ACerS Structural Clay Products Division & Southwest Section Meeting in conjunction with the National Brick Research Center Meeting
June 5-8, 2018 | Columbia, S.C. | Hilton Columbia Center
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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 5-8, 2018, at the Hilton Columbia Center in Columbia, S.C. This is the second year for combined meetings with ACerS Structural Clay Products, its Southwest Section, and the National Brick Research Center that better meets the needs of the structural clay industry.
Please check back to this page for information on how to register for this event, hotel information, full schedule of events, and more.
|Tentative schedule of events
|Tuesday, June 5|
|3:00 – 6:00 p.m.||Registration|
|5:00 – 10:00 p.m.||Hospitality suite|
|Wednesday, June 6|
|7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.||Registration|
|8:00 – 11:30 a.m.||National Brick Research Center meeting (members of NBRC only)|
|11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Lunch on own|
|1:00 – 5:00 p.m.||Tech Session 1, Structural Clay Products Division and SW Section|
|5:00 – 5:30 p.m.||Southwest Section Business Meeting|
|6:00 – 7:30 p.m.||Suppliers’ mixer|
|8:00 – 10:00 p.m.||Hospitality suite|
|Thursday, June 7|
|All day||Plant Tours (Carolina Ceramics, Columbia, SC and Meridian Brick, Columbia, SC) Lunch sponsored by Carolina Ceramics|
|6:30 – 7:00 p.m.||Reception (Sponsored by Danser, Inc.)|
|7:00 – 9:00 p.m.||Banquet|
|9:00 – 10:00 p.m.||Hospitality suite|
|Friday, June 8|
|8:00 – 10:30 a.m.||Tech Session 2, SCPD-SW Section|
SESSION 1 – WEDNESDAY 1-5 p.m.
Exploring Tools to Determine Extrudablity – Capillary Rheometry, Mike Walker, National Brick Research Center
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Dies and More, Gregg Camp, Reymond Products International, Inc.
Faster Drying and Firing Considerations for Brick, John Sanders, National Brick Research Center
High-end Automation and Robotics in Face Brick and Thin Brick Plants, Holger Rottmann and Ulrich Hagemann, Keller HCW
Thin Brick Testing, George Campbell, J. C. Steele & Sons, Inc.
Solar Energy – Powering A Brick Plant With The Sun, Todd Butler, Palmetto Brick
Energy Efficiency Project at the Muskogee, OK Plant, William Whitfield, Meridian Brick
SESSION 2 – FRIDAY 8-10:30 a.m.
OSHA’s Silica Rule Deadline in June 23, 2018 – Are you Ready?, Mary Ann Keon, Acme Brick
Update on Energy Savings at the Kiln, Joern Boeke, Refratechnik
General Overview of Clay Brick Standards, Mike Walker, National Brick Research Center
Setting Machining Upgrade at the Malakoff Plant, Harlan Dixson, Acme Brick
New Thin Brick Technology, Christophe Aubertot, Direxa Engineering, LLC
|Prince Minerals, Inc.|
Diversified Ceramic Services, Inc.
|Resco Products, Inc.|
|Reymond Products International, Inc.|
|Signode Packaging Systems|
|STAR Engineering, Inc.|
|Division and section leaders|
ACerS Structural Clay Products Division Leadership
Division Chair: John Dowdle, Prince Minerals LLC
Chair Elect: Luke Odenthal, Acme Brick Company
Vice-chair: Mike Walker, National Brick Research Center
Secretary: Jed Lee, Meridian Brick, Augusta, GA
Southwest Section Leadership
Chair: Japa Castro, Columbus Brick Company
Chair-Elect: David Ziegler, Prince Minerals LLC
Vice Chair: George Campbell, J.C. Steele
Secretary: Fred McMann, Fives North American Combustion
Treasurer: Harland Dixson, Acme Brick Co.