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Using Infrared Imaging in the Grain Industry @ Convention Center - 291
Mar 11 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

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.

Presented by:

Bryan Buhler, Fluke Corporation

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.

Efficient Drive Technologies for the Future @ Convention Center - 293
Mar 11 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

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.

Presented by:

Hans Rodgers, Industry Account Manager, SEW-EURODRIVE

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 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