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The terminology ‘mixing’ and ‘blending’ is often grouped together as
the same process, technically they are slightly different. The process
of blending is the homogenous distribution of differing materials and is
usually a relatively gentle process. Whereas mixing is usually a more
aggressive process involving the combining of materials through the
beating or stirring of the contents within a static vessel...
SHAPA are holding the workshop to give designers of machinery the
knowledge and tools to design safe machinery in accordance with current
Machinery and associated directives. it will also include a section on
any implications as a result of the brexit agreements...
Shapa are holding the 11 th Digital Marketing Workshop,
this highly successful event helps keep pace with the latest
developments in Digital marketing. The event is exclusively for member
companies and covers, whats new in Digital Marketing, Google analytics,
Online advertising, and your Digital Marketing Toolbox to name but a few
of the areas to be covered...
16th Jan 2019 Shapa General Meeting -
Agenda for the SHAPA General Meeting- Wednesday 16th January
2019 at 10:00 am
The George Hotel
1. Apologies for Absence
2. Minutes and Matters
3. General Secretary’s and Membership Report
5. Technical Committee Report
6. Marketing Committee
Imagineering – A New project
Bob Shanks -
Tony Cassidy- The MPA Group
9. AOB – and dates of next Meetings
10. Buffet lunch
The Solids Handling & Processing Association (SHAPA) are
delighted to announce that the annual Solids Handling Awards to promote
success and achievement across our collective industries, that are open
to all companies registered in UK, whether SHAPA members or not, who are
directly involved in the solids handling and processing industry...
2019 Solids Handling Industry Awards open on the 1st December 2018
The 2019 Solids handling Industry awards are oepn form the 1st
December 2018, the Catagories are Innovation, Export, Newcomer and
Company of the Year. This year the Awards Ceremony will be held at the
Royal Armories in leeds on the 8th May 2019. Don't miss out on these
download the application form today.Tthe closing date for
entries is the 28th Feburary 2019.
As this year’s exhibition season is now ending it is very heartening
to see that despite competition from other media, internet and so on,
the physical exhibition remains an important marketing tool. Three of
the exhibitions held this autumn, Recycled Waste Management (RWM), PPMA
and BULKEX18 for Bulk Handling equipment providers and processors
demonstrated the wide reach of our remit, from raw material production,
via processing and manufacture, packaging and distribution through to
final recycling and waste disposal...
Digital Marketing Workshop 2019
The date for the next Digital Marketing workshop has been announced
as the 26th March 2019 at the East Midlands Hilton Hotel more details to
Shapa is running a new Introduction to Bulk Handling Workshop to be
held at Nestle in york on the 4th December 2018. This workshop is
specifically designed to take some of the mystique out of solids and
bulk handling...The course which
is aimed at those who have just
joined the bulk handling community and those who already work in the
bulk handling industry in sales, marketing, accounts and operations etc.
who feel that they need a deeper understanding of how
and services fit into the wider environment....
It is well known that an elegant design that works reliably is devoid
of baulking obstructions and ambiguities and is simple to understand and
operate. It is, of necessity, the result of ingenuity, experience, good
applied science and engineering....
For more than a century there have been efforts to improve air quality
in the working environment, both in enclosed factories and other
industrial areas. Even with scant knowledge of respiratory diseases it
had been clear that people were more productive in a cleaner and better
SHAPA announces the award catagories for 2019
The catagories for the 2019 Solids Handling Industry Awards have been
Finalised, these are, Innovation, Export, Newcomer and Company of the
Year. The presentation of the awards will be on the 30th April 2019. A
venue will be announced shortly
It used to be that all you
needed to store your materials was a large area where your product could
be piled high on top of its self out in the open air. As time has moved
forward the need for more sophisticated storage solutions are required
in order to safely store the ever-increasing range of bulk solid
materials with their differing properties .....
SHAPA July General Meeting
The next SHAPA General meeting is on the 4th July at the George Hotel
Lichfield download the agenda
Shapa's Arkwright Student posts her latest Blog
What an incredible experience competing at the National Finals of the
F1 in Schools competition. Throughout 2 days of intense competition and
jam packed action, Ginetta Racing Edu earnt the ‘Team Sponsorship and
Marketing’ award, as well as being nominated for the ‘Pit Display’ and
‘Innovation’ awards, and having the second fastest car!
Read the full article
Since time immemorial progress has been driven by innovation and
invention and the desire to continually improve and better ones self.
The desire to learn, improve and push at boundaries is an integral part
of our nature. Whilst innovation in solids handling and processing
seldom hits the headlines, it nonetheless drives the machinery of
progress across an enormous range of industries.....
