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GEAPS Announces Fall Learning Series

Published: Sep 16, 2020 by Leslie Casner

GEAPS Announces Fall Learning Series

GEAPS announces today the Fall Learning Series, a three-part webinar series that helps grain elevators prepare for harvest. Each session is free and available to anyone as they are broadcast live; replays are available for GEAPS members. The series starts on Monday, Sept. 21. Learn more on the Fall Learning Series website.

Bin Preparation, Operations and Maintenance

Presented by John Hanig, Sukup

Monday, Sept. 21, 2 p.m.

Sponsored by GEAPS Foundation

Having your bins fully prepared and operating at full capacity is a key aspect to having a safe and successful harvest season.  Hanig will review the main items to check for with all of your operating storage bins.  This presentation covers:

  • Safety: Lockout/tagout, bin entry and shields
  • Drives: Belts, pulleys, chains, sprockets, bearing and gearboxes
  • Auger process:  Sweep auger location, flight condition and gate positions
  • Operations: Fans, heating, vents and conduits/electoral connections and doors
  • Structure: Foundation, anchor bolts and roof

Harvest Safety Review

Presented by Joe Mlynek, Safety Made Simple

Tuesday, Sept. 22, Time 2 p.m.

Sponsored by Brock Grain Systems

An overall safety review before harvest season is vitally important for any grain handling or processing facility. This webinar will explain the importance of accountability from a super/manager perspective. It is also going to highlight the importance of training for seasonal workers and the dangers of worker fatigue during the harvest season. You will learn about the importance of basic housekeeping, preventative maintenance, moving vehicles safety and other areas vital to safety during the busy harvest season.

Harvest Equipment Preparation

Presented by David Hughes, NORD Gear Corp.

Thursday, Sept. 24, Time 10 a.m.

Sponsored by NORD Gear Corp. 

Having a well-running and serviced drive system is vitally important as you enter the fall harvest season. During this webinar, Hughes is going to review the core areas to be aware of when it comes to gearboxes, motors and overall drive systems. Safety (lockout/tagout and housekeeping) is a critical component to be aware of, as these are very powerful systems and can be very dangerous. Hughes is also going to talk about the importance of comprehensive inspections and having a preventative maintenance schedule. He is also going to describe the approaches he would suggest for documentation of the work and results.


The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is an international professional association of grain handling and processing professionals. GEAPS addresses the industry’s critical grain handling, storage and processing operations needs by providing networking, professional development programs and access to a global marketplace of industry suppliers. GEAPS’ global network includes more than 2,500 individual members from about 1,050 companies. Join our network today!