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No matter how well you are prepared, entering a grain bin is a risk. Take it from a survivor, who will share a first-hand account of how fast a grain bin entrapment can happen. This in-depth workshop examines why entrapments occur and how to prevent them. The discussion also covers new technology, equipment, trends, procedures and safety equipment to use when grain bin entry is necessary.
This session will help make your facility safer.
Carol Jones, Professor and Buchanan Chair, Oklahoma State University
Arick Baker, Speaker
Their reputations precede them. Millennials are entitled and lazy, Gen X can’t get along, and Baby Boomers are just out of touch. It’s time to stop listening to these negative stereotypes and let this workshop set the record straight!
Learn about the strengths and challenges associated with each generation so that you can better manage coworkers and understand your family (and maybe even your children).
Carlie Crouch, Learning and Development Manager, Perdue AgriBusiness
This session is going to focus on how the developing trends in Infrared technology can help you avoid electrical issues.
Although visual inspections can reveal electrical problems, by the time problems are actually visible with the naked eye, there could already have been damage that has occurred. The finical impacts and downtime that can be caused with this can add up quickly.
This session will cover basic techniques and current technologies available to make infrared inspections not only cost effective, but improve the safety and preemptive inspections at your facility. Attendees will have a better understanding of how to utilize infrared equipment and why it should be added it to your ‘equipment tool box’ if it’s not already there.
Philip Mondro, Sales Engineer, Fluke, Industrial Group
When a contractor or vendor enters your facility, it’s important to understand the risks and liability associated with their presence. Identifying your priorities for evaluating contractors and verifying necessary information can be extremely time consuming and labor intensive. Learn from best practices implemented by one of the largest companies in the world.
This workshop features the Cargill, Inc. case study about contractor pre-qualification.
Chris Black, Program Manager, Appruv by SMI
Jason Kelts, EHS Research Director, Appruv by SMI
Do you have an effective energy control program?
This session covers common energy sources found in grain handling facilities and the causes of lockout tagout-related injuries and fatalities. Learn about situations where lockout tagout applies and misconceptions associated with this standard. In addition, the discussion will help you create an effective energy control program that includes equipment-specific procedures, training, and periodic inspections.
This session may help you prevent grain handling injuries and fatalities.
Joe Mylnek, Safety Consultant, Progressive Safety Services, LLC
Big Data has continuously evolved and grown since the 1800s, and the same challenges continue to exist today: how do I deploy new technology?
During the early 2000s, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) exploded. With wired and wireless sensor technologies, collecting real-time data from equipment and stored grain is possible. This session is a “must attend” for managers, CEOs, and COOs hoping to better leverage technology and use data to make informed decisions. Topics include the convergence of IT and OT technologies and how to deploy your data.
This workshop could dramatically improve profits, reduce unscheduled downtime, and increase your customer service.
Rachel Tormbetta, Software Engineering Director, General Electric Digital
Understanding something like a facility inspection from a different point of view can be enlightening. Inspections can seem overwhelming, especially for a large facility, but taking simple steps and addressing specific areas makes the review more manageable. Be prepared for issues by understanding things that a structural engineer typically looks for during concrete and steel storage inspections. Learn about monitoring methods and inspection tasks, repairs typically recommended after an inspection, and the structural life expectancy for concrete and steel storage.
Michael Blough, Project Engineer, Clear Creek & Associates
Properly working conveyors are one of the best productivity-enhancing tools available. But entrapment in nip points, abrasions, burns and pinch zones can create damage by shearing and crushing that cause injuries. The right training, preparation, and safety precautions can help. This presentation offers five strategies to keep workers safe around belt conveyors.
Learn the likelihood and the cost of accidents. Examine case studies and real-life examples of conveyor injuries, and discuss how they can be avoided. Included is a link for a free download of Martin Engineering’s current conveyor safety publication.
Jerad Heitzler, Program Manager/Lead Instructor, Martin Engineering
Grain facilities continue to increase how fast they handle product, from truck receiving to rail and barge loadout. Enclosed belt conveyors help control dust emissions and spillage, reload product back onto the belt, and are an industry standard.
This session identifies installation considerations necessary to successfully operate this specialized equipment. Learn about required clearances around equipment, proper belt loading and tensions, and access for maintenance. Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of enclosed belt conveyors and how to gain the best possible performance.
