ABB wins major control system contract from Jura Cement

ABB wins major control system contract from Jura Cement
Published: 04 September 2006

For more than 20 years BBC/ABB‚s process control system Procontic has been operating successfully at Jura Cement Fabriken, Wildegg. Now ABB has been chosen to update the installation with the most modern process control technologies.

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced today that is has won an order worth more than two million Swiss Francs for the replacement of a complete control system at Jura Cement’s cement production line No. 5.

This major order complements several other follow-up orders which ABB has been awarded since it supplied Jura Cement with complete electrical equipment in 1985.  A full range of cement specific applications from ABB Switzerland are now installed at the plant in Wildegg.

The contract was signed in August 2006. By the summertime of 2008 the most modern process control systems and control room of any Swiss cement plant are scheduled to go in operation. The existing control units of the subsystems will be integrated into the new level one control system in the most efficient way. 

ABB‚s scope of supply includes a client-server based Industrial IT Control System 800xA with ten operator stations and three engineering workstations. The system‚s sixteen AC800M controllers will handle more than 10‚000 process signals across the complete production plant. In addition, ABB will supply complete IO-Hardware, erection supervision, as well as commissioning of the plant in close collaboration with the customer. ABB will create the new control concept and will develop the standard software as well as the cement specific software. The advanced software modules were a key factor in selection of the system for its flexibility and handling of plant specific parameters.

Jura Cement operates two cement plants in Switzerland. With a capacity of 950 000 tons per year the company is the second largest cement producer in Switzerland.