IRIS Associates

   About IRIS Associates  

  Just the Facts  

  • Maurice A. Confer, owner and principal

  • Bachelor of Science – Mechanical Engineering Technology, Penn State University

  • Twenty years of experience in the field of electrical construction and maintenance

  •  Certified Level II thermographer

  • Proficient with electrical systems, furnaces, commercial buildings and facilities

   Expanded History

IRIS Associates is located in Irwin, Pennsylvania, some 20 miles east of Pittsburgh, in the heart of a highly industrialized area.

This strategic location provides easy access to the core of our business - the various industries of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.  This geographical region features a wide variety of industries that include: metal refining and processing, manufacturing, wood products, pulp and paper, petroleum and chemical processing, mining, power generation, and large commercial facilities.  While IRIS Associates is based in this area, our growing reputation and client base frequently take us beyond this tri-state region.

The owner and principal of IRIS Associates is Maurice (Maury) Confer.  A 1979 graduate of Penn State University, Mr. Confer built a strong reputation as a field service engineer with nearly two decades of service for two major electrical equipment manufacturers, Westinghouse Electric Corporation and General Electric Company.

During this period of field service, Mr. Confer was called upon to provide technical advice during the installation and service of large electric motors, outdoor substation equipment, electrical distribution systems, and rotating equipment.  These engineering assignments ranged from one day “trouble-shooting” jobs to projects of several months on location.

Mr. Confer gained proficiency with infrared thermography, vibration analysis, balancing rotating equipment, shaft alignment, electrical testing, and trouble-shooting equipment problems.

One key assignment involved the development and implementation of a program of regularly scheduled infrared thermography surveys for a large steel mill, from the blast furnaces and power house through the finishing lines, some 11 departments in all.  This included a printed list of equipment and schedule for each department.

The new inspection program immediately uncovered a number of serious problems areas, including several with electrical components that were literally about to fail.  The program met with great success.

In late 1997, drawing upon his extensive experience, Mr. Confer developed the concept of an infrared thermography inspection company that would provide the highest level of service at competitive market rates.  IRIS Associates is the culmination of his efforts.

When you contract IRIS Associates to perform infrared thermography inspections, Mr. Confer will personally schedule your work, perform the survey with your company’s personnel, and prepare the report.  The level of performance and personal attention throughout the entire inspection process is unmatched within the industry.




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