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  • Powder & Bulk Solids examines the employment outlook for chemical engineers in North America through the early 2020s.

    North America Chemical Engineering Job Outlook

    Whether you are a seasoned chemical engineer or fresh out of university entering the field, Powder & Bulk Solids' newest whitepaper on the employment outlook for chemical engineers in North America will provide insights on the industries where chemical engineers work, the projected job market moving into the 2020s, and a glimpse at potential hiring trends over the next few years. Though job creation for roles occupied by chemical engineers is projected to remain sluggish in the U.S. through 2024, many new exciting opportunties are arising, fuelling the development of new jobs, and the pending retirement of thousands of baby boomers will open a number of positions. In Canada, thousands of new jobs for chemical engineers are forecasted to be created through 2024. Some highlights from Powder & Bulk Solids' survey of employment prospects through the early 2020s include: - Pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms are increasingly hiring chemical engineers - Chemical engineers remain one of the highest paid occupations among all engineering categories - The engineering services industry employs the most (36%) chemical engineers in the U.S. out of any industry - 37% of new chemical engineering jobs created in Canada through 2024 will result from expansion demand - Global employment of chemical engineers is expected to remain stable through the early 2020s Register now for free to download this whitepaper and learn what the road ahead looks like for chemical engineering employment. 

  • Diverter Valves: How You Can Reduce or Eliminate Erosive Wear

    Erosive wear is the main cause of depletion in diverter valves conveying highly abrasive materials. Download this white paper to learn how erosive wear occurs and to find out what you can do to slow down or eliminate this problem.

  • Hapman Presents Case Study on Automated Transfer Process

    The Challenge Manually shoveling sand to fill cope and drag boxes  (casting flask) for sand casting is a physically demanding  process for mold makers, who on average shovel 20 tons  of casting sand weighing 100 lbs. per cubic foot into 70-80  molds per day. This demanding operating condition creates  a high level of physical strain on the mold maker’s body.  The result of this strain was a multi-million-dollar-per-year  workers compensation obligation for an aluminum foundry.  The financial impact not only hit the company’s bottom  line but slowed overall worker efficiency. Company leaders  knew that keeping workers safe and healthy was not only  important for their people and profits but also for their  customers. They knew if they could improve productivity  through process improvements, they could reduce lead  times and improve customer satisfaction, which in turn  would continue to grow their business. After many searches  on Google and conversations with various material- handling companies, foundry management discovered  Hapman. 

  • Maximize Productivity with the Right Design of Your Flexible Screw Conveyor

    INCREASING CONVEYOR  PERFORMANCE AND EFFICIENCY   Due to their relatively low cost and simple  construction,  flexible  screw  conveyors  are  one  of  the  most  common  types  of  conveyors  used  by  manufacturers.    The  reason for this is that the screw is the only  part of the conveyor that moves. The only  other major components are the tubular  housing,  and  the  electric  motor  that  drives the screw (also called the auger). Despite  its  uncomplicated,  yet  reliable  construction  and  straightforward  operation,  many  end-users  overlook  important  factors  that  could  potentially  lead  to  poor  performance,  excessive  power  usage,  severe  wear,  and  material  degradation.  For  these  reasons,    it  is  essential  to  consider  all  system  parameters  when  selecting  conveyor  options.  Only  then  can  you  ensure  a  correct  and  successful  installation  that  achieves maximum operational efficiency.  

  • Detecting fire, smoke, dust, and oil mist using video analytics

    The early detection of fire, smoke, and dust can be crucial to protecting your powder bulk solids business – and video analytics can be a powerful tool in monitoring for these potential hazards. In fact, sophisticated analytic software can make video detection a more effective means of spotting trouble signs than conventional methods of fire and smoke detection.   This free white paper covers the basics of using video analytics for the detection of fire, smoke, dust, and oil-mist, and how video analytics can be beneficial to powder bulk solids companies in particular. Topics covered include:   - How video analytics are used to detect fire, smoke, dust, and oil mist. - Advantages over conventional detection/monitoring methods. - Use with explosion-prevention and dust-detection equipment in bulk solids. - The installation process.

