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  • HAPMAN CASE STUDY Wastewater Treatment

    The Village of Gilberts, IL Achieves Wastewater Requirements with the  Help of Baxter & Woodman’s Innovative Pre-Treatment System Design   Harry Harman, P.E. of Baxter & Woodman, consulting  Engineers, received a call from an official with the  Village of Gilberts in the State of Illinois. The call was  a request for a review of documents from the EPA to  the Village regarding the 5 year renewal of the Village’s  National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)  Permit. The Permit, is a set of standards developed by  the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the  management of wastewater contaminant concentrations  allowed to be discharged into streams and rivers by  industry and public wastewater treatment facilities by  cities, villages, and townships. Upon review of the report,  Harry immediately noticed a more stringent limit on the  permissible levels of Barium. There were no treatment  systems available which would remove the Barium without  exceeding the recently enacted Radium limits established  by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency – Division  of Nuclear Safety.  

  • HAPMAN The Industry’s Broadest Line of Conveying and Bulk Material Handling Equipment and Systems

    GET EQUIPMENT. AND MORE. Company Philosophy  Our experienced team will move you  through an analytical and collaborative  process for determining the best  equipment and configuration for your  application. We will provide the most  comprehensive recommendation  with the highest-level of efficiency  in design and operation. We are  dedicated, delivering an on-time, and  on-budget order fulfilment. We staff a  global technical support hotline that is  available 24/7, and we back-up every  piece of equipment we manufacture  with a 100% Performantee®, a guarantee  to you that the equipment you purchase  will operate in your plant as designed.


    Find solutions to your toughest handling challenges. It can be tough to convey powders and bulk solids to where you need them. That’s  why Hapman engineers continually find better, more cost-efficient ways to move  materials. Those solutions can help you eliminate:   Bulk material handling systems. Unlike liquid or gaseous systems, the flow dynamics of bulk material systems is not static. Bulk Density and flow  characteristics can change throughout the material handling process creating challenges and process inefficiencies.  Our experienced team can design and build a complete material handling system with integrated controls to save  time and money,  and avoid loss of production. Below are just a few examples of the innovative systems we have  designed and built for customers in a range of industries.  

  • HAPMAN CASE STUDY Chemical Manufacturer

    Bulk Bag Unloader and Vacuum Conveyor System Automates Material Handling and Adds Cost Savings   Werner G Smith is a chemical manufacturer which  specializes in plant and marine-based oils, esters, and  waxes used in additives in a wide-range of industries from  wire drawing, and metal working lubricants, to glazes,  putties and cosmetics. Examples of customer products  are modeling clay for car designs as they are scaled  for production, and for home products such as Vicks  Vaporub®. The unique and sometimes complex nature  of the additives manufactured by Werner G Smith has  been the key to the company’s 85 year-long success. The  company’s Facebook® page describes the business  in this way:  

  • Experienced and future mechanical engineers take note - The future looks bright.

    U.S. Mechanical Engineering Job Outlook

    Experienced and future mechanical engineers take note - The future looks bright. This new Powder & Bulk Solids (PBS) whitepaper examines the the employment outlook for mechanical engineers in the United States through 2024, offering a glimpse at opportunities in the field in the decades ahead. Job creation in the U.S. for roles occupied by mechanical engineers is projected to remain steady through 2024 as changes in population, technology, and manufacturing create demand for MEs with citting-edge knowledge. Some highlights from Powder & Bulk Solids' survey of employment prospects through the early 2020s include: - Nano medicine, nanotechnology, bioengineering/biomedical engineering, smart materials, and renewable energy are predicted to be top emerging fields for mechanical engineers through the 2030s - Space exploration efforts, increasingly undertaken by private companies in the U.S., may also provide new employment opportunities - Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services employed the most mechanical engineers in May 2015 - U.S. News and World Report ranked mechanical engineering as #2 in its Best Engineering Jobs of 2017 list - Growth in the smart materials industry may create employment opportunities Register now for free to download this whitepaper and learn more about the future of mechanical engineering in the United States.

  • 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.