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Industry Professionals Overflow Conference Rooms at Powder Show

May 7, 2014

Conference rooms were filled to capacity and more as the revamped 2014 International Powder & Bulk Solids Conference got underway Tuesday at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. 

A standing-room only throng turned out for the opening Keynote Technology Panel on “Identifying Combustible Dust Hazards and Mitigating Strategies,” that heard five industry experts share their views on the topic: Dr.-Ing. Johannes Lotterman, head of projects and expansion, Rembe Inc.; Gary Q. Johnson, chemical engineer & consultant, Workplace Exposure Solutions; David Grandaw, vice president of sales, IEP Technologies; Bill Stevenson, vice president of engineering, CV Technology; and Vahid Ebadat, Ph.D., chief executive officer, Chilworth North America.

Workshops were offered throughout the day and included the following:

  • Understanding the Causes of Powder and Bulk Material Handling Problems, and Practical Solutions to Costly Bulk Solids Flow Problems, both led by Eric Maynard, senior consultant, Jenike & Johanson Inc.
  • Predicting Pneumatic Conveying Performance led by Mark Jones, director of TUNRA Bulk Solids Handling Research, professor of engineering & built environment, University of Newcastle.
  • Fluid Bed Dryers with Integrated Heat Exchangers, led by Dr. Mathias Trojosky, head of drying technology, Allgaier Group.
  • Design & Specification of Pneumatic Conveying Systems, led by David Mills, pneumatic conveying consultant, UK.
  • An Industry Panel Discussion on Integrating Processes for Food Production that was moderated by Jones,  and featured three panelists: Par Almhem, Modwave; Jeff Chambers, PE, PMP, senior capital project manager & engineering leadership, Rodem; and Ryan Sausser, senior process engineer, Kellogg Co.
  • Dust Collection System Maintenance and Troubleshooting, led by Johnson.
  • Volumetric and Gravimetric Feeder Design to Ensure Reliable Flow, led by Joe Marinelli, president, Solids handling Technologies Inc.

The education-filled day also included A Standards Compliance session on OSHA’s Combustible Dust NEP Update – Region V’s Perspective, led by Mark Knezovich, M.S., industrial hygienist, OSHA – Region V Enforcement programs, Chicago, as well as two New Technology sessions: Nanotechnology Advancements and Applications, led by Stephen Miranda, sales director North America, grinding & dispersion, Netzsch, and Solving Powder Challenges Using Particle Size and Particle Shape Analysis, led by Ian Treviranus, product line manager, Horiba Instruments Inc.

Marinelli also led a guided expo tour on Innovations in Bulk Storage and Feeding that explored some of the latest innovations on the show floor.