Get a jump on things

by Chrystal Shannon
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GEAPS’ Idea Exchange will provide the latest information on the newest products and brightest ideas in the industry, but you’ve got to get up early to hear it.

The program begins at 7:30 a.m., Sunday, March 2, and will include 17 presentations, each about six minutes long.

The program is divided into two categories: "Why Don’t They … I Did!" in which grain operations professionals discuss practical ideas and projects that may be put to use to improve efficiency or safety on the job, and "What’s New?" featuring new products and services developed by the allied trades for the industry.

Here’s what’s on this year’s program:

•Safety with a brighter future, Dennis Knight, NEW Cooperative Inc. Enhance working conditions and safety while improving the facility’s appearance.

•Confined space and high-angle assistance team, Wayne Bauer, Star of the West Milling. Form an assistance team to work with other emergency response groups.

•Bin access trolley hoist, John Hitt, Frenchman Valley Co-op. Moves large equipment such as augers and motors in and out of bin openings.

•Portable conveyor crossover, Sam Stone, ADM/Farmland. Spans a moving belt conveyor and can be moved to any location on the belt.

•Intermediate discharge, Brock Grain & Feed Systems. Unloads a conveyor belt at different locations and enables a single conveyor to load multiple silos, flat storage or bucket elevators.

•Cushion box, EBM Mill & Elevator Supply. Slows down grain, reducing damage, and prevents mixing of commodities.

•Fosfoquim phosphine monitor, Fosfoquim USA. Monitors and measures the level of phosphine gas in a facility during fumigation.

•Flow-through weigher, Gustafson LLC. Allows a steady stream of product into the weighing chamber, with a longer "dwell" time for more accurate measurement.

•Communicator, Control Chief. Turns any PLC into a receiver in a radio-controlled system without hardwiring.

•Hydrostatic load cell, Emery Winslow Scale Co. Provides scales and weighing systems with a load cell that never needs to be replaced.

•Bi-dimensional cleaning system, Northland Superior Supply Co., Ltd. Capable of aspirating, cleaning, sifting and scalping two products at the same time or in concurrent batches without cross-contamination.

•Filter outlet, Cimbria Bratney Co. Eliminates the need for a long, high-volume dust line at the end of the loading spout, reducing static pressure and fan horsepower.

•SafePoint fail-safe rotary paddle bin monitor, Monitor Technologies LLC. Utilizes magnetic-sensing technology to detect material presence and fault conditions.

•Gear Jack and moveable cyclone collector, GVS Ltd. Obtains samples at depths exceeding 130 feet and collects the sample at a remote location.

•Diacon, Industrial Fumigant Co. Contains an insect growth regulator that interrupts the insect life cycle, preventing re-infestation after fumigation.

GEAPS Exchange 2002 Schedule

Saturday, March 2

7:30-11 a.m.

Port Facilities Tour (optional)

12:30-5 p.m.

Pre-Conference Workshop (optional) on Grain

Grading Equipment: Maintenance & Operation

6-10 p.m.

Get Acquainted Party

Sunday, March 3

7:30-9:30 a.m.

Idea Exchange

9:45-11:15 a.m.

Opening Brunch, Safety Awards, Annual Meeting

11:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.

Exchange Expo

Open Evening

Optional Networking Event; Dinner Cruise

Monday, March 4

8 a.m.-9 a.m.

 The Grain Ships: An Overview, Rick Barlow,

Colley West Shipping Ltd.

 Australian Grain Storage Research & Benefits,

Jane Wright, Stored Grain Research Laboratory;

Joe DiLeo, GrainCorp Operations Ltd.; John Warda,

Ausbulk Ltd.; Pat Wilson, Grainco Australia

 Railyard Safety, Gary Imhoff,

Farmers Cooperative Co.

9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

 The Ideal Capital Project, A-Z, Richard Van Sickle,

Van Sickle Allen & Associates

 Motivating Safe Behavior, Scotty Dunlap, ADM

 Canadian Perspective on GMO Grain,

Brian Marchylo, Canadian Grain Commission

Grain Research Laboratory

10:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m.

Exchange Expo

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

 Drying Small Grains, John McMorris, F.W.S. Group.

 Aftermath of a Grain Dust Explosion (part I),

Gary Curmode, Sedgwick County (Kansas)

Fire Department.

 Property Environmental Studies, Mike McGinn,

Regional Environmental Practices Leader.

3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

 Quality Management System for Grain Facilities,

Tim Sullivan, Farmers Cooperative Co.

 Aftermath of a Grain Dust Explosion (part II),

Gary Curmode.

Open Evening

Tuesday, March 5

8 a.m.-9 a.m.

 How Grain Facilities Can be Good Neighbors,

Raul Frugoli, Puerto General San Martin, and

Mark Daniels, CHS.

 OSHA’s New Recordkeeping Standard,

Ira Nation, ADM.

 Canada’s New Safety Regulations, Ceayon

Johnston, Human Resources Development

Labor Program.

9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

 Growth of the Ethanol Industry, Boyd Smith,

National Corn Growers Association.

 Teamwork for Peak Performance, Joe Christen,

Management and Organization Development

Consulting Services

 Safety and Health Forum.

10:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Exchange Expo

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Expo Hall Buffet Lunch

1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

 Grain Dust Management, Bruce French,

ConAgra Malt Americas

 Manlift Safety, Jon Baker, Sydney Manufacturing

Co.,and Dave Frazelle, ADM.

 Grades & Weights Forum.

3 p.m.-4 p.m.

General Session with Comedian David Naster

6:30 p.m.-Midnight

Associates & President’s Banquet