The BulkSolids India Conference & Exhibition 2011 closed its doors on April 8, 2011 after three days of vivid discussions and knowledge exchange. The combination of conference, workshops and exhibition brought together all parties involved in bulk solids and powder handling and processing and lead to a high quality of visitors.
Exhibitors, visitors and delegates alike confirmed the importance of the topics addressed by BulkSolids India and agreed on the significant potential of the event. The three-day conference and exhibition BulkSolids India 2011 has reaffirmed its reputation as a top level event that is especially characterised by the high quality of the delegates and visitors. On an enlarged exhibition area, the organisers – Vogel Business Media and NürnbergMesse – offered an extensive information and dialogue platform for experts from industry and science.
In addition to the application areas already covered by the exhibition in the previous year, such as bulk materials handling and processing in mines, ports, cement and power plants, the 2011 exhibition has been extended by the segment of chemical and food processing. Compared to 2010, the number of exhibitors had almost doubled and new companies like FLSmidth, Jenike & Johanson, K-Tron and Allgaier raised the profile and enriched number of products and services on offer.
A total of 62 key companies presented their products, services and expertise on two levels of the Nehru Centre in Mumbai. Unfortunately the total number of visitors did not quite meet the expectations of the exhibitors, even though the quality of the contacts was very good, as Amit Popatwala, Director Sales and Marketing of WAM India, confirmed “The number of genuine visitors was good. The ratio of visitors to enquiries is very good at this show. However, the total number of visitors needs to be much higher in the future.”
The highly specialized BulkSolids India conference under the Chair of Vijay K, Agarwal, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, had been expanded and provided in depth information on all major bulk material handling topics, including belt conveying, pneumatic conveying, fly ash handling, dry bulk ports, environmental protection, energy efficiency and more. More over, in accordance to the exhibition, the conference had also been extended by chemical processing, solids handling in food processing and production of pharmaceuticals.
Following a few words of welcome by the organisers, the conference started with a welcome speech by the Chairman and the traditional Lamp Lighting Ceremony. The first keynote was presented by Dr. David Mills on pneumatic conveying capabilities for product flow rate, distance, materials and systems. Mr. Pabak Mukhopahyay, Joint General Manager Bulk Material Handling at Larsen & Toubro presented the second keynote, conveying the challenges of the future and a new concept of Environmental Impact Assessment.
All in all more than 55 papers were presented in two streams during the three day conference covering a broad range of applications and extending from scientific research to hands-on solutions and troubleshooting for the every-day operation.
Learning from the Experts
Newly added to the event, three extensive workshops were carried out at the end of each conference day. On the first day, Vijay Agarwal and David Mills conducted a workshop on pneumatic conveying. The workshop delivered practical and valuable knowledge on the different pneumatic conveying solutions and components available, as well as on, operating problems and troubleshooting.
The second workshop dealt with the important topic of explosion protection. This workshop was conducted by members of Ind-Ex, the Intercontinental Association of Experts for Industrial Explosion Protection. During the lectures participants learned about global standards, spark detection, explosion mitigation and the characteristics of bad explosion engineering.
In the third workshop, Herman Purutyan, CEO of Jenike & Johanson, gave a lecture on silo and feeder design for reliable flow. The workshop provided insights into common flow problems and also presented ways to characterise a material’s flow properties. This was complemented by a discussion on bulk solids feeder design principles.
All three workshops were very well received by their audience and distinguished by a high level of interactivity between speakers and participants with intensive and comprehensive discussions.
BulkSolids India Awards 2011
The newly launched BulkSolids India Award was presented at this year’s event for the very first time. In total three different awards were presented during the Networking Dinner, that took place under open sky on the roof terrace of the Nehru Centre.
The “Product Innovation Award” went to SWR Engineering Messtechnik for the development of their volumetric an mass flow measurement system for air slides. The new system called SlideControl can be easily installed on top of an air slide, occupies no process space and is virtually maintenance free.
The BulkSolids India Award in the category “Milestone Projects” was presented to FLSmidth India for the installation of a pipe conveyor system based on the “Supa Tube” design concept. In the course of this project, FLSmidth replaced a system of 14 throughed belt conveyors with just two pipe conveyors. This was possible because the company managed to significantly reduce the minimum curve radius to as little as 135 metres.
Finally, Conference Chairman Vijay Agarwal had the pleasure to present the BulkSolids India “Lifetime Achievement Award” to Dr. David Mills for his outstanding contributions to the field of pneumatic conveying over a time span of more than 30 years.
Back again in 2012
Despite the basic satisfaction of the participants of BulkSolids India 2011, a survey conducted by the organisers at the end of the event showed that there is room for improvement. Especially the Nehru Centre as a venue for an event of that size has clearly shown its limitations.
For the next BulkSolids India, which will take place in 2012, the organisers will address this issue and will also take a closer look at the exact date and the concept of the event in terms of both, conference and exhibition. Exhibitors and organisers agreed that BulkSolids India 2011 has not yet exploited the great potential of the Indian market to the full extend and all necessary measures will be taken to make sure that is achieved by the forthcoming BulkSolids India next year.
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