InMark - Measurement control | Member of Shapa

SHAPA are the UK's leading specialist association for the solids handling and processing industry

All our members are established specialists within their fields, and have the experience and commercial standing to provide quality, cost-effective solutions for all aspects of mechanisation for bulk materials handling and storage, conveyors, dust collection and control, instrumentation, mixers, big bag handling, sampling systems, sieves, valves and weighing systems and equipment.

InMark Ltd InMark

9 Keyneston Road
Swindon, Wiltshire

Tel: +44 (0) 1793 611290


Solids Measurement Specialists

InMark Ltd supply and provide engineering support for the APM 3D level measurement technology. This 3D level measurement takes multiple point measurements to derive an accurate and reliable measurement of solids in storage. InMark Ltd and APM have successfully completed projects including biomass storage at Drax Power Station, Port of Tyne & the biofuel plant at Ensus. Support covers liaising with contractors and end users on installation to ensure a successfully completed project on time and to specification.

The multiple level measurement with this 3D Level technology and visual graphics of material movement enables affective operational decisions to be made with confidence. This technology provides a very accurate and representative input to the stock & inventory management system. It enables operational management decisions to be made to optimise the cost benefits by having reliable stock level measurement.
Drax bimass

Drax Power Station’s £80 million biomass co-firing plant, the biggest project of its kind in the world. The new facility receives, handles, stores and process approximately 1.5 million tonnes of biomass, Each storage dome is 65m in
diameter and 45m high.

Testimonial from Drax Power Station & Spencer Group (Port of Tyne).

The supply and support provided by APM & InMark Ltd have proved to be of high quality and professionalism for the integration into the facilities control system. We would recommend this technology and supply for any similar facility where accuracy, reliability and engineering team support are key to a successful project.

Port of Tyne               Ensus

Spenser Biomass Project at Port of Tyne                           Ensus Group bio fuel facility at Wilton



The 2020 winter edition of the SHAPA Supplement has now been released

With articles and information from across the industry, the new SHAPA Supplement is a must read to find out whats positive about our industry, open up the link today and keep upto date

2021 Solids Handling Industry Awards are NOW OPEN

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, are now open to all companies registered in UK, whether SHAPA members or not, who are directly involved in the solids handling and processing industry. This exciting opportunity will comprise awards in four categories: the Innovation Award, the Export Award, the Newcomer Award and the SHAPA Company of the Year Award. The awards are open for applications from the 1st December 2020 the closing date for all entries is 28th February 2021for more information check out the link

Automation the next step

While organisations have had to realign their products and services to meet the restrictions imposed by the Covid 19 pandemic many have been faced with also having to quickly automate their systems and procedures to cope with the uncertainty in the labour market due to the continual changes in guidance from the authorities. One of the main ways to bring automation into the workplace is to enhance your existing control systems...

New Technical paper added - ATEX Fan Guide

ATEX fans are fans designed for use in potentially explosive atmospheres and are governed by EU Directive 2014/34/EU. This Directive is intended to increase safety by using a logical risk identification and mitigation method for design manufacture and use...

Returning to Normal

With the total lockdown released by the UK government and being replaced with a more targeted approach, UK and European organisations are starting to get back to working more productively. However, as the overall situation has not yet stabilised with new Covid spikes being found across Europe and the deepening crisis in the Americas, Middle East and India, exporting and importing is going to be significantly different going forward...


It is well established that the SHAPA membership comprises many exceptional companies in bulk materials handling and processing, their combined experience and knowledge amounting to a few centuries. All are merely a few “clicks” away on the SHAPA website . This is an invaluable resource for all project engineers and specifiers engaged in new projects, updating plant and installations, or simply looking for life extending efficient maintenance.
This leading resource is continually evolving with new technical papers being added all the time...

Zooming around the UK

With the lockdown starting to be released in the UK, Europe and the wider world companies are starting to get back to working productively. However, things are looking different going forward. With a vaccine that may be six to eighteen months away or not at all if you read some scientific journals new ways of working are needed to ensure that we continue to be profitable going forward.

Site visits, surveys and inspections in the wake of Covid-19 restrictions

The long term impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is looking to be widespread and lingering. With the repercussions of lock down, social distancing and furloughing staff likely to affect every industry in very different and unexpected ways...

