For those involved in the process industries, three shows this fall offer a chance to see new and upgraded products firsthand, learn about emerging technologies and network with others in the industry.

Where better than a live event can you see, touch and handle process equipment? Moreover, tradeshows and conferences provide the chance to speak face-to-face with those knowledgeable with your type of product and process to help identify novel solutions for nagging problems. This fall, if you have processing problems to face, consider attending the following tradeshows, conferences and exhibitions.


AWT focuses on helping its members — companies and suppliers who specialize in heat transfer in industrial processes, commercial businesses and for comfort heating and cooling — succeed in the water treatment industry, and its annual convention and exposition extends that mission.

Special events planned during the convention include a keynote address by Ryan Oakes on “The Magic of Water Treatment.” AWT’s committees, including those focused on water treatment for boilers, cooling and wastewater, will meet throughout the event. A Women of Water Reception provides a targeted forum for women in water treating to network with their peers.


September 11-14
Association of Water Technologies Annual Convention and Exposition
Palm Springs Convention Center
Palm Springs, CA
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Once the technical program begins in earnest, many sessions focus on industrial process water technologies. Among the topics planned are:

  • Stabilization of the passivation layer of steel by tannins.
  • Optimization of condensate treatments using a computer modeling system.
  • Filtering options.
  • Removal of selenium from water and wastewater.
  • Fundamentals of chemical metering equipment.
  • Biocide measurement for disinfection and dechlorination.
  • Legionella testing.
  • Tips for multi-metal system treatment.
  • Reverse osmosis technologies.
  • Development of induction time methods to evaluate scale-inhibitor performance for calcium carbonate and calcium phosphate.
  • Carbon dioxide generation for water treatment.
  • The art of piecing together corrosion formulations.
  • The effects of process variables on scale inhibition in dynamic scale testing.
  • Quantifying Legionella contamination in cooling towers.
  • Efficacy of secondary disinfection against opportunistic waterborne pathogens.
  • The standard of care: How good do water treaters have to be?
  • Formulating for a zero or low phosphorus environment.
  • Reuse of reverse osmosis concentrate as cooling tower makeup.
  • Nontoxic, nonhazardous acid to adjust pH in cooling tower water treatment and reduce scaling and biocide use.
  • New disruptive green and safe technology in biocide water treatment.

The Association of Water Technologies’ annual convention and exposition fosters an environment of interactive sessions to provide attendees with additional industry knowledge. In the exposition hall, attendees can learn about and see demonstrations of products and technologies that are changing the field of water treatment. The conference schedule also includes multiple ways for attendees to network with industry peers.


WEFTEC hails as the largest conference of its kind in North America. A range of topics and focus areas allow attendees to develop a unique learning path while earning up to 16.5 professional development hours for continuing education units — and eight general contacts hours per day — visiting the exhibition.

Though the conference program reaches well beyond industrial process water treatment to all topics related to water and wastewater issues, process engineers can find technical training at WEFTEC. Among the highlights are:


September 21-25
WEFTEC 2019: Technical Exhibition and Conference
McCormick Place
Chicago, Illinois
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  • Energy conservation and management, including resource recovery.
  • Combined heat and power.
  • Biogas optimization.
  • Plant operations and treatment.
  • Wastewater treatment process control methods and approaches.
  • Water reuse and recycling, including research, regulations, emerging technologies, proven processes.
  • Solving food and beverage wastewater challenges using innovative process technologies.
  • Optimization of petroleum refinery wastewater treatment.
  • Industrial wastewater reuse.
  • Produced water treatment in the upstream oil and gas industry.
  • Novel investigations in treatment of chemical/pharmaceutical wastewater.
  • Industrial Dis-Ease: the multi-sector general permit and industrial stormwater.
  • Metals removal from leachate, uranium contaminated water, and gold mine wastewater.
  • Fundamentals of chemical coagulation and flocculation.
  • Water scarcity and treatment challenges in the automotive industry.
  • Application of MBRs for industrial wastewater treatment and reuse.
  • Water challenges in the electric power industry.

The world’s largest annual water quality exhibition is a big part of WEFTEC, where more than 1,000 exhibitors display water quality technology and services. WEFTEC offers an opportunity to learn and network with water quality leaders.

To get a head start on planning a WEFTEC visit, show organizers have developed a mobile app that includes full program details and the exhibitor list. You can find the WEFTEC 2019 agenda through the WEF Events mobile app, powered by EventPilot, in the App Store or Google Play. Search for WEF Events Connect.


Hands-on sessions, workshops, technical presentations, manufacturer sessions, and 13 hours of exhibition hall time are among the highlights of the conference program planned for the 2019 RETA Conference. The 3.5-day conference is reportedly the largest gathering of refrigerating engineers and technicians that offers the breadth and length of educational and networking activities and events.

Among the highlights of the program are hands-on sessions on topics such as valve rebuilding, control-valve isolation and pump-out, proper HEV setting, testing of float switches, and strainer cleaning. Also as part of the technical program, a full slate of presentations includes:


October 8-11
Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association National Conference
Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV
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  • Machinery room construction detection, ventilation code requirements.
  • Avoiding quality pitfalls for PHA.
  • How to prevent false alarms in ammonia gas detection systems.
  • RAGAGEP historical variants and the importance of IIAR standards.
  • Why to include winterization procedures in the engineering design.
  • Establishing matrices for PSM, RMP and ARM teams.
  • Proper adjustments to hand expansion valves.
  • Respiratory protection for process technicians.
  • How to develop and implement clearly written and effective operating procedures for an ammonia refrigeration system.
  • Basic electricity for refrigeration operators.
  • I want my NH3: how regulatory reforms.

In addition, special courses planned during the conference include:

  • An all-day workshop on management of change.
  • Manufacturer sessions on topics such as screw compressor teardown, live calibration of gas detectors and purge controls, startup sequence of an air purger, and ammonia refrigeration leak detection.
  • Review courses, certification courses and testing to acquire key refrigeration credentials: certified assistant refrigeration operator (CARO), certified industrial refrigeration operator (CIRO), certified refrigeration service technician (CRST) or Certified Refrigeration Energy Specialist (CRES).

RETA certification requires meeting eligibility criteria and demonstrating knowledge of industrial refrigeration concepts, principles and practices. RETA certification exams and other requirements assess competencies in the realm of industrial refrigeration operation. RETA training materials provide the fundamental knowledge needed to understand these concepts and operating principles. RETA certification exams are accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). This means the courses and tests are continually scrutinized by an organization whose sole mission is to establish, maintain and ensure that the highest industry standards are set and met on a continuous basis.

Finally, during the exhibits, several manufacturers will present hot point presentations, or brief overviews of new equipment developments.