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ACerS Structural Clay Products Division & Southwest Section Meeting in conjunction with the National Brick Research Center Meeting

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June 24 @ 8:00 am
June 27 @ 5:00 pm
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Omni Severin Hotel
Indianapolis, IN United States + Google Map

If you are involved in the structural clay industry—and that includes manufacturing, sales and marketing, consultants, and material or equipment suppliers—then join us June 24–27, 2019, at the Omni Severin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.  This is the third year for combined meetings with ACerS Structural Clay Products, its Southwest Section, and the National Brick Research Center.

The meeting will feature technical sessions, multiple networking receptions, four plant tours, hospitality suite, and the annual banquet.

technical program
Technical Session 1
Christophe Aubertot

Plant retrofit and production increase of the Rosema Brick plant in Johannesburg – South Africa
John Sanders and Randi Sims
National Brick Research Center, Clemson University
Reducing Emissions with Glass Additions
Bob Bamman

John ConlonAcme Brick
Holding Room Improvements- Acme Oklahoma City Plant
Marc Bradburry
Triangle Brick
Industry 4.0-3D Printing and the Production Line
Richard Murphy

Acme Brick

Block Mining for Consistency and Quality
Chris EggeBrampton BrickTBD
Harland DixsonAcme Brick
Reducing Bat loss Back to the Fundamentals
Technical Session 2
Bill DaidoneLignotechAdditives 101
Neil KleinAcme BrickAcme’s New Scrubbers
Mary Ann KeonAcme BrickNew Silica Regulations and MACT Update
Joern Boeke Refratechnik Ceramics
Maximizing the economic efficiency of kiln car fleets
Mike Walker and Nate Huygen National Brick Research CenterRheometer Research – Part 2
Francisco MariscalAcme BrickComputerized Maintenance Management System
Mike RixnerBrampton Brick
TBDKellerTechnology, Inovations and Solutions


plant tours

Plant Tour Lunch Sponsors: Halbert Mill Co. and J. C. Steele & Sons, Inc.

Harrop IndustriesVenator Corporation
Halbert Mill Co.Prince Materials
RefratechnikJ.C. Steele & Sons, Inc.
Niokem, Inc.Star Engineering, Inc.
Borregaard LignoTechReymond Products International, Inc.
Signode Packaging SystemResco Products
MECODiversified Ceramic Services
Direxa EngineeringHellmich GmbH & Co., KG
DanserBasic Machinery Company, Inc.
Structural Clay Products Division officersSouthwest Section officers
Chair: Luke Odenthal, Acme Brick Co.Chair: David Ziegler, Prince Corporation
Chair-elect: Mike Walker, Clemson UniversityVice Chair: Mat Tramel, Acme Brick Co.
Vice Chair: Jed Lee, Meridian BrickChair-elect: George Campbell, J.C. Steele & Sons
Secretary: Holly Rohrer, Halbert Mill Co.Secretary: Fred McMann, Fives North American Combustion
Trustee: H. John Dowdle, Prince Minerals, LLCTreasurer: Harland Dixson, Acme Brick Co.


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