  Edge-Functionalized Graphene, a Multi-Purpose Polymer Additive for Coating Improvement

SPEAKER:  Dr. Matthew McInnis

DESCRIPTION:  Dr. Matthew McInnis, Graphene Technology and Operations Manager, will introduce and present Garmor’s unique nanomaterial, Edge-Functionalized Graphene (EFG). Graphene, especially functionalized, has failed to penetrate the market due to cost, scale, and processability limitations. In this session, you will learn how we combat those obstacles through our patented EFG production methodology while fully servicing the coatings industry with anti-corrosion, barrier, and mechanical improvements.  

BIO:  Dr. Matthew McInnis is the Graphene Technology and Operations Manager at Garmor, adivision of Asbury Carbons in Orlando, Florida. He received his PhD in Materials Chemistry from the University of Central Florida’s Nanoscience and Technology Center in 2015. Since then, he has been developing graphene-enhanced materials — ranging from coatings to concrete — with Garmor’s unique nanomaterial, EdgeFunctionalized Graphene.

The complete presentation list for AMPPiTheater locations can be obtained by using the AMPPiTheater 1 and AMPPiTheater2 filters on the official conference schedule.

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