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Key Considerations to Develop a Basis of Design for an Effective Bulk Material Storage System
When: Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific
Speaker: Eric Maynard, vice president, Jenike & Johanson

Selecting storage and handling equipment for powders and bulk solids can be challenging without a general knowledge of key factors that can affect the selection and design of a silo. This webinar will review considerations for development of a basis of design document that can be shared with equipment vendors to ensure they know parameters required for your operational success. 

Maynard received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. During his 25 years at Jenike & Johanson, he has designed handling systems for bulk solids including cement, coal, limestone, plastic powder, food products, and pharmaceuticals.  

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Lumps & Clumps in Solids - Their Causes & Cures 
When: Thursday, November 11, 2021, 11 a.m. Eastern/8 a.m. Pacific
Speakers: Brian Warren, Business Unit Leader, De Dietrich Process Systems & Jake Davis, Product Engineer - Powder Handling, De Dietrich Process Systems

This webinar will discuss causes for the presence of lumps and clumps in various solid materials and how they can adversely affect processes, equipment and production. It will also present examples of real-world cures for dealing with them.  If your operations involve handling solids on a frequent basis, you will find this informative, entertaining and educational. Attend this webinar and learn why lumps and clumps can form, risks, how to avoid & eliminate them.

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Optimizing Existing Pneumatic Conveying Systems 
When: Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific
Speaker: Jack D. Hilbert, consultant, Pneumatic Conveying Consultants LLC

Pneumatic conveying systems are found in a wide cross section of industries and applications and have been a proven means of moving dry bulk solids. As companies change their business model and product wheels to meet market demands, existing pneumatic conveying systems often need to be repurposed to meet those new needs. Changes can be necessary with respect to material properties, rates, distances, functionality, etc. There are several techniques that can be implemented to “optimize” the performance of existing pneumatic conveying systems to meet those new needs. 

This webinar will present several of those techniques and how they can be implemented into an existing system, as well as how implementing them into new system designs can give “future capabilities” to a new system without incurring major retrofit costs later on. Production planners, facility engineers, operations personnel, etc., will all benefit from the information to be presented.

Hilbert spent nearly 40 years as a registered professional engineer in several states. After working for more than 32 years for globally based companies providing pneumatic conveying systems and equipment, he joined forces with Paul Solt in the pneumatic conveying consulting business, Pneumatic Conveying Consultants LLC, located in the Schnecksville, PA.

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The Science of Metal Dust Explosions: How Big Is the Problem and Why Are They so Severe? 
When: Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 12 p.m. Eastern/9 a.m. Pacific
Speaker: Dr. Chris Cloney, PEng, managing director and lead researcher at DustEx Research

Only 10-20% of dust explosion incidents reported internationally involved metal dusts. However, these incidents report a disproportionately higher number of fatalities than with organic materials. Why is this?

This presentation will explore the science behind metal dust explosions, including international loss history, equipment and materials involved, and what properties make metal dust explosions so severe.

Practical considerations will also be reviewed, including minimum ignition energy, challenges with dust collection and isolation, response to fires, and safe use of inerting systems.

Cloney is managing director and lead researcher at DustEx Research, a company with a worldwide focus on increasing awareness of combustible dust hazards and reducing personal and financial loss from fire and explosion incidents. Cloney is a recognized expert in the field of combustible dust research publishing over 15 peer-reviewed journal articles and presenting at conferences in the US, Canada, China, Norway, the UK, Poland, and Germany.

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How to Select the Right Feeder for Your Application
When: Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific
Speaker: Joseph Marinelli, president, Solids Handling Technologies Inc.

In this webinar, Marinelli will examine a flow chart approach to proper feeder selection. Improper design of volumetric and gravimetric bulk solids feeders can lead to flow problems, process upsets, and downtime. In most cases, the feeder design is as important as the bin or silo design. However, the feeder is often ignored resulting in serious consequences.

The flow chart will walk you through a logical approach to determining the type feeder you should use for your application. Attend this webinar and learn:

• The importance of the feeder in relation to the bin to which it is attached
• Design techniques for volumetric feeders such as screws, belts, rotary valves, and specialty feeders
• Benefits of gravimetric feeders such as weigh belts, loss-in-weight, and gain-in-weight feeders

Marinelli is a bulk materials handling expert who has taught hundreds of highly acclaimed engineering seminars. Since 1972, he has been active in testing bulk solids and consulting on materials handling systems design.

