Aggregates Education at the Show

ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 will feature a number of educational sessions for aggregates producers.

Following are the sessions scheduled for Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Lean and Mean from Aggregates Production to Sales #T11

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Kevin Lai, product manager, Trimble Aggregates

Soeren Schramm, segment manager, Trimble Loadrite Auckland

The aggregate industry is getting more and more competitive every day. Quarry operators must keep extraction and crushing moving with minimum downtime. They must also meet their customer expectation at the loadout yard by fulfilling customer orders quickly and accurately and control costs to remain competitive. Every interaction with quarry products (either on plant and equipment), adds time and increase costs, in wages, tire wear, fuel spend or machine hours. Smart quarries are taking advantage of process improvement tools to find the competitive edge, maximize production and keep customers happy.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify “waste” in the aggregates workflow in extraction and processing.

2. Explore how to leverage technology into aggregates workflows to maintain performance.

3. Reveal the real costs of delays in loading and weighbridge holdups in loadout; and examine how automating and streamlining can improve customer satisfaction.

Level: Intermediate (6 to 10 years of on-the-job experience).

Maximizing Screen Efficiency #T21

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Craig Burke, director of engineering and sales support, Polydeck Screen Corp.

Mike Garrison, vibrating screen specialist, Polydeck Screen Corp.

Ron Kuehl, vice president, Polydeck Screen Corp.

Dave Turin, Gold Rush – Discovery Channel

This session will give a comprehensive overview of an effective screening operation. It will discuss the appropriate application of various types of screens, how to measure the effectiveness, and how to evaluate the condition of the screen and structure. Specific topics will include screen types, stroke profiles, g-force, screen efficiency, sampling protocols, screen axis movement, structure movement and examples of improvements. The performance evaluation section of this presentation will include a case study with an existing aggregate producer.

Learning Objectives:

1. Learn how to choose a screen for each application.

2. See the relationship of screen operating parameters and performance.

3. Measure screen efficiency and make changes to improve results.

Level: Intermediate (6 to10 years of on-the-job experience).

Crushing 101 #T31

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Mark Krause, managing director, McLanahan Corp.

This session provides an overview of crushing. Learn about the different types of primary and secondary crushers, pros and cons associated with the different types, what site conditions to consider when choosing crushers, and how to optimize the process given a particular crusher. Topics covered include: types of crushers available, the features and benefits of each along with expected production capabilities, end products, and costs associated with using the various methods. By the end of the session, attendees will know about the key cost drivers and how they can be managed for processing equipment. They will also understand factors involved in determining the optimal point of ownership and disposal.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the various types of crushers available.

2. Learn what machine fits into what application, and the cost factors for each.

3. Gain safety tips for working around all types of crushers.

Level: Intermediate (6 to 10 years of on-the-job experience).

Metal Detection 101 – When Magnets Aren’t Enough #T41

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Jeff Herne, Advanced Detection Systems Inc.

Metal detection is an integral part of the protection of downstream equipment, and magnets aren’t always sufficient. Unfortunately, metal detection has always been looked upon as a voodoo science: units are difficult to operate, require constant attention and don’t always work. We will break down how metal detection actually works, look at the factors that spawn excuses and preconceived notions, and figure out how to effectively reintegrate metal detection into our operations.

Learning Objectives:

1. Learn how detectors work, how they react, and how they can maximize benefits and reduce or eliminate risks.

2. Learn the methodology of metal detector installation, operation and maintenance.

3. Understand the future of metal detection technology: digital interfaces, PLC integration, and wireless and RF command and control of local devices.

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

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