PEMA And K-State Bulk Solids Innovation Center Establish Partnership

Sept. 8, 2020
The Process Equipment Manufacturers’ Association will partner with the Bulk Solids Innovation Center (BSIC) at Kansas State University.

The Process Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (PEMA) and the Bulk Solids Innovation Center (BSIC) at Kansas State University establish a partnership. BSIC is reportedly the only university facility and staff in North America dedicated to helping industrial companies with education, consulting, testing services and research related to bulk solids. 

BSIC’s 12,000-square-foot facility includes six laboratory rooms with test bench equipment for measurement and characterization of material properties and additional room for client research projects. BSIC features a full-scale bay with a large variety of equipment for testing and studying hopper flow, chutes, conveying, filtering, flow aids, blending and separating. The facility is filled with state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation, most of it donated by more than 25 companies, many of which are reportedly PEMA members.

The Bulk Solid Center provides essential services to industrial companies and all its services are fully operational, even during COVID-19 shutdowns. The following services are available to assist industrial companies:

  • Material Testing Services – Tests are used to evaluate material properties and make recommendations relative to storage, flow, conveying, segregation, mixing, fluidization and air filtration. Test examples include flow function, wall friction, particles size and shape, moisture analysis and wear/abrasion.
  • Full-Scale Research and Consulting Projects – BSIC provides facilities and university staff expertise to help companies troubleshoot material or process issues, conduct trial runs or plan how to scale-up from the lab or pilot plant.
  • Education Short Courses – BSIC short courses, valued for the combination of theory, practical application and hands-on learning, and not available at most colleges, will be offered again in-person in 2021. BSIC is launching an online Bulk Solids Academy in November. These online courses will be comprised of 50% lecture and 50% demonstrations on real equipment, with discussion and questions and answers.

Through the partnership, PEMA members will receive discounted education; access to material testing, consulting, advice, and troubleshooting; access to equipment testing facilities; a place where customers can do full-scale testing or scale-up of processes, and information on latest technology or trends. Using the resources provided by BSIC will provide additional credibility for PEMA members. With permission, PEMA members can use the BSIC name and logo on their websites and in advertising to demonstrate this affiliation.

PEMA members will continue to be a resource for BSIC. BSIC will reportedly seek counsel first from PEMA members when it needs help, advice or equipment to help solve a customer’s specific issue. Additionally, PEMA members will be BSIC’s first source for new equipment for the center and for course instructors.

For more information, visit: www.pemanet.org

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