Conferences

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

9:00am - 10:00am

Computers and software are catching up with the Discrete Element Method—a modeling technology some professionals working with powder and bulk solids thought was a bit before its time. Now, the Discrete Element Method, or DEM, is gaining traction as a practical option for addressing particle flow complications.

  • DEM – what is it?
  • What are DEM’s limitations
  • Professional perspectives from all over the globe on proper usage
  • Adapting your current processes and equipment to incorporate DEM
  • How to deal with cost implications

Moderator:
Jörg Theuerkauf, PhD, Principle Research Scientist – Pharma & Food Solutions, THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY

Panelists:
Vidya Vidyapati, Technology Leader: Particle Processing (Corporate Engineering Technology Laboratory), THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY
Rahul Bharadwaj, Vice President – Engineering & Business Development, ROCKY DEM PARTICLE SIMULATOR
Kristian Debus,
Director of Life Sciences, CD-ADAPCO
Andrés Orlando, Ph.D.,
Project Engineer, JENIKE & JOHANSON, INC.
David Curry, Principal Engineer, Business Development, DEM SOLUTIONS
Massih Pasha, Particle Technology Consultant, THE CHEMOURS COMPANY

Andrés Orlando, Ph.D.
ANDRES D. ORLANDO received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Doctorate degree in Granular Mechanics from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. During his graduate studies Dr. Orlando focused in computational modeling of granular materials flows using the discrete element method and comparing numerical models against physical experiments. Prior to joining Jenike & Johanson, Inc. he spent a year as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Southern... Click here to see the full bio

10:15am - 11:45am

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
10:15am - 11:45am

TECHNICAL WORKSHOP (F):
Why Your Powders and Bulk Solids Don't Flow Well and How to Improve It

Handling or processing powders and bulk solids is overwhelmed with problems. This tutorial will provide solid insights into common flow problems that arise when powders and bulks solids are put into silos, bins, and hoppers.

  • Typical bulk solids flow problems in silos, bins, and hoppers
  • Results of flow problems
  • Flow patterns and different hopper designs
  • Ways to characterize flow properties (common tests)

Eric MaynardSr. Consultant/DirectorJENIKE & JOHANSON, INC.

10:15am - 11:45am
WHATS NEW IN TECH:
Technical Workshop (F): Dust Control for Dry Bulk Handling Applications 

Managing dust is a critical element of dry bulk material handling. Atomized mist technology is one of the few methods capable of managing both surface dust and airborne particles without excessive runoff. This session will introduce the atomized mist applications and equipment to drive them to the ground, conserve water, and avoid over-saturation.

Michael LewisDust Control SpecialistDUST CONTROL TECHNOLOGY, INC.


10:15am - 11:45am
TECHNICAL WORKSHOP (F):
Troubleshooting Pneumatic Conveying

Pneumatic conveying offers few visual signs to help engineers understand what drives system performance. This session will explore dos and don’ts for conveyor design while taking into consideration the layout of your factory floor to help maximize your system’s output and efficiency.

Mark JonesDirector of TUNRA Bulk Solids Handling Research, Professor of Engineering & Built Environment,UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE

10:15am - 11:45am
TECHNICAL WORKSHOP (A):

Process and Facility Design: The Best Layouts for Handling Powders
Well-designed pieces of equipment and machinery must be organized into a well-designed plant—they are pieces of the whole. This session will discuss the best, most cost-effective plan of attack for layouts and analyze the problem-areas in plants that aren’t performing at the desired efficiency.

Jim Davis, President/OwnerPOWDER PROCESSING SOLUTIONS (formerly with Procter & Gamble)

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

1:30pm - 3:00pm
How to Design a Bin, Silo, or Feeder to Reliably Handle Powders or Bulk Solids
Critical to all industries is a step-by-step procedure for designing a bulk storage system fundamentally based upon the measure characteristics of the powder or granular bulk solid.

  • Basic review of a material characterization report
  • Review of silo design requirements (capacity, flow rate, physical layout, etc.)
  • Selection of flow pattern
  • Review of multiple silo design options

Eric MaynardSr. Consultant/Director, JENIKE & JOHANSON, INC.

