About RPM Solutions
Rob Mudge and Shawn
Veurink spend a lot of time looking around in industrial plants. That is because
it is their business to examine customer's problems and determine innovative
solutions for their high-wear applications.
RPM Solutions began as the result of
a power plant customer, exceptionally pleased with the work already being done
by sister company RPM & Associates, asking Rob to look at wear problems they
were having on the pollution control side of their operation. In typical RPM
style, the company put together its collective expertise and innovative
approaches to challenge and came up with a solution...RPM Solutions.
RPM Solutions currently manufactures and rebuilds more than one hundred parts
for nearly a half dozen different types of spray dryers and atomizers in the
Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) systems of coal-fired power plants, incinerators,
and waste-to-energy centers.
In designing and manufacturing solutions for these highly erosive and corrosive
atmospheres, RPM creativity is put
to the test. But these professionals realize that technology is ever-changing,
and instead of saying "we can't", they continually ask "why can't we?" By
utilizing basic metallurgical principles creative geometric designs, and improved
materials, RPM Solutions delivers innovative answers that improve operating efficiency
and offer cost savings on FGD operations.
"We use our ingenuity, our engineering expertise, and our innovation to come up
with ideas and products that will perform better and have extended life over the
products currently being used," says Rob Mudge, company president. To date they
have designed components with increased wear life over OEM parts and others with
similar wear life but at a fraction of other manufacturer's costs. As graduates
of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Rob and Shawn often consult
professors for help with theoretical problems while inviting students in for
real-life experience in the shop. RPM actively utilizes the institution's
resources and shares new information discovered through the company's
research. RPM also supports SDSM&T student activities through
presidential scholarships and other student-related activities such as the
"Mini-Indy" racecar and "Concrete Canoe" competitions.
Today, 100 percent of RPM Solutions' business comes from customer's out of
state, and its competitors are multi-billion-dollar corporations. But size is
this company's competitive edge. Rob and Shawn respond to customer's needs by
meeting with them at their operations to assess their problems. Debbie Mudge
summarizes the company philosophy saying, "We try to treat every customer like
they are our only customer." That individualized attention, devotion to quality,
and focus on innovation makes RPM Solutions a leader in a highly technical