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Common Dust Collector Dos That Should Be Don’ts and How to Fix Them
When: Thursday, July 13, 2021, 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific
Speaker: Diane Cave, regional manager of Eastern Canada, Element6 Solutions

With dust collection systems there seems to be various installation issues that pop up all the time. Common mistakes if you will. This webinar will point out these installation issues, explain why they are wrong, what ill affects they have on the dust collection system, and how to avoid them. The webinar will also touch other alternative installations that would work better.

  • Important product properties to consider
  • How the markets you serve define packaging and packaging environment
  • How workplace safety plays a key role into design
  • How your suppliers can be your best friend
  • How customers and operators are your greatest critics
  • How bringing all of these pieces together ensures project success

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Good engineering practices with respect to dust collection systems
  • What common mistakes they are likely making, why they are bad and how to fix them

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How Products Create and Define Packaging
When: Thursday, June 24, 2021, 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific
Speaker: Luke Stricker packaging engineer, Dow Logistics – Material Handling Tech Center

Stricker will lead a discussion of how products define packaging and packaging systems and how engaging customers, operators, and suppliers creates the final package. Attendees will learn:

  • Important product properties to consider
  • How the markets you serve define packaging and packaging environment
  • How workplace safety plays a key role into design
  • How your suppliers can be your best friend
  • How customers and operators are your greatest critics
  • How bringing all of these pieces together ensures project success

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Proven Solutions to Four Common Problems in Pneumatic Conveying System Operations
When: Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 11 a.m. Eastern/8 a.m. Pacific
Speaker: Eric Maynard, vice president, Jenike & Johanson

Many powders and bulk solids present costly problems in pneumatic conveying systems. Issues such as abrasive wear, line plugging, particle attrition, and throughput limitations can impact operational efficiency, safety, and maintenance needs. This webinar will help the attendee learn about causes of these problems and what typical measures can be put in place to reduce or eliminate their effects.  

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Choosing the Best Bulk Conveyor for Your Materials
When: Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 11 a.m. Eastern/8 a.m. Pacific
Speakers: Morgan Bailey Burford, Communication Specialist and Scott Berning, Design Engineer and Product Testing Manager - Cablevey Conveyors

Choosing the right Bulk Conveyor requires knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages of different individual conveyor types. It is often mistaken as an insignificant step in the process of design, however selecting the wrong conveyor can compromise the entire system. The best place to start is determining the material to be processed, the distance involved, and the throughput desired. Join us to review a particular sampling of Bulk Conveyors and discuss the needs of specialty material processing and how to meet them.

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Indoor Air Quality Issues & Filtration Options for Manufacturing or Processing Facilities
When: Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific
Speaker: Randi Huckaby, Product Manager - Dry Filtration Air Pollution Control for Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC)

Many manufacturing and processing facilities face air quality issues. Wet or dry particles can become airborne when food, metal, chemicals or pharmaceutical products are produced or when paper or wood are processed. If left to accumulate in the air, this dust and mist causes numerous safety hazards for operators and the facility. This webinar will discuss common causes of contaminated air, health & safety risks related to poor air quality, specific issues associated with fine dust and mist, and OSHA regulations governing facility air quality. It will also present ways to improve air quality and ensure quality return air using high efficiency filtration.

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Sampling Plan for Combustible Dust Testing to Support a Dust Hazards Analysis

When: Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific 
Speaker: Dr. Ashok Ghose Dastidar, Vice President, Dust & Flammability Testing and Consulting Services, Fauske & Associates LLC

Dust Hazards Analysis (DHA) are required by the NFPA and many local fire codes for any industrial operation that handles or generates combustible dusts. The DHA is a systematic review of your process by a qualified person to assess the risks to your facility and plant personnel posed by combustible dust explosions and fires. For this type of analysis to be effective in minimizing the risk of a combustible dust hazard the combustion and explosion properties of the dust in question must be known. The test methods to ascertain these combustion and explosion properties are well known and have been presented here last year. The second key factor that should be addressed is “the dust in question.” Dust combustibility is not like gas/vapor combustibility; it is heavily dependent on particle size distribution and morphology. This presentation will discuss several factors that should be considered when General establishing a dust sampling plan for submitting material to a lab for analysis. Additionally, it will cover strategies that can be used to target testing specifically for credible accident scenarios.

