The PBE Solids Handling Conference education and marketing forum is fully dedicated to powder/dry particulate processing, handling and packaging concerns. Being held at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison, NJ on September 18 - 19, 2019.

This conference program provides the education you need to deepen your expertise and advance your career, whether you’re new to the industry or an industry veteran looking to refresh your skills you’ll get in-depth training you can’t find anywhere else.

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Technical Workshops designed for Professional Development

The PBE Solids Handling Conference offers remarkable value in helping build your career through Professional Development Hours (PDH) that may contribute to Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

PBE’s Solids Handling Conference modular workshop structure makes it possible for the powder processing professional to accumulate up to 10.5 PDHs during the two days of this event.

*Qualification for converting PDHs to CEUs is dependent conversion to Continuing Education Units (CEU) is dependent upon requirements of individual professional association guidelines and subject to state regulations.

2019 Workshop Packages & Rates

1 Day Conference Package By 8/31/19 After 8/31/19
Admission to the PBE Solids Handling Conference and one full day of selected sessions for either Wednesday or Thursday workshops. Provided on a space-available basis, per person. $525 $550
2 Day Conference Package
Admission to the PBE Solids Handling Conference and two full days of selected sessions for Wednesday and Thursday workshops. Provided on a space-available basis, per person. $895 $935
Half Day Conference Package
Admission to the PBE Solids Handling Conference and one selected workshop for Wednesday or Thursday. Provided on a space-available basis, per person.  3 Hour Session $310 $325
1.5 Hour Session $155 $163
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The 2019 Solids Handling Conference Overview

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

8:00 am – 8:45 am

1A – Keynote Breakfast Presentation – TBD
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9:00 am – 12:00 noon

100 – Introduction to Powder & Bulk Solids Flow, Eric Maynard, Jenike and Johanson, Inc.
This fundamentals workshop is for those new to the field of powder and bulk solids handling or for those who need a refresher in the basic technology of bulk material flow. This session will help the attendee to understand why powder or material flow problems occur and what cost-effective steps can be taken to solve the problems. The discussion focuses on the two types of flow occurring in bins, hoppers, and silos, as well as the basics of material flow testing. The session is typically a complement to the more advanced session on step-by-step silo and feeder design. » Register

101 – Introduction to Pneumatic Conveying Systems, Jack Hilbert, Pneumatic Conveying SME, Hatch
In Introduction to Pneumatic Conveying Systems, we’ll discuss the basic operation of a pneumatic conveying system, the fundamental principles that are employed, the various types of pneumatic conveying systems, and the modes in which pneumatic conveying systems can operate.  A tabletop pneumatic conveying system model is used to supplement the training and PBE information being presented. » Register

102 – Electrostatic Spark Hazards: Access, Control and Mitigate Risks, Vahid Ebadat, Ph.D., Stone House Process Safety
Flash fire and explosion hazards caused by electrostatic discharges exist in all facilities that work with flammable liquids and powders during operations. This presentation will discuss the nature of electrostatic ignition hazards and the practical measures that can be considered to prevent and control them based on the requirements of NFPA 77, Recommended Practice on Static Electricity. » Register

103 – Which NFPA Standard Should I Use? Sorting Through the Combustible Dust Standards, Tim Heneks, Dustcon Solutions
Determining which of the NFPA Standards apply for your operation is not always simple. With all the NFPA Standards that guide our industry on the safe handling of combustible dust, it can feel like a losing battle to just get started. This presentation will give listeners the knowledge to sort through the Standards and determine their needs. » Register

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

1B – Keynote Luncheon Presentation – TBD
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1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

104 – Learn the Proven Method for Designing an Effective Silo and Feeder Design, Eric Maynard, Jenike and Johanson, Inc.
This afternoon workshop provides a step-by-step selection process of powder and bulk solids storage and feeding equipment to ensure right-first-time operation.  Coverage of critical flow properties is presented to help the learner understand application of flow data to bulk material handling equipment design.  Important tips are reviewed with focus on screws, belts, and rotary valves. » Register

105 – Designing a Pneumatic Conveying System, Jack Hilbert, Pneumatic Conveying SME, Hatch
In Designing a Pneumatic Conveying System, theory and formulae are presented that will allow the participants to make basic system designs and specific selection of components.  Several sizing examples will be executed, and attendees will actually participate in designing a basic pneumatic conveying system. » Register

106 – Flash Fire and Explosion Hazards: How to Identify and Control Them in Your Process, Vahid Ebadat, Ph.D., Stone House Process Safety
Discussion of how flash fire and explosion hazards arise during handling and processing of flammable liquids and combustible powders, how they can be systematically identified and assessed, and how the most appropriate basis of safety can be selected and implemented.  Requirements of the 2019 Edition of NFPA 652 will be discussed. » Register

