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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.
Bryan Buhler, Fluke Corporation
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
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.
Marc McClure, General Manager, OSC Safety
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, INTL FCStone
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