Practical Course on Industrial Mixing Technology

Practical Course on Industrial Mixing Technology

Dates / Schedule of sessions: 22 – 23 February 2013

22 February 2013                                Registration- 9:45 am to 10:00am

22 – 23 February 2013                       Sessions – 10:00 am to 5:30pm

 

Venue : CII Naoroji Godrej Centre of Excellence, Godrej Station-Side Colony, Opposite Railway Station, Vikhroli (East), Mumbai – 400 079

 

Importance of Mixing

By definition, “Mixing is the process of thoroughly combining different materials to produce a homogenous product”. Mixing is at the heart of most production systems in the chemical industry, pharmaceutical industry, food industry and other allied industries.  It is of vital importance in processing solids, liquids and gases, in the polymers, glass, ceramics, building materials, pulp and paper, petroleum, and power industries, and in industrial waste treatment systems. Mixing is critical because the quality of the final product and its attributes are derived by the quality of the mix. Improper mixing results in a non-homogenous product that lacks consistency with respect to desired attributes such as chemical composition, color, texture, flavor, reactivity and particle size. The wide variety and ever increasing complexity of mixing processes encountered in industrial applications requires careful selection, design and scale up to ensure effective and efficient mixing. Improved mixing efficiency leads to shorter batch cycle times and lower operational costs.

Today’s competitive production systems necessitate robust equipment that are capable of faster blend times, lower power consumption and adaptability of equipment for use with multiple products. Many modern mixers are designed to combine different processing steps in a single equipment, e.g. coating, granulation, heat transfer, drying, and so on. A mixer is no longer a generic production tool, but a critical and decisive business tool. This is because profitability and competitive advantage are dependent upon subtle improvements in product quality through gains in mixing performance and efficiency.

The Challenges

  • Our customers constantly demand improved products.  At the laboratory level, we have been able to achieve the desired quality standards, but the challenge is to scale up the new process to the production level
  • There is constant need for new products and constant product turnovers. The time available from conception of new products to the execution is minimal. In such a scenario, the option of following the conventional route of conducting laboratory experiments, doing pilot scale trials and then scaling up to production capacities may not be available
  • As R&D scientists, process engineers, production personnel and maintenance team, we’ve all had to deal with problems associated with poor product quality, failed batches and above all, loss of high value product. A recently published handbook on industrial mixing estimates the cost of poor mixing to be as high as US $ 100 million per year.
  • Intense competition requires us to lower our product costs. At the same time, we have to deal with increasing costs of machines, materials, people and power
  • Customers need faster deliveries. We’ve always wanted our mixing equipment to deliver the desired quality with short batch cycle times.  Instead, we have to constantly deal with equipment operational and maintenance issues that limit our production capacities
  • Single equipment is expected to perform multiple functions and processes such as coating, granulation, heat transfer, drying and so on
  • Operational safety is of prime importance. We are also responsible for the environment. There are several other challenges and statutory obligations that we need to deal with.
The Solution : Most mixing problems occur due to reasons such as incorrect selection of mixing equipment, wrong scale-up techniques, lack of understanding of the raw material characteristics, inaccurate or inadequate definition of mixing objectives, limited knowledge of the mixer performance parameters and bad mixer design. And though to some extent mixing can be regarded as art, much of today’s knowledge is backed by science and engineering and can be easily learned. Mixing technology has made rapid advances in recent times. In addition to the laboratory and pilot scale trials, design engineers have access to tools such as Computational fluid mixing, Digital particle image velocimetry, Laser doppler anemometry, Laser induced fluorescence, for better understanding of fluid mixing systems. Mixing problems can be identified using mixing simulation programmes and quickly resolved, instead of adopting the conventional and time consuming trial and error process. Advances in mixing technology have enabled mixer manufacturers to develop and improvise agitator designs customized for end user applications. Moreover, the improvements and the technological advances in the mechanical, electrical and electronic components, instrumentation and process control, have accelerated the development of mixing equipment that maximize mixing performance at lower energy consumption. Process engineers, plant personnel, scientists are all required to look beyond their day to day operational activities and constantly upgrade themselves with the advances in technology.
Participants’ Profile : R &D Scientists , Process Design Engineers & Managers, Project Engineers & Managers, Production Engineers & Managers, Plant Maintenance Engineers, Engineering Consultants, Chemical Engineering Professionals, Chemical Engineering, Professors & Students

Faculty : Jayesh R. Tekchandaney has been associated with the chemical process industry, food, pharmaceutical, bio-chemical and ceramic industry for 15 years, as a process design engineer, production engineer, industrial engineer, and equipment manufacturer.  He graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering fromUniversity ofMumbai. Jayesh pursued a Business Management Diploma followed by Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, USA. Jayesh Tekchandaney is the Technical Director at Unique Mixers & Furnaces and the Founder of Mixing Expert Solution Providers. He is the author of the book “Process Plant Equipment: Operation, Reliability and Control – Mixers”, a John Wiley publication.  Jayesh is an expert adviser in the field of Industrial Mixing, and has to his credit several publications. He is a Chartered Engineer in the Chemical Engineering Division.

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Participation Fees  (on non-residential basis)  :

Type of Organisation
Fees per Participant
Service Tax (12.36%)
Total Participation Fees Payable
CII Members (Large & Medium)
Rs 9500/-
Rs 1174/-
Rs 10674/-
CII SSI Members
Rs 7500/-
Rs 927/-
Rs 8427/-
Non Member Companies
Rs 10500/-
Rs 1298/-
Rs 11798/-
Faculty & students of engineering/technical/ research Institutes
Rs 7500/-
Rs 927/-
Rs 8427/-

Fees include participation, course material (hard copies), veg working lunch and tea / coffee. Advance payment of fees is to be drawn in favour of Confederation of Indian Industry” payable at Mumbai. A discount of 10% on fees will be admissible on three or more nominations from an organisation only where payment is received in advance (on or before 15 February 2013). Participation fees is non-refundable / non-adjustable against any other programme of CII, but change in nomination(s) is accepted.

Registration : Prior registration for participation by the sponsoring companies is necessary. Number of admissions will be limited to 25.

Certificate of Participation will be given to the participants.

Nominations & Enquiries :

S D Puranik, Executive Director

CII Naoroji Godrej Centre of Excellence

Godrej Station-Side Colony

Opp Railway Station, Vikhroli (East)

Mumbai – 400 079

Tel  : (022) 2574 5146 / 5148

Fax : (022) 2574 3361

Email : s.d.puranik@cii.in / ciicoe@vsnl.net