2018 has been an excellent year for the Solids Handling industry with
many successes in all areas of Solids Handling, these successes have
produced a strong shortlist for each of the award categories. this year
the sortlisted entrys are
10th Anniversary Digital Marketing Workshop
Details of the 10th annual digital marketing workshop have been
download the flyer for the event here and a
booking form to make sure you do not miss out on this vital workshop
which will give you the tools to improve your digital marketing profile
Health of the Nation
The need for solid health and safety systems procedures and practices
is more important than ever as we move out of the European and customs
union into World Trade Organisation rules for the global market read
Many companies are founded on the back of an innovative idea by forward
thinking people skilled in design, engineering, project management,
marketing or other discipline. Whilst still small, the skills required
to operate all aspects may possibly be gained by the founder. In former,
less complicated times this may have been true as the firm expanded, but
the pace of change of technology, standards and legislation as well as
in marketing and particularly in financial accounting necessitates
constant learning and improvement. The huge range of applications and
processes served by our industry just adds to this challenge.....
Reaching the end of a very busy Christmas term, we have lots to look
back on, such as assisting backstage with the school play and Christmas
concert, as well as designing and manufacturing the F1 in Schools
SHAPA January Meeting
The next General meeting will be held on the 24th January at the George Hotel in
Lichfield starting at 10:00
Find out about OEE and GDPR, along with all the usual networking
for more details email Ian at
email@example.com and download the
Applications are invited for the 2018 Solids
Handling Industry awards
Shapa has launched the 2018 Solids Handling Industry awards, these awards are
now open to all UK registered member and non member companies and
institutions operating in the Solids Handling and Processing Industry.
Application forms will be available direct from the website from
01/12/2017 and winners will
be announced and presented at the awards ceremony in the evening of 17th
April 2018 more information is available in the
2018 Solids Handling Industry Awards
Details of the award catagories and award launch date have been
announced, for further information follow the
Solids Dortmund 2018
Details have been released regarding the international Solids
Handling show to be held in Dortmund on the 7th and 8th November 2018,
for more information please follow the
**Abstracts deadline extended to 22-12-17 ** for more information
Financial Awarness Training
This course has been especially designed for Shapa
members and will include content specifically related to our industry
Who should attend ?
Anyone involved in driving
their business forward e.g Managing Directors, Directors/Managers &
Account Managers etc , whatever their level of financial knowledge. The
workshop is designed to enable everyone to take away practical tips and
strategic insight suitable to their skills and experience, whether you
are a beginner, intermediate or advanced. So join us for and inspiring
and enjoyable day out.
Download the detailed
information and a
If you can return these back to
firstname.lastname@example.org as soon
as possible so I can make the necessary arrangements and if you feel
that this course would help with someone in your close supply chain
please feel free to include them.
A large number of industries across many sectors including power generation, petrochemical, plastics, bulk and fine chemicals, pigments, pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals, detergents, water treatment, food processing etc, are involved in handling bulk solids in raw ingredient form, either storage of primary ingredients, during intermediate processing or at the packaging and distribution. Many companies supply all of their products in bulk whereas most other manufacturing companies use powders within their process either as an additive or primary ingredient.Consequently, a prodigious variety of bulk solids are stored in hoppers or silos in quantities ranging from a few kilos to hundreds and, in some cases, thousands of tonnes.
It is an unfortunate fact that many installations regardless of their size are plagued by discharge and handling problems. Common difficulties include the inability to discharge on demand through bridging or arching, or difficulties associated with segregation or uncontrollable ‘flushing’. It has long been recognised that these issues result in severe restrictions on plant performance
The main issues for solids processing plants are not necessarily in the chemistry of processes but rather that most problems resulted from the tendency of bulk solids to cause blockages, stick, flow erratically or go where they should not. The lack of a thoughtful design approach to ‘low tech’ items like hoppers is a major factor contributing to production shortcomings
Perhaps the most important aspects for flow are how the product slides on a contact surface e.g. hopper wall, and the resistance offered by the shear strength of the powder. These characteristics are influenced by the ‘condition’ or ‘compaction’ of the bulk – a tightly packed product is less free flowing than a loose aerated powder. This ‘condition’ is directly related to the bulk density.
The actual flow behaviour in a plant is not only contingent on the material characteristics - the equipment form has a major influence too. For example steep hoppers with large outlet sizes often have flow benefits: they prevent arches and rat holes, they generate mass flow and mitigate the effects of segregation. By contrast, a ‘rat hole’ may form if the hopper slope is shallow, so the effective storage capacity of the hopper is reduced. If the outlet is too small, an ‘arch’ may stop the flow altogether.
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