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Mar
10
Sun
Expo Grand Opening @ Convention Center - Expo Hall Entrance
Mar 10 @ 11:00 am – 11:15 am

Join fellow attendees following the Idea Exchange for a New Orleans style jazz band performance. This super high energy jazz and dance performance is sure to get you dancing and parading to ring in the grand opening of the GEAPS Exchange 2019 Expo! This event is free for all registered attendees.

Expo Open @ Convention Center - Halls H-I-J
Mar 10 @ 11:15 am – 6:00 pm

Exhibits open from 11:15 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Expo Lunch served from Noon – 1 p.m.

Expo Refreshment Break served from 2:30 – 3 p.m.

Expo Lunch @ Convention Center
Mar 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Complimentary buffet lunch for all attendees and companions.

Participating sponsors assist to provide lunch to attendees, companions and everyone else, regardless of registration category. Look for the “Lunch on Us” buttons on sponsoring companies’ employees.

Seating for lunch will be dispersed throughout the Expo Hall Lounges.

Grain Entrapment Rescue Demo @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 10 @ 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm
Expo Refreshment Break @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 10 @ 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Grain Entrapment Rescue Demo @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 10 @ 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Welcome Reception @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 10 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

This Expo Hall event is open to everyone – all registered attendees, exhibitors and companions. Enjoy beverages and appetizers while you stroll through the hall. The Welcome Reception is a great opportunity to network and explore the hall as the first day of the Expo comes to a close. This event is free for all registered attendees.

Mar
11
Mon
Expo Open @ Convention Center - Halls H-I-J
Mar 11 @ 9:45 am – 3:00 pm

Exhibits open from 9:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Expo Refreshment Break served from 9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

Expo Lunch served from Noon – 1 p.m.

Expo Refreshment Break served from 2:30 – 3 p.m.

Expo Refreshment Break @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 11 @ 9:45 am – 10:15 am
Expo Pod 1: Open Belt Conveying Safety @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 11 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

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.

Presented by:

Jerad Heitzler, Program Manager/Lead Instructor, Martin Engineering

Expo Pod 2: Enclosed Belt Conveyor Installation and Operation @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 11 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

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.

Presented by:

Mike Spillum, Sales and Marketing Manager, Hi Roller Conveyors

Expo Pod 3: Explosion Protection Designed Specifically for Bucket Elevators @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 11 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

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.

Presented by:

Rob Markle, Regional Territory Manager, IEP Technologies

Expo Pod 4: Pipe Conveyor Technology and Safety @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 11 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

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.

Presented by:

Jason Illum, Project Development Manager, Bedeschi Mid-West Conveyor

Grain Entrapment Rescue Demo @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 11 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Expo Lunch @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Complimentary buffet lunch for all attendees and companions.

Participating sponsors assist to provide lunch to attendees, companions and everyone else, regardless of registration category. Look for the “Lunch on Us” buttons on sponsoring companies’ employees.

Seating for lunch will be dispersed throughout the Expo Hall Lounges.

Expo Pod 1: Hazard Monitoring Systems: Testing and Verification @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 11 @ 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

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.

Presented by:

Anthony Leali, Business Development Manager-Electronic Products, 4B Components, Ltd.

Expo Pod 2: Bucket Elevator Safety @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 11 @ 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

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.

Presented by:

Ted Stephens, Sales, AGI/Union Iron

Expo Pod 3: Drag Conveyor Safety @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 11 @ 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

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.

Presented By:

Brett Buchanan, CFO, Bulk Conveyors, Inc. (BCI)

Expo Pod 4: Hazard Monitoring Equipment and OSHA Requirements @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 11 @ 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

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.

Presented By:

Scott Chant, President, Safe-Grain Inc

Grain Entrapment Rescue Demo @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 11 @ 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm
Expo Refreshment Break @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 11 @ 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Mar
12
Tue
Expo Open @ Convention Center - Halls H-I-J
Mar 12 @ 9:45 am – 1:45 pm

Exhibits open from 9:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Expo Refreshment Break served from 9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

Expo Lunch served from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Expo Refreshment Break served from 1 – 1:30 p.m.

Expo Refreshment Break @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 12 @ 9:45 am – 10:15 am
Expo Pod 1: Bulk Material Handling Safety Devices and Sensors @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

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.

Presented By:

Bob Reis, General Manager, CMC/AGI

Expo Pod 2: Pneumatic Conveying Safety @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

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.

Presented By:

Lonnie Glen, Tech Sales, Kice Industries, Inc.

Expo Pod 3: Conveyor and Elevator Belting Best Practices @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

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.

Presented By:

Angela Field, General Manager, Applied Power Products, Inc.

Expo Pod 4: Fire Prevention Systems for Bucket Elevators @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

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.

Presented By:

Grant Garcia, Technical Sales, Firefly North America

Grain Entrapment Rescue Demo @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Expo Lunch @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 12 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Complimentary buffet lunch for all attendees and companions.

Participating sponsors assist to provide lunch to attendees, companions and everyone else, regardless of registration category. Look for the “Lunch on Us” buttons on sponsoring companies’ employees.

Seating for lunch will be dispersed throughout the Expo Hall Lounges.