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  • Testing Dust for Combustibility and Explosibility

    The purpose of this paper is to provide some practical guidance for those confronted with the need to assess their safety requirements where combustible particulate solids are being handled in bulk quantities.  It is clear from all points of view that dust must be tested to determine the nature of the risk.  The intent is to provide advice that will allow the reader to make informed decisions leading to improved safety, while simultaneously minimizing cost.    What you will learn:  Which dusts should be tested.  What tests should be run on a combustible dust.  Economical strategies for testing materials.. Challenges that certain materials can pose when tested  

  • Selecting an Indirect Thermal Technology

    Choosing the right thermal technology is critical to reducing time-to-market, being cost-efficient and achieving better thermal processing results. In this whitepaper by Bepex International, you will learn the advantages and disadvantages of indirect thermal processing; examine four technologies that meet most application requirements; and review optimal system designs and common types of heat transfer media.  

  • Steve Blackowiak, Director of R&D and Food Safety at Bühler Aeroglide speaks with Powder & Bulk Solids about Salmonella in dry foods. Image courtesy of Pixabay

    Managing Salmonella in Dry Foods

    With several high-profile recalls of dry foods and ingredients for Salmonella contamination occurring within the last month, the increased visibility of this food safety issue may leave some food processors wondering how to prevent similar incidents from occurring in their operations. Though outbreaks of the bacteria are more common in foods with high amounts of moisture like eggs, juice, and meat, dry foods and ingredients, including powders, can be affected by Salmonella. To provide manufacturers of dry food products with some insights on how to prevent contamination, the dry processing-focused magazine spoke with Steve Blackowiak, Director of R&D and Food Safety at Bühler Aeroglide to find out what role equipment design and air flow play in controlling the spread of the bacteria.     

  • Download the "Powder & Bulk Solids Equipment Market Outlook" report today to learn which types of technology are expected to witness the highest rates of growth into the first years of the next decade.

    Powder & Bulk Solids Equipment Market Outlook

    In the U.S. and Canada, as well as many other parts of the world, manufacturing activity is expected to expand in the coming years. The food and beverage, chemicals, oil & gas, pharmaceutical, building materials, and automotive/aerospace industries are all expected to post gains in the first half of the new decade. To help our readers examine the outlook for the global and North American dry solids handling, processing, and packaging equipment markets as we move into the 2020s, Powder & Bulk Solids combed through publicly available forecasts to compile this comprehensive roundup of projections. Download the "Powder & Bulk Solids Equipment Market Outlook" report today to learn which types of technology are expected to witness the highest rates of growth into the first years of the next decade. 

  • Selecting the Right Drying System for Agglomerating Bulk Solids: How to Evaluate for Optimal Cost and Performance

    Factors for selecting optimal direct- and indirect-drying systems for particle agglomeration include heat transfer requirements and temperature sensitivity of material. In addition, the physical properties of the finished product often drive the choice of agglomeration and dryer technology.  

  • Controlling Dangerous Dusts in the Food Processing Industry

    Dust hazards that occur in food manufacturing and processing include occupational exposure, cross-contamination and combustible dust. This white paper examines these dangers, applicable regulatory guidelines and how to use a high-efficiency dust collector to keep workers safe and facilities in compliance.  

  • 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.