19 episodes

Welcome to Industrial Theory with Kerry Siggins. Hosted by Kerry Siggins, CEO of StoneAge, Industrial Theory is a podcast created specifically for the industrial cleaning industry. Kerry will speak with the industry’s most interesting and impactful leaders and doers about wide range of topics including leadership, safety, technology, and training.

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Welcome to Industrial Theory with Kerry Siggins. Hosted by Kerry Siggins, CEO of StoneAge, Industrial Theory is a podcast created specifically for the industrial cleaning industry. Kerry will speak with the industry’s most interesting and impactful leaders and doers about wide range of topics including leadership, safety, technology, and training.

    A Conversation with StoneAge Inc. Co-Founder, John Wolgamott

    A Conversation with StoneAge Inc. Co-Founder, John Wolgamott

    Guest:  
    John Wolgamott is the  co-founder of StoneAge Inc. Established in 1979 in Durango, Colorado,  StoneAge has grown to be the world’s leading provider of high-pressure waterblasting equipment, automated solutions, and services. John is a charter member of the Waterjet Technology Association and served on its Board of Directors since its founding in 1983 until 2011. He is a co-inventor of several patented tools, has authored numerous research papers, and has presented instructional sessions on waterjet applications at WJTA conferences. John graduated from the University of Colorado’s School of Engineering and did graduate work at the Colorado School of Mines.

    Episode in a Tweet: 
    Kerry Siggins  interviews  John Wolgamott,  co-founder of StoneAge Inc., about the company’s journey from a garage in 1979 to becoming the world’s leading provider of high-pressure waterblast equipment, accessories, and automated solutions.

    Summary:  
    Host Kerry Siggins is joined by John Wolgamott,  co-founder of StoneAge Inc. John details starting the company alongside co-founder, Jerry Zink, with a “waterjet rock drill” used for uranium mining, and its subsequent pivot towards manufacturing rotary tools and automated equipment for the industrial cleaning industry. He describes how their mutual focus on taking care of customer needs has helped guide the business’s growth internationally as well as its product development evolution. John explains why StoneAge became an employee-owned company and his passion for growing the Employee Stock Ownership Program further. Kerry and John discuss frequently asked questions including where the name “StoneAge” came from, why the company has never developed a pump, and why its headquarters is firmly located in Durango. Plus, John shares his vision for the industry and the role StoneAge plays in delivering the next generation of smarter, safer industrial cleaning equipment.

    • 42 min
    Jerry Carter: High-Pressure Hosing Innovation

    Jerry Carter: High-Pressure Hosing Innovation

    Host Kerry Siggins is joined by Jerry Carter, Vice President of Sales for Spir Star USA. Headquartered in Germany, Spir Star produces advanced hoses and fittings, as well as valves, adapters, and quick disconnects for various high-pressure applications. Jerry shares his experience starting on Spir Star’s production team, to taking part in expanding the company’s customer markets and product lines over the past two decades. Kerry and Jerry detail the engineering that goes into designing, manufacturing, and assembling hoses, including Spir Star’s innovation efforts like experimentation with new materials. Jerry also shares his insight on hose care, common assumptions about hose failure, and the advancements he’s most excited about in the industrial cleaning industry.

    Guest:

    Jerry Carter is the Vice President of Sales for Spir Star, a global leader in the production of high-pressure hoses designed with spiralized support of high-tensile steel wires. Jerry has over 20 years of experience with Spir Star, beginning his career in production and now overseeing the company’s sales, marketing, and commercial endeavors in North and South America.

    • 33 min
    Sentinel Automation Technology: A New Era for the Industrial Cleaning Industry

    Sentinel Automation Technology: A New Era for the Industrial Cleaning Industry

    Guest:
    Adam Markham is the Director of Engineering and Technology at StoneAge. With a strong passion for engineering, Adam previously spent over a decade in government telecommunications and has extensive experience making complex systems work in technically complex markets. Adam earned a Master of Science in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University and a BSE in Mechanical Engineering.

    Episode in a Tweet:
    Listen as Kerry Siggins and Adam Markham discuss Sentinel Automation Technology – how it was built, how it changes the way heat exchangers are cleaned, and how the technology marks a new era for the industrial cleaning industry.

    Quick Background:
    Host Kerry Siggins is joined by Adam Markham, Director of Engineering and Technology at StoneAge for a conversation about Sentinel Automation Technology. Adam explains the journey that has led to Sentinel Automation Technology, including how his experience engineering products for the U.S. military influenced Sentinel’s rugged and extremely reliable design. Adam and Kerry discuss the advanced technology features that make Sentinel different from anything in the industrial cleaning market today. Plus, Adam previews what StoneAge has in store for the technology, including expanding the functionality to applications like confined spaces cleaning.

