International Cement Review articles tagged under : Manufacturing Technology

30 October 2017 Arthur Harrisson

Raw material microscopy

Microscopical methods are key tools in the assessment of potential raw materials to be used in the production of high-quality cement. This month ICR considers the use of optical microscopy in the determination of the mineral composition of the rocks under investigation. Figure 1: kiln feed viewed in plain-polarised light Assessment of potential raw materials involves many lines of...

23 October 2017

Making the right moves

The opening moves in a chess game lay the foundation for every match. Likewise, assigning cement transport orders to contract hauliers plays a crucial role in the daily race for competitiveness. Algorithms can help p...

18 October 2017

The preference for plastic

When using plastic packaging choosing the right bag and the corresponding technology is not easy. By Frank Goris, Arodo BVBA, Belgium. Arodo produces machines for perforated, labyrinth or sealed bags Whi...

04 October 2017

Coming into port

While cement represents only a small part of the dry bulk shipping market, it has its own requirements in terms of port facilities and market dynamics. With seaborne trade continuing to grow, it is vital that ports u...

Ensuring IT security 13 September 2017

Ensuring IT security

The role of security is becoming increasingly important for companies looking to gain control over their IT landscape. By identifying vulnerabilities in existing technical architecture, absolute control and security ...

06 September 2017

Finding failure

Roller presses are a popular choice for raw, pre-clinker or finish grinding. Online condition monitoring of its components can help detect early equipment failure and reduce downtime of the grinding section. By Dalog...

Establishing a Latin fan base 07 August 2017

Establishing a Latin fan base

Latin America is a key market for the Boldrocchi Group. Recent projects include the supply of a range of fans for the Cementos Fortaleza plant in Tula, Mexico, and for the Oruro plant of Empresa Pública Productiva Ce...

31 July 2017

Fabric filtration comes of age

Fabric filtration is increasingly seen as the best-available technology to help producers meet their goals, and with good reason. FLSmidth has introduced two important innovations in this area. Firstly, extra-long fi...

31 May 2017 Arthur Harrisson

Early strength development

This month Arthur Harrisson discusses early strength development in concrete, which is affected by many variables in practice. In the two-stage process, which includes a setting and a hardening phase, he observes the...

23 May 2017

Beneficiation of landfilled and ponded fly ash

With interest in the recovery and beneficiation of landfilled ash growing, ST Equipment and Technologies (STET) explains how its unique tribo-electrostatic belt separation system, long used for beneficiation of fresh...

08 May 2017

Improved automation

The implementation of the IgnitionTM automation tool by LafargeHolcim’s Trbovlje cement plant in Slovenia has empowered the works with its simplicity and versatility, providing the producer with one system and almost...

03 May 2017

Powering up

Waste heat recovery (WHR) power generation can add a valuable source of power to a cement plant. However, this requires the selection of the most suitable thermodynamic system for the plant’s process conditions. By C...

20 April 2017

Advanced kiln and cooler control

Mirion Technologies employs the Spyrometer to monitor AF burning and improve clinker cooler control.

15 March 2017

From Superman to lasers

BinMaster compares 3D scanners, laser and radar technology for non-contact level measurement.

23 February 2017

A case for low-lime cement

The cement and concrete industry is re-inventing itself through new and efficient processes to not only reverse its environmental impact, but to make improvements to the whole supply chain of the building materials i...

16 February 2017

Protecting a key asset

Optimising the lifespan of a cement plant’s essential assets, such as the kiln, is key to the continued profitability of a cement company. The replacement of a kiln shell is one of the largest capital expenditures fo...