Fluidization Principles Learned through Hands-on Participation

Seminar Purpose

A general overview of agglomerating, coating and drying in a fluid bed. This seminar will present the principles of fluidization, air flow, pressure drop, entrainment, dust collection, spray rates, and nozzle configurations. Each principle will be discussed in theory and demonstrated in ACT's laboratory. During demonstrations, participants will obtain hands-on experience with ACT's 100N, 300N and PG-100 Fluid Beds.

Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are awarded for attendance in this seminar. Call us for details.


Day 1
8:00 am - 8:30 am     Introduction
8:30 am - 10:00 am     Principles of Fluidization Hands-on Demonstration
11:00 am - 12 noon     Design Criteria for Fluid Beds
12 noon - 1:00 pm     Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm     Tour of ACT Facilities
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm     Fluid-Bed Heating/Cooling
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm     Hands-on Demonstration
2:00 - 4:00 pm     Drying in Fluid Beds
7:00 pm     Dinner (provided)

Day 2
8:00 am - 11:30 am     Agglomeration / Coating Hands-on Demonstration
11:30 am - 12 noon     Certification Presentation
12 noon     Lunch (provided)
Afternoon     Departure/Consultations

Conference Staff

Ray Shirley, P.E.

Chairman/Engineering Advisor with over 40 years experience in the chemical and fertilizer industries, Mr. Shirley invented the falling curtain granulation process while working at TVA. He has presented or published over 30 papers and patents on new developments.

Mike Huey, P.E.

Director of Special Projects, Mike has over 40 years experience as process engineer/project manager for numerous plant expansions and start-ups in the chemical industry.

Keith Cochran

Director of Process Engineering, Keith has overseen 100 pilot plants and 7 production plants for agglomerating and coating particles. He co-developed a patented apparatus for continuous fluid bed coating.

Tim Holt

Laboratory Manager, Tim has over 23 years experience performing conceptual testing using lab/pilot plant fluid bed equipment. He has developed several patented fluid bed processes.

Hotel/Airport Information

Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa
Cox Creek Parkway South
Florence, AL 35630

Jameson Inn
115 Ana Dr.
Florence, AL 35630

Muscle Shoals Airport - Local
We will provide transportation from this airport.

Huntsville Airport
70 miles east of Florence
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Nashville Airport
125 miles north of Florence
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Birmingham Airport
125 miles south of Florence
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Fluid Bed Seminar Registration

Next Seminar is August 08-09, 2017 - Registration Fee: $850
* Limited to first 7 applicants
Call 1-800-228-3217 for more details or to register with purchase order by telephone.