Best Practice Series:

Mixing Round Table 

Now Available On-Demand

Originally Recorded: July 28, 2021

Panel Moderators: Todd Smith, P.E., Business and Strategy Manager
                                 Kevin Solofra, BSIC Lab Manager
                                 Kansas State University - Bulk Solids Innovation Center

Event Moderator:   Traci Purdum, Senior Editor - Digital Media. Chemical Processing

Panelists:                Roy R. Scott, Sales Engineering Manager, ARDE Barinco, Inc.
                                 Richard F. Cope, Process Engineer, SPX Flow, Inc.

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This discussion will focus on the various types of mixers, with explanations about which mixing technology is best for various types of applications. Our panel of experts, led by panel moderator Todd Smith, manager at the Kansas State University – Bulk Solids Innovation Center, will begin with brief explanation about various mixing technologies, then discuss advantages and disadvantages, and answer audience questions.  

Takeaways from this Webinar:
Do you know which types of mixers are recommended for your application and materials? Attend this event and you will learn about various mixers and mixing technologies.  In this roundtable discussion, we will bring together several of the country’s most-important suppliers to discuss how to get better mixer results, answer questions, and talk about pluses and minuses of mixer options.

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Meet the Panel Moderators & Panelists

Todd_Smith_KSU_BSICPanel Moderator:
Todd Smith

Business and Strategy Manager
Kansas State University
Bulk Solids Innovation Center

Todd Smith is Business and Strategy Manager of Kansas State University’s Bulk Solids Innovation Center.  KSU-BSIC, a partnership of industry, university, and government, is the only university-based Bulk Solids research center in the Americas.  Todd spent 35 years in the bulk solids industry, first at DuPont, then as Engineering Manager at MAC Equipment (now Schenck Process) and then General Manager of Coperion K-Tron Salina and vice president of the company’s Global Systems Group.   He has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Kansas State University and earned his M.B.A in 1998.   He has authored one book, as well as many magazine articles and technical papers.  Todd’s Board of Director experience includes president of the KSU Dean’s Advisory Council, Process Equipment Manufacturer’s Association, Salina Area Technical College, Salina Chamber of Commerce, Salina Regional Health Foundation, Salina Municipal Band, and Salina Soccer Club. 

solofra-k-2Panel Moderator:
Kevin Solofra

BSIC Lab Manager
Kansas State University
Bulk Solids Innovation Center

Kevin Solofra earned his BS and MS in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla — now Missouri S&T.  Kevin has a background ranging from research engineering with product scale-up through process/production management in various industries. His experience started in the realm of electro-ceramics for appliances, followed by low wear ceramics and body armor, and most recently the glass industry for architectural, automotive and glass insulation.  From a process point of view, Kevin has dealt with all aspects from spec’ing raw materials, through conveying materials, and all the way to finished part quality analysis.  All of this has led a strong blend of technical expertise combined with a manufacturing/business viewpoint to approaching, understanding, and working through industrial opportunities.


Traciedited-2Event Moderator:
Traci Purdum, Sr. Digital Editor
Chemical Processing

Traci Purdum, an award-winning business journalist with extensive experience covering manufacturing and management issues, joinedChemical Processingas senior digital editor in 2008. Just prior to this role, she served as editor-in-chief ofHVACR Business, a business-management magazine geared toward small-business owners in the heating and cooling industry. Additionally, she spent 10 years at IndustryWeek magazine. At that publication, which features articles and departments on management for executives at manufacturing companies, she worked as senior editor and director of the magazine’s flagship database projects. She also served as a judge for the magazine's Best Plants program, which honors the top manufacturing plants in North America.

Traci is a graduate of the Kent State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Kent, Ohio, and an alumnus of the Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She lives in Cleveland with her husband and three crazy dogs. Her goal in life: To be as good of a person as her dogs think she is . . .

Roy R. Scott
Sales Engineering Manager
ARDE Barinco, Inc.
An Aerojet Rocketdyne Company, Carlstadt, NJ

Roy Scott has worked with the application, specification, design and manufacturing of high capability industrial mixing machinery for 47 years. Presently working full time for ARDE Barinco, an American manufacturer, inventor and designer of unique mixing devices with high shear and high viscosity capabilities. Originally employed by Lee Industries, Mr. Scott was heavily involved with scraped surface agitation and high shear mixers along with efficient heat transfer applications.

Prolific writer of articles for insertion in trade publications. Development of content rich websites that hold interest. World Wide Website development from very start of internet was able to convey messages to a wide audience worldwide.

Author of chapter of Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms: Disperse Systems: A Practical Guide to Equipment Selection and Operating Techniques- Marcel Dekker 1989 and revised in 1998 (co-written with Dr. S. Esmail Tabibi of the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda Maryland) 

Mr. Scott recently (October 2019) presented a one hour seminar at The CHEM Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City entitled “45 Years in the Mixing Business”

RF-Cope---croppedRichard F. Cope
Process Engineer
SPX Flow

Richard Cope, a Process Consulting Engineer - Mixers at SPX FLOW Lightnin Mixers, joined Lightnin in early 2020 after more than 19 years with The Dow Chemical Co., and 7 years with bio-pharmaceutical companies Eli Lilly and Co., and Alkermes, Inc. Richard holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University. He is a co-author of sixteen technical papers, and two encyclopedia chapters. He holds seven US and world patents for the design of mixers and mixing impellers including the award-winning KT-3 tickler. He has expanded and enhanced mixing capabilities in numerous facilities producing such products as polymer resins and films, agricultural chemicals, bio-pharmaceutical and fine chemicals, electronic materials, food supplements, ceramic monoliths, and personal care products. Richard is currently a council member and Treasurer of the North American Mixing Forum (NAMF). His experience and expertise includes liquid-solid suspension and distribution, liquid-liquid dispersion, gas-liquid mixing, chemical reactor design and scaling (up and down), high-shear mixing, packed beds and pipeline (static) mixers, experimental methods, and computer modeling (e.g. CFD). He even conceived and co-designed an experiment conducted onboard the International Space Station to better understand the drawdown and wetting out of floating solids.


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