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Design of Equipment for Storing and Discharging Bulk Materials

The drawing up of specifications and correct design of hoppers, silos, bunkers and other large scale bulk storage schemes is of fundamental importance for the optimal operation of plant. Many processes fail to reach their designed throughput or suffer from 'unforeseen' handling problems. The root cause of a very large proportion of these issues can be traced back to a failure to understand the storage and handling requirements of the bulk materials and hence installations that do not incorporate bulk characteristics into the design process may encounter these issues.


University of Greenwich
25 - 26 April 2017
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Railtex 2017

Railtex 2017, the UK’s premier exhibition of railway technology, products and services, takes place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from 9 to 11 May 2017.

The thirteenth in a highly successful and popular series, the exhibition brings together domestic and foreign suppliers meeting every requirement for the safe and efficient operation of main line and urban railways.

The scope of the show ranges from fixed infrastructure assets such as track and signalling and communications to rolling stock and its related subsystems, components and maintenance equipment.

Also covered are key areas such as station equipment, revenue collection systems, passenger information technology and security products – and much more.

Supporting Railtex are leading industry organisations, including Network Rail, the Railway Industry Association, the Rail Supply Group and the Rail Alliance.

A key additional feature of the event is its extensive programme of keynote speeches, technical seminars, project updates and discussion forums. These all take place in the exhibition hall and are open to everyone attending the show.


National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
May 9-11, 2017
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19th Asia Oil & Gas Conference

Global industry captains are confirmed to speak at the 19th Asia Oil & Gas Conference, which will take place in Kuala Lumpur from 7 – 9 May 2017.

Unprecedented structural changes such as the rising significance of US tight oil, a shift in OPEC strategy and the growing importance of renewable energy have led to a paradigm shift for the oil and gas industry.

Under the theme New Reality – Driving A New Approach, the core of this year’s event will be a two-day conference, addressing the unparalleled challenges faced by the industry. Conference sessions will touch on themes such as competition from other fuel sources, disruptive societal and technological changes and the need for faster innovation and stronger collaboration.

Conference highlights will include a state of the industry address from H.E. Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry & Mineral Resources, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a CEO Strategic Dialogue led by Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin, President & Group CEO, PETRONAS.

Among other industry leaders taking part in the conference will be: Ryan M. Lance, Chairman & CEO, ConocoPhillips; Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki, Chairman, FGE; B. Ashok, Chairman, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd; H.E. Shaikh Nawaf S. Al-Sabah, Chief Executive Officer, KUFPEC; Wilko Stark, Vice President Daimler Strategy & Product Strategy and Planning Mercedes-Benz Cars Daimler AG; Fabrizio Di Amato, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Maire Tecnimont; Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Shahril Shamsuddin, President & Group CEO, Sapura Energy Berhad; Steve Hill, Executive Vice President, Gas and Energy Marketing & Trading, Shell Eastern Trading (Pte) Ltd; Shigeru Muraki, Executive Adviser, Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd; Arnaud Breuillac, Member of the Executive Committee and President Exploration & Production, Total; Richard Dobbs, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company; Stephen Halliday, Group President, Verisk Analytics.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit an exhibition with more than 40 local and international suppliers showcasing the latest technologies, products and services.

There will be numerous opportunities to network with more than 2,000 expected attendees, representing the oil and gas, service and equipment, transport and logistics, finance and investment and education and training sector.


Kuala Lumpur
7 – 9 May 2017
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Smart Urban Mobility Solutions

The inaugural Smart Urban Mobility Solutions (SUMS) conference is being co-located with the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference - All-Energy 2017 (SECC, Glasgow; 10-11 May 2017).

The new event focusing on Glasgow’s work on smart cities and the city’s, and Scotland’s, long history of innovation in intelligent traffic control and on the rapidly growing demand for new and emerging smart mobility technologies within existing transportation infrastructures - just one of the many challenges facing today’s cities.

In this age of rapid change, intelligent strategies are required and efficient use and control of mobility solutions are of prime importance. The Transport System Catapult puts the estimated global market value at £900 billion by 2025.


Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow
Wednesday 10th – Thursday 11th May 2017
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Pneumatic Conveying of Bulk Materials

This intensive, two-day course was originally prepared at the request of the Department of Trade and Industry and first held in 1981. Since then over three hundred engineers from industry have attended. The course is regularly updated to reflect changes in industrial practice and new developments in pneumatic conveying technology.

During the course we'll cover subjects including system components, design techniques, operation and control of blow tank systems, explosion hazards and operational problems. The course also deals with the important but often neglected area of interfacing storage bins with conveying systems.


University of Greenwich
16 - 18 May 2017
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Hazards 27

Widely recognised as Europe’s leading process safety event, IChemE’s Hazards conference brings the process safety community together to share best practice, latest developments and lessons learned, promoting a continual focus on improving process safety practice.

Hazards 27 takes place in Birmingham, UK on 10–12 May 2017. Ideal for anyone who is active in process safety and risk management, the event will provide essential technical insight into how to reduce the risk of hazardous events, as well as plenty of opportunity to network with industry peers.

More than 100 leading experts from around the globe – industry practitioners, researchers and regulators – will share knowledge, experience and latest developments in process safety, providing expert guidance into how to reduce and manage risk effectively.

There will be a trade exhibition alongside the conference, showcasing products and services to improve process safety performance, and optional pre-conference workshops to examine certain core topics in more depth., as well as networking and social events.

Online registration is now open. To find out more about Hazards 27 and to book a place, click HERE.


Birmingham, UK
10th–12th May 2017
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International Robotics Challenge

Robots which can crawl in pipes, climb lamp posts, fly over power lines and traverse train tracks will be key to identifying and fixing infrastructure problems in the future, saving money and helping keep countries efficient and competitive.

Exactly how they do that and what the priorities should be are set to be the key themes of a challenge launched by the University of Leeds as part of the 2017 UK Robotics Week.

The university is inviting companies, academics and student groups to join a two-day event to share knowledge and identify the areas where robots could, or already do make a difference.

By bringing key people together to examine options and celebrate examples of success, the organisers say a significant contribution can be made to the future direction of infrastructure robotics research and application.

As part of the challenge, participants will be able to submit existing robots for judging by experts to highlight those where a specific role has already been conceived.

The International Robotics Challenge event is due to take place in Leeds on 27th-28th June 2017.

Participants can attend as delegates or as competitor teams which can submit robots for assessment and demonstrate their leading-edge work to peers and potential users.

Robotic fixers

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funds the University’s £6.5m National Facility for Innovative Robotics Design. Its researchers including Professors Rob Richardson and Phil Purnell, and Dr Raul Fuentes are also leading a £4.2m project to develop robotics fixers of the future.

Their vision is to create self-repairing cities, where robots are developed and programmed to fix many of the day-to-day problems which slow countries down.

This vision is the driving force behind the University’s decision to host the UK Robotics Week’s challenge. By sharing ideas, opening up potential collaborations and exploring how robotics research can drive real world improvement, everyone involved in the sector can together make a difference.

Improving efficiency

From fixing broken street lights to patching potholes, or identifying corroded utility pipes, the Leeds team believes robots stationed around cities could significantly improve our efficiency.

Speakers from the university’s team will be at the June event to explain their work, as will leading figures from industry and other institutions.

Full details of the two day event are still being finalised, but Professor Richardson says it will be a landmark in exploring how robots can help to support the structures and systems of future cities.

“Keeping the world’s great cities competitive and open for business is one of the most important ways countries will grow in the future. By bringing knowledge from different sectors together with policymakers and stakeholders we will identify priorities and explore what is already being done to meet them.


Leeds, UK

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Sensors & Instrumentation 2017

Sensors & Instrumentation returns to the NEC, Birmingham, UK, on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 September 2017.

And in line with the show’s continued growth, it’s moving to the larger and more accessible Hall 1, located right at the NEC’s main entrance.

More than 80 market-leading suppliers will be at the show to demonstrate all the latest products and solutions, with exciting feature areas and groundbreaking seminars adding yet more value to the visitor experience.

Exhibitors include Binder, Bronkhorst UK, Dewesoft, EA Technology, Fischer Connectors, Gantner Instruments, Huba , Infratec, Innovative Sensor Technology IST AG, Jumo Instrument Co Ltd, Keller, Korea Railroad Research Institute, Lighthouse (UK), M+P International, Meggit Sensing Systems, KDP Electronics, Metasphere, Michell Instruments, PR Electronics, Pressure Sensor Limited, Sensor Technology, Shawcity, Techni Measure, Visual UK, Yokogawa UK and many more besides!

Ian Goldsbrough, sales manager for IR Detectors in the UK & Ireland explains the company’s reasons for exhibiting at the show this year: “Back in 2011 we were fairly new to selling direct to the UK market so needed a platform to reach new potential customers for our sensors and the Sensor Technology exhibition, which became Sensors & Instrumentation, seemed the obvious place. Although then the exhibition was quite small, it attracted the right sort on companies for our product and we have therefore taken a stand every year since.”

Ian continues: “Over the years I have seen the exhibition grow both in the number of companies exhibiting and visitors attending.The quality of the visitors remains high because it is such a dedicated show for the sensors and instrumentation industry and it is the only one in the UK. If you have not attended before give it a try, I’m sure you will find it worthwhile,” he says.

As the UK’s only national sensors event, Sensors & Instrumentation is renowned as a hotbed of new technology. Michell Instruments is one of many exciting exhibitors to be launching new products, including the HygroSmart HS3 probe and HygroCal100 humidity verifier.

Dave Boylan, area sales manager for Innovative Sensor Technology IST AG in the UK and Ireland comments: “At the upcoming Sensors & Instrumentation show, IST AG will be featuring, amongst others, thin-film capacitive relative humidity sensors, which are capable of measuring 0% RH to 100% RH and operating at temperature ranges of -80°C to +190°C.”

Kyungwho Choi, Ph.D, senior researcher at Korea Railroad Research Institute says: “We decided to join the exhibition because we thought it would be a great opportunity to introduce our hybrid interrogation system to global experts interested in SHM or railroad infrastructure monitoring using electric and optical sensors with IoT technologies.”

Chris Anderson is director of sales and marketing at Pressure Sensor Ltd. He says: “We are exhibiting again at Sensors & Instrumentation to enhance our relationship with existing customers, have the opportunity to discuss our new products and to meet new contacts, as well as to evaluate market developments and trends.”

Exhibitors will also have the chance to showcase their products and solutions to a dedicated audience - live on stage - as part of the brand new and fully interactive feature area Connecting Industry LIVE! Neil Mead, managing editor of the industrial division explains: “The Live Demo Stage will be the centrepiece of this new event where exhibitors will have the opportunity to show the audience what they can offer via live technical product demonstrations. This will also give visitors the chance to learn and understand how these could benefit their own particular manufacturing operations and applications.”

The Innovation Showcase meanwhile is returning for a third year running. Located at a key destination point within the hall, this too has been expanded to allow even more exhibitors to display their latest products and technology.

This year’s show will also see the return of the seminar programme.

Registration for Sensors & Instrumentation will open in May. For more information click HERE


NEC, Birmingham, UK
Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th September 2017
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Overview of Particulate Handling Technology

This is an intensive, two-day short course designed to introduce the technology of storing and handling bulk materials. It also covers the problems that can result from incorrect equipment selection, and looks at appropriate design methodologies for safe and reliable plant. Specially prepared by the Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling, this course has already been attended by over three hundred engineers from industry and is regularly updated to reflect new developments and changes in industrial practice.


University of Greenwich
24 - 26 October 2017
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Pneumatic Conveying of Bulk Materials

This intensive, two-day course was originally prepared at the request of the Department of Trade and Industry and first held in 1981. Since then over three hundred engineers from industry have attended. The course is regularly updated to reflect changes in industrial practice and new developments in pneumatic conveying technology.

During the course we'll cover subjects including system components, design techniques, operation and control of blow tank systems, explosion hazards and operational problems. The course also deals with the important but often neglected area of interfacing storage bins with conveying systems.


University of Greenwich
14 - 16 November 2017
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Pneumatic Conveying System Design

There is a tradition of different companies using different design equations and assumptions. There has in recent years been a lot of new information generated using improved methods for measurement of material conveying properties, the use of these for design and the effects of design details such as bends and stepped bore sizes. The ultimate aim will be to share the most up-to-date knowledge on how to obtain pipeline designs that work reliably, delivering the required throughput without unplanned maintenance and undesired impact on quality of the powder being handled.

The event is intended to be interactive; delegates are asked to bring along and discuss the approaches they use in their own company and the practical difficulties they face, with a view to establishing a shared vision of best practice to boost the competitiveness of the UK's supply industry and minimise warranty claim costs and user complaints.

There will be a heavy emphasis on case studies to illustrate the issues under discussion.


University of Greenwich
5 - 6 December 2017
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Rotary Valves: Design, Selection and Operational Issues

Rotary valves are widely used to feed pneumatic conveying pipelines, and for feed metering, explosion isolation, atmospheric isolation etc. However there are literally thousands of combinations of different feature options available covering choice of materials of construction, rotor type, drive type, venting arrangements, bearing pattern, seal choice, clearances, cleaning features etc.  Faced with this bewildering choice, how does an engineer decide what to specify?  This course will help understand the reasons for the different options and how to choose them.


University of Greenwich
7 December 2017
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