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Mixing Roundtable

Get in the mix and get your questions answered by our expert panelists on various mixing technologies and types of mixers.

Now Available On-Demand
Originally broadcasted: July 17, 2024
Duration: 1 hour 

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This discussion focuses on the various types of mixers, with explanations about which mixing technology is best for various types of applications. Our panel of experts, led by panel moderators Todd Smith, manager at the Kansas State University – Bulk Solids Innovation Center (BSIC), and Kevin Solofra, laboratory manager of the BSIC, will begin with a brief explanation about various mixing technologies, then discuss advantages and disadvantages with our panelists, and answer audience questions

Panel Moderators

Todd Smith | Business and Strategy Manager | Kansas State University - Bulk Solids Technology Center

Todd Smith is Business and Strategy Manager of Kansas State University’s Bulk Solids ITechnology Center.  KSU-BSTC, 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.

Kevin Solofra | BSTC Lab Manager | Kansas State University - Bulk Solids Technology Center

Kevin Solofra earned his BS and MS in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla — now Missouri S&T.  Kevin has a background ranging from research engineering with product scale-up through process/production management in various industries. His experience started in the realm of electro-ceramics for appliances, followed by low wear ceramics and body armor, and most recently the glass industry for architectural, automotive and glass insulation. From a process point of view, Kevin has dealt with all aspects from spec’ing raw materials, through conveying materials, and all the way to finished part quality analysis. All of this has led a strong blend of technical expertise combined with a manufacturing/business viewpoint to approaching, understanding, and working through industrial opportunities.


Matt Smith | Sales Director | Silverson Machines

Matt Smith is Sales Director at Silverson Machines, which has over 70 years of experience helping customer in the field of high shear mixing. Silverson Machines serve many different industries from Pharmaceuticals to Chemicals to Food and can be used in a variety of applications including emulsifying – creating stable emulsions, blending liquids of varying viscosities and homogenisation. Along with a dedicated and knowledgeable Sales team and Technical staff, Silverson Machines can help find the right mixer for your application.

Dr. Bernd Nienhaus | Business Development Manager | EKATO Rühr- und Mischtechnik GmbH

Bernd Nienhaus is Business Development Manager at EKATO Rühr- und Mischtechnik GmbH, Schopfheim, Germany. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in process development and optimization with main focus on mixing in crystallization and polymerization processes. Bernd Nienhaus holds a PhD in industrial chemistry from the University of Oldenburg (Germany).

Event Moderator

Jonathan Katz
Executive Editor
Chemical Processing

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