Mike Spillum, Sales and Marketing Manager, Hi Roller Conveyors
One of the greatest threats to any grain operation is an explosion. A dust or vapor cloud ignition can destroy primary equipment, spread to interconnected machinery or into the plant, and cause secondary explosions. Fortunately, there are proven ways to prevent this threat.
This presentation covers how explosions initiate and propagate and the types of processes and equipment most commonly exposed to deflagrations. Options are available for protecting bucket elevators from explosions from either the inside or outside. Finally, understand explosion vents, detection technology, and many other approaches.
Rob Markle, Regional Territory Manager, IEP Technologies
What underutilized and environmentally friendly equipment can move bulk materials in a variety of applications over long distances, minimize clean-up tasks, and keep employees safe? Pipe conveyors completely enclose the material being conveyed, which keeps personnel safe while performing conveyor inspections during normal operations.
This presentation covers pipe conveyor technology including design, capabilities, and benefits. Attendees will learn how the pipe conveyor can negotiate different terrains and avoid obstacles by using both horizontal and vertical curves.
Jason Illum, Project Development Manager, Bedeschi Mid-West Conveyor
You can install the best monitoring equipment, but if it’s not tested, it might not prevent potentially explosive situations. Material handling equipment such as bucket elevators and conveyors can create dust hazard conditions. Monitoring this equipment can prevent malfunctions resulting in serious injuries or death, damage, and loss of revenue. Thorough system testing of the sensors and controllers is important.
A live working bucket elevator will demonstrate functional testing methods and verification of sensor and controller operation. Learn about a remote monitoring website to record test results. You can even try out the testing tools.
Anthony Leali, Business Development Manager-Electronic Products, 4B Components, Ltd.
Bucket Elevators are the most common location of primary explosions in the grain industry. In this pod session we will explain common bucket elevator safety issues and how to ensure safe, smooth and efficient operation. We will discuss proper installation and alignment of a bucket elevator. We will review routine maintenance and inspection procedures of key components. Finally, this session will cover safety aspects of conveyor belts, lagging, tail and head pulleys and hazard monitoring rub blocks and bearing temperature sensors.
Ted Stephens, Sales, AGI/Union Iron
One of the most common pieces of operating machinery in a grain elevator or feed mill is the chain (drag) conveyor. When properly maintained, a chain conveyor will provide years of dependable and safe service. All external moving parts need to be properly guarded yet allow for inspection and maintenance. Chains need to be inspected and adjusted for the proper tension. One of the highest incidents of injury occurs when the chain is being “broken” for maintenance.
This session covers all of these aspects and details of safely operating and maintaining a chain (drag) conveyor.
Brett Buchanan, CFO, Bulk Conveyors, Inc. (BCI)
It’s important to keep current on OSHA requirements for hazard monitoring, and that’s where this session begins. A life size bucket elevator will be used to demonstrate the required OSHA motion, bearing, and belt mis-alignment devices, locations, and applications. See a successful sensor installation. Learn about new installation testing and verification, ongoing maintenance procedures, and alert and alarm notification methods using a PC and monitor. Finally, watch a data acquisition demonstration to create a predictive maintenance schedule.
Scott Chant, President, Safe-Grain Inc
If you are interested in overall drive system efficiencies for conveyors or bucket elevators, this session is for you!
This presentation offers insights about future system designs that support the lowest total cost of ownership by minimizing the electricity and maintenance during the equipment lifecycle. Learn how to identify the most energy-efficient designs for new equipment and contributing factors to overall efficiencies with current equipment. Fault modes required to shut down equipment under various faults will be discussed. Examples of installations employing the latest drive designs from multiple manufacturers will be shared.
Hans Rodgers, Industry Account Manager, SEW-EURODRIVE
Aeration is one of the most common and safest techniques used to preserve stored grains quality without chemicals. Aeration is environmentally friendly and cost-effective, and it can significantly prevent kernel deterioration and grain losses due to insect and mold infestations. Without the necessary design knowledge and understanding, this technology cannot be implemented at its full capacity.
Starting with basic principles and physics, this presentation provides a guideline to achieve the best performance of aeration, accounting for stored grains peculiarities, ecosystems, and ambient conditions.
Francesco Selva, Technical Manager, AG Growth Int. – FRAME srl
Construction projects require teamwork. The partnering process aligns stakeholder goals and expectations with the project requirements. This session offers a complete process overview and reviews the characteristics of high-performing project teams. We will also touch on the purpose and content of a typical partnering meeting and discover components necessary for a team to succeed (win-win). The presentation then transitions to applying the principles of partnering as a group.
