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Thermal Engineering International

analysis, failure analysis, condition assessment, thermal and structural analysis, conceptual system redesign,
and design optimization to finite element analysis, solid
modeling, piping flexibility analysis, field modification
evaluation, equipment re-rates, physical inspection, engineer and operator training, troubleshooting.
"Right now, we are focusing significant efforts on an
initiative within the TEI-Struthers Wells product line,
which has been a successful part of our refinery and process business," Boyle says. "As the oil industry comes
back, we want to take that product line and equipment
and expand our footprint in the market. Another outstanding TEI technology that enhances our product
portfolio involves TEI's moisture separator and reheaters. This industry-leading equipment is provided to
the worldwide nuclear industry, and is a good example of
how TEI is seeing an increase in, and responding to, opportunities around the world."

Staying Nimble

West

"The better we can use our software tools to produce
more efficient, complete design, it will help with cost efficiency and turnaround time," Boyle says. "Our customers are developing projects or have maintenance issues,
and they need our equipment and services completed
quickly and accurately. Therefore, speed from proposal
to delivery is a key evaluation factor that customers use
in their evaluations."
TEI has a firm footing domestically, with significant international experience. The company has participated in
projects in Russia, the Philippines, China, Canada, South
Korea, Pakistan, Israel, Brazil, Europe and more. Thermal Engineering International has the skills and expertise to do business all over the world, while continuing to
build on a legacy that began many decades ago. "TEI is a
strong company that has positioned itself well thanks to
its people, a strong facility in Joplin, flexible shop capacity and a solid project backlog," Boyle says. "The company, the technology and the people are all strong, and we
are looking forward to a successful future." mt

As the company moves forward, preparations for market
uncertainty and changes to a competitive landscape are
dominant priorities. The Joplin facility specifically has
dedicated its key investments to infrastructure and machinery. These expansions give TEI the strength in cost
structure and the ability to pass on cost effective solutions to customers.
"In this business environment, schedule and cost are
two main drivers right now," Boyle says. "Our engineering and design teams are working to improve our efficiency as we take our customer requirements from concept to manufacturing drawings so fabrication can start
in a timely and effective way."
"In fiscal 2016, the company invested $1 million into
our facility and into technologies such as new plasma systems and latest and greatest welding technology. We've
automated many processes and reduced the costs of making our products," Damore adds. "We've also invested in
new CNC equipment, and we're looking at new technology in tube expansion. We constantly study new technology and have complete buy-in from the company, which
has allowed us to drive down the cost of manufacturing."
TEI is also ensuring it is not overly reliant on the oil
and coal industries. It is currently looking to expand
more business in sectors like nuclear and the fuel gas
heating skid market. With flexibility and expansion in
mind, the company's engineering teams are driven to
find pathways to increased productivity.
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