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Aggregates Education at the Show


onExpo-Con/Agg 2017 will feature a number of educational sessions for aggregates producers. Following are the sessions scheduled for Wednesday, March 8, and Thursday March 9, 2017.

Maximizing Conveyor Performance – Industry Standards verses Real World Application #W31

March 8, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Mike Cremeens, vice president, Almex Group

Richard McConnell, strategic accounts manager, Flexco

Contrasting industry standards with real world applications, attendees of this session will learn about conveyor belt construction, operational forces, transition distances, tracking issues and other performance influences. This interactive presentation provides the information necessary to better understand and troubleshoot real world belt conveyor performance issues. Both U.S. standards and European nomenclature will be covered.

Learning Objectives:

1. Learn how conveyor belt construction and quality is designed to operate on a conveyor structure.

2. Understand rated tension versus operating tension and how to calculate both.

3. Learn to diagnose and resolve transition distance violations.

Level: General, applicable to all levels of experience.


Avoiding the Pitfalls of Major Capital Projects #W41

March 8, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Jeff Gray, domestic sales manager, Telsmith Inc.

Spencer Kossl, project application manager, Telsmith Inc.

Zac White, project executive – industrial division, B.L. Harbert International LLC

This session examines various aspects of major capital projects. It will highlight areas that can adversely affect project timelines, budget, quality, plant performance, ROI and up-time. See real examples from more than 15 years of experience with this issue.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand affects of budget constraints on future plant performance.

2. Understand additional risk associated with taking on certain civil work in effort to save money.

3. Understand various factors that affect project timeframes.

Level: General, applicable to all levels of experience.


The Good, The Bad & The Puzzling: Mine Safety Law Year-in-Review #TH11

March 9, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Gwendolyn Nightengale, associate, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm

With each new mine safety case that gets decided by an Administrative Law Judge, the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission or a Federal Circuit Court, mine safety law continues to evolve. The annual review will cover key decisions that you should know regarding MSHA enforcement issues in order to stay current and in compliance with the law.

Learning Objectives:

1. The annual review will inform operators of developments in judicial interpretation of MSHA regulations.

2. The annual review will inform operators of what is necessary to comply with commonly cited MSHA regulations.

3. The annual review will inform operators of developments in MSHA discrimination cases.

Level: Novice (1 to 5 years of on-the-job experience).


How to Control Dust #TH21

March 9, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Mark Kestner, president/CEO, NESCO

Dust emissions from mining and material handling operations arise from four major sources: unpaved roads, paved roads, material processing and stockpiles. Dust emissions are a regulated pollutant and must be controlled to comply with federal, state and local air quality standards. This session shows how to develop a dust control plan designed to comply with regulation without sacrificing productivity. By treating dust control as a problem of process control rather than a regulatory issue, plants can employ low-cost controls first to reduce reliance on more expensive measures.

Learning Objectives:

1. Learn how to comply with air quality standards.

2. Improve productivity by including dust control in process control.

3. Reduce the costs of compliance by smart use of low-cost tools.

Level: General, applicable to all levels of experience.


Crusher Maintenance: Best Practices #TH41

March 9, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Erik Schmidt, resource development manager, KPI-JCI & Astec Mobile Screens

This session presents the three types of maintenance (preventative, predictive and reactive) as they apply to crushing equipment. Specific examples for typical equipment are given in problematic areas. Attendees will learn the “do’s and don’ts” of crusher maintenance and will come away with the top 10 best practices.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify the three approaches to maintenance.

2. Realize true cost of equipment neglect and faulty maintenance.

3. Identify the maintenance “do’s and don’ts” for cone crushers and impact crushers.

Level: General, applicable to all levels of experience.