Lakeland Experts Advance Sensing and Automation Technologies for Grain Handling at GEAPS Exchange

Thanks to the attendees, exhibitors and coordinators, the 2014 GEAPS Exchange set an all-time attendance record at 3,379 -- not too shabby considering this was the show’s 85th year!

Grain processing professionals from every aspect of the business were in attendance this year, and Lakeland played a prominent role in sharing insights on industry innovations and best practices.

During the Idea Exchange, over 400 people witnessed twelve presenters discuss new innovations from around the world. Lakeland’s Dustin Paloranta introduced Extron’s Ground Pile Monitoring (GPM) system and demonstrated how it can save grain processing companies millions of dollars in commodity spoilage costs. The small-scale GPM simulation was also set up at the Lakeland Companies booth to further demonstrate its CO2 sensors, variable speed exhaust fans, wind and differential pressure tarp control, and live reporting system capabilities.

In between booth stops, attendees participated in hands-on learning opportunities at the expo pods. Lakeland Companies’ Jason Grahek moderated a number of pod sessions on initial designs, upgrades, automation lifecycle planning and troubleshooting of screw conveyors, while Bill Pickell co-presented on troubleshooting bucket elevators. On the third day of the Exchange, Dustin Paloranta moderated Mark Spindler’s Improved Hazard Monitoring Practices presentation.

Lakeland CTO Mark Spindler gave a presentation on how to prevent grain dust explosions by using intrinsically safe devices to monitor bearing and rub block temperatures. Using freeze spray, temperature sensors, and Extron’s BusMux, Mark demonstrated several often-overlooked sensor problems with thermocouples where temperature cables might short, leading to incorrect readings and potentially undetected HazMon conditions. He also shared how these situations can be detected using newer technologies like the BusMux, RTD and digital sensors, and shutdown interlocking.

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