1:30pm - 3:00pm 
HOW to Protect WHAT? Common Sense Approach to Combustible Dust Risk Reduction
When handling combustible dusts in industrial settings that have dust collectors, elevators or silos, or other enclosures, manufacturers and engineers must consider explosion hazards in addition to processing concerns. This session will explore options for risk reduction in a safe, cost-effective way.

  • Managing combustible dust hazards without breaking the bank
  • Identifying risks and prioritizing which to address first
  • Preferred methods for explosion protection

Dr.-Ing. Johannes Lottermann, Global Sales Manager Explosion Safety, Senior Consultant Explosion Safety,REMBE INC.
Eric Finley, Engineer, REMBE INC.

1:30pm - 3:00pm
Pneumatic Conveying in the Room: System Design & Optimization Guidelines

Pneumatic conveying can be challenging with respect to selecting the right system and choosing the right key performance parameters, such as pipe diameter, gas volume, and pressure. Bring with you your biggest pneumatic conveying headaches so that this session’s instructor can demonstrate the best way to troubleshoot and get your process back on track.

Jack Hilbert, Principal Engineering Consultant, PNEUMATIC CONVEYING CONSULTANTS LLC

1:30pm - 3:00pm
INNOVATION ON THE SHOW FLOOR – TOUR

Facilitated Dust Control Tour
Discover the latest equipment and speak directly with vendors about what’s new at iPBS 2016.

Diane Cave, Engineering Manager, EPM CONSULTING

3:15pm - 4:45pm

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

3:15pm - 4:45pm
STANDARDS COMPLIANCE

Are Your Equipment and Processes Up to OSHA’s Standards?
While handling powder and bulk solids continues to become a safer process, a knowledge gap exists as new engineers enter the field. During this session, a regional OSHA representative will review best practices and guidelines to reduce the risk of workplace accidents, especially when it comes to handling equipment and potentially explosive materials per NFPA standards.

Mark Knezovich, M.S., Industrial Hygienist, OSHA – REGION V ENFORCEMENT PROGRAMS, CHICAGO, IL
Lee Hathon, Mechanical Engineer, OSHA HEALTH RESPONSE TEAM

3:15pm - 4:45pm
Nanotechnology – Advancements in Size Reduction

  • Examine methods of size reduction into the nanometer range
  • Compare dry and wet grinding
  • Evaluate the new dry processing technology
  • Learn about the advantage of additives

Stephen MirandaSales Director – Grinding and Dispersing North AmericaNETZSCH PREMIER TECHNOLOGIES, LLC

3:15pm - 4:45pm
BROADER PERSPECTIVES

PANEL DISCUSSION: 
To Retrofit or To Invest? Making the Best Equipment-Based Decision for Your Business
Well-managed engineering processes and projects include jumping the hurdle of whether or not to invest in new equipment or to adapt, maintain, or retrofit existing capitol. Experts in this panel discussion will explore cost analyses and situations when designing new engineering is better than buying new equipment “off the shelf”.

Moderator:
Diane Cave,
Engineering Manager, EPM CONSULTING

Panelists:
Sharon Banning, Sales Director, TANK CONNECTION
Tim Bell, PE, Engineering Fellow, DUPONT
Joe Marinelli, President, SOLIDS HANDLING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Chris Meadows, Sales Manager, TRIPLE/S DYNAMICS

3:15pm - 4:45pm
TECHNICAL WORKSHOP (F)

Successful Transfer Chute Design the First Time

  • Selecting the most favorable wall lining material based on flow property testing results
  • Minimizing impact angles between flowing/discharging material stream and transfer chute geometry
  • Favorable chute cut-off angles to guarantee flow at specified rate under all conditions
  • Reducing impact wear

Dusan Ilic, Ph.D., Senior Consulting Engineer, TUNRA BULK SOLIDS

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

9:00am - 10:00am

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
9:00am - 10:00am

Cause & Effect – Hopper & Silo Failures and How They Could Have Been Prevented
Not every hopper or silo design is a success. Failures can lead to costly downtime and even injury to employees, but they can be prevented. Experts from several industries will:

  • Show real-life videos of hopper and silo failures and why they happened
  • Share the steps youcan take to prevent similar incidents at your facility
  • Provide insight into the future of equipment design and material handling as it relates to storage equipment

Moderator:
Eric Maynard, Sr. Consultant/Director, JENIKE & JOHANSON, INC.

