Scottish (UK)

Disastrous Dinners: By Gum! — A Design Error

Disastrous Dinners: By Gum! — A Design Error
  • Date From 25th September 2019
  • Date To 25th September 2019
  • Price Free, food and drink purchased on the night.
  • Location Behind The Wall, 14 Melville St, Falkirk FK1 1HZ

Xanthan Gum is a very stable, polysaccharide, aqueous thickening agent, derived from bacteria and used in many foods and industrial products. It is produced by fermentation of sugar under sterile conditions. A continuous process was developed by Tate and Lyle and a new plant built on Merseyside. The process plant requires rigorous sterilisation by medium pressure steam to avoid contamination. It was just after this sterilisation procedure that a major disaster occurred as the plant was being restarted.

Disastrous Dinners is a series of talks focusing on an accident or disaster and what can be learnt from it. After the presentation will be a social dinner and drinks along with lots of time to continue the discussion.


18:30 arrival with a 19:00 start till late. 


Ron Dalton - Ron has worked in R&D, Production, Process Design and General management for several major chemical and engineering companies over several countries. His experience includes ICI; Synthetic Rubber and Petrochemicals (England), Lycra (DuPont - USA), Xanthan Gum (Tate & Lyle - England), Lubricants, Transonic Wind Tunnel, Hydrocarbons and Pharmaceuticals (Foster Wheeler - England, Scotland, Japan, South Korea, Germany and South Africa). 

Ron is a Fellow of IChemE which he joined in 1958 and has seen quite a few disasters during his impressive career!


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