    • 12 min
    Lance McKay: Industrial Cleaning in Australia and New Zealand

    Lance McKay: Industrial Cleaning in Australia and New Zealand

    Guest:
    Lance McKay is the Business Development Manager of industrial services for Cleanaway, an industrial cleaning contractor based in Australia. Lance has served on the board of AusJet, the safety organization for industrial cleaning activities in Australia and New Zealand, for the past three years. He also represents the Australasian High-Pressure Waterjetting Association (AUSJET / ADCVA) on the Global Industrial Cleaning Coalition (GICC) Steering Committee. Lance has 20 years of experience with high pressure waterjetting and vac loading in the industrial services industry, servicing contracts in municipal councils, water authorities, refinery, mining, offshore and CSG oil and gas.

    Episode in a Tweet:
    Listen as Kerry Siggins and Lance McKay discuss industrial cleaning in Australia and New Zealand, the vision of AusJet, and their work together in the Global Industrial Cleaning Coalition.

    Quick Background:
    Host Kerry Siggins is joined by Lance McKay, the Business Development Manager of industrial services for Cleanaway, an industrial cleaning contractor based in Australia. Lance shares what’s happening in Australia and New Zealand’s industrial cleaning markets, as well as the biggest advancements he’s seen over the past 20 years, including safety practices and automation. Lance and Kerry discuss AusJet and the Global Industrial Cleaning Coalition, and how the two organizations are working to drive advanced safety and training standards throughout the industrial cleaning industry. They also detail their shared passion to ensure that hydroblasting gains formal classification as a craftsmen trade.

    • 22 min
    Steve Richmond: Advancing Efficiencies through Enterprise Asset Management and Technology

    Steve Richmond: Advancing Efficiencies through Enterprise Asset Management and Technology

    Guest:
    Steve Richmond is the founder and CEO of Projetech Inc., a Tivoli Award Winning IBM Business Partner based in Cincinnati, Ohio. As example would be asset management services which allow their clients to gain near real time visibility into asset usage and better govern assets and extend the useful life of capital equipment. Prior to founding Projetech in 1990, he began his career in the mechanical contracting business. He has since led, driven and grown Projetech to success as the largest IBM Maximo as a Service provider in the world. A published author and accomplished speaker, Steve maintains certification and affiliation with the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP), the Association of Facilities Engineers (AFE) and the Building Owners and Management Institute (BOMI).

    Episode in a Tweet:
    Listen as Kerry and Steve discuss enterprise asset management and the potential it holds for the industrial cleaning industry. Plus, Steve shares his leadership philosophy and why he thinks technology is really a people business.

    Quick Background:
    Host Kerry Siggins interviews Steve Richmond, founder and CEO of Projetech, an enterprise asset management (EAM) service that provides IBM’s product, Maximo, among others, to maximize efficiencies and compliance for businesses around the world. They discuss the role EAM plays in tracking capital-intense assets and regulatory metrics, and why the industrial cleaning industry needs to adopt this type of technology. Steve shares his advice for getting started with EAM and precautionary cybersecurity measures that businesses should consider. He also details his journey from mechanical contracting to high-tech entrepreneurship, as well as his philosophy on leadership and what it takes to build a strong, aligned team.

    • 30 min
    Hans Borgt: Industrial Cleaning Safety and Reviving the European Waterjetting Institute

    Hans Borgt: Industrial Cleaning Safety and Reviving the European Waterjetting Institute

    Guest: Hans Borgt is responsible for driving industrial cleaning safety and advancement of technology within the Dow Chemical Company, where he is the Technical Associate Industrial Cleaning in the Technical Expertise & Services Technology Center. He is the driving force behind Dow’s push to eliminate manual hydroblasting activities across the company’s global facilities. Besides his extensive work at the Dow, Hans is on the executive board of SIR (the industrial cleaning safety association in the Netherlands and Belgium), co-founder and steering committee member of the Global Industrial Cleaning Coalition (GICC), President of the European Water Jetting Institute (EWJI), and editorial board member of the Heat Exchanger Design Handbook (HEDH). Hans also lectures Industrial Cleaning at Avans University for Applied Science in Breda.

    Episode in a Tweet: Hans Borgt of the Dow Chemical Company on why he is passionate about our industry and his efforts to save the EWJI: “Anyone is capable of making a difference in the industry. You just need to want to make the change happen and then take action.”

    Quick Background: Host Kerry Siggins interviews Hans Borgt on his passion and commitment to advancing industrial cleaning safety and technology. They discuss why everyone in the industry should get involved and his extraordinary efforts to bring new life into the European Water Jetting Institute (EWJI). According to Hans, “Anyone is capable of making a difference in the industry. You just need to want to make the change happen and then take action.” Hans’ vision for the EWJI and his efforts to turn around the organization are remarkable and this episode is not to be missed!

    • 35 min

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