International Cement Review articles tagged under : Manufacturing Technology

10 September 2018 Arthur Harrisson

Self-healing concrete

The formation of cracks in concrete is a common occurrence and in many cases is not regarded as a major issue. However, in some circumstances they may pose a threat to a concrete structure if its purpose is to prevent the movement of water or if there is a risk of the ingress of deleterious materials. Research is underway in a number of locations to investigate ways of encouraging healing of t...

20 August 2018

As white as white

Producing white clinker and cement requires the right raw materials and mix, the right fuel and optimal plant process conditions. JK Cement Works Fujairah explains what action it takes to keep its white clinker and c...

20 August 2018

Analysing raw mix control

The monitoring and control of the chemical composition of the raw meal is a key function at a cement plant, not only in terms of delivering a high-quality end product, but also for avoiding the negative impacts on a ...

08 August 2018

Are you ready2grind?

Flexible deployment of grinding plants with rapid installation and commissioning enables cement companies to improve their competitive edge as market requirements change and different products are needed. To meet thi...

Flexible grinding 08 August 2018

Flexible grinding

Modular grinding plants provide cement producers with greater flexibility when rapidly deploying assets in or near fast-expanding markets to benefit from their first-mover status. By Moisés Rodríguez Núñez and Eduard...

27 July 2018

Industry 4.0: press ‘Start’

The application of Industry 4.0 concepts and its suite of buzzwords such as ‘IoT’, ‘Digital Transformation’ and ‘Big Data’ presents challenges to a range of industries, including cement. What can cement producers exp...

Into the future 19 July 2018

Into the future

There is no way we can imagine the world without cement and concrete. From 30 years ago, when International Cement Review was first published, until today, cement production on the planet has quadrupled. Depending on...

18 July 2018

Cement logistics: the end of the beginning

In 1988 Commodore still sold over one million units of its C64, nicknamed “The Model T of personal computers”, and commercial logistics software was in its infancy. We have come a long way and our industry is now sta...

10 July 2018 Arthur Harrisson

Materials & quality: 30 years on

The development of new cement types and demands on fuels as well as changes in process requirements have led to key changes in cement production over the last three decades. New raw materials and alternative fuels ha...

18 June 2018

Benchmarking ready-mix logistics performance

Algorithms and computer hardware have revolutionised the performance of logistics planning tools in many regions around the world. However, market conditions and business modalities may vary from region to region, so...

12 June 2018

Cement by sea

Moving cement by sea is a difficult business, often requiring dedicated vessels fitted with specialist equipment. Shipowners and operators also have to manage freight rate fluctuations, new environmental regulatio...

30 May 2018

Injecting new life in NOx control

The aqueous ammonia (NH 3 ) injection system for nitrogen oxide (NO x ) emission reductions at a cement plant in Florida, USA, provided limited ability for flow downturn and material usage efficiency. A new injection...

30 April 2018 Arthur Harrisson

Alternative fuels and clinker crystal characteristics

Arthur Harrisson examines the effect of alternative fuel use on the characteristics of crystals present in clinker.  Figure 1: difference in alite quantity measured by microscopy and the Bogue cal...

17 April 2018

Keeping your cool

Yanbu Cement Co looks at the importance of optimising cooler operation in managing a cement plant’s energy consumption and protecting downstream equipment. By Amr Nader, Yanbu Cement Co, Saudi Arabia. Figure 1...

21 March 2018

Automation for India

India is the second largest producer of cement in the world and its cement producers are constantly looking for possibilities to increase efficiencies of their cement manufacturing operations. BEUMER Group supports c...

20 March 2018

Rapid screening

Traditional screening methods to evaluate the quality of natural pumiceous pozzolans for cement production are not entirely compatible with a production process that requires a steady pace in the supply of high-quali...