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How to Remove Dust and Streamers from Your Process
When: Thursday, February 25, 2021, 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific
Speaker: Joseph Lutz, Director, Sales & Marketing for Pelletron Corporation

Dust and streamer separation technology is not often applied correctly, resulting in low separation performance. This webinar explains where dust and streamers come from, why they are a problem, what separation technology exists, and how to apply it. The goal of this webinar is to provide attendees with the basic knowledge that is required to start troubleshooting a dust and streamer problem.

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Understanding and Controlling Size Reduction in Processing or Milling – a Mechanistic View
When: Thursday, February 18, 2021, 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific
Speaker: Kerry Johanson, chief operations officer for Material Flow Solutions Inc.

This webinar will address controlling breakage of material in processes, including milling.  When we understand what causes a particular material to break and how it breaks, we can use that knowledge to understand/predict how a particular material might behave in a mill or other prescribed process. In the case of the process, we want to design that process to limit breakage. In the case of milling, we want to design or chose the mill that can create material with a prescribed size distribution. 

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Simple, Proven Methods to Ensure Your Dust Collection System Controls Your Dust Emissions
When: Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific
Speaker: Jack E. Osborn, senior project engineer, Airdusco EDS

Too often dust collection systems are considered mystical, ineffective, and a waste of capital and maintenance expense.  Yet, common sense does apply even to dust collection systems. This presentation will offer the attendee proven methods to either improve your existing system or to assure your new system does what it is designed to accomplish, control dust emissions. One hour of your time will give you the knowledge needed to achieve this goal.

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How Can I Properly Apply Flow Aids to Get My Material Moving from My Bin or Silo?
When: Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific
Speaker: Eric Maynard, vice president, Jenike & Johanson

To get your bulk material moving, flow aids can be helpful, or if misapplied, can be hurtful worsening your flow difficulties. This webinar will review common flow problems that occur in bins, silos, and hoppers, and what techniques can be used effectively to induce material flow. Sometimes gravity is not enough to get stubborn material to get moving, and this webinar can help you learn quickly about what works and just as importantly, what does not usually work!  

During this webinar, we will discuss the following: 

  •     Understand types of common flow problems with bulk solids
  •     Review a variety of flow aid devices
  •     Learn how to apply flow aids to alleviate flow problems
Case Studies and OSHA Citations for Dust Explosion Prevention and Protection
When: Thursday, October 15, 2020, 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific
Speaker: Chris Cloney, managing director, DustEx Research Ltd

In his presentation, Dr. Cloney will review a number of case studies demonstrating how failures in prevention, protection, and isolation can lead to severe dust explosion disasters. When coupled with a failure to properly contain, collect, and clean combustible dust in facilities, these conditions can lead to catastrophic results. 

In addition to demonstrating dust safety through case studies ranging from food products, wood, utilities, and additive manufacturing, Dr. Cloney will also review OSHA citations made through the general duty clause in 2018 to understand what materials, equipment, and conditions OSHA is focusing their regulatory efforts on and what areas you need to pay attention to in your facility.

How Important is Feeder Design?
When: Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific
Speaker: Joe Marinelli, president, Solids Handling Technologies Inc.

When handling powders in bins, hoppers, and silos, we are most concerned with “what does it take to achieve reliable flow.” Although this is very important, not much attention is paid to the discharging device. The design of your feeding device is critical to maintaining reliable discharge from your bin or silo. If your feeder is not designed properly, flow from the bin or silo will effected.
This presentation will offer strategies on how to meet the final deadline, given the limited access to facilities and experts.
How to Meet the DHA Deadline During the Pandemic
When: Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific
Speaker: Dr. Ashok Ghose Dastidar is vice president, dust & flammability testing and consulting services, Fauske & Associates Inc.

The deadline for completing your company's Dust Hazards Analysis (DHA) is fast approaching. A DHA is required for all new facilities or facilities that have had major renovations before initial startup. However, older preexisting facilities are also included in this requirement to have a DHA performed. The original three-year deadline for having these DHAs completed was September 7, 2018. Recognizing the monumental task ahead for many companies, the NFPA committee decided to give an extension until 2020. Although the deadline is quickly approaching, many companies have not yet started their DHAs. Furthermore, global pandemic shut down many facilities or access to them just as DHAs were beginning.
This presentation will offer strategies on how to meet the final deadline, given the limited access to facilities and experts.