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Swagelok Albany | Connecticut | Vermont | Westchester

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Steam Training Success 2017

Kelly Paffel is a wordwide authority on steam and condensate systems


On Nov. 7, 14 customers and Swagelok Albany | Connecticut | Vermont | Westchester salespeople participated in Steam Basics 1 training at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls, NY. This full-day course incorporates best practices and real-world scenarios to prepare attendees for the most common challenges that impact the performance and efficiency of steam systems. The training was led by Kelly Paffel, a worldwide authority on steam and condensate systems. Paffel has 35 years of experience in steam, compressed air systems, and power operations. In addition to his lecturing, he has published many technical papers on the topics of steam and compressed air system design and operation.

“It was obvious the attendees were extremely impressed with the knowledge of Kelly Paffel, who proved he was an industry expert,” Andy Glock, Business Development Manager said. “We had a mix of people in the class (engineers along with maintenance individuals) and we covered topics such as boilers, heat recovery, and insulation. Kelly took about an hour-and-a-half to field questions from the audience with regard to challenges in their own steam systems. This part seemed to be the crowd favorite.”

Students worked in teams to learned how to calculate BTU usage, why flash occurs, the advantages and disadvantages of different types of recovery systems, connections, condensate removal, where to use what valve for different applications, steam traps, and water hammer. The value of working on teams during the class extends to being part of Team Kelly afterward – all participants now have access to Kelly Paffel’s expertise anytime, anywhere.

Steam Basics 1 is just one of the training sessions offered by Swagelok Albany | Connecticut | Vermont | Westchester. Others include tube fitting installation, tube bending, medium and high pressure cone and thread installation, Process Analyzer Sampling System, orbital weld training, and advanced materials training.  In 2018, we are offering ORBITAL WELDING training June 18-22 -- please check back for location.