Knowledge Resource Center
Search summaries of educational sessions from GEAPS Exchange events. Members who couldn’t attend our annual event or are interested in specific topics will find these summaries very helpful.
project engineer, Matrix Technologies Inc
Automation is at the heart of any manufacturing facility. Learn the basic steps for upgrading a facility with new automation technology, and different approaches for the planning process.
business development manager, Faithful+Gould
The process of project management is imperative to the success of construction in the grain handling and processing industry. This guide will introduce the basic partnering process, review the characteristics of high performing teams, explain the purpose and content of a partnering meeting, and define the components necessary for a team to succeed.
production manager, Konnection, a division of KASA Companies
You wouldn’t walk up to a blackjack table and play if you didn’t know the rules, would you? Gain an understanding of industrial power, identify topics and questions to discuss with your utility provider and look at implementation strategies.
president, Control Stuff Inc
Grain handling automation is not a new concept. Find out how to plan, implement and maintain a successful automation system that will protect your people and assets while increasing your efficiencies and bottom line.
Training the Trainer: Learning How to Communicate, Educate and Coordinate with Local Emergency RespondersJason Holland
faculty fire science instructor and retired division chief of training, Hutchinson Community College
Do you know who can protect and save you at your facility? Get a more proactive approach in learning how to communicate, educate and coordinate with local responders during emergencies that might happen at your facility.
professor, Oklahoma State University
Have you wondered how “whole chain traceability” might impact your operation? Learn the economic benefits and challenges of using big data in whole chain traceability, which could improve food safety, supply chain management and value-added opportunities.
director of safety and regulatory affairs, National Grain and Feed Association
The grain industry continues to operate within the framework of regulations. It’s critical to understand how additional OSHA enforcement, rulemaking for combustible dust, the Globally Harmonized Standard (GHS) for Labelling and other changes affect your operation.
director of marketing and sales, Behlen Mfg Co
Grain bin managers, maintenance personnel and operators will find this topic beneficial. The fundamentals of proper steel grain bin operation and maintenance are covered focusing on installation, site considerations, safety and management.
associate professor of mechanical engineering, Lawrence Technical University
It takes a lot of energy to receive, store, aerate and transfer grain, so profits can be small. Reducing operational handling costs is critical to assure profitability. Explore ways that could help you monitor energy use and make small changes for bigger profits.
associate and senior designer, VVA LLC
The debate continues between the Design Build vs. the Design Bid Build construction delivery methods. Compare and contrast the two approaches to help you make an informed decision for your next construction project.
president and CEO, Moeller Engineering LLC
Control your demolition. Aging structures, and the need to make room for progress or rebuilding from damage, can spur a facility demolition. Structural surveys, permits, authority notifications, safety, and the roles and responsibilities of contractors and owners are explained.
senior partner, Clear Creek & Associates Inc
Secure your corrugated bin! They can fail for many reasons including design flaws, weather and improper usage or maintenance. Understand risk factors such as hole misalignment in body sheets, tolerance in stiffener shape and length, rust and poor soil quality.
director of business development, McCormick Construction Co
Creating and sustaining an effective preventive-maintenance program requires time, parts, money and labor. Examine preventive maintenance in an older facility including capacity demands, maintenance schedules, staffing and the usefulness of a daily “walk-through”.
director of energy programs, Micheals Energy
Energy costs can take a serious bite out of a company’s bottom line, but the pain can be mitigated with modest investments in time and equipment. This session discusses how the grain industry and other industries are increasing energy efficiency, and how to get the most out of an energy audit. It will also provide examples of potential savings opportunities–immediately and over the long term.
property risk management director, Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Co
This session provides expert advice on the construction, use and maintenance of corrugated steel grain bins. Included in the presentation are thoughts and ideas on the construction of foundations and tunnels, identification of the critical connection points of corrugated steel grain bins, the proper methods of loading and unloading and the proper use of sidewall unloading, and recommendations on the inspection and maintenance of corrugated steel grain bins.
Donaldson Co Inc
A significant portion (sometimes up to 50 percent) of motor energy consumed in a grain operation is consumed by air-moving equipment. Yet, little thought is given to reducing these energy costs for existing systems, system expansions or improvements, or for new systems. This presentation looks into component parts involved, determine which variables can be controlled, examine dollar savings for each possibility, and then review some real-world examples.
Maritime Compliance International LLC
The Transportation Security Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard are implementing a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program which will have a significant impact on many waterfront facilities and vessels. There are things that can be done to minimize the impact of the TWIC regulations that operators should be aware of. This session enables company personnel to develop a comprehensive plan to implement TWIC requirements at their facilities and on board their vessels.