Gregory Franzen, Business Development Manager, Faithful+Gould
Terry Collins, Project/Millwright Manager, CVA
Jim Gales, Construction Department Manager, CHS
Despite declining injury rates, severe incidents and workplace fatalities (SIF) are on the rise. Understand ways to identify the precursors to SIF incidents, and discuss potential SIF incidents in the grain industry. Look at data using predictive analytics to expose where a company may have the most exposure to SIFs.
This session is a “must attend” for anyone working with safety, risk assessment, or injury prevention.
Tim Boyer, CIO, DEKRA/RCI
Grain elevator facilities have grown and evolved from simple storage sites to large, high-throughput, and highly automated processing plants. This trend is driven by the consolidation of country elevators due in part to local economic conditions and changing railroad regulations. Increased demand for grain storage space, especially as yearly harvests increase, is another reason for this growth.
This session focuses on facility design as it relates to overall efficiency and throughput. Learn how to design and prioritize short- and long-term plans for grain facilities to meet ever-changing industry demands.
Kurt Rosentrater, Associate Professor, Iowa State University
This session explores the evolution from a traditional safety culture to an engaged culture owned and driven by an empowered and impassioned workforce. Traditional (lagging indicators) and innovative (leading indicators) performance metrics will be reviewed. Participants will discuss real-world challenges using actual examples.
This session is intended for experienced safety and operations leaders seeking to accomplish world-class performance levels sustained by an engaged workforce.
William (Bill) Spreeman, VP Safety-Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, Agtegra Cooperative
The merger and acquisition process is handled very differently depending on the situation. Properly valuing the acquisition can provide a successful transfer of assets and set you up for long-term success. Take an in-depth look at how businesses are valued by applying traditional and innovative approaches. Explore other potential costs that sit outside the conventional appraisal process. Evaluate the intangible pieces including the safety culture, engineering concerns, business enterprise synergies and current workforce. Become a more discerning and informed user of appraisal services.
Nick Clinebell, Professional Engineer, Nohr Wortmann Engineering
Jeffrey Berg, Owner/President, Crown Appraisals, Inc.
More than 20% of our workforce may be eligible to retire during the next five years. Is your organization prepared for this impending gap? What is working well, and where do you need help? Industry and academia should work together to ensure there is a pipeline of talent for our industry.
This session covers key components to consider when the Baby Boomer population exits our industry.
Dr. Andrew ‘Dewey’ Mann, Lecturer/Advisor, The Ohio State University
Prepare to think differently!
Explore the complex and interdependent systems that make up the global food system. Learn about the impacts on agriculture, transportation, business, and other elements if any part of the system fails or faces unplanned circumstances. Participants will be challenged to expand beyond typical thinking and consider sociological and psychological inputs when decision making during challenging circumstances.
Maureen Olewnik, Coordinator-Global Food Systems Initiative, Kansas State University
Imagine if we knew the location of operational risk for human error, allowing us to proactively address critical situations and prevent harm to people or catastrophic events. A new applied-neuroscience approach allows for the delivery of powerful solutions that target a new class of risk/exposure.
This session focuses on how we can use the brain to predict, forecast, and prevent safety risk across an organization. Participants will have a new appreciation for risks as they currently exist and potential impacts on the brain and neuro activity.
Phillip Belcher, Principal Consultant, DEKRA
Rail design influences facility and process operations, ranging from on-site truck flow to personnel safety and overall site layout. Creating a strategy for rail components during the early phases of a project allows the design to work to the best advantage of facility owners and managers.
This presentation covers a range of rail-related design details and things to avoid. Learn about the benefit of coordinating all receiving/loadout options, advice for meeting stringent railroad requirements, and the process of incorporating rail on existing sites.
Quin Vincent, Partner, VAA, LLC.
Fumigation can be one of the best ways to deal with pests in stored grain. Fumigants can also be costly, especially if they are not applied using standardized methods and monitored closely. Explore these commonly used methods and the best ways to monitor fumigation to save money and achieve the most impact. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to get the best results from fumigants and ensure everyone involved remains safe.
Rahul Singh, President, Uniphos Envirotronic PVT, Ltd.