SHAPA teams up with the LEV INDUSTRY FORUM

SHAPA as an integeral part of the LEV Industry Forum - Competency Working Group have together produced a LEV knowledge guidance matrix for key roles in the LEV industry highlighting the requirements for each role and where to find the appropriate information needed to fulfil the role. further information can be found on the The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers ( cibse) website link

SHAPA announces the winners of the 2020 Solids Handling Awards

This year the Solids Handling Industry Award Ceremony has been held using an online Zoom Platform, showing that despite the lockdown and the changes in working practices the SHAPA community continues to work together to develop new and exciting products, export all over the world, develop our young people and celebrate the successes of our industry. The winners of the 2020 Solids handing Industry awards are:-.....

Rob Berry

It is with great sadness that we report the death of our much loved and respected colleague and friend Dr Rob Berry after suffering a long battle with cancer. He will be remembered by the bulk materials handling industry for his great expertise in powder flowability and by his friends and colleagues for his kindness, patience and humour...

A message from Theo our Arkwright Student

I am trying to make the most of these difficult times by staying active and encouraging a positive mindset. Given my school has now closed, I will continue to to try to make the most of my education, and keep up to date with work my school have been providing me with online.
As an Arkwright scholar, and am taking advantage of any extra time to learn about engineering, and keep up to date with any new advancements made in engineering.
I hope everybody keeps well

SHAPA Announces the shortlist for the 2020 Solids Handling Industry Awards

2020 has once again been an excellent year for the Solids Handling industry with many successes in all areas of solids and material handling, all of the nominations for these awards show the strength and depth of the solids handling industry and we thank all the nominees for sharing their own successes...

Coronavirus letter from Shapa Chairman

Following the recent announcements regarding the current Coronavirus and its implications on travel and meetings, the SHAPA council have agreed to postpone the Annual AGM and Awards Dinner for this year until we feel that the situation has come under control and the advice from the government has been relaxed. We also intend to cancel face to face meetings until the advice changes, we are sure that within your own businesses you are taking similar precautions....

Annual Awards Dinner Cancelled

Due to the current situation regarding the Coronavirus outbreak, the council have agreed to cancel the Awards dinner which was due to take place on the 22nd April. arrangements are being made to carry on with the Awards presentations and AGM further details to follow

Health of the nation

The need for solid health and safety systems, procedures and practices are more important than ever as we move out of the European and Customs union into the wider world sometimes using the World Trade Organisation rules for the global market. While it is hoped that in time that the UK will negotiate reciprocal trade agreements with many of our trading partners throughout the world, there is a need to make sure we do not miss out on opportunities during this period of change....

Solids Handling Industry Awards

The 2020 Solids Handling Industry Awards Dinner is being held at the Brookland Museum in Weybridge on the 22nd April 2020. Dont miss out on the prestegious Black tie dinner with two free places for members, download the booking form today and guarantee your place. Download the booking form today  

12th Digital Marketing workshop details launched

Shapa are holding the 12 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...


Grinding out the right solution

Size reduction is one of the oldest processes known to man from before time when grains were pounded and ground to make flour. Size reduction machines still mill harvested materials but also a vast variety of other food, chemical, pharmaceutical and mined materials too...

Merry Christmas


2020 Solids Handling Industry Awards are now Open

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,  are now open to all companies registered in UK, whether SHAPA members or not, who are directly involved in the solids handling and processing industry. This exciting opportunity will comprise awards in four categories: the Innovation Award, the Export Award, the Newcomer Award and the SHAPA Company of the Year Award...

Shapa Welcomes their new Arkwright Student

SHAPA Council Member James Podevyn and Ian Birkinshaw attended the Arkwright scholarship presentation event in Edinburgh to welcome our new Arkwright scholar Theo Cains to the Association


Explosion Safety Revisited

Over the past months The SHAPA technical committee have reviewed the information available and updated the advice given in the two publications within the SHAPA technical library available at these being Compliance with Legislation Implementing the Atex directive and an Atex PowerPoint presentation....

Dust extraction systems

Wherever solid particulates are handled, processed, stored or are created, as a bi product of a process such as machining or finishing, dust is usually generated.
This dust needs to be controlled to prevent risks to health and environmental damage...

The New Shapa Supplement Now Available

Always in Control

Industry 4.0 is reported to be the next major revolution in industrialisation. The main focus is to take all the individual processes and systems that are used in manufacturing to manage and control production, and import them into a cloud-based system This allows the workflow, product changes and the management of each and every individual machine or a series of machines can be controlled remotely...

Sucess for Georgina

Georgina Edwards, SHAPAs Arkwright Scholar has sucessfully passed her A levels with flying colours and is now bound for Loughborough University to continue on with her studies. We wish her well in the future and pass on our congratulations and best wishes.

