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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.

Process Flow Diagrams: A Step-by-Step Approach to the Grain Industry

Greg Esham
project engineer, Mountaire Farms Inc.

Don’t risk going with the flow, be intentional in your development and use of Process Flor Diagrams (PFD) at your facility. From facility manager to salesperson, any position in the grain industry can benefit from better understanding PFDs and why they are important.

Automation Lifecycle Planning and Beyond: Techniques to Keep Your Facility Relevant and Productive

Tony Ferguson, BSEET
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.

Dust Explosion Hazards and Practical Measures for their Control

Vahid Ebadat
CEO, Chilworth Technology Inc

The majority of powders in the food industry can form explosive dust clouds. This summary features the conditions that lead to explosions (combustible dust, ignition source, etc.), steps for controlling those conditions and tests that can help assess your facility’s risk.

Levels of Automation in Grain Elevators

Mark Spindler
chief technology officer, The Lakeland Companies

With our growing population, farmers will have to produce more food in the next several decades than during the last 10,000 years combined. To help with this expectation, explore automation that increases throughput, preserves grain and improves safety with fewer resources and less training.

Tying the Islands of Automation Together

Jason Grahek
vice president, Industrial Automation Engineering, Inc.

Grain facilities operate as unified entities, but their automated components sometimes function independently. Systems used for hazard monitoring, grain temperature control, equipment maintenance, inventory management, power-monitoring, dust systems, bin sweeps, document management, and so on, are sometimes treated as separate islands. Why not bring them together? This session discusses the multiple advantages of unifying all automated systems in a grain facility, and how to get the job done right.