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The 2022 Australian Bulk Handling Expo promises to bring the industry together with its debut this month.

The 2022 Australian Bulk Handing Expo (BULK2022) is back on the calendar and set to debut in August after unexpected delays.

Food and beverage will be among the industries highlighted during the expo’s first run with a host of exhibitors from within the space.

Tickets are now available for BULK2022, which will kick off at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday 24 August and run for three days.

It will feature suppliers showcasing the latest innovative bulk handling technology, equipment, and services best suited to the needs of bulk commodity manufacturers and producers, including those in food and beverage.

Almost 100 exhibitors are set to display their latest and greatest offerings, while the BULK2022 conference, held in partnership with the Australian Society for Bulk Solids Handling (ASBSH), which starts on Thursday 25 August and will also run for two days.

Day one of the conference will look at the future of the industry with a focus on the future workforce, industry sustainability, and emissions reduction.

Conference sponsor, LEAP Australia, will also delve into a case study with client Onyx, focusing on the use of its Rocky DEM software.

Vega Australia and ifm Australia, two companies involved in the food and beverage industry, will discuss the importance of embracing Industry 4.0 and how utilising technology will bring tangible benefits to bulk solids handling operations.

And CSIRO research director Dr Ewan Sellers will look at how the industry can work towards reducing overall emissions.

Day one will also feature technical presentations on a variety of topics, including advanced automation for centralised stockyard operations, using mobile devices to manage compliance and maintenance in the bulk solids handling industry and pneumatic conveying operating conditions.

Day two has been set aside to address incident mitigation and response, with technical presentations continuing into the afternoon.

Security Consulting Group senior security risk consultant Spencer Wakelam will examine how to prepare for, and respond to, security-related disruptions of bulk handling systems.

Kinder Australia, Premier Tech and Aspec Engineering will also form a panel to look at onsite safety for employees in a range of industry settings.

Meanwhile, technical sessions will look at optimising a wet screening operation using computational modelling tools, using dynamic simulations to predict the phenomenon of silo quaking, and recent advances in industrial applications of DEM in bulk materials handling.

The Thursday evening will also feature the Australian Bulk Handling and Mercury Awards Gala Dinner.

The Australian Bulk Handling Awards are sponsored by Sew Eurodrive, VEGA, Bonfiglioli and the ASBSH. With Covid-19 forcing the delay of the awards in 2020 and 2021, this year’s combined program will celebrate the best of the industry at BULK2022.

All 2020 and 2021 finalists have been carried across and the winners will be determined from the combined finalists’ list.

Award categories:

  • Innovative Technology Award – recognises a technology designed to enhance bulk solids handling and processing.
  • Dust Control Technology, Application or Practice Award – recognises a project that helps to keep dust creation in the bulk solids handling process to a minimum.
  • Excellence in the Application of Gears, Motors or Drives Award – recognises a component or piece of equipment that provides a benefit to bulk solids handling operations.
  • Excellence in Transport and/or Conveying Award – recognises a piece of equipment or technology that moves bulk solids materials from one location to another.
  • Best Practice in Safety Award – recognises a project or program that emphasises and upholds industry safety standards.
  • Supplier of the Year Award – recognises a supplier that is excelling in the bulk solids handling sector.
  • Bulk Handling Facility of the Year Award – recognises an outstanding facility that is for the processing of bulk solids materials, or manufacture of materials using bulk solids goods.

BULK2022 is backed by platinum sponsor VEGA Australia, supporting sponsors Premier Tech and PROK, and conference sponsor LEAP Australia. It is also supported by the ASBSH.

To purchase tickets, click here.

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