Parr Instrument Company Blog

Local Students Visit Parr

This week we hosted students taking physical chemistry classes from St. Ambrose University and Monmouth College. During their visits the students learned more about combustion calorimetry and were familiarized with real world calorimeters and applications. They also received an overview of the reactor side of our business.

Steve Lierly discusses calorimetery with students from St. Ambrose University.
Steve Lierly discusses calorimetery with students from St. Ambrose University.
Students and Professors from St. Ambrose University hosted by Parr's Steve Lierly (left) and Dr. Andrei Yermalayeu (second from right).
Students and Professors from St. Ambrose University hosted by Parr's Steve Lierly (left) and Dr. Andrei Yermalayeu (second from right).

 

Dealer Training

This week we were happy to host our dealer Cesar Yon from Reactivos para Analisis S.A.C. in Peru for training.

Parr representatives with Mr. Yon. Pictured from left to right: Steve Perry, Conan Collins, Cesar Yon, Kevin Lucas, Lisa Randolph, Tim Kilcoin, & Carolina Saguilan
Parr representatives with Mr. Yon.
Pictured from left to right: Steve Perry, Conan Collins, Cesar Yon, Kevin Lucas,
Lisa Randolph, Tim Kilcoin, & Carolina Saguilan

Parr Dealer Training

We have enjoyed having five of our dealers with us at our headquarters in Moline, Illinois for training this week!

Pictured from left to right: Pierre Graziani with Equilabo S.A.S., Farid Ali David with MAKS Trading Limited, Tim Lehman with Parr Instrument Company USA, Wojciech Ostapkowicz with Parr Instrument (Deutschland) GmbH, George Gonatas & Ioannis-Hector Haloulos both with Alfa Analytical Instruments
Pictured from left to right: Pierre Graziani with Equilabo S.A.S. in France, Farid Ali David with MAKS Trading Limited in Bangladesh, Tim Lehman with Parr Instrument Company USA, Wojciech Ostapkowicz with Parr Instrument (Deutschland) GmbH, George Gonatas & Ioannis-Hector Haloulos both with Alfa Analytical Instruments in Greece.

Parr Lecture at the University of Illinois

Pictured from left to right: Prof. Paul Kenis, Elio Eliakim Tarika Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering, Prof. David Sholl, the John F. Brock III School Chair of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech, Steve Perry, Ph.D., Senior Product Manager & Tim Kilcoin, Ph.D., Senior Scientist both from Parr Instrument Company
Pictured from left to right: Prof. Paul Kenis, Prof. David Sholl, Steve Perry, Ph.D., & Tim Kilcoin, Ph.D.

On September 20th Dr. Tim Kilcoin and Dr. Steve Perry of Parr Instrument Company visited the University of Illinois to attend the Samuel W. Parr Lecture in Chemical Engineering. The annual lecture was named in honor of Samuel Parr who founded the university’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Parr Instrument Company. The invited lecturer was Professor David Sholl from Georgia Tech who presented “Expanding the Chemical Palette for Reliable Adsorption-based Separations”.

Illinois Governor Visits Parr Instrument Company

Parr machinist Kevin Engebretson, and Governor Rauner continue the discussion following a general Q & A session.
Parr machinist Kevin Engebretson, and Governor Rauner continue the discussion following a general Q & A session.

Parr welcomed Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for a tour of the company’s manufacturing and assembly departments, and hosted a Q & A session with employees.  Governor Rauner also made some brief comments to promote his vision for tax and regulatory policy intended to retain and attract small businesses to Illinois.

Belgian Ambassador Visits Parr Instrument Company

Gilles Philippart de Foy, left, Patrick Van Nevel,  Dirk Wouters, Jim Nelson, and Piet Morisse, stop to examine a Parr calorimeter during a tour of the company’s manufacturing facilities.

Jim Nelson, President and Chief Operating Officer of Parr Instrument Company recently met with Dirk Wouters, Belgium’s ambassador to the United States, Patrick Van Nevel, Honorary Consulate for the Kingdom of Belgium in Moline, Gilles Philippart de Foy, Trade Commissioner for Wallonia, and Piet Morisse, Investment and Trade Commissioner for Flanders Investment and Trade during Ambassador Wouters’ recent visit to Moline, Illinois.

The Belgium delegation visited Parr  as part of the Ambassador’s tour of the Midwest. Ambassador Wouters is interested in promoting commerce between Belgium and United States companies as well as Belgium investments in the U.S. and U.S. investments in Belgium by connecting companies that may have synergies for doing business. Moline, Illinois has a long history of Belgium immigration and strong population of Belgium people and traditions in the community.

New Automated Liquid Sampler

4878 Automated Liquid Sampler
4878 Automated Liquid Sampler

Parr’s new 4878 Automated Liquid Sampler allows the collection of multiple samples at a user defined interval without requiring the presence of an operator for sample collection. In addition, the contents of the dip tube and sample line can be cleared between each sample to ensure each sample is representative of the fluid inside the reactor at the time of sample collection.

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Myth: Parr Instrument Company has a connection with MythBusters

 Steve Lierly with the 6050 Calorimeter and 1110 Vessel that appeared on Mythbusters
Steve Lierly with the 6050 Calorimeter and 1110 Vessel that appeared on MythBusters

CONFIRMED

Parr Instrument Company’s technical expertise was requested by Discovery Channel’s MythBusters television program to help provide data for one of their myths. The myth in question was if a rocket could be fueled with gummy bears or fecal matter. The MythBusters team contacted Parr for help determining the calorific values for each potential fuel.  A calorimeter is the instrument of choice when experimentally determining the energy release of solid and liquid fuels.

Parr’s Calorimeter Product Manager Steve Lierly visited the set of the show in California to run tests with Parr’s newest calorimeter, the 6050 Compensated Jacket Calorimeter. Mr. Lierly and the calorimeter appear in MythBusters “Rocketman” episode which originally aired on February 20, 2016.

Parr April Dealer Training

Last week Parr hosted a dealer training at our headquarters in Moline, Illinois. In attendance were Md. Farid Ali (David) with Maks Trading Limited in Bangladesh, Ing. Neurin Rodriguez Romero with BioAnalytical in the Dominican Republic, Mr. Jacek Thomann, and Mr. Rafal Kuran both with Donserv in Poland.

Thank you David, Neurin, Jacek, and Rafal for making the trip to the United States to train with us and for your dedication to help support our mutual customers!

Are you interested in training? We provide dealer and customer training free of charge at our facility in Moline. Contact us for more information.

Other opportunities to meet with Parr’s Technical and Sales personnel are available by visiting us at our Trade Shows. We’d love to meet with you!

United Way Exceeds Campaign Goal in Parr Instrument Company President, Jim Nelson’s First Year as Campaign Co-Chair

United Way exceeds workplace fundraising goal
Photo Credit: Todd Welvaert / twelvaert@qconline.com

The United Way of the Quad Cities announced that it exceeded its annual workplace fundraising campaign goal for 2015. United Way president Scott Crane along with campaign co-chairs Carrie O’Neill and Jim Nelson announced that the organization surpassed their goal of $8,750 million by raising $9,045 million during the 2015 campaign.

Parr Instrument Company was one of nine companies chosen as a Pacesetter company to jump start the 2015 United Way campaign. Parr helped provide leadership and excitement for the rest of the community to increase their giving. Parr employees participated in a Day of Caring where employees had a chance to give back to the community where they live and work by volunteering in support of United Way programs.

Jim Nelson said, “I am blown away by the generosity of Parr employees and of the many others in the Quad City community who continually donate to United Way.” Read more.