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São Paulo to Host First Seminar on Fine Particles and Dry Bulk Solids

August 7, 2012

Part of PTX (Powder Technology Expo), the first Brazilian trade fair aimed at the dry processing and bulk solids handling market will be the stage for the presentation of new technology and sector trends

Taking place August 21-23 at the Transamerica Expo Center, this seminar will be aimed exclusively at the fine particle and dry bulk solid markets. The event will be staged in parallel to PTX, as the first trade fair for the sector to be held in Brazil.

The market for fine particles and dry bulk solids permeates almost all industry sectors: from the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, through colorings and pigments that use fine particles as their key raw material, to a wider group of industries including mining, food, and civil construction. For this reason, the seminar and the fair will bring together a vast amount of multidisciplinary knowledge.

Promoted by UBM Conferences, a division of UBM Brazil, the multinational trade fair and event organizer, the seminar will feature discussions aimed at special transport systems for fine particles and dry bulk solids, technology and collection of particles, as well as safety aspects. Specialists from the key international companies in the sector will present case studies and discuss: trends in pneumatic conveying; concepts for the clumping of particles; drying processes; milling; control, hygiene, and safety measures.  

On the first day of the event, Tuesday, August 21, pneumatic conveying will be the issue at the center of two lectures. Largely used by the chemical industry, systems consisting of capsules or pipes propelled by compressed air or vacuum, are specially assembled for carrying solid objects. The first seminar discuss the systems themselves, while the second will cover how these systems can be adapted to fit the needs of each industry, as well as their limitations.

The second group of lectures, on August 22, will be on the key issue of particle technology. Michael White, director of Bepex, a particle processing technology company, will cover processes of extrusion and clumping, through pressure and heat. Another director of Bepex, Rob Grady, will speak about drying, which represents from 10% to 15% of the energy expended in a production process that involves fine particles. Milling systems, principally in the pharmaceutical industry, also make up part of the program for the day: the selection of the milling procedure and how to save time and resources will be the key points.

The event will close on two issues: collection of particles and safety. The third day, August 23, will begin with José Mauricio Sampaio, manager of Nederman Brazil, a leading Swedish company in the supply of products and systems for the extraction of dust, smoke, and exhaust fumes. He will cover control measures with emphasis on hygiene and safety. The event will end with a presentation on operational costs and techniques for saving energy in the particle collection process.

For more information, visit www.ptxbrazil.com or www.ubmbrazil.com.br