The 106th annual technical conference and trade show of the Association of Operative Millers will be held May 4-7 at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel & the Touchstone Energy Place at RiverCentre, in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Gary Anderson, AOM’s executive vice-president, said he looks forward with excitement to the start of the conference. AOM members come to the conference with many goals in mind but improving maintenance, effectiveness and efficiency are always underlying aims for attendees, Anderson said.
"The annual conference is an opportunity to stay up to date with the latest technical advances; to build the sense of community needed in a small industry like flour milling," he added. "People always look forward to coming together and sharing ideas."
In the aftermath of September 11, there’s been an emphasis in flour milling, as in all industries, on safety and crisis management. Both of these topics will be addressed in the AOM’s technical sessions on Monday and Tuesday. The sessions will also focus on plant efficiency and automation, maintenance, facility sanitation, flour quality and ongoing milling education.
The conference officially begins on Saturday, May 4, with committee meetings and the Latin American Technical Session, which is the annual meeting of the AOM’s Latin American District.
On Sunday, morning, the trade show opens at 11 a.m., following the "What’s New?" session.
To kick off the mainline technical sessions Monday morning is the AOM breakfast, featuring keynote speaker Lynn Rundle, chief executive officer of 21st Century Grain Processing, based in Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.
Technical sessions Monday morning include:
•"Maintenance Training: How to Implement to Ensure Adequacy."
•"Integrating Production Line Automation Systems with Office Information Systems."
Monday afternoon sessions include:
•"The Effects of Moisture Content and Roll
Temperature on the Milling Properties of Canadian Hard Red Spring Wheat."
•"Phosphine RMM: Fumigation Management Plans."
•"Allergen Survey Program Recap."
•"Crisis Management — Product Safety."
• "Crisis Management — Plant Security."
Tuesday morning sessions include:
• "Pneumatic Conveying Design Considerations."
• "DuPont Safety Service/Safety."
•"Qualities of Wheat: Bakeries (What to Look for in Flour)."
Sessions will conclude Tuesday afternoon after the following:
• "Carbon Monoxide Naturally Occurring in Grain Products Affecting Phosphine Gas Detectors."
• "Heat Treatment — Plant."
• "How Will the Flour Dust TLV Affect My Company?"
•"Dry Corn Milling."
There will be several social events at this year’s conference, beginning with the Buhler Reception Saturday evening. On Sunday and Tuesday mornings, Kice Industries and the GBS Group are sponsoring a Continental Breakfast. And as a light refresher after a long day on the trade show floor, Milling & Baking News and World Grain will host a reception Sunday and Monday, at 3:30 on the trade show floor. The Allied Trades event Sunday evening will be at the Science Museum of Minnesota, including a cocktail party, dinner, a tour of the museum and an Omni Theatre show. Concluding the conference, Satake will host a reception at 6 p.m. Tuesday, before the banquet.
At 7 p.m., the annual banquet begins, at which current AOM President Brad Hover will pass the gavel to the incoming president, Richard Ferrell. Several awards will be presented at the banquet, including the "Milling Operative of the Year" award presented by Sosland Publishing Company’s Milling & Baking News, sister publication to World Grain.
The "What’s New?" program offers attendees the opportunity to see some of the latest innovations for the milling industry. The program begins at 8 a.m., Sunday. Don’t miss the products featured this year, including:
• Flour Balancer MZAH and Moisture Control System MYFC, Buhler, Inc.
• Synthesis Rollermill, GBS Group, S.p.A.
• Nova Sieve, Great Western Manufacturing Co.
• Corn Degermination System, Satake.
• GBS Equipment, Kice Industries.
• Inoxline Rollermill, Ocrim S.p.A.
• Modular Combination Machine, Carter Day.
• RBC-2000 Liquid Insulation, St. Louis Factory Supply.
• FA 118 R Packer, Fawema Packaging.
• New Brushes, Opie Brush.
• Motion Meter, Hax Pneumatics.
• Phosphine Resistance Testing, Insects Limited.
• 21st Century Cone-Bottom Silo Unloaders, Laidig Industrial Systems.
• Air-Supported Conveyor for Retrofit, Martin Engineering.
• Flour Heat Treatment Systems, Vomm Impianti e Processi.