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In 1953, an engineer named Andrew Jenike embarked on a project that would revolutionize manufacturing across the globe. Jenike’s work would transform the dark art of bin and hopper design into an engineering discipline. 68 years, three generations, and one global pandemic later, the sector is once again on the verge of change, facing worker shortages, pressure to automate and embrace advanced technologies, and to become even more agile in response to increasingly complex demand from customers. What is next for this sector, which encompasses more than 70% of the world’s manufacturing activity?
Todd Smith, Business & Strategy Manager for Kansas State University’s Bulk Solids Innovation Center, will lead a panel that explores where the sector has been, where it is today, and where it is going tomorrow.
Topics discussed may include:
- Experience matters: how does this sector preserve two generations of practical experience — before it’s too late?
- PBS Professionals 4.0 – Building the next generation
- How advanced technologies are enabling deeper understanding of material characteristics and behavior than ever before – what assumptions should we re-examine?