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AIM - Automate. Integrate. Manufacture.

A podcast that brings together the people exploring new frontiers in integrating and automating bulk material handling systems with the experts who engineer custom solutions in a new era of manufacturing challenges.

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Nick Basham, Regional Sales Manager

Mastering Integration in Manufacturing with Magnum Systems: A Deep Dive Podcast Episode

In our latest AIM (Automate, Integrate, Manufacture) podcast episode, host Mike Abare sits down with Nick Basham, a seasoned regional sales manager from Magnum Systems, to unpack the intricacies and significant advantages of integration within manufacturing, bulk solids handling pneumatic conveying and packaging systems. With more than a decade of experience in the industry, Nick elucidates how Magnum’s holistic approach to integration – managing a product from its raw, incoming state through to the final packaging and dispatch – streamlines operations and dramatically simplifies the project execution for clients. This episode highlights the critical nature of seamless partner relationships, Magnum’s deep process understanding and the profound impact of choosing a single-source supplier on reducing complexity, project timelines and operational costs. From initial concept to completion, Nick’s insights underscore the tangible benefits of integration and the unique value proposition offered by Magnum Systems, making a compelling case for businesses looking to optimize their operations and achieve efficient, cost-effective outcomes.

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Wayne Revell, Applications Engineer

Addressing the Complexities of Valve Bag Sealing with Wayne Revell

In the latest AIM podcast episode by Magnum Systems, Mike Abare interviews Wayne Revell, an application engineer with deep expertise in packaging. They focus on the complexities of valve-bag sealing, exploring its importance in securely packaging various products, from minerals to food, and the evolution from traditional to advanced ultrasonic sealing techniques. While discussing the benefits and challenges of these methods, including cost and production rates, they also examine the role of automation and collaboration with bag suppliers for optimal performance. The conversation includes insights on selecting the appropriate sealing method for enhancing operational efficiency, ensuring product safety, and meeting environmental standards. It also emphasizes Magnum Systems’ dedication to innovative solutions and customer support in the packaging industry.

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Ben Adwell, Applications Engineer

Maximizing Plant Efficiency and Safety: Lessons from Ben Adwell's Journey

In our latest podcast, host Mike Abare speaks with Magnum Systems applications engineer Ben Adwell, whose breadth of experience in plant operations has evolved from chemical to process engineering, culminating as a maintenance manager in the oil recycling sector. Joining Magnum Systems, Ben brings with him a profound, field-oriented insight into optimizing process design and maintenance for elevated efficiency and safety. This episode looks at the value of planning for scalability, the significance of comprehensive and reliable data collection for process optimization, and the criticality of equipment reliability. Ben highlights the importance of predictive maintenance and shares pragmatic strategies for mitigating emergency failures. From Magnum Systems’ role as an industry integrator to adopting advanced automation and AI, this engaging discussion uncovers the many opportunities technology brings to bulk material handling. This episode is full of practical wisdom, showcasing the future of plant operations while highlighting the invaluable perspective Ben Adwell brings to the Magnum family.

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Max Griffiths, Regional Sales Manager

Navigating the Often Intricate Pneumatic Conveying of Plastic Resins and Pellets with Max Griffiths

In this episode, host Mike Abare talks with Max Griffiths, a regional sales manager at Magnum Systems and an expert in conveying plastic resins and pellets. They dig into the complexities of pneumatic conveying systems, the impact of environmental conditions and the importance of a meticulous system design.

They also discuss the challenges in handling different types of plastics, the nuances of system components and the consideration of safety measures, particularly concerning dust collection and explosion protection. Max underscores the importance of relying on experts for optimal system design and performance.

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Wayne Revell, Applications Engineer

Demystifying Legal-for-Trade Scales in Packaging Systems

Join us for an insightful journey into the automation, integration and manufacturing world with Magnum Systems’ latest AIM podcast. This episode explores the complexities of “legal-for-trade” scales with Wayne Revell from Magnum Systems. He explains their role, certification process and the challenges in integrating these scales into existing packaging systems. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just curious about the manufacturing world, this episode is a must-listen.

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Sam Anderson, Applications Engineer

You're Not Going to Fill a Juice Glass with a Fire Hose​

Mike Abare, Magnum Systems technical sales manager, and Sam Anderson, a Magnum applications engineer, reveal the eye-opening truths about packaging powders, pellets and flakes in this myth-busting episode.

Mike and Sam debunk common misconceptions surrounding flowability, moisture sensitivity, static charge, and handling techniques.

Tune in and separate fact from fiction in the world of packaging these unique materials and their fillers.

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Joel Sawalich, Special Projects Manager

Special Project Manager Shares Common and Doozy Pneumatic Conveying Challenges​

As a Magnum Systems special projects manager, Joel Sawalich has seen some stuff. Pipeline blockages, material degradation and segregation—you
name it. 

Mike Abare, technical sales manager for Magnum, asks Joel to recall some of the most common and worst challenges he’s seen in pneumatic conveying today. 

Cautionary tales? Practical tips and solutions? You decide.

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Bill Mead, Chief Financial Officer

Magnum Systems: Past, Present and Future​

Magnum’s Chief Financial Officer, Bill Mead, and Technical Sales Manager, Mike Abare, delve into our company’s vision – past, present and future. 

Bill shares his perspective on the challenges, milestones and transformative moments that have shaped Magnum Systems’ trajectory. Discover the strategic decisions and financial strategies that have driven our success thus far. Plus, catch a glimpse into the future as Bill unveils the company’s vision moving forward.

Whether you’re a stakeholder, employee or simply curious about the inner workings of a successful systems integration company, this episode offers a unique opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge from our CFO.

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Mike Abare, Technical Sales Manager

Automated Packaging Lines: Wringing Out Every Ounce of ROI

Mike Abare, Magnum Systems’ technical sales manager, focuses on the power of automated packaging lines in maximizing return on investment (ROI).

Mike reveals insights on optimizing efficiency, reducing costs and harnessing the benefits of automation in ways you might have yet to consider. Discover how bag placing, palletizing and automated palletizing with stretch wrapping contribute to a streamlined and profitable packaging operation.

Tune in to A.I.M. and unleash the true ROI potential of automated packaging lines. 

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Nick Basham, Regional Sales Manager

Packaging Powder, Pellets, and Flakes: How Not to Blow It​

Nick Basham, Magnum Systems regional sales manager, and Mike Abare, Magnum Systems technical sales manager, explain the critical role of material characteristics in packaging powder, pellets and flakes. 

Explore the complexities of flow properties, moisture sensitivity, and static charge, and how they impact packaging efficiency and product integrity. Gain valuable insights and practical strategies to optimize your packaging processes for these unique materials. 

Learn the keys to effectively packaging powder, pellets and flakes as Nick and Mike take AIM at better integrated systems.

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Dave Wollenberg, Test Lab Manager

Pneumatically Speaking in Terms of Efficiency, Compliance & Safety​​

Discover how to streamline inefficient processes and meet health and safety goals with pneumatic transport and packaging lines with Dave Wollenberg, Magnum Systems Test Lab Manager, and Mike Abare, Magnum Systems technical sales manager.

Learn practical strategies to optimize operations, reduce failures and enhance workplace safety. Tune in to AIM and revolutionize your processes for increased efficiency and compliance.

It’s a don’t-miss episode if you’re struggling with inefficient, failure-prone, and iffy-safe processes.

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