107 – NFPA Design in Mind: Designing Your Process to Minimize Cost and Maximize Safety, Tim Heneks, Dustcon Solutions
Who says that NFPA compliance needs to be expensive? We will dive into the ways that facilities can be designed and laid out to minimize the financial impact of addressing combustible dust hazards. This presentation focuses on facility layout, equipment selection, and prevention methods to keep employees safe while minimizing cost. » Register

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Welcome Reception

 

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

8:00 am – 8:45 am

2A – Keynote Breakfast Presentation – TBD
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9:00 am – 12:00 noon

200 – Powder Blending, Sampling and Segregation, Eric Maynard, Jenike and Johanson, Inc.
The focus of this advanced session is on powder blending, sampling, and segregation issues that will help you to achieve and maintain product uniformity.  Powder or blend quality is vital in key industries such as pharmaceuticals, foods, and consumer goods.  A review of common blenders/mixers, as well as effective sampling do’s and don’ts will be presented.  Segregation, which is often overlooked, must also be avoided after proper blending. » Register

201 – Troubleshooting and Optimizing Pneumatic Conveying Components, Jack Hilbert, Pneumatic Conveying SME, Hatch
Optimizing and Troubleshooting Systems and Components will cover improving the operation of existing systems and components as well as troubleshooting their performance. Specific check-lists and guidelines will be presented. A tabletop pneumatic conveying system model is used to supplement the training and information being presented. » Register

202 – Advanced Pneumatic Conveying Applications, Larry Eagan, Magnum Systems
Advanced Pneumatic Conveying Applications—and when to use them—will look at common types of pneumatic conveying systems, when they might be used appropriately, and what information is important to gather prior to design.  Topics will include negative airlift systems, continuous dense phase, eco-phase and vacuum dense phase systems. » Register

203 – Dust Hazards Analysis 101, How to Analyze Combustible Dust Hazards, Tim Heneks, Dustcon Solutions
Combustible dust hazards pose a serious risk to an organization’s assets and personnel across a variety of industries. The Dust Hazards Analysis (DHA) process described in NFPA 652 is designed to systematically identify such hazards, making recommendations for prevention and mitigation.  This presentation focuses on best-practices for completing an effective DHA. » Register

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

2B – Keynote Luncheon Presentation – TBD
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2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

204 – Making the Turn: Changing Directions While Conveying, Jack Hilbert, Pneumatic Conveying SME, Hatch
At some point, almost all pneumatic conveying systems incorporate the need to change the direction of material flow for it to reach the final destination point in the most efficient way possible.  The decision of where to install a turn is usually obvious but that’s when the choices start to pile up.  What type of bend do I use?  What shape of the bend is most suitable? Which bend design causes the least damage to my product? What if I need to make another direction change quickly?  How do I account for those bends in my system design? Is it better to put in a high-cost, special wear-resistant bend or stay with a low-cost bend that is easy to replace? A tabletop pneumatic conveying system model is used to supplement the training and information being presented. » Register

205 – Bulk Bag and Drum Filling Design Considerations, Larry Eagan, Magnum Systems
This presentation will be a look inside the filling of bulk containers.  Design considerations will include container types, speed vs. accuracy, ergonomics, fill, data communications, downstream automation and more.  An emphasis will be placed on information to gather to obtain the right equipment. » Register

206 – Additive Manufacturing with Combustible Dust: How to Do It Safely, Tim Heneks, Dustcon Solutions
Additive manufacturing, often referred to as 3D printing, often involves the use of finely divided powders known to be explosible.  As additive manufacturing becomes more common, the fire and explosion hazards associated become more apparent.  This presentation will focus on how to properly address these hazards. » Register

207 - Learn About the Four Most Critical Engineering Principles for Effective Dust Collection, Eric Maynard, Jenike and Johanson, Inc.
Dust collection systems are in use at plants in all types of industries for combating issues with combustible dust accumulation, toxic exposure to operators, nuisance dust release, and for meeting environmental requirements.  All too often, a system’s operation is sub-optimal due to a variety of issues with design, lack of maintenance, and improper-use.  The premise seems simple, yet even with a properly designed air mover, design mistakes can lead to duct plugging, leaks, and system imbalance. This session will discuss the four most critical engineering principles to get right when you implement a dust collection system.  These principles include: 1. Capture it! 2. Convey it! 3. Collect it! 4. Clean it! » Register