Note: Thank you to our partner, Mike Laffey of Laffey Equipment Co. who has attended the Coal Prep Show for many years and contributed to this article.
Industry professionals come from all over the world to attend Coal Prep, the annual coal processing exhibition and conference, and share the latest ideas and most effective techniques on coal preparation and processing plant technologies.
There will be professionals from every aspect of coal preparation attending the show to discover innovative processes to improve plant operations and get in-depth information on the latest industry trends and developments. Equipment manufacturers and process engineering firms will be demonstrating the latest in coal preparation technology and equipment.
If you are in mining or plant operations, whether it’s quality control, engineering, research and development, material handling, or other key positions, make sure you check out the educational workshops, especially the one geared toward plant performance testing. The speaker believes that ensuring a preparation plant is maximizing a mine’s profitability, requires knowing how efficiently the major circuits in your plant are performing.
After the workshop, make sure you stop by our booth (#1405) to learn how a coal analyzer can help improve performance, minimize variations in coal quality, meet specifications, and enhance boiler efficiency with minute-by-minute quality analysis of critical coal streams. In addition, an analyzer can measure and report levels of sulfur, moisture, total ash, calorific value, ash elemental concentration, and other critical parameters required by both coal consumers and producers to maximize the use of coal resources and reduce pollutants.
Another way to help ensure your coal meets requirements is to monitor and control your conveyor belt feed to crushers, mills, screens and other processes. A belt scale system can monitor production output and inventory, or control product loadout, while providing vital information for the management and operation of your business.
You should also try to attend the conference Keynote session. The coal industry is under great pressure from regulatory authorities as well as price competition from natural gas. You can expect to learn how the coal Industry may react to these two threats.
And speaking of pressure, if you stay a few extra days in Kentucky, be aware that the kickoff for Kentucky Derby Week starts April 30th. The pressure will be on for those 20 derby horses, their riders and owners participating in “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” Although the 142nd running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby will not be held until May 7th, there will be plenty of Derby-related activities to enjoy leading up to the event. If you can’t get to the Derby, the Kentucky Oaks is just as exciting. The Oaks is run on the Friday before the Derby. Don’t plan to travel near downtown on Thursday evening by car. That is when the big Pegasus Parade takes place. Many streets are closed and traffic is gridlocked. You will be able to find Derby and Oaks parties at just about any bar/restaurant/hotel in town, but if you plan to stay make sure you extend your hotel reservation now. All hotel rooms within about 90 miles will be sold out by the time Coal Prep starts, if they haven’t already been booked solid.
If you can’t be at the show or missed us at our booth, take a look at this animated video of how a coal quality manager can control minute-by-minute quality analysis of your most critical coal streams. (Scroll to the bottom of this page to access the video.) It’s as exciting as the Derby itself, or at least we think so.
Coal Prep 2016
April 26 – 27, 2016
Kentucky Exposition Center
Louisville, KY USA
Video Link (bottom of the page): http://www.thermoscientific.com/en/product/cqm-flex-coal-analyzer.html