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  • Companies like Siemens and Honeywell are leaders in IIoT for the process industry. Image courtesy of Siemens.

    Industry Explores Big Data's Big Process Safety Benefits

    Two and a half billion gigabytes. That’s the amount of data generated daily by the process industry, according to a recent estimate. Is your organization prepared to harness Big Data's potential to improve process safety? Powder & Bulk Solids spoke with representatives from Siemens and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Center for Chemical Process Safety about the rise of IIoT Big Data technology in industry and how companies can prepare to utilize the massive amount of information to reduce or predict safety incidents. “Everything is going to be more and more connected. If you do not do something about it and make your business better, your business safer, the company is going to lose,” Jagannath Rao, vice president of Siemens' Customer Services unit told Powder & Bulk Solids. The time is now. Download PBS' latest industry feature to learn how industry is approaching Big Data in process safety.

  • Industrial hemp has a wide range of applications, according to engineers and researchers.

    The Forbidden Material: Hemp's Return to Manufacturing

    With a resurgence of hemp cultivation in the 1990s in Asia, Europe and Canada and the recent expansion of opportunities for hemp research in the U.S. and Australia, there is growing interest in the material. Rising demand for healthy, natural food and beauty products is fueling growth in hemp food products, cosmetics, supplements, and oils. A need for alternatives to petroleum-based plastics and fossil energy sources is spurring development of hemp-based bioplastics, biofuels, and bioreactor processes. Oil prices are driving research in lightweight, hemp-based fiber composites for automotive and aerospace uses. The plant is even finding its way into nanotechnology applications as a natural, cheaper alternative to graphene. Download to read Powder & Bulk Solids' coverage of the burgeoning hemp industry in the U.S. and beyond to see how engineers and manufacturers are working with the reemerging material and what considerations processors and manufacturers need to take into account when considering using the material.

  • 652 and You: Challenges to and Solutions for Industry Posed by the Newest NFPA Combustible-Dust Standard

    Does your powder bulk solids company know the ins and outs of the new NFPA standard, 652: Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust? The association’s most-recent standard provides general requirements for management of combustible-dust fire and explosion hazards and directs users to NFPA’s industry- or commodity-specific standards, including 654, 664, and 484, as needed.   How will this standard affect risk management, personnel training, and day-to-day operations at your facility?   This free white paper guides industry through 652, highlighting potential challenges of implementing the standard and suggesting solid solutions.   Compliance issues addressed in this paper include: •      Understanding dust hazard analysis (DHA) requirements •      Determining whether dust is combustible before assessing subsequent hazards •      Conditions under which fire-protection measures will need to be taken •      …and more

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    Powder & Bulk Solids Trends: How Data, Clean Labels, and Consolidation are Changing the Dry Processing Industry

    A distinguished panel of professional engineers from such industry heavyweights as The Dow Chemical Co., Kellogg Co., The Kraft Heinz Co., and DuPont weigh in on a range of topics affecting the industry, including the challenges of buying processing equipment for their companies, the future of food and chemical processing, and data and automation in the age of the Internet. Download this exclusive inside look at the powder and bulk solids industry for free.

  • OSHA, NFPA to Progress on Combustible Dust Standards

    2016 could be a bellwether year for combustible dust standards. In June, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) starts its first revision cycle of NFPA 652, the organization’s newly introduced combustible dust standard for general industry. Later this fall, the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is preparing to hold a panel examining impacts of a proposed OSHA combustible dust standard on small businesses – the first major event in its combustible dust rulemaking process to be scheduled since 2010. This year, the level of interest and the character of comments in the NFPA’s 652 revision process and OSHA’s proposed panel could significantly shape discussions on - and development of - both entities’ combustible dust activities in 2017 and beyond. Download the full feature from Powder & Bulk Solids to learn more about developments of combustible dust standards in 2016.

  • KE Series Dual Shaft Shredder (Whitepaper)

    The low speed, high torque KE Series Shredder is ruggedly constructed to process the toughest materials with ease. Dual shaft cutters reduce material by compression and shearing action, providing an ideal primary grind and consistent end product for a wide variety of applications.

  • Process difficult materials with ease. (Whitepaper)

    Our extensive experience gives us the ability to uniquely custom configure our size reduction mills to suit you, your application, and your production goals. The WA Series is a conventional gravity discharge hammer mill that can be constructed with a wide variety of grinding rotors and screen configurations to guarantee unmatched performance. Available in more than 20 sizes ranging from 6” to 60”, each mill features replaceable liner plates to protect the mill housing from wear. Custom in-feed and discharge chutes are designed to accommodate any method of feeding and take-away, ensuring a clean and safe operating environment.Your custom made worker.Our extensive experience gives us the ability to uniquely reduction mills to suit you,WA Seriesa wide variety of grinding rotors and screen configurations to guarantee unmatched performance. Available in replaceable liner plates to protect the mill housing from wear. Custom in-feed and discharge chutes are designed to accommodate any method of feeding and take-away, ensuring a clean and safe operating environment.Your

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  • Figure 1: Block diagram showing the hierarchy of NFPA occupancy and design standards along with ASTM test methods

    NFPA 652: Keep Calm and Carry On

    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has developed a new occupancy standard, NFPA 652, for protection against dust/powder fires and explosions. This standard is based on older documents and will eventually become the de facto requirement for industry being adopted by model fire and building codes, as well as OSHA. The main difference between this new standard and its predecessors is the requirement to perform a Dust Hazards Analysis (DHA) on your existing and future processes and building structures. This article places the development of the standard in historical context and clarifies the DHA methodology specifications.

  • The State of the Dry Processing and Bulk Solids Handling Industry (Whitepaper)

    In this exclusive, free download, Eric Maynard, senior consultant/director of education at bulk material specialty engineering firm Jenike & Johanson, shares his perspective on the current state of the dry processing and bulk solids handling industry. Maynard weighs in on which markets are hot right now, which markets are cooling off, and the associated market conditions and challenges driving these trends. He also comments on the current state of the equipment and technologies used to handle, process, and package powders and bulk solids. Download this exclusive market analysis for free. Get more insight from industry expert Eric Maynard on Powder & Bulk Solids topics at the Powder Show in Rosemont, IL, May 3-5, 2016. (If you encounter any technical problems while downloading this whitepaper, please contact Joe Florkowski at [email protected] for assistance.)