Technical Advice

SHAPA has been the UK's leading specialist Association for the solids handling and processing industry since its formation in 1981. Our support and assistance has allowed our members to maximise their profitability, whilst taking advantage of the many benefits afforded by the Association.

Material Handling Information and Technical Advice

Do you have a technical problem? or would like to suggest a subject for a new paper please follow this link

If you need assistance with your process or equipment, please click here for a technical enquiry form, and we'll be back to you very shortly.

SHAPA Technical Information Documents

Click on a link to download the relevant information sheet (pdf format):

The Influence of Product Characteristics on the distribution and storage of Bulk Particulate Solids

Ten key steps for comparing dust extraction proposals

Attrition and wear in pneumatic conveying

Achieving reliable flow from existing hoppers

Ten key steps for achieving reliable flow from hoppers

Ensuring sound solids handling contracts

Surface finish of stainless steel on fabricated items

Compliance with legislation implementing the ATEX directives

Useful sources of information

Introduction to good manufacturing practice (GMP)

The protection of silos from over pressurisation during filling

Discharge Aids

A practical guide to Rotary Valves

The benefits of Powder Characterisation

Dust Extraction - five ways to achieve long life with minimal expense

Dust testing for DSEAR & ATEX Compliance

Comparison of the New and Old Machinery Directives - 2006/42/EC and 98/37/EC

Best practice guide for handling of Biomass

Dust Hood Selection

Sizing of Explosion Relief Vents (updated 2014)

Controlling Fans with Variable Loads

Press Release Contact list


SHAPA Application Sheets and Presentations

Click on a link to view the relevant application sheet:

How to prepare a Case Study

Atex presentation

Bulk Distribution of Particulate Solids Presentation

Capacitance probes review

Cartridge filter technology

Dust Explosion Protection using Flameless Venting

Rotex screening

Weighing Accuracy Fundamentals



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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 detailed information 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.