ConExpo-Con/Agg offers aggregates educational opportunities

Therese Dunphy

October 31, 2013

Joe Schlabach of Deister Machine Co. in Fort Wayne, Indiana, gives hosts an educational session at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011. (Photo: Equipment World)
Joe Schlabach of Deister Machine Co. in Fort Wayne, Indiana, gives hosts an educational session at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011. (Photo: Equipment World)

Make plans to include a little professional development while attending ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014.

From March 4-7, aggregates managers can view new products and technologies at 2,400 exhibits while also picking up best practices that specifically target aggregates operations.

Prices for the educational sessions include several options, including the following:

  • All Session Pass – $395 (includes any session from Tuesday through Friday, except any specially priced programming)

  • Session Day Pass – $195 (includes any sessions on selected day)

  • Single Session – $65

Here’s a peek at the aggregates education sessions.

Tuesday, March 4

8:30-9:30 a.m.

T10: You Can’t Change What You Don’t Measure – Easy Measuring/Immediate Results in Quarries.
by Joe Steiger, Loadrite

Your continuous improvement programs are saving money, but where and by how much? Learn about simple measurement tools and techniques that can help you track the success of your continuous improvement programs.

Learning Objectives:
1. Develop and implement successful continuous improvement programs.
2. Implement simple measurement tools and techniques that can help you track the success of your continuous improvement programs.
3. Realize financial savings at your quarries by utilizing and tracking your continuous improvement programs.

10-11:30 a.m.

T18: Performance Benchmarks: Productivity to the Max
by George Fox, Luck Stone Corp.; Dan Humpal, Martin Marietta Materials; and Phillip Gosnell, Rogers Group Inc.; moderated by Bob Bartok, Paschal Associate Sales

The presentation will demonstrate how to establish plant performance benchmarks, then evaluate and improve overall productivity. Real-life plants will be reviewed showing before and after operating results. Elements include benchmarking new and existing plants, reviewing performance through field samples, evaluating process equipment performance, identifying bottlenecks and inefficiencies and maximizing plant productivity and profitability.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn how to benchmark a plant using process simulation software.
2. Discover how to evaluate productivity and performance of equipment.
3. Understand how to develop plant optimization and identify process bottleneck.

Wednesday, March 5

8:30-9:30 a.m.

W41: Horses for Courses – Sand Washing Equipment Selection Old vs New
by Paul Ilott, McLanahan Corp.

In the last 10 years there has been a trend in sand washing to move away from the classic tank-and-screw sand circuit toward cyclones and dewatering screens. However, there are times when the classic equipment is still the best choice, and times when a mix of classic and newer process routes will be the optimal processing route. Gain a unique insight into the strengths of each from one of the only manufacturers of both the classic and newer ranges of equipment, McLanahan.

Learning Objectives:
1. Determine the range of sand washing process routes available.
2. Discover the strengths and weaknesses of the different sand washing process routes.
3. Choose the equipment that will provide the optimal sand washing process route for your application.

10-11:30 a.m.

W49: Effectively Countering Community Opposition to Your Project
by Christopher Hopkins, The Saint Consulting Group,Thomas Powell, Cemex USA; and Mark Harrison, Harrison, Tembladore, Hungerford & Johnson LLP

This interactive panel discussion will present case studies of the political hurdles involved in permitting a quarry or cement or ready-mix plant. Individuals including a land use attorney and a producer who has faced this type of opposition — and countered it with a strategic plan — will share their real-life examples. Attendees will also learn the most effective information that should be included in an extensive political due diligence prior to making your application public.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify potential opposition within a community.
2. Create a land use application that will limit the risk of appeals.
3. Develop a strategy for working with the community in order to have them support your operation through the permitting process and beyond.

1-2:30 p.m.

W56: Working “In Tune” with a VSI Crusher
by Neil Hise, Cemco Inc.