  • Festo is an emerging leader in Industry 4.0 solutions. Image courtesy of Festo AG & Co. KC

    Moving Industry 4.0 from Concept to Implementation and Value

    Industry 4.0 is a frequently used term at conventions and in industry research, but for North American manufacturing firms the concept is often not fully implemented into operations. There are signs this may be changing, according to German industrial control and automation company Festo Corp. In advance of a presentation at this year's Powder & Bulk Solids Montreal show, Festo Canada's Technology Driver for Advanced Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 Ben Hope spoke with Powder & Bulk Solids about how manufacturing companies can embrace the new digital capabilities of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). While some bemoan the security concerns and logistical steps that accompany implementation of Industry 4.0 solutions, industry experts foresee tremendous growth in IIoT capabilities among U.S. industrial firms.  Register now to read Powder & Bulk Solids' free whitepaper on moving Industry 4.0 from a concept to implentation and value generation. Click here for information about the Powder & Bulk Solids Montreal Showcase

  • Conquering the Main Wear Factors in Diverter Valves

    Diverter Valves: How You Can Reduce or Eliminate Erosive Wear

    Erosive wear is the main cause of depletion in diverter valves conveying highly abrasive materials. Download this white paper to learn how erosive wear occurs and to find out what you can do to slow down or eliminate this problem. Coperion (www.coperion.com) is the international market and technology leader in compounding systems, feeding technology, bulk materials handling systems and services. Coperion designs, develops, manufactures and maintains systems, machines and components for the plastics, chemicals, pharmaceutical, food and minerals industries. Within its four divisions – Compounding & Extrusion, Equipment & Systems, Materials Handling and Service – Coperion has 2,500 employees and nearly 40 sales and service companies worldwide. Coperion K-Tron (www.coperionktron.com) is a brand of Coperion.

  • Companies like Siemens and Honeywell are leaders in IIoT for the process industry. Image courtesy of Siemens.

    Industry Explores Big Data's Big Process Safety Benefits

    Two and a half billion gigabytes. That’s the amount of data generated daily by the process industry, according to a recent estimate. Is your organization prepared to harness Big Data's potential to improve process safety? Powder & Bulk Solids spoke with representatives from Siemens and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Center for Chemical Process Safety about the rise of IIoT Big Data technology in industry and how companies can prepare to utilize the massive amount of information to reduce or predict safety incidents. “Everything is going to be more and more connected. If you do not do something about it and make your business better, your business safer, the company is going to lose,” Jagannath Rao, vice president of Siemens' Customer Services unit told Powder & Bulk Solids. The time is now. Download PBS' latest industry feature to learn how industry is approaching Big Data in process safety.

  • Industrial hemp has a wide range of applications, according to engineers and researchers.

    The Forbidden Material: Hemp's Return to Manufacturing

    With a resurgence of hemp cultivation in the 1990s in Asia, Europe and Canada and the recent expansion of opportunities for hemp research in the U.S. and Australia, there is growing interest in the material. Rising demand for healthy, natural food and beauty products is fueling growth in hemp food products, cosmetics, supplements, and oils. A need for alternatives to petroleum-based plastics and fossil energy sources is spurring development of hemp-based bioplastics, biofuels, and bioreactor processes. Oil prices are driving research in lightweight, hemp-based fiber composites for automotive and aerospace uses. The plant is even finding its way into nanotechnology applications as a natural, cheaper alternative to graphene. Download to read Powder & Bulk Solids' coverage of the burgeoning hemp industry in the U.S. and beyond to see how engineers and manufacturers are working with the reemerging material and what considerations processors and manufacturers need to take into account when considering using the material.

  • 652 and You: Challenges to and Solutions for Industry Posed by the Newest NFPA Combustible-Dust Standard

    Does your powder bulk solids company know the ins and outs of the new NFPA standard, 652: Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust? The association’s most-recent standard provides general requirements for management of combustible-dust fire and explosion hazards and directs users to NFPA’s industry- or commodity-specific standards, including 654, 664, and 484, as needed.   How will this standard affect risk management, personnel training, and day-to-day operations at your facility?   This free white paper guides industry through 652, highlighting potential challenges of implementing the standard and suggesting solid solutions.   Compliance issues addressed in this paper include: •      Understanding dust hazard analysis (DHA) requirements •      Determining whether dust is combustible before assessing subsequent hazards •      Conditions under which fire-protection measures will need to be taken •      …and more