GEAPS Exchange 2008, February 23–27 at the Qwest Convention Center, Omaha, NE, is the grain-handling industry’s largest venue for operations professionals and suppliers. The face-to-face interaction of the exhibit floor combined with the value of the educational sessions provides attendees with an opportunity to see and learn about solutions that can positively impact their facilities. More than 225 different companies are expected to be exhibiting—a record for the event.
A large segment of the education program is being moved directly into the hall this year. In all four corners, there will be “pods”—curtained-off areas designed to give small groups of people hands-on educational opportunities with grain-industry equipment. This year’s focus will be on grain quality assessment.
In all, the Exchange 2008 expo is going to be 33% larger than the Exchange 2007 expo, with at least 75 more booths and 40 more participating companies.
For more information on attending GEAPS Exchange 2008 or on future shows, call 612-339-4625 or visit www.geaps.com/exchange2008.
Self-Validating Point Level Sensor
Booth 822—High-level sensor failures can be costly if they are discovered only after a silo overfills. The cost of an overfilled silo is estimated at $5000, including material loss, cleanup, lost production time, and regulatory costs. SafePoint point level sensors are self-validating devices that continuously monitor their ability to function. If failure is detected, an output indicates that the condition exists, providing the warning needed to prevent a spill. Self-validating point level sensors have been safely monitoring high-level conditions in grain processing facilities for years.
Monitor Technologies LLC, Elburn, IL 800-601-6302 www.monitortech.com
Silo Measuring Unit
Booths 1101 and 1103 The SmartBobII (silo measuring unit) is an intelligent, cable-based sensor that uses digital processing to measure the distance/level of material in silos, tanks, and vessels. The unit communicates through an RS-485 network and can interface with the powerful Windows-based e-Bob software program, simple push-button console, MUCM protocol translator, or a remote start unit (RSU) with 4 to 20 mA output. The standard unit is now certified for hazardous Class II locations.
BinMaster, Lincoln, NE 800-278-4241 www.binmaster.com
Tank Level Sensor
Booth 1304—The VRF uses variable radio frequency to detect the presence or absence of material in a vessel by automatically determining the optimal operating frequency for the greatest sensitivity and stability. The VRF series features the EZ-CAL II function that rapidly recalibrates the sensor during recalibration situations. Two models are available: the VRF-2000, with visible lights that alert the operator of calibration and alarm status; and the VRF-1000, which offers all the capabilities of the VRF-2000 but without visible recalibration and alarm lights. Both models are available in remote configurations for high-temperature and high-vibration conditions.
Bindicator, Spartanburg, SC 800-778-9242 www.bindicator.com
Booth 833—Magnets are a necessity for safety and security in grain elevators today. These plate magnets are designed to remove tramp metal from grain, before it becomes a problem. Magnets range from simple in-line plate magnets to sophisticated self-cleaning options for those hard-to-reach locations. Free plant audits are offered as well as inspection of existing magnets to provide peace of mind to elevator and mill operators.
Bunting Magnetics Co., Newton, KS 316-284-2020 www.buntingmagnetics.com