CRH selects ABB’s Expert Optimizer for Ozarow

CRH selects ABB’s Expert Optimizer for Ozarow
Published: 02 May 2011

Power and automation technology group, ABB, announced that CRH plc recently selected ABB’s award winning cpmPlus Expert Optimizer for installation at CRH’s Ozarow cement plant in Poland.

CRH has a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility, and so continually seeks ways to reduce waste and improve resource use. Part of this commitment has led to installing Expert Optimizer at five other Western European CRH plants and Ozarow will be the sixth installation.

At Ozarow, Expert Optimizer will be installed on the kiln, cooler and calciner. The kiln is 99m long and has a diameter of 5.75m, making it one of the largest cement kilns in Europe. The plant is already using a range of alternative fuels, and one of the motivations for installing Expert Optimizer is to increase their use.

Expert Optimizer, part of ABB’s cpmPlus suite of solutions, ensures that the kiln, cooler, calciner and mills are operated under optimum conditions according to the customer’s goals. By expertly applying Model Predictive Control (MPC), Expert Optimizer is able to stabilize and then optimize the process which helps plant management to reach profitability and sustainability goals. Expert Optimizer finds the best operating conditions to maximize output, minimize fuel consumption and use energy effectively for each part of the process which it is optimizing.

Primary commissioning began in December 2010 and project completion is scheduled for mid 2011. The project is being delivered in partnership between ABB Switzerland and ABB Poland.