International Cement Review articles tagged under : Manufacturing Technology

17 January 2019

The ‘magic’ of magnesium

While petcoke is a less expensive fuel option, its use can lead to operational challenges for the cement plant, such as the formation of kiln rings and build-ups in the lower cyclones of the preheater. To optimise combustion and avoid these issues, Nuh Çimento has trialled a magnesium-based chemical additive that helps control the impact of high-sulphur fuels. By Seyda Arikan, Nuh Çimento, Tur...

19 December 2018 Arthur Harrisson

Reducing cadmium volatility

A recent news report for the Journal of Engineering described some experimental work that has been carried out in China designed to investigate the behaviour of some heavy metals, especially cadmium, in cement clinke...

26 November 2018 Arthur Harrisson

Sulphate in clinker

The amount of sulphate (SO 3 ) varies widely in cement clinker. Arthur Harrisson discusses the sources of SO 3 and its impact on clinker composition. Figure 1: relationship between the contents of sulphate an...

14 November 2018

Kiln maintenance

Increasing competition within the cement industry and growing concerns about sustainable cement production have placed more rigorous demands on maintenance in cement plants, including the maintenance of the kiln. The...

Bring in the drones 03 October 2018

Bring in the drones

In the last few years commercial drones have become increasingly common in quarries all over the world. But how does the use of drone technology impact quarry operations? For specific tasks drone technology can total...

03 October 2018 Arthur Harrisson

Strength predictions

A prediction of strength in concrete can be made through a range of methods and with numerous variables. To facilitate this, Arthur Harrisson examines the key factors that control strength development in concrete. ...

Separation revisited 20 September 2018

Separation revisited

Even a high-performing system can be made more efficient, as global plant engineering and construction specialist thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions demonstrates with the sepol® separator. Thanks to technical optimisa...

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 preven...

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...

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...

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...