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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.

Efficient Drive Technologies for the Future

Hans Rodgers
Industry Account Manager, SEW EURODRIVE

This presentation offered 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.

Using Infrared Imaging in the Grain Industry

Bryan Buhler

This session focused 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 covered basic techniques and current technologies available to make infrared inspections not only cost effective, but improve the safety and preemptive inspections at your facility.

The ABC’s of Variable Frequency Drives: Application, Benefits and Cost Effectiveness

Steve Reed
vice president safety and engineering, Kasa Controls & Automation

Many people misapply Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) in grain and feed facilities. This guide will focus on the basics of VFD technology and how they can help facility operations if used correctly.

An Exploration of New Technology for Design and Construction

We’ve all seen drones flying above concerts and sporting events, but have you ever considered how this type of technology could be used to enhance your company? Learn what newer technologies are avilable to the industry and gain an overview of some important considerations if planning to use them.

Energy Management: Making Energy Savings a Reality

Syd Panzer
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.

Successful Automation Systems for Grain Handling

Josh Coder
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.

Electrical Efficiency in Grain Facilities

Robert Fletcher
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.

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.