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About Us

We’re a small shop of experienced professionals who each have 15+ years working with steam systems in various industries.  We work at the intersection between engineering and operations with a core focus on problem solving and optimization. We work closely with your staff to use our combined experience to solve problems on multiple levels. We combine performance data, additional measurements, and solid scientific and engineering concepts.


Our Principals:

Paul Ballard

Paul Ballard, Founder and CEO

Paul has over 15 years of experience in managing and successfully delivering steam energy assessment and optimization solutions. Paul has established a unique procedure, using databases, a custom sizing algorithm and practical steam system experience to improve steam operations while saving on fuel and maintenance costs. Paul’s approach incorporates mill-specific designs, operations, and data into the larger context of steam systems. Paul direct experience includes pulp and paper mills, forest product mills, oil and gas, food processing, fertilizer production and buildings using steam.

Rory Linden

Rory Linden, CTO

Rory has 30 years of practical steam system experience focused on improving steam operations while saving on fuel and maintenance costs. Rory has a unique ability to accurately analyze issues and problems, and work with management and floor staff to create optimal solutions that fulfill on the needed outcome. Rory specializes in troubleshooting and creative problem solving. Often the most obvious failure in the system is actually a symptom of a larger, systemic failure. By looking beyond the obvious, Rory can use his creativity and experience to identify the real cause of the problem, often keeping expensive machinery running years longer than others are able to, avoiding costly replacement or repairs. Rory recommends practical, cost-effective solutions. Rory’s field experience includes industrial automated instrumentation, calibration, PID programs in multiple platforms and languages, Man Machine Interface integration, conversion and emergency repairs. His experience includes safety interlocks, flow temperature and pressure and boiler turnarounds. Rory’s experience includes years of working with flow meters, temperature controls, and multiple system integration.

We value our customers and work with them as a team to reach their goals. We look forward to hearing from you.