Learn from 44 years of experience with operation and service of VSI crushers about the history of crushing. Review different types of impact crushers (such as HSI crushers) and the relationship of product/output with associated horsepower need. See a video of internal VSI crushing and hear an in-depth discussion of the dynamics and configurations of a VSI. Four types of VSI crushing will be discussed, using actual processing photos, videos and computer animation with information on how the real physics of VSI crushing is used. Specific material and obtaining best reduction ratios will be analyzed and automation will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn how to set the VSI RPM properly for your material.
2. Measure the HP consumed to discern whether or not the HP is correct for your application.
3. Determine if the internal configuration of the VSI is correct for your application.

Thursday, March 6

10-11:30 a.m.

TH125: Responding to OSHA/MSHA Document Requests
by Adele Abrams, Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC

OSHA and MSHA have become more aggressive in demanding documents of all types during inspections and accident investigations. Their use of subpoenas and injunctions to compel production raises legal issues about what must and must not be produced. In addition, demands for third party documents, such as those from insurance companies, can create legal liability exposure. This session will discuss mandatory and non-mandatory safety-related documents, recent case law developments affecting document production, how to respond to inspector demands, how to privilege critical materials and other defensive strategies.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn what documents must be created and maintained under MSHA and OSHA regulations
2. Understand the powers and limitations related to subpoenas, injunctions and discovery requests
3. Comprehend the distinctions between attorney/client and attorney work product privilege, and which types of documents can be privileged.

1-2:30 p.m.

TH86: Understanding your Facility’s Energy Costs
by Erik Fenger, Rocky Mountain Energy Management

In most manufacturing and mining companies, a disconnect exists between those who utilize energy (Operations), those who procure energy (Purchasing) and those who pay the energy bill (Accounting). Learn how to understand energy costs and identify opportunities for reduction.

Learning Objectives:
1. Demonstrate how to read and understand utility charges.
2. Understand how energy is consumed and charged within the facility.
3. Discuss opportunities and strategies for energy cost and usage reduction in your company.

3-4 p.m.

TH93 – Noise and Dust: A Sound Approach to a Cloudy Issue
by Jonathan Ferdinand, GeoSonics/Vibra-Tech

At local zoning hearings, the neighborhood will submit “excessive noise and dust conditions” as reasons to have permit applications denied, leaving zoning authorities and state agencies struggling with determining fact from fiction. The best defense in addressing these allegations is to present factual information pertaining to noise and dust conditions at the operation. Learn how gathering short-term measurements at multiple locations around the operation, comparing these measured levels to standards and evaluating impacts from future and/or expanded operations is paramount to presenting a convincing defense.

Learning objectives:
1. Learn the issues surrounding noise and dust for aggregate operations that arise at zoning hearings and complaints with neighbors.
2. Know the technical measurements that may be made to provide factual comparison to standards.
3. Learn the means and methods to present technical data to assist in addressing noise and dust issues.

Friday, March 7

10-11:30 a.m.

F109: Conveyor Design
by Silvestre Gonzalez, Cemex

This presentation will introduce the audience to a systematic approach to follow when designing new conveyors or upgrading old conveyors. Discover the components that need to be considered in order to have a successful installation.

Learning objectives:
1. Obtain a clear understanding of conveyor design standards, naming to be used when talking about conveyor components and basic conveyor design.
2. Develop the specification to be communicated to manufacturers for conveyor orders or changes.
3. Know what needs to be considered when upgrading a conveyor belt.

1-2:30 p.m.

F117: Getting Beyond Your Old Normal Practice In The New Normal Economy With Process Improvement
by Todd Creasy, Western Carolina University

The traditions, methods, and approach the quarry industry grew up with no longer give us the results we want and need in our “New Normal” business climate. Costs are higher, safety and compliance standards are significantly more stringent, and the market volumes required to cover costs and deliver profits are coasting along at roughly half the levels we enjoyed during the boom-expansion era. The spoken and unspoken assumptions and habits that worked so well in the “Old Normal” have now become our enemy in finding and sustaining what we all want and need. This presentation will look at the technical, economic and human functional dynamics that must be addressed to make process improvement succeed in delivering organizational safety and profit objectives in the “New Normal.”

Learning Objectives:
1. How to look at and think about operations from an integrated process perspective.
2. Understand the limits of 6-Sigma and Lean methodology as they apply to aggregate quarry operations.
3. Understand how traditional pyramid management structures obstruct the efficiencies and benefits of true team dynamics.

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