Corporate Trainer, Manager of Energy Upgrades Hydro, Inc.
Starting on the pump application desk in 1976, Robert Jennings has worked in sales, repair, and troubleshooting pumping systems for over 44 years. Mr. Jennings currently oversees the Hydro’s Pump Optimization initiative for high energy pumps and also is the training instructor for Hydro, Inc.
He has been presenting a series of training seminars that Hydro has been offering to our customers for the past fifteen years and is also a Qualified Instructor for Pump Systems Matter’s course “Pump Pumping System Optimization: Opportunities to Improve Life Cycle Performance.”
President, Total Solutions Hydro, Inc.
Michael started his career in 1974 at Ingersoll-Rand designing pumps for the US Navy SSN 688 and Trident submarine program. He was Vice President of Worldwide Aftermarket Services for Ingersoll-Dresser Pumps. He had profit responsibility for a $370 million-dollar business and control of over 22 repair centers.Michael went into business as an independent pump consultant in 2003.
He worked with many customers in varied markets in the training of personnel, specification development, root cause analysis, and strategic planning and process improvement.Michael is now President of Total Solutions for Hydro, Inc. His job responsibilities mirror his consulting work, supporting customers in reducing their total cost of pump operation.
Hydro Reliability Services Reliability Engineer
Glen started his career in the pump industry 8 years ago as a shop engineer for HydroAire SPR with a focus on pump rebuilds, repairs and engineering upgrades. He moved into a lead engineering role with the Hydro Performance Test Lab where he worked closely with customers to investigate and test problem pumps for the Nuclear (safety and non-safety related), Power Generation, and Oil & Gas industries.
As a Reliability Engineer, Glen now supports all functions related to Hydro Reliability Services, the experienced and capable field engineering group from Hydro Inc. In daily practice Glen works with customers on field vibration testing, hydraulic testing, and pump improvement engineering. This includes troubleshooting pumps with excessive vibration, hydraulic performance issues, and reliability problems, and supporting customers around the world .
Glen’s educational background includes a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from Purdue University with a background in design, heat transfer, and fluid dynamics.
General Manager - Hydro Reliability Services
With 22 years experience in the pump aftermarket repair business,
Kyle is a Category IV vibration analyst and travels the globe troubleshooting complex rotating equipment problems. Kyle serves as the principal resource for vibration analysis for Hydro and specializes in Operating Deflection Shape (ODS) and Experimental Modal Analysis (EMA) testing. Kyle is the General Manager of Hydro Reliability Services. The Reliability Services division of Hydro provides field engineering support and troubleshooting services to customers across the world.
Heinz P Bloch
Process Machinery Consulting
Bloch earned BSME and MSME (cum laude) degrees from the New Jersey Institute of
Technology (1962). After assignments in Italy, Spain, England, The
Netherlands and Japan, and upon retiring from Exxon Chemicals USA as their
Regional Machinery Specialist, he became Owner/Principal of Process Machinery
Consulting. He has made presentations at plants and to conference attendees
worldwide on machinery reliability improvement, including to audiences of the
ASME, AFPM (NPRA), TAPPI, AIChE, SMRP, STLE, Texas A&M (TAMU)
Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia; also to over 500 State and private companies
in 43 countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North and South America.
is a Founding Member of TAMU’s International Pump Users Symposium and is an
ASME Life Fellow. He received the American Society of Lubrication Engineers’
Wilbur Deutsch Memorial Award (1982); ASME/STS Engineer of the Year Award
(1995); ASME Frederick Smarro Plant Engineering Award (1999); ASME Distinguished
Service Award (2001) and holds seven US patents on high-speed machinery
lubrication and component upgrading.
Piotrowski graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1974 with a degree in
Mechanical Engineering. He has been working with rotating machinery in industry
for over 44 years and is considered to be one of the leading authorities on
alignment of rotating machinery. He has authored over fifty technical
articles on the subject and is author of the Basic Shaft Alignment Workbook,
the Shaft Alignment Self Study Guide, and the Shaft Alignment Handbook (now in
its 3rd edition).
He was one of the contributing authors for the development of the ANSI/ASA
Shaft Alignment Standards (ANSI/ASA S2.75 Parts 1, 2, and 3). He has also
a contributing author to the 4th and 5th editions of the Shock and Vibration
Handbook (ISBN 0-07-026920-3, Chapter 39. Part II: Vibration Induced by Shaft
Misalignment). Mr. Piotrowski is an active member of the Vibration Institute.
Since founding Turvac Inc. in 1982, John has trained over 7500 people in shaft
alignment principles and methodology, been a consultant to several major shaft
alignment equipment manufacturers and participated in alignment service work in
a wide variety of industries. He has designed training demonstrators for
alignment and balancing, shaft alignment measurement systems, shaft alignment
software programs, invented the Ball-Rod-Tubing Connector system used to
measure off-line to running machinery movement, and performed several
controlled alignment / vibration tests. But above everything else, John loves
what he is doing and wants everyone who is involved with rotating machinery to
understand this broad and fascinating topic.
Robert graduated from Wright State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in
Mechanical Engineering. Since graduating, Robert has been working with rotating machinery
and training personnel in shaft alignment. He has also been certified in Level II Shaft
Alignment. Robert is passionate about growing his knowledge of alignment and spreading
what he has learned to others.
Technical Support Engineer - Coleherne Ltd.
Paul is a Chartered Engineer with over 40 years of
experience working with White Metal Bearings in the UK.
He has a degree in Metallurgy from the University of
Leeds and has done post graduate studies to become a professional member of the
Institute of Cast Metals Engineers. Most of his career was spent at J H
Richards in Birmingham manufacturing and repairing white metal bearings for
OEMs and Power Stations.
From 2018, Paul has been a Technical Support Engineer for Coleherne problem
solving for clients around the world. He regularly uses his 15 years’
experience of bearing training to deliver that knowledge, in person, to
engineers, mechanics, and operators.
When he is not at work, Paul can usually be found at the gym or on the ski
Technical Field Advisor, Field Service Division - Hydro, Inc.
In 1981 David entered
the US Navy Nuclear program as a mechanic. He was the mechanical division
supervisor and QC inspector for ten years and was an instructor at various
nuclear facilities for 3 years. During that time, David was responsible for the
maintenance of the pumps and other mechanical components on the submarine.
David started with HydroAire in 1994
as a Technical Field Advisor and has worked in the field on a variety of OEM
pumps. David has also been the lead instructor for the hands-on courses since