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Bulk Solids Innovation Center Combines Industry, Education

 Bulk Solids Innovation Center Exterior

The Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center held its open house on Wednesday, June 24, in Salina, KS.

The event was attended by numerous local officials, Kansas State University officials, and various industry companies that donated $2.5 million in equipment to make the center a reality. The Bulk Solids Innovation Center is a two-story 13,000-sq-ft building that is expected to contribute to education in the bulk solids field, as well as generate sponsored research within the field.

The center featured contributions from several partners, including the Salina Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, the state of Kansas, the city of Salina, private companies, and Salina Economic Development Corp, the building’s owner.

Below are some of the video and photo highlights of the center and remarks about the center from officials:

The Center's dense phase system with glass pipe to show powder flow within pneumatic conveying systems:

The exterior of the Bulk Solids Innovation Center. In the background is the Salina headquarters of Coperion K-Tron, which will be a tenant of the center, as well as help support the center's day-to-day operations.

The Bulk Solids Innovation Center features a series of piping all across the top of the building so powders and material can be conveyed throughout the facility.

The Innovation Center features a classroom area where students can observes the full-scale lab and watch and observe equipment processing material.

Find out more about Powder & Bulk Solids innovations and education at  at Powder Show Texas October 13-14, 2015 in Houston, Texas.

Todd Smith, general manager of Coperion K-Tron Salina, speaks at the Innovation Center Open House.

The Innovation Center was designed to teach students about processing equipment so some equipment was made to be moved around to better demonstate to classes. Here is a Coperion K-Tron bin with a bin activator manufactured by Carman Industries.

A list of companies that donated equipment to the Bulk Solids Innovation Center. Other companies that donated equipment include Bunting Magnetics Co.

Lee Young of Vortex Valves speaks at the Bulk Solids Innovation Center Open House.

Verna Fitzsimmons, dean of Kansas State University Salina, spoke at the Bulk Solids Innovation Center Open House.

A wide view of the Bulk Solids Innovation Center test lab facility.

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