Members of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) met at the San Diego Convention Center early last month, to discuss the latest developments in their field. Amongst those developments being talked about at the ‘Conference on Energy Sustainability’ were several of the various options now available to help people in the industry to increase sustainability efforts. In fact, many of the sessions being presented at this year’s conference, as well as one of the opening speeches, were focused on that very topic.
ASME exhibit floor
In addition to the mechanical engineers that were on site, there were also several representatives from companies that work with those engineers on their various projects. They ranged from parts manufactures, to inspectors who make sure that everything is done right. There was even a couple of representatives from the Federal Government’s Department of Energy on hand to talk about some of their upcoming projects.
. Just one example who was on the exhibit room floor was Taprogge America Corp. Those little balls that you see in the picture are quite literally Cleaning Balls (yep, that’s their name). They are made of rubber, and are used to clean out pipes. This technology has been around for about 75 years, and still is considered to be one of the best ways to clean out large scale systems of pipeworks. All they have to do it drop them in the pipes at one end, and let them bump up against the sides as they make their way through to the other. As they do so, they rub the pipes clean in a way that wouldn’t be possible without dismantling at least part of the system. At the end, you remove the balls, and if needed, drop them back into another pipe to do the whole think over again.
Hyundai took the opportunity to showcase one of their electric vehicles, the Tucson, highlighting just what could be done with that electricity the engineers are helping to generate. Located nearby on the exhibit floor were several companies whose job it is to test to make sure that the air around the electrical generating plants is being kept clean at all times.
LGH Lifting Gear
Lest you think it was all work and no play at this year’s conference, LGH (Lifting Gear Hire) was also there to display their lifting equipment. To do that they had put together a little (or not so little actually) structure that allows anyone to use there device to lift extremely heavy weights by hand. This was a scaled down model of what they can easily erect at any facility. They had turned this particular display into a game, so that conference attendees could experience firsthand just how easy their mechanism can be operated. The one who could lift the weight fastest that day won a prize.
Past President Bob Sims
Past President of ASME, Bob Sims, generously agreed to sit down for an interview during this year’s conference. Come back this Friday to see what he had to say about his organization, and how they’re helping with some of the world’s environmental problems, and concerns.