Sometimes grain elevators with dryers have a limited allocation of natural gas if they are connected to a common gas line. An SNG system allows you to add an extra layer of capacity to run dryers at full capacity when specifically needed (during peak dryer times).
The session explains what an SNG system includes, how it works, and common challenges. Examples of past projects and solutions will be highlighted along with horror and success stories.
Boyden Kneen, General Manager, Utility Energy Systems
Fatigue is a factor in workplace productivity and increases the risk of employee incidents and injuries. One study found that 13% of workplace injuries were attributed to employees with sleep problems. Nearly every American worker reports at least one risk factor for fatigue, and almost half admit to being sleep deprived. Sleep deficiency and disorders cost a typical medium-sized employer $1 million a year in lost productivity, missed work days, and health care costs.
Identify causes of workplace fatigue, and implement best practices to reduce risk and decrease the financial burden of sleep-deprived employees.
Emily Whitcomb, Senior Program Manager, National Safety Council
This interactive session helps all levels of grain elevator employees receive a comprehensive introduction to price risk management. Learn about your firm’s role in today’s challenging markets. How does your firm increase the grain flow and enhance margins, all while providing opportunities and service to your customers? This presentation features an overview of the Cash, Futures, Options and OTC markets along with specific risk management applications.
Participants will understand market concepts and the risks that your company and customers face, and you will be able to better communicate with those directly involved in the markets.
Richard Jelinek, Vice President Global Education, Utility Energy Systems
Are you planning your next facility project?
This session reviews the benefits of using technology and new planning approaches. The combination of 3D laser scanning and 3D equipment modeling allows for greatly improved designs and installation accuracy. 3D laser cloud points eliminate the need for as-built drawings and greatly improves design accuracy. Proper use of 3D scans can reduce the engineering cost by as much as 50% and construction cost by 15-20%. 3D Modeling, laser scanning, drones, and modern modeling software have created complete virtual reality versions of our facilities and design accuracies of +/- 1/2 inch across an entire facility.
Participants will gain a better understanding of these new approaches and technology.
Ross McEllhiney, Projects Manager, Louis Dreyfus Company
Safety systems are increasingly deployed for bulk material handling equipment, and proactive sensing efforts continue to increase for many facilities. This session focuses on the finer points of examining proper sensor applications and implementations as outlined in OSHA and NFPA 70 mandates. We will also explore the additional proactive maintenance benefits of proper sensing technologies and deployments to ensure your staff and equipment remain safe.
Bob Reis, General Manager, CMC/AGI
While pneumatic conveying systems do not have as many high-speed rotating safety concerns as bucket elevators, drag conveyors, belt conveyors, lifts, and other systems, they do have their own safety issues. Pressure and vacuum pneumatic conveying systems can include high-speed rotating shafts, low-speed airlock rotation, spreaders, vane feeders, and issues regarding airborne dust and high-pressure compressed air. Review and discuss these and many other safety concerns during our session.
Lonnie Glen, Tech Sales, Kice Industries, Inc.
What do you need to know to keep your facility up and running at its peak performance? Conveyors and bucket elevators are the workhorse of many grain facilities. Even though they have been around for a long time, there are many commonly held beliefs that are being dispelled. An issue with a conveyor or bucket elevator can cause shut downs and costly delays.
This session provides insights and useful tools for keeping conveyors and elevators running their best.
Angela Field, General Manager, Applied Power Products, Inc.
Experience and research shows that the key to minimizing production downtime and damage due to fire and dust explosions is detecting and eliminating potential ignition sources. Firefly provides True Infrared radiation detection and full cone water spray that detects and extinguishes sparks and hot particles. Firefly also offers flame detection and water mist suppression around high-risk process machinery. This solution is based on a risk assessment of your specific process.
Grant Garcia, Technical Sales, Firefly North America
This exciting closing workshop always garners high interest and attendance.
During this session, industry experts discuss approaches to performing ArcFlash studies and the value and risks of each. Learn about what actually occurs during an ArcFlash and why it is so important to understand the associated risks and the required PPE. Listen to a first-hand story and picture of ArcFlash incident that occurred at a GEAPS member’s facilities.
This session is guaranteed to be informative and well worth your time.
Dave Marr, Retired Facility Manager, MAC Breckenridge
Brian Downie, Group Leader Electrical Risk Management, Faith Technologies, Inc.
Joe Schommer, Business Development Manager, Resa Power Service