ABB Switzerland Ltd has announced that it has merged with immediate effect its analyzer and software businesses for the cement industry. The Collaborative Production Management unit now comprises Expert Optimizer, Knowledge Manager and SpectraFlow in one group headed by Dr. Hans-Helmuth Jung. The merger took place to ensure that a full client service can be supplied from one ABB team.
The Expert Optimizer (formerly known as LINKman) and Knowledge Manager solutions have a long and successful history of bringing benefits to the cement industry. Expert Optimizer includes solutions for Raw Mix Preparation (RMP) and for Economic Process Optimization (EPO). Knowledge Manager includes the Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) module and the Production Information Management Solution (PIMS). There are over 500 installations worldwide. SpectraFlow was launched to the market in the middle of 2007 and already there are installations providing safe, online, real time analysis for three major cement manufacturers. One of the factors that drove the development of the non-nuclear online SpectraFlow bulk material analyser was to be able to provide EO and KM with good quality
chemical composition data.
Merging Expert Optimizer, Knowledge Manager and SpectraFlow means that ABB’s CPM team will provide turn key solutions across the entire cement manufacturing process, from Mine to Market. The sales team, headed by Thomas Marx, operations team headed by Mario Drinovac, and service team headed by Marie O‚Grady have already been aligned to support this new structure.