IAOM event back in familiar locale

by World Grain Staff
Share This:

Organization’s 111th conference and expo to be held in Overland Park, Kansas, U.S.

by Arvin Donley

The 111th International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) Conference & Expo returns to a familiar location this year as hundreds of milling industry professionals will gather in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kansas, U.S. May 5-9, 2007.

This is the first year the conference has been held in Overland Park, but it will mark the 14th time the event has taken place in the Kansas City area, which is where IAOM’s international headquarters is located. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota and St. Louis, Missouri are the only other U.S. cities to have hosted the event that many times.

"The Kansas City area has always been a good location for IAOM’s annual conferences — and we anticipate a good turnout this year as well," said Gary Anderson, executive vice-president of IAOM.

During the four-day event, IAOM members will learn about the latest developments in milling technology and have numerous networking opportunities at the Sheraton Hotel and Overland Park Convention Center.

The conference will feature 29 technical sessions and instructional briefings related to the flour milling industry. In addition, the IAOM is holding its annual Milling Maintenance Short Course I prior to the conference. The pre-conference workshop, held May 4-6, will focus on power transmission/bearings; sifter maintenance and flow; pneumatic systems; programmable controllers; work orders; and employee safety and sanitation as it relates to maintenance.

"We hope that the mill maintenance participants will be able to stay a couple of extra days so they can benefit from the conference’s educational sessions as well as the ones they will have during their three-day course," Anderson said.

Although the international conference is held in North America each year, millers from several dozen countries are usually in attendance. Adding to the international flavor is the IAOM Latin American District Conference, which is held each year in conjunction with the international conference. This year’s Latin American meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. The program is scheduled to include four "What’s New" presentations as well as four technical sessions.

One of the conference highlights will take place on Tuesday evening, May 8, when the 2007 "Milling Operative of the Year" award winner will be announced during the annual banquet. The award is sponsored by Milling & Baking News, sister publication of World Grain.

The conference comes on the heels of some encouraging news issued in February by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Census. The bureau released data showing that flour production by U.S. mills reached a five-year high of 397,360,000 cwts in 2006. Although still well below the peak production years of the late 1990s, the data indicates the industry is steadily rebounding from the downturn earlier this decade that was fueled by the low-carb diet craze.

IAOM President Steve Curran, plant manager at General Mills Inc.’s mill in Carlisle, Iowa, U.S., said there’s an air of optimism about the milling industry that wasn’t as apparent a couple of years ago.

"From where I am sitting right now, it feels very strong," Curran said. "I still believe there is an opportunity to be stronger, but it definitely feels like an upturn."

The latest products and services offered to the milling industry will be on display at the IAOM Expo, a trade show that will include more than 100 exhibitors.

Expo hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 6; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, May 7; and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8. No educational programming is scheduled on Sunday so the Expo can take center stage that day.

IAOM has selected 14 presentations for the annual "What’s New" program, to be held 8 to 10:50 a.m. on Sunday, May 6. The program includes the following presentations:

• "Fuji Robotic Palletizer," Conveying Industries;

• "Alternative Method to the Carousel for High-Speed Openmouth Bagging," Premier Tech Systems;

• "Delta Blower Generation 5, or ‘G5,’" Aerzen USA;

• "Virtually All Insecticide Fixed Fogging Systems are Now IGR-Capable," The Industrial Fumigant Company;

• "Moisture Management Systems — The Next Generation," Vibronet Graef ;

• "Bearing Modernization for Rollermills (Imperial)," Dodge/Creason;

• "New Steps in Sifting Technology," Buhler Inc.;

• "Energy Efficient Instant Steam Generator and Portable Heat Exchangers," Blower Engineering;

• "Integra Valve Bag Filling System," Behn+Bates America;

• "Engineering Efficiency into Design and Application," Kice Industries;

• "AlphaScan," Satake USA;

• "Performance and Benefits with the DHA Debranner," Ocrim SpA;

• "Vortex Quantum Orifice Gate and Wye Line Diverter," Salina Vortex Corporation;

• "Modulo Plansifter," GBS Group.

Registration forms are available on-line at www.iaom.info. IAOM members who register by March 30 receive a discounted rate of U.S.$275. After that date, the cost for members is U.S.$325. The IAOM website also features updated information on hotel reservations, exhibitors and scheduled speakers.