Shapa and Santander Trade Mission

Shapa has been working with Santander to help organise a World Food India 19 trade mission to take place on the 1- 4th November 2019, for more information please download the flyer here 

Materials in Motion

Most products at some stage of their life during production or manufacture, utilise materials in powder or granulated form. This is where the challenge can be for the designers of equipment and processes to move these types of materials from place to place, horizontally, vertically or somewhere in between. The conveyor or elevator designer must consider a multitude of parameters, probably more than twenty in their pursuit of the most effective solution....

SHAPA Announces the winners of the 2019 Solids Handling Industry Awards

Open and Shut Case

There are many types of valves used within the bulk handling industry for controlling, conditioning or diverting the flow of powders or liquids. There are three main types of valves, these being shut off, diverter and rotary valves.

Solids Handling Awards - Shortlist

2019 has once again been an excellent year for the Solids Handling industry with many successes in all areas of solids and material handling, these successes have produced a strong shortlist for each of this years award categories. This year the award categories are, Solids Handling Export Award, Solids Handling Innovation Award, Solids Handling Newcomer Award and Solids Handling Company of the year award. The shortlisted nominations for each award category are:-

Solids Handling Industry Awards Dinner

Bookings are now being taken for the 2019 Solids Handling Industry Awards evening. This year the awards are being held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on the evening of the 8th May. Once again one delegate from each member company can attend the AGM and dinner free of charge, with additional delegates paying a nominal fee to cover the evening meal.   These awards are going from strength and this years nominations have been among the best that we have received. After the award presentations we will be entertained by local comedian Brian Newbold who comes highly recommended. There are still places available for this chance to celebrate the best in our industry and network with your friends and colleagues. Once again the dinner is open to members, their spouses, partners, customers and suppliers. So don’t miss out on this great opportunity just complete the booking form to guarantee your place   Please follow the link to download the AGM and Awards dinner booking form

Shapa Celebrates International Women's Day

SHAPA is proud to be involved with International Women’s Day on the 8th March to celebrate and promote successes in the world of Solids Handling and Processing. International Women’s Day provides a spotlight to showcase the commitment to women's equality, launch new initiatives and action, celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness, highlight gender parity gains and more.

See the Full story here

Magnetic Attraction

Most common manufacturing applications have a requirement for the use of Industrial metal detection systems for the inspection of bulk powders, granular or free flowing products. This is common place within the majority of most Food, Pharmaceutical and O.E.M applications where metal detection systems are used as part of a quality control programme.

Getting the Mix Right

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...

Safety of Machinery and CE Marking for Machinery workshop details launched

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...

11th Digital Marketing workshop details launched

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

Agenda for the SHAPA General Meeting- Wednesday 16th January 2019 at 10:00 am

The George Hotel
WS13 6PR

1. Apologies for Absence
2. Minutes and Matters Arising
3. General Secretary’s and Membership Report
4. Chairman’s Report
5. Technical Committee Report
6. Marketing Committee Report

7. Coffee

8. Presentations

    Imagineering – A New project
    Bob Shanks - Imagineering Foundation

    Maximising your innovations
    Tony Cassidy- The MPA Group

9.   AOB – and dates of next Meetings
10. Buffet lunch

Merry Christmas

Christmas SHAPA

2019 Solids Handling Industry Awards are now open for nominations

Solids Handling Awards 2019

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 prestigious awards 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 follow.

Shapa General Meeting 24th October George Hotel Lichfield

IIntroduction to Bulk Handling Workshop

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
their products and services fit into the wider environment....

Better by Design

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....

Safe to Breathe

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 environment....


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 


Hoppers, Silos and Storage Solutions

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 here


And the Winners of the 2018 Solids Handling Awards are:

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 here

Promoting Success

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.....


Shapa Announces the 2018 Solids Handling Shortlisted finalists

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 released,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 more here....

Only three weeks left to enter the 2018 Solids Handling industry awards - dont miss out

Learning to succeed

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.....

Shapa's Arkwright Student posts her second Blog

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 Car....

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 oppertunities.
for more details email Ian at and download the agenda

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 link

2018 Solids Handling Industry Awards

Details of the award catagories and award launch date have been announced, for further information follow the link

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  link

CHoPS 2018

**Abstracts deadline extended to 22-12-17 ** for more information follow the link

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 detailedinformation and a booking form,today

If you can return these back to  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.