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  • Mitigating Dust Collector Combustible Dust Hazards

    You already know that dust collection systems present a high risk of combustible dust explosions. That’s why they are addressed by OSHA’s National Emphasis Program for combustible dust. But do you know how to identify these hazards in your facility, and what steps you need to take to be compliant? This white paper by Camfil APC reviews the OSHA NEP, the NFPA standards to limit explosion hazards. It also discusses the need for dust testing and a dust hazard analysis, the types of equipment used for explosion protection, and important housekeeping guidelines to keep dust collectors operating safely.

  • Powder & Bulk Solids released a preliminary report of combustible dust explosions in 2017

    Combustible Dust Explosions in 2017: Preliminary Report

    Powder & Bulk Solids (PBS) mined its archives, news media reports, and publicly available documents to compile an informal, preliminary list of “confirmed” dust explosions in 2017 – incidents where fire officials conducted an investigation and determined dust was the cause of the blast – and “possible,” or “unconfirmed” dust explosions where authorities suspect dust was the cause, but no official designation has been issued. Another list identifies 10 possible dust explosions incidents in 2017. The majority of this list contains explosions that occurred in U.S. facilities. While not a complete or definitive list of dust explosions that happened this year, Powder & Bulk Solids – the source for dry processing and bulk handling technology news and information – created this initial look at 2017’s events to further awareness of combustible dust hazards. To access this free report, click the link below. 

  • Powder & Bulk Solids looks at some of the most noteworthy 3D printing-related technology.

    3D Printing Technology Showcase 2017

    Manufacturing firms in the U.S. are increasingly adopting additive manufacturing (3D printing) in their operations. More than two thirds of American manufacturers surveyed by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2016 said they use some form of the technology.  The use of metal powders in 3D printiing has spread in recent years, as industries ranging from aerospace to medical devices look to tap its potential.  Focusing on additive manufacturing involving metal powders, Powder & Bulk Solids offers this guide to showcase some of the most noteworthy 3D-printing related technology now on the market. Download this whitepaper to see innovative products from proven technology providers like Vac-U-Max, Elcan Industries, Volkmann, and more. 

  • Food manufacturers in the U.S. are gradually adopting automation in production plants

    Automation in Food Plants Fuels Investment in Training

    Food manufacturers in the U.S. are gradually adopting automation in production plants, but as interested and investment in automatically controlled equipment increases, many companies are apparently facing a shortage of skilled labor that can work in tandem with the advanced technology. In 2016, 49% of U.S. food manufacturers responding to a survey said they improved their training to boost employee engament. Three quarters of the industry said equipment upgrades and skills training for both operators and supervisors is neccessary to increase productivity in the same report. Find out how companies are turning to the implemenation of training programs as technology moves forward and the Baby Boomer generation prepares to retire in Powder & Bulk Solids' look at the impact of automation on the food manufacturing workforce. 

  • An estimated $507 million in direct property damage is caused by structure fires in manufacturing and industrial properties each year. Learn more

    FACT SHEET: Fires in Industrial or Manufacturing Properties

    An estimated $507 million in direct property damage is caused by structure fires in manufacturing and industrial properties each year. Malfunctioning equipment or mechanical failures are one of the leading causes of these destructive incidents. Examining data on structure fires in industrial and manufacturing properties provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Powder & Bulk Solids presents an overview the role equipment and maintenance plays in the massive human and financial costs of these fires in factories and steps plant operators and mangers can take to prevent them. 

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    Powder & Bulk Solids Belt Conveyor Injury Hazards Report

    Belt conveyors, like all types of equipment, pose some inherent risks to worker safety, as the systems contain a variety of areas and features that could potentially cause injuries. In an attempt to assess the challenges operators of belt conveyors face regularly, Powder & Bulk Solids compiled a report providing an overview on common belt conveyor injury hazards.  Analyzing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) from 2011 to 2015, PBS found that the majority of the 6080 nonfatal belt conveyor-related injuries occurred in manufacturing or trade, transportation, or utilities settings. While hands were found to be the most common body part impacted in belt conveyor injuries, other areas of the body are at risk, the data indicates. An average of 660 hand injuries occurred each year during the sample period. Is your operation prepared to tackle the risks associated with belt conveyors? Download Powder & Bulk Solids' full report to see the common risks the equipment poses to workers and some suggested steps to mitigate them.

  • Joseph Marinelli discusses the current state and future of powder handling. Image courtesy of Flickr user threar

    The State and Future of the Powder Handling Industry

    With decades of experience working to solve powder handling problems, founder of consulting firm Solids Handling Technologies Joseph Marinelli has observed the industry transform over the years. Despite milestones reached since the 1970s, Marinelli believes that our understanding of powder handling and practices around it have a lot of room to improve. In this piece examining the current state and future of powder handling, the consultant explains the history of developments in solids handling from the 1700s to now and outlines the challenges facing the industry moving forward. To learn more about where the industry is going in the next five years and the most important points for professionals to take into consideration moving forward, click below to register to access this free PBS whitepaper.

  • HAPMAN CASE STUDY Packaging Equipment Supplier

    Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, IMS Group USA  offers bulk solids packaging solutions for the food,  pharmaceutical, resin, chemical and other industrial  markets. In addition to form, fill and seal equipment, IMS  Group imports and assembles carton formers and sealers,  case packers, tray formers as well as pick and place  palletizers manufactured in Italy.

  • HAPMAN CASE STUDY Mining and Metal Processing

    Stillwater Mining Improves Smelting Efficiency and Yield,   Eliminates Dust with Tubular Drag Conveyor   For nearly 20 years, the Stillwater Mining Company  has been extracting, processing, smelting and refining  palladium, platinum and associated metals from a  geological formation in southern Montana. The company  conducts two mining operations as well as a smelter,  refinery and laboratory in Columbus, Montana, to further  upgrade the concentrate to a platinum group metal-rich  filter cake.  

  • Hapman Systems Designed to Handle the Job Vacuum Conveyor System

    Major/Minor Dry Material Vacuum Batching System Systems Designed to Handle the Job Vacuum Conveyor System Major Ingredient Handling:  Bulk Bag Unloaders - Each is equipped with a 2 ton electric hoist and pneumatic bag agitation for efficient material   flow. The unloaders have load cells for the accurate, real-time measurement of material flowing out of the FIBC’s   (loss-in-weight). Each bulk bag unloader also contains a bag tie box for full-flow shut-off prior to full bag emptying. Gravimetric Screw Feeders – located at the discharge of each bulk bag unloader, the feeders meter the flow of material to  an accuracy of +/- 1%. Actuated diverting valves open to the percent required to meet the formula call for material.