Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2023
Time: 2:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM CT / 11:00 AM PT / 6:00 PM GMT
Duration: 1 Hour
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This webinar discussion will focus on the process and control of batch operations. Management of formulas and ingredients will be discussed, as well as how to improve ingredient measurement, cycle times, inventory tracking, and quality assurance. Audience questions are encouraged and will be addressed during the discussion.
Randy Smith | CEO & Founder | Vicinity Software
Randy Smith, CEO and founder of Vicinity Software, drew upon his family background in manufacturing and years as an auditor and systems consultant to create a software focused on small to mid-sized manufacturers in the batch processing industries. In 2001, Randy co-founded Vicinity Manufacturing (rebranded to Vicinity Software in 2018), known as a provider of industry-leading batch processing ERP solutions for manufacturers in the food, chemical and brewing industries and the first software product for formula-based manufacturing in the Microsoft Dynamics reseller space.
Todd Smith | Business and Strategy Manager | Kansas State University - Bulk Solids Innovation Center
Todd Smith is Business and Strategy Manager of Kansas State University’s Bulk Solids Innovation Center. KSU-BSIC, a partnership of industry, university, and government, is the only university-based Bulk Solids research center in the Americas. Todd spent 35 years in the bulk solids industry, first at DuPont, then as Engineering Manager at MAC Equipment (now Schenck Process) and then General Manager of Coperion K-Tron Salina and vice president of the company’s Global Systems Group. He has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Kansas State University and earned his M.B.A in 1998. He has authored one book, as well as many magazine articles and technical papers. Todd’s Board of Director experience includes president of the KSU Dean’s Advisory Council, Process Equipment Manufacturer’s Association, Salina Area Technical College, Salina Chamber of Commerce, Salina Regional Health Foundation, Salina Municipal Band, and Salina Soccer Club.
Event Moderator: Traci Purdum | Editor-in-Chief | Chemical Processing
Traci Purdum, an award-winning business journalist with extensive experience covering manufacturing and management issues, is a graduate of the Kent State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Kent, Ohio, and an alumnus of the Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Purdum, who has been with Chemical Processing since 2008, serves as moderator to the brand’s many webinars and roundtables. She also hosts the podcast Process Safety With Trish & Traci.
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