POWTECH 2014: Nuremberg hosts powder and bulk solids processing industry gathering

Human development has always been closely linked with mining and processing mineral raw materials. Without these materials, today we could not use the telephone, watch TV, generate electricity or drive cars. So it’s no wonder that the industrial processing and refinement of minerals and rare earths is a crucial factor in many sectors. From 30 September to 2 Octo­ber 2014, more than 700 exhibitors from 26 countries will again be coming to POWTECH, the world’s leading trade fair in its field, to show the world’s broadest range of technology in all aspects of processing and analysing powders and bulk solids for cost-effective plant operation in the construction materials, recycling, stone and ceramic industry.

We are more reliant than ever on using mineral raw materials to produce virtually every item in common use today. As the particles used become finer and finer, the requirements for handling them become more and more stringent. Particularly in storing, conveying, unloading and measuring these products, strong inter-particular adhesive forces can interfere with the flow of powder. In storage in silos, bridging and rat-holing can stop the particle flow. Metering powders continuously at constant density is an acute problem that can no longer be solved with a “silo hammer” alone.

Innovative developments to solve these problems will be on display at POWTECH 2014, the world’s leading trade fair for processing, analysis and handling of powder and bulk solids. About half of the more than 700 exhibitors will be showing solutions for storing, discharging, and metering powders, bulk solids and granulates. Mechanical and pneumatic equipment to improve flow behaviour even of heavy powders will be on display in Nuremberg, as will new bridge breakers and discharging equipment and aids.

Intralogistics for bulk solids

The broad variety of characteristics of bulk solids not only makes them harder to store, transport and discharge, but makes gravimetric measurement especially difficult. This procedure calls for a dosing device, a scale, and appropriate controls. The picture is complicated even further by the very diverse characteristics of bulk solids and an industrial environment that is generally hard on weighing processes.

Solutions that are right for critical minerals, as well as many other applications, will be shown at POWTECH by some 120 exhibitors who concentrate on gravimetric metering. They will be joined by more than 70 vendors of weighing equipment, offering such products as load cells, balances, weighing systems and weighing stations. The range on view at POWTECH is supplemented with the latest solutions for volumetric metering, presented by some 120 exhibitors. Another roughly 150 exhibitors will be showing new developments and refinements in conveying bulk solids, powders and granulates.

At POWTECH 2014, systems planners and operators, as well as process engineers in the mineral materials, ceramics and glass industries, can find a complete overview of further developments and innovations throughout the field of bulk solids intralogistics.

Wide-ranging supporting programme confirmed

Every day from 10 am to 4:30 pm, the Exhibitor Forum in Hall 4 will give industry specialists the opportunity to discuss the latest trends for processing powder and buIk solids. Highlights include the Explosion Protection Forum, a presentation series sponsored by the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences, the Innovation Award and the Solids Handling Forum.

Because explosion protection is a key issue in powder processing, the Explosion Protection Forum will provide updates on the latest statutory regulations and technological developments. It will include technical presentations, a panel discussion followed by a guided tour by the publisher of trade journal VERFAHRENSTECHNIK (process engineering), and live explosion demonstrations in the exhibition centre parklands.

Smart planning tools for trade fair visitors

The exhibitor and product search tool offers numerous practical functions for an overview of the POWTECH 2014 programme. Simply enter keywords or categories to search for products or innovations of interest and contact exhibitors directly to make appointments. In addition, a ‘wish list’ of exhibitors, accessible from any device, can be stored and shared. Conveniently, the wish list is linked to the floor plan and can be printed out with location maps to help visitors navigate the venue. For more information please go to: //www.powtech.de/exhibitors-products" target="_blank" >www.powtech.de/exhibitors-products:www.powtech.de/exhibitors-products

By buying tickets in advance online between 19 August and 28 September visitors can access the ‘Fast Lane’ and avoid long queues at the ticket office. Reduced price tickets of EUR 25 for a one-day ticket and EUR 35 for a three-day ticket are available from: //www.powtech.de" target="_blank" >www.powtech.de:www.powtech.de/ticketshop

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