Two engineers from Pei Yang National Distillation Technology Corporation Limited, Dr. Shan Cong and Dr. Changchun Xu, visited FRI for the first time on August 8, 2014. Pei Yang joined FRI in 2013. Also in 2013, they were able to participate in our New Member Training Program.
Congratulations to Allen Bowers for being awarded the 6G Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Pipe Welder certification. While most of us were recharging after a day at work, Allen sacrificed his “free” evenings attending classes at Meridian Technology Center for 4-weeks. This certification requires demonstration of competency of skills per ASME and AWS codes at a certified test facility. Craftsman skills are key to the success of FRI, and having another certified welder will greatly improve the efficiency of our operations. Thanks for all your hard work Allen!
Thanks to the great and hard work of Dustin Haberly, Chad Kindred, and Brad Murphy, the FRI containment pond had been completely cleaned. Fred Smith worked hard to have the pump truck on-site, and the clean-up completed before the unit start-up. It was a difficult and unpleasant job to clean the sludge that had accumulated over the years, and was made more difficult due to the extremely hot and humid conditions.
Mr. Russ Davis, and two of his colleagues from the MISTRAS Group, inspected FRI’s Experimental Unit on May 29. They used a very-impressive state-of-the-art pulsed eddy current (PEC) device to determine metal thicknesses underneath insulation.