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.

Connections refined

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

This leading resource is about to get better. A totally new website will be launched at the end of the month refining all key searches, connecting buyers with expert suppliers more quickly. Other website features, including the Technical Section, containing a wealth of useful data, technical papers and application sheets, will be given greater prominence, again with attractive presentation and ease of use as key drivers.

The Association continues to support people in our industries; in the immediate future with a further “Engineering the Future” seminar for members on 12th November. This is aimed at up and coming engineers and managers who will become our future leaders. This has become almost an annual event by popular demand.

Technical and commercial issues affecting members and industry at large form a large part of the SHAPA effort and during the January General Meeting there will be an update on ATEX principles and practice. This may seem to be an “old chestnut”, but there is always something to learn in the matter of explosion protection and anomalies and confusion in certain applications. SHAPA refines knowledge, whilst industrial manufacturers actively refine their products in granular and powder form. In the Product Finder will be found specialists for example, in sieves, screens, separators, sifters and shakers, as well as classifiers for materials in all quantities. Such equipment may be used for QA sampling or production in batches or continuous processes. Because of the very broad applications spectrum, the science of particle separation and classification requires very specialised knowledge of the product character as well as the entire process. Robust screens to progressively separate quarried minerals, for example from coarse aggregates to fines, obviously require a very different approach to the sieving of delicate pharmaceutical materials. Again, difficult materials may adhere or agglomerate requiring such as ultrasonics to enable successful sieving and accurate size classification. Diverse products such as zinc, powder coatings, gypsum or rice meal need expert treatment. SHAPA member companies have continual access to the latest knowledge and data, disseminated to the membership via papers, industry seminars and through networking during Association General Meetings. This dynamic, modern approach has been key to over 30 years’ success – for the benefit of all manufacturers and suppliers and importantly, to installers and users across a huge range of industries.

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