The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) selected a location rich in culture and history for its 84th annual technical conference and expo, Exchange 2013. The trade show will commence at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, a place globally known for its Kentucky Derby horse race and famous bourbon distilleries.
GEAPS Exchange 2013 boasts a record-breaking number of exhibiting companies and booths and will showcase products, equipment and services designed specifically for professionals in the grain handling industry.
In addition to gaining exposure to the latest grain equipment, GEAPS’ Exchange Educational Programming Committee has carefully planned nearly 20 one-hour-long educational sessions covering interesting topics over a two-day period. See session descriptions on pgs. 92-97.
The Idea Exchange consists of several six-minute presentations on ideas and equipment new to the industry. Thirteen people have been selected to make presentations at this year’s GEAPS’ Idea Exchange.
The program, set for the morning of Sunday, Feb. 24, will give each participant time on stage to explain their ideas.
This year’s Opening Workshop will concentrate on developing a safety culture in the workplace and avoiding disasters like grain dust explosions. All registered delegates to the Exchange are welcome to attend the program without extra charge.
PREVENTING CATASTROPHIC EVENTS AT YOUR GRAIN FACILITY
Sunday, Feb. 24, 7-10 a.m.
Speaker: Mark Aljets, partner, Nyemaster Goode PC
What precautions does your facility take to avoid grain elevator explosions or other catastrophic events? This opening session of the GEAPS Exchange will focus on two critical and related topics. First, an emphasis on the need to evaluate your company’s current practices regarding proper housekeeping measures, preventative maintenance of equipment, effective training of employees and the ramifications of the failure to do so when litigation arises from the catastrophic event. Second, an evaluation of the exposure faced by contractors, subcontractors, equipment manufacturers and suppliers of equipment without the proper use of effective contractual provisions, instructions, proper warnings and training concerning the implementation of equipment at grain facilities.
The 2013 Expo Pods will feature a series of equipment-oriented sessions covering topics related to the use and maintenance of grain testing equipment.
Presentations will include information and demonstrations on new moisture meters, test kits for grain toxins and GMOs, grain inspection equipment, dockage testers and in-line grain analyzers.
There will be 12 different sessions in four pods located in the Expo Hall — eight on Monday, Feb. 25, and four on Tuesday, Feb. 26 — all during regular Expo Hall hours.
The Pods are curtained-off areas in the Expo Hall, offering equipment demonstrations for small groups of people that provide up-close, hands-on learning opportunities with no lengthy slideshow presentation.
Sunday, Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Idea Exchange has two parts. One, “What’s New?,” provides a forum for participants to discuss products new to the industry, or which have unique, new features. The other part, “Why Don’t They?... I Did!,” focuses on innovations made at grain facilities that others might find useful.
Why Don’t They?... I Did!
Customized Apps and Utilization of Tablet (iPad) Technology for Decentralized Crew Management, Customer Communication & Safety Training
Speaker: Arthur Moeller, CTEC AG/Moeller Engineering, York, NE, and Paul DelFino, Opportunity Inc., Jupiter, FL
Speakers: Representatives from the following companies: Central Life Sciences, Wellman Enterprises LLC, 4B Components Ltd, The Industrial Fumigant Co., Rig-A-Lite, Viscotaq, Charm Sciences Inc., Custom Dryer Service, CCS Group LLC, Fumigation Service & Supply Inc. (FSS) and Control Chief Corp.