Panelists:
Gary Chubb, President, CHUBB ENGINEERING
Richard Farnish, CEng, Senior Consulting Engineer, WOLFSON CENTRE FOR BULK SOLIDS HANDLING TECHNOLOGY - UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH
Tim Hopper, PE, Senior Engineering - Advanced Design, TANK CONNECTION
Karl Jacob,
Fellow & Senior Technical Leader, THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY

10:15am - 11:45am

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

10:15am - 11:45am
Effectively Mixing, Blending, and Sampling Powders and Bulk Solids

Poor blending and segregation is always costly in terms of rejected material, extra blending time, and defective end products. In this session:

  • Analyze blend uniformity
  • Sample collection, splitting, and analysis
  • Learn flow patterns within a bin or blender and their effects on particle segregation
  • Blending mechanisms
  • Types of blenders
  • Sampling techniques (thief vs. discharge)

Eric MaynardSr. Consultant/DirectorJENIKE & JOHANSON

10:15am - 11:45am
STANDARDS COMPLIANCE
The New NFPA 652 Standard – What Does It Mean for You?
The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) new 652 provides baseline requirements for all industries dealing with combustible dusts. During this session, a committee member on this project will share what this new standard means for explosion prevention and hazard management across all industry facilities.

Susan BershadSenior Chemical EngineerNATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION

10:15am - 11:45am
Segregation of Particles and How to Control It
Particle segregation is a major problem in many industries. This session will discuss:

  • The mechanisms that cause segregation
  • Ways to resolve the problems
  • Cases studies illustrating problem and solution

Joe Marinelli, President, SOLIDS HANDLING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

10:15am - 11:45am 
The Future of Sensors and Embedded Systems – Methods for Adaptation to IoT
In today’s world, many manufacturing processes are transitioning into the digital age. Sensors on machines can communicate with each other, allowing more speed and accuracy.

  • What tools are out there and what’s coming?
  • What does that mean for engineers handling powders?
  • How to incorporate new software into current processes and plants
  • Cost analysis

Carlos Ortiz, Lead IoT Solutions Architect, KII CORPORATION

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

1:30pm - 3:00pm
Grinding and Milling: What’s What and When to Use It

  • Grinding basics – what is happening on a particle level
  • Impact breakage vs. fatigue breakage
  • Survey of many different categories of grinders, specific grinder types and when they are most applicable
  • Fine and ultra-fine milling, both wet and dry
  • Cryogenic grinding and closed loop grinding systems

Jim Davis, President/OwnerPOWDER PROCESSING SOLUTIONS (formerly with Procter & Gamble)

1:30pm - 3:00pm
Testing to Assess Explosion Characteristics of Dust Clouds

One of the most important aspects of protecting yourself, employees, your factory, and equipment is to ensure a thorough understanding of how dangerous a material could potentially be.

  • Testing protocols for classifying powders as to their suitability for particular handling/processing operations
  • Laboratory tests that are most commonly used to determine the ignition sensitivity and explosion severity of dusts
  • Factors affecting the ignition sensitivity and explosion severity characteristics of dust clouds

Vahid Ebadat, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, CHILWORTH ASIA PACIFIC

1:30pm - 3:00pm
Advances in Discrete Element Method – Theory and Practical Applications 

This session will use video examples and real-world applications to address particle flow complications through the Discrete Element Method.

  • What is it?
  • How to effectively use DEM to design and troubleshoot bulk solids handling equipment
  • When and when not to use DEM

Andrés Orlando, Ph.D., Project Engineer, JENIKE& JOHANSON, INC.

1:30pm - 3:00pm 
Facilitated Bulk Storage and Feeding Tour

Discover the latest equipment and speak directly with vendors about what’s new at iPBS 2016.

Joe Marinelli, President, SOLIDS HANDLING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

 

3:15pm - 4:45pm

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

3:15pm - 4:45pm
Proven Methods to Solve Particle Segregation Occurring in Industrial Applications
The inability of maintain a blend (i.e. segregation) at the point where it is needed, is always costly in terms of rejected material, extra blending time, and defective end products.  This session will cover:

  • Common mechanisms of particle segregation
  • Methods to quantify segregation tendencies
  • How flow patterns affect segregation
  • How to modify/design solids handling equipment to minimize segregation

Eric MaynardSr. Consultant/DirectorJENIKE & JOHANSON, INC.

3:15pm - 4:45pm
Adapting Dry Blending Operations to Today’s Marketplace
This session explores innovative techniques dry blending operations are using to overcome obstacles created by expanding product portfolios, market demands, and more stringent regulations. Through case studies and video examples, this session will:

  • Review demands to the marketplace for dry blending
  • Assess limitations of traditional dry blending operations
  • Explore production philosophies that can overcome those limitations

Dan RubleVice PresidentMATCON USA

3:15pm - 4:45pm 
PANEL DISCUSSION:
Improving Processes through Collaboration – Connecting Product Development to Process Development
Sometimes problems with processes and materials handling start with product development. Engineers create silos of a different sort—the kind separating one type of engineer from the other. This panel discussion will explore strategies for collaboration amongst engineers—from product development, to equipment design, to process development.

Moderator
Willie Hendrickson, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, AVEKA Group

Tim Bell, PE, Engineering Fellow, DUPONT
Tim Freeman,
Managing Director, FREEMAN TECHNOLOGY
John Liffiton
Senior Principal Food Process EngineeGLANBIA PERFORMANCE NUTRITION
Melanie Marota,
Associate Principal Scientist, MERCK

3:15pm - 4:45pm
How to Interpret a Flow Properties Report and Bin Design Examples

It is important to measure a material’s flow properties before designing a bin or hopper. This session will provide an example Flow Properties Report representative of that which you should receive from a reputable testing lab. The session will discuss how to use the data and how to design bins and hoppers from the information provided.

Joe Marinelli, President, SOLIDS HANDLING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

9:00am - 10:00am

Thursday, May 5, 2016

9:00am - 10:00am
Combustible Dust Mitigation and Hazard Identification – Employee and Factory Safety

  • How to identify potential combustible dust risks
  • Evaluating the degree of hazard and what it means for safety
  • What is fugitive dust and how to manage it
  • Methods for keeping facilities dust clean: dust collectors, ventilation, fans, etc.
  • Effective management for adapting potential new materials and process to new equipment
  • Overview of regulatory requirements

Moderator:
Erdem Ural, Ph.D., Combustible Dust Consultant and President, LOSS PREVENTION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

Panelists:
Diane Cave,
Engineering Manager, EPM CONSULTING
Ashok Dastidar, Ph.D.,
VP, Dust & Flammability Testing and Consulting Services, FAUSKE & ASSOCIATES LLC
Vahid Ebadat, Ph.D.,
Chief Executive Officer, CHILWORTH ASIA PACIFIC
Michelle Murphy, Partner, ioKINETIC
Jason Reason
, Consultant and Senior Vice President of Safety & Health Services, LEWELLYN TECHNOLOGY LLC
Bill Stevenson, Vice President - Engineering, CV TECHNOLOGY

10:15am - 11:45am

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

10:15am - 11:45am
TECHNICAL WORKSHOP (F):
Conveyer Selection Criteria for Mechanical Handling Systems

This session will identify key selection and performance criteria when specifying mechanical handling equipment (ie. belt conveyors, screw conveyors, chain conveyors, etc.). Case studies will focus on the main issues that influence selection and providing a sound basis for selecting equipment.

Co-Presenters:
Mark Jones, Director, TUNRA BULK SOLIDS, Professor of Engineering & Built Environment, UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE
Alan Roberts, Emeritus Professor, UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE

10:15am - 11:45am
TECHNICAL WORKSHOP (F):
Best Practices for Dust Collection 

There are several options available for collecting dust—tools to help mitigate fugitive dust and combustible dust hazards. This session will explore:

  • The right preventative measures to prevent products from going into the atmosphere
  • Troubleshooting and maintenance: how to get current dust collection systems to work better
  • Methods other than investing in new equipment – ie. better preventative maintenance, sanitation, etc.

Jack Osborn, Design & Project Engineer, AIRDUSCO

10:15am - 11:45am
BROADER PERSPECTIVES
Panel Discussion: Industry Outlook into BioMass and Overcoming the Handling Difficulties 
Fluctuating oil prices are making strategies for biomass handling all the more important.

  • Why this emersion of biomass handling
  • What makes handling corn stalks, wood chips, leaves, and bales so difficult?
  • Best practices for reducing damage to your material and equipment

Moderator:
Erin Webb, R&D Staff, Agricultural Engineer, OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY

Panelists:
Richard Farnish, CEng, Senior Consulting Engineer, WOLFSON CENTRE FOR BULK SOLIDS HANDLING TECHNOLOGY - UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH
Dusan Ilic, Ph.D.,
Senior Consulting Engineer, TUNRA BULK SOLIDS
Gary Liu, Ph.D.
Consultant – Solids Processing and Handling, DUPONT

 

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

1:30pm - 3:00pm
TECHNICAL WORKSHOP (A)
Selection Processes for Small-Size Powder Handling Equipment:
Many engineers are not taught how to select proper material handling equipment focusing on bulk bag unloaders, dump stations, small hoppers, and drum inverters. Essential issues to be covered include applying powder characteristics to the selection bulk bag unloaders, bag dump stations, and small-scale hoppers to ensure reliable discharge.

Eric MaynardSr. Consultant/DirectorJENIKE & JOHANSON, INC

1:30pm - 3:00pm
Case Study: Effect of Temperature and Relative Humidity on the Flowability of Bulk Solids 
When the moisture of a bulk solid changes, its flow property also changes. This change can cause problems like bridging and ratholing.

  • Review a few flow problems related to environment (temperature and RH) condition changes
  • Moisture sorption characteristics of bulk solids
  • Case study results and discussion

John LawrenceResearch DirectorKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY BULK SOLIDS INNOVATION CENTER

1:30pm - 3:00pm
Facilitated Pneumatic Conveying Systems Tour
Discover the latest equipment and speak directly with vendors about what’s new at iPBS 2016.

Jack Hilbert, Principal Engineering Consultant, PNEUMATIC CONVEYING CONSULTANTS, LLC

3:15pm - 4:45pm

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

3:15pm - 4:45pm 
TECHNICAL WORKSHOP (F)
Dilute vs. Dense Phase Pneumatic Conveying

  • The difference between the two
  • Testing the conveyability of a bulk solid
  • When is one better to use than the other
  • When to absolutely not use dilute phase

Jack Hilbert, Principal Engineering Consultant, PNEUMATIC CONVEYING CONSULTANTS LLC

3:15pm - 4:45pm
TECHNICAL WORKSHOP (A)
Volumetric and Gravimetric Feeder Design to Ensure Reliable Flow

Improper design of volumetric and gravimetric bulk solids feeders can lead to flow problems, process upsets, and downtime. This session will discuss:

  • The importance of the feeder in relation to the bin it is attached to
  • Design techniques for feeders (screw, belt, rotary, etc.)
  • Benefits of gravimetric feeders and their drawbacks

Joe Marinelli, President, SOLIDS HANDLING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

3:15pm - 4:45pm
So You’re Having a Bulk Solids Storage Problem 

Bring your specific storage problems to this session and spend the time with the instructor addressing them.

  • Bin flow problems, flow patterns, flow properties testing, how to interpret a Flow Report.
  • Design principles for calculating of critical storage bin dimensions, opening sizes, wall angles, etc.
  • Proper feeder design to work in unison with your storage bin.

Richard Farnish, CEng, Senior Consulting EngineerWOLFSON CENTRE FOR BULK SOLIDS HANDLING TECHNOLOGY - UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH