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The Wolfson Centre, part of the School of Engineering at the University of Greenwich, is running a programme of short courses for engineers from industry in the area of bulk solids handling.

This could include pharmaceuticals, food processing, mining, ceramics, power generation, plastics, chemicals and recycling.

The courses are aimed at managers, skilled operatives and maintenance crew, or anyone involved in the handling, processing and storage of powders and bulk solids, including manufacturers of such machinery.

The course content includes: the basics of operation of powder and bulk solids handling equipment, understanding materials, causes and solutions to common problems, and design and selection of plant components.

The courses aim to provide delegates with the knowledge to identify and overcome bulk solids handling problems.

Course fees include the course handbook with copies of the presentations, refreshments and a course dinner after day one.

Many of these courses will feature demonstrations of the new Powder Flow Tester, which is suitable for manufacturers who process powders daily and want to minimise or eliminate the downtime and expense that occur when hoppers/silos fail to discharge.

With the Powder Flow Tester, customers can also perform quality-control checks on incoming materials, quickly characterise new formulations for flowability and adjust composition to match the flow behaviour of established products.

Quality in powder handling 9 February – topics include: maintaining or improving product quality; features of the Powder Flow Tester – demonstrations and uses; correct design of equipment to minimise segregation (de-mixing) effects; handling of materials to reduce particle breakage and dust generation; approaches to minimising caking of materials; and techniques to make materials more resistant to loss of quality.

Storage and discharge of powders and bulk solids 8-9 March – topics include: basics of hopper and silo function; dealing with potential problems; features of the Powder Flow Tester – demonstrations and uses; determination of hopper geometry; discharge aids and interfacing to feeders; feeder design; and practical examples.

Powder containment 12 April – looks at the selection and operation of equipment designed to reduce the risk of working with hazardous powders.

Topics include: perceptions of dust and consequences of exposure; key principles and equipment for air-flow capture systems, including H and SE Guidance HSG258; key principles and equipment for barrier systems; the workplace exposure limit – equipment performance expectations and performance verification; factors affecting performance, such as ergonomics, worker behaviour and powder characteristics; H and SE guidance for workplace exposure limit setting; and risk-assessment approaches.

Pneumatic conveying of bulk solids 17-18 May and 22-23 November – topics include: components of pneumatic conveying systems; design techniques; diagnosis of operational problems; interfacing storage bins to conveying systems; operational problems and effects on system design; all aspects of system selection and operation; and correct design of systems for reliable operation.

A discount of five per cent is available for three delegates booking onto the same course from the same company at the same time.

In-company courses can be arranged to cater for larger numbers or a variation of topics.

Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology

'Providing cost-effective solutions to industrial problems'

The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology is part of the School of Engineering at the University of Greenwich at Medway, Kent, and has specialised in solving materials-handling problems since 1973.

The Wolfson Centre is continually improving the understanding of the behaviour of particulates in handling and storage systems and can offer consultancy services to industry in the fields of:

  • Hoppers and silos
  • Pneumatic conveying
  • Product feeders
  • Product quality (segregation, attrition and caking)
  • Environmental and transport effects
  • Dosing and dispensing
  • Instrumentation and control
  • Abrasion and wear
  • Overall system design and integration
  • Sampling
  • Dust prevention and control
  • Packaging
  • Processing of powders and bulk solids  

Industries served include:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Food and drink
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Renewable energy
  • Recycling
  • Household goods
  • Pet food
  • Grain handling and storage
  • Chemicals
  • Any other industry involved in the handling of powders or bulk solids

The Wolfson Centre also provides a comprehensive series of short courses that are delivered at the university's campus or on-site in a bespoke format.

If you have a bulk solids handling problem, don't struggle on by yourself call us.

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