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Make plans now to roll on down to Charlotte for the 2012 AGG1 Aggregates Forum & Expo.
You won’t want to miss this year’s AGG1 in Charlotte, N.C. Co-located with the World of Asphalt, the event will be held March 13-15 at the Charlotte Convention Center.
Attendees will find a broad array of equipment, products, and services on the exhibit floor. Exhibit space sales have already exceeded the last show with more than 25,000 net square feet reserved at Aggregates Manager press time.
AGG1 Academy will offer courses on a full range of topics relevant to the aggregate industry. Industry professionals can focus on the courses that best fit their unique situation. A complete list of AGG1 Academy Courses is available at www.agg1.org/Education/AGG1Academy/.
Here is detailed information on a few courses that caught our eye:
• T41: Recent Automation Trends in the Aggregate Industry (Tuesday, March 13, 7:30-9 a.m.) — This course discusses the reasons behind the growing shift to automated reporting, the benefits of introducing reporting tools to aggregate plants, and some user-friendly ways that operators can generate real-time or historical trends and reports.
• T57: Is Your Company Ready for Tier 4? (Tuesday, March 13, 9:30-11 a.m.) — This course discusses the Tier 4 timeline, fleet planning insights, maintenance, and operator expectations with the new engine forms.
• T65: Lean Material Processing (Tuesday, March 13, 2-3:30 p.m.) — This presentation will apply Japanese “Lean Manufacturing” principles to a typical aggregate operation with the intent of showing a simple, logical, hands-on approach to how an organization can form internal focus groups comprised of multi-departmental personnel to implement “5-S” programs to organize and improve the quality of workstations so that the right parts and tools are at the right place at the right time. It will provide a proven process as to how these value stream teams can identify non-value-added processes that create additional costs, as well as identify and address interruptions in process flow. Real-life examples will be provided.
• W44: Where is the Money? Practical Cost Reduction in Your Quarry Operations (Wednesday, March 14, 7:30-9 a.m.) — This talk will discuss the basic principles of mobile equipment operating costs and relate examples of a few simple, but effective means to reduce them.
• W57: New Technology in Synthetic Wear Linings (Wednesday, March 14, 9:30-11 a.m.) — This presentation will give information on a new technology that uses a patented method of molding high-strength magnets into wear liners that can be installed on all types of vibrating equipment, in chutes, and any wear areas with steel backing where the magnets can attach. Existing installations and technical data on wear-life, labor reduction, increased safety issues, and bottom-line plant savings will be discussed.
• W64: Managing Your Mine: Traveling with Inspectors, Dollars and Sense, and Pattern of Violations (Wednesday, March 14, 2-3:30 p.m.) — This presentation will offer best practices and procedures to consider and implement when faced with an MSHA inspection, including how to train your front-line supervisors in note taking and fact gathering. Ideas will be discussed regarding conferencing citations and orders, as well as the initial stages of litigation. The presentation will also discuss MSHA’s pattern of violation program and how that could impact an operator for many years.
• TH45: Fuel Optimization & Performance Seminars (Thursday, March 15, 7:30-9 a.m.) — This seminar will offer efficiency operating tips for machine operation to ensure lower fuel consumption in heavy equipment. Operators will then learn to safely operate their machines and maintain production while decreasing fuel consumption overall. They will learn to properly inspect equipment, identify small maintenance issues, and eliminate them before they become major issues.
• TH51: Drive to a Greener Future: Sustainability and Energy Efficiency with Variable Speed Drives (Thursday, March 15, 9:30-11 a.m.) — Participants will learn how to realize cost savings with state-of-the-art variable speed drive technology that allows more efficient control over processes with energy savings of up to 60 percent, resulting in a considerable reduction in a facility’